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Women in Counseling

Individual therapy

Most people come to therapy wanting to do something differently—with a result that they learn to cope, to adapt their relationships, to heal, or to grow. A person can get pretty depressed, anxious, or scared if he or she feels that

Sometimes a person’s current life is complicated by leftover feelings from adolescent experiences or from childhood, such as

 Individual clients may have

People who work in the creative arts sometimes have worries that get in the way of expressing themselves creatively and with the media they choose.

They may have similar issues to other clients, such as depression and anxiety, but they also can have, for example, writing or playing or musical blocks that are debilitating to their work and the full expression of their creative selves.   

Outcome-Oriented Approach
For out-of-network insurance purposes, Judy can work with industry-accepted diagnostic models, but typically she focuses with you on the issues and goals that bring you in to see her. Our real traction toward what you want often comes from helping you build a framework for understanding your life or problem in your own terms—then helping you to find your resources for getting unstuck. We will track your outcomes from session to session.

Recommended books

Shame & Guilt: Masters of Disguise

How shame, even if developed in childhood, can persist into adulthood and interfere with meeting personal and relational goals—and how to deal with it.

Full Catastrophe Living

Research-based approach to dealing with anxiety and chronic pain—the practical “textbook” for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs.

Trauma and Recovery

Widely-praised description of how Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) works to interfere with people’s lives—also the standard resource on the effects of rape and sexual abuse. Densely written for professionals, but well worth working through for survivors and their loved ones.

The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness

Reclaiming your life through attention to breathing and mindfulness in order to re-connect to emotions you like, don’t like, or don’t know you have.

What Life Could Mean to You

How we form mistaken beliefs in childhood that work for us then, but not as adults. A classic work by one of the three fathers of modern psychotherapy, the book focuses on how to understand our limitations and overcome them through the confidence to transform ourselves and our world.

A General Theory of Love

Describes recent scientific discoveries that underlie a new understanding of the neurobiology that makes attachment to others critical from our earliest years through our lifetimes.