Women In Therapy
You may share this common thread with the women I see in therapy: You’re always there for everyone but yourself.
I help women build confidence, self-compassion and the power of choice. My clients describe me as warm, real, and no-nonsense when you need it most.
Therapy For Women
Who Care Too Much
Is taking care of yourself an utterly foreign concept?
You may know yourself as a caregiver, a mother, a partner, a helper… These are all roles you’ve willingly accepted. You’re probably proud of how you contribute to other people's lives. And you should be. You’ve put in meaningful work and it falls in line with how you were raised and the people you had as role models. You’ve done a great job.
There is a whisper of a thought (or maybe a screaming freight train) that you have individual needs. You’re having a hard time figuring out what those needs are.
You’ve always lived for others. You were needed. You were wanted. For all intents and purposes, you are probably still needed and wanted. How do you take care of yourself with all of these demands around you? How do you take care of your emotional needs without letting everyone down?
There are so many ways women come to find themselves in these roles. It could be that growing up, it was never a question that you would live and support the people you have in your life. That’s just who you are.
Maybe you found yourself in an impossible situation with a relationship, a loved ones illness, or a parenting role that only you could fill. You set your wants and needs aside and you stepped up and into that role.
Now, you’re overwhelmed, you’re on the brink of exhaustion, you can’t remember the last time you had fun.
Here are some common signs women share when they've been in these unsustainable roles:
Overwhelmed with responsibilities
Feeling like you don’t have anything left to give
Dreading your day
Turning to alcohol or other substances
After all this time, you’re realizing your life path hasn’t served you.
How did you get here? There are too many possibilities to count. Maybe you are no longer needed. Maybe the loved one you were helping has outside care or has moved on. Maybe your time commitment is reduced. Maybe you are finding yourself increasingly resentful or frustrated with your roles.
It could be any number of reasons.
All you are sure of is...
You are committed to everyone but yourself and you’re unhappy, dissatisfied and can’t do it anymore.
Kimberly Goodrich, LCSW, LCADC
I’ve been a therapist for 17 years and the world has certainly changed during that time.
You have changed over that time too and that’s where I can help.
I understand that you didn’t arrive here overnight. There are patterns, hurts, and fears that you’ve been ignoring or are completely unaware of that influence your everyday life.
I’m here to help you cope.
More importantly, in therapy with me, I will be there to help you heal and grow into the woman you never knew you could be.
Therapy for Women Who Have Never Lived for Themselves
I help women:
Care about themselves
Understand lifelong patterns of codependency
Lower anxious and depressed symptoms
Heal from lifelong patterns of self-neglect
Grow into women they are proud of
Prevent the cycles from repeating
What is Real Self-Care for Women?
You may be wondering what the term self care even means.
Does it mean getting your nails done or a hair appointment? Well, sometimes it does.
But you’re not on a therapists website because you need help making a hair appointment.
You’re here because you haven’t done anything for your long-term emotional needs. You’ve been actively raising kids, taking care of your partner, running the household, maybe you’re a caregiver for a family member.
Don’t get me wrong, having a few hours of a hair appointment may be your only “break” from these all-consuming roles you have.
I’m not here to stop you from doing those things.
I want to help you add to your life, not take things away.
How Therapy Helps Women Care, Better
In therapy with me, we will answer these questions:
How do we fill your cup back up?
Do you know what fills you up?
What recharges you?
What makes you excited about living?
Together, we’ll look at this extraordinary life you’ve been living for other people. This life of service.
We’ll take a look at how you got here and where you are now. We’ll figure out how you want to live instead. Living for others, solely, certainly hasn’t worked out. Let’s strike a balance that fulfills this aspect of your life and also meet your own unmet needs.
In therapy with me, you’ll be met with compassion, openness and acceptance. I am not here to judge. I will always be real with you. I am not one of those therapists that will be a blank slate and silently nod along. I’m a real person and wish nothing but to help you live with grace and dignity.
I’m uniquely qualified in my understanding of life-long struggles and how changing them can be so hard. With almost two decades worth of experience as a therapist, coupled with my own life experience, you’ll get a therapy relationship that brings real connection, considers real life and finds real direction.
Be the Woman You've Always Wanted To Be
My therapeutic approach includes:
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)/ “Tapping”
Motivational Enhancement Therapy
I offer time tested methods as well as new and exciting approaches to help you meet your needs.
If you are ready to heal, grow, and find out your true capacity to care for yourself, schedule a consultation with me. You won’t be figuring this out on your own.
Begin transforming your life to one that you are happy with and proud of. Start learning how to live your life with no more regrets.
Book a call today. I can’t wait to meet you.