It’s not just you.
So many women struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, self-doubt, and imposter syndrome.
Even me and I’m a therapist.
The truth is that all of these feelings are part of the human experience. It’s normal and even healthy to have moments of self-questioning and a desire to help or serve others more than ourselves. However, if you don’t have the skills to cope with challenging situations and set healthy boundaries, then it can manifest into negative behaviors and being stuck in a loop of anxiety, worry, and shame. This doesn’t serve anyone. In fact, it’s what holds us back from showing up fully in our lives.
This is why I became a therapist.
I’ve always struggled with anxiety and have had chronic medical problems since high school, which I learned to manage largely because of therapy.
However, my initial career track was in non-profit. I quickly realized that the place where I could create the most impact was on the front lines helping women no longer feel trapped by their own minds.
I transitioned out of non-profit and returned to grad school to become a therapist instead. Five years later, I still saw power in therapy, but I realized something was still missing - the mind body connection.
It might sound a little bit woo, but there is science behind it. Your body holds onto your experiences and memories. It clues you into your mood, even when you aren’t able to articulate what you are feeling with words. When everything feels emotionally off, your body is the home that you need to come back to.
Disconnecting from our physical experience is often the first coping mechanism that occurs when we’re in pain, uncomfortable, or traumatized. It often manifests as numbing behaviors, such as turning to food, alcohol, or obsessive thoughts.
Reconnecting to your body is a way to reveal patterns, so you can let go of thoughts, behaviors, and relationships that aren’t serving you. Physical strength can also help you let go of fear of judgement and improve confidence and self-image. Enter my journey into becoming a yoga teacher and studying how cultivating physical strength and body awareness can help calm the mind.
Now, I combine therapy and yoga to help my clients get out of their heads and out of their own way.
MEET THE TEAM
Olivia enjoys working with teenagers and adults going through major life transitions, experiencing anxiety, and managing relationships. Her therapy style is very relatable and you can always count on her for honest feedback. She knows what it feels like to carry anxiety and hopes to help relieve that weight for her clients.
She primarily uses DBT, CBT, and Motivational Interviewing during sessions, but truly believes the most important part of therapy is creating a comfortable and judgment free space for clients. When not in session, she enjoys spending time with family, walking her dog, and cooking.
Julia Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Julia attended Quinnipiac University, School of Health Sciences, graduating with a Master of Social Work and quickly accepted a position as therapist for a non-profit agency serving adolescents and their families.
An ongoing professional mission of Julia’s is to help parents navigate the sometimes rough but rewarding terrain that is adolescence. In her free time Julia enjoys spending time with her family, listening to audiobooks, podcasts, and reading. Julia is currently accepting adult and adolescent clients as well as families.
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