About Therapy

Taking care of ourselves is one of the first steps to living a more fulfilling life on every level. When we don't take care of ourselves, it can negatively affect our emotional and physical health, our spiritual wellbeing, and our relationships. Over time this can lead to depression, anxiety, anger, relationship conflict, and overall dissatisfaction with life.


You may already be in the process of embarking on this journey of self discovery or have just begun to look inwards. Either way, I can help you start from where you are at. People often turn to therapy during times of questioning things in your life or feeling that something just doesn't feel right. Therapy is a way to help develop and access the part of you that has the answer.


Through the process of therapy you can reconnect with your true self or perhaps make this connection for the very first time. This process of looking inward often brings you in touch with your deepest emotions. These emotions can be explored, experienced and understood in a safe environment through psychotherapy. I see my role as a supportive and nonjudgmental. I conduct therapy that encourages sharing of emotional experienced which will relieve suffering, create empowerment, and facilitate change.


By listening to your unique story and getting to know you as a whole person, I can serve as an objective observer, pointing out patterns of thought, behavior and emotion. In this collaborative manner I will help you to gain awareness and insight into maladaptive patterns that are keeping you stuck and away from the life you want to live.


I take an active role in the process, offering insights into patterns noticed and helping you to uncover the root causes of your distress. This will allow you to identify what needs to be dealt with, and as your therapist I can help you navigate through this process. I will also help you to develop and increase more effective ways of dealing with your current problems.


Sometimes problems may be exacerbated by an underlying mood disorder or anxiety disorder. I have extensive experience in assessment and diagnosis of mental health conditions. For some, treatment may include medications prescribed by a psychiatrist. I will work closely with your psychiatrist to provide a thoughtful, collaborative treatment plan. If at any time during treatment you are interested in a medication evaluation, I will help you find a doctor that fits your needs. I work with several psychiatrists in the community and am happy to provide referrals. 

© 2014 by Kathryn Shelton, LCSW