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Midlife transitions are part of life.

That doesn't mean they're easy.

Let's face it. Things can sometimes look a little less rosy as you get older.

Where's the youthful optimism you once had? What happened to your sense of playfulness, curiosity, and adventure? How can you reclaim that essential spark that made life (and your relationships) fun and exciting?

I think midlife transitions get a bad rap.

 

But I also think we don't acknowledge and support them they way they require.

If you're facing: 

  • relationships that are less than ideal

  • career dissatisfaction or changes

  • self-confidence issues that are getting in your way

  • stress from sandwich generation responsibilities

  • the complex emotions of the emptying nest transition

I can help you reclaim joy and a sense of vibrance.

Sandwich generation? More like sloppy joe

If you're doing the tricky dance of managing your career and family ​as your own aging parents need more care and support, the tidiness evoked by a BLT may not properly encapsulate how you're feeling.

 

The persistent stress and fatigue that comes with being constantly needed may have you feel like you're spilling out.

 

Add to this the grief of seeing your parents struggle with aging and mortality, then sprinkle in a little irritation with mom and dad that harkens back to your teen years, and you may feel like a giant clump of ground beef and tomato sauce that plops out of the bun and onto a favorite white top.

Make space for processing any stress, anxiety, grief, or depression that is emerging during this demanding time so you can be more available for your children, partner, and parents, and more compassionate with yourself.

Whether you're new to therapy or haven't found the right fit yet, now is a great time to start.

I offer a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation, and I'd love to hear from you!

Call me at 720-251-2887 or click the button below.

 

 

 

Somatic therapy often looks like traditional talk therapy....

but you'll feel the difference

“What exactly is somatic therapy and how can it help me?”

I like to describe it as bringing the body into talk therapy.

 

Many of us are used to shoving down the body's signals when they're inconvenient or uncomfortable. Instead we overwork, overeat, use substances or our phones to numb out, or make our schedules so busy that we don't have time to feel.

 

Somatic therapy goes beyond talking to provide you space to gradually reconnect with your body's messages. This is more than just a nice-to-have. 

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Our emotions are experienced in the body. If you want to shift emotional patterns, reactivity, and move beyond habitual ways of relating to yourself and others, you can’t just leave the body out. Most of the time, talking simply isn’t enough to create lasting change on its own.

 

“But will I still get to talk?”

Yes! Processing with words will be an important part of our work together. In fact, many of my client sessions look a lot like traditional talk therapy from the outside. But you’ll feel the difference.

I might invite you to begin our session by pausing to connect with your body and breath. This gives you the space to check in and figure out what is most important for our work that day.

 

As the session continues and you share something that’s a bit more charged, I may encourage you to pause and bring your attention to what you’re feeling on a body level.

 

What you observe (e.g. “I feel tension in my throat and my face is getting hot.”) may help you identify something you didn’t consciously realize was going on (“Wow, I didn’t realize I felt angry that my voice was being stifled in my relationship.”).

These new insights - compliments of your body - are the beginning of creating a shift.

 

As we continue to practice these skills of observing what's happening in your body, mind, and emotions in session, you'll soon discover you can do it in everyday life, too. And that, my friend, is how change happens!

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Somatic therapy often looks like traditional talk therapy...

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but you'll feel the difference.

Most of the time, thoughts and words aren't enough to create lasting change. Emotions arise in the body (ever felt hot when you're mad?). Somatic therapy engages traditional talk therapy approaches while also fostering awareness of your body in the moment, providing you multiple tools for transformation.

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