People call when they are experiencing some form of stress or confusion in their personal life. Many of us have experienced times of self doubt and confusion. It isn’t our fault. Life just gets complicated at times and we may have moments when we are overwhelmed by the advice of our friends, family and the media. Many people are seeking a safe anonymous and confidential place to share their experience and seek a non-judgmental objective listening ear and some hope that they can find some answers to move them ahead. I begin with these two questions: Are you happy? If not what is blocking you?
What would you do to be happy?
I receive lots of calls from people wondering when they will find true love, or whether or not the person they are dating loves them, or will commit to them. Or they call because they are suffering from a recent break up and want to know how to move on or why that person did not love them. Some people call who are in relationships that are not working for them in-spite of their best efforts. No matter how hard they try they cannot feel the love they so desperately desire to have in their lives. We discuss strategies for attracting the person who is most capable of sharing their life and their love. What actions need to be taken to ensure that they have the very best possible outcome. You can find my blog postings on Romance here.
Single people call because they are looking for love but find it so elusive they believe they will be alone forever. Sometimes they call because they want to be single and don’t understand why they can’t find just companionship. Some call because they feel so intensely lonely that they are convinced a relationship would only be worse if they had to face rejection. We discuss what strengths they have developed by being alone that are very valuable in a relationship and strategies for how to get back out in the world and find other single people ready for a relationship or companionship!
Young parents call because they are overwhelmed with parenting and need support from someone who won’t judge them for not having all the answers or not feeling loving towards their child(rent) when they are acting out. Or they want to know what their child’s behavior means and how to best help their child. Many parents of teenagers call me because their teen is behaving in ways they never saw coming when they held that precious baby in their hands for the first time. Children did not come with a handbook or did they. Often we are missing the cues from them and the cues from our own heartstrings. Although I have many years of professional experience on children’s development and behavioral issues I am not the expert and I am not a therapist for you or your child. You are the expert. Together we explore what is happening in your child’s world and how it is ultimately impacting your life. I lay out possibilities and strategies for dealing with the presenting issue via appropriate and beneficial techniques and if need be refer you to the most appropriate professional for specific consultation. You are not alone and you do not have to spend your life being unhappy and beating up on yourself!
Parents of adult children call who have had their hearts broken because their adult children do not want to talk to them anymore or because they don’t understand why their children don’t have time for them, what could they have done that was so bad that they children they raised could not turn on them and betray them through abandonment and neglect. They call because they don’t know how to transition from a parent of a child to the parent of an adult child. Letting go doesn’t come naturally and they need support without being judged. Some call because they cannot forgive themselves for how badly they believe they parented their children they are looking for forgiveness.
Adult children call because they don’t understand why their parent is still abusive or controlling. They call because they seek to set boundaries with their parents and are fearful and terrified they will be rejected by the people that are suppose to love them the most. Sometimes they call because their parents are elderly and now they don’t know how to help them or their parent won’t let them help them.
Professionals and career people call me when their job is changing or the corporate structure is being reorganized and they feel confused and disoriented. Sometimes their soul is calling them to change jobs or follow a new career path and they need some support in understanding what that all means or they are afraid to follow the promptings of their hearts desire.
Other people call because their employment environment is intolerable or they are not paid enough and/or are undervalued. Sometimes they are experiencing horrible emotional and possibly physical abuse in their work environment. While I am not a lawyer my education in Human Resource and Administrative Law provide me with a background to hear your situation and support you with strategies that will help you. When necessary I suggest consultation with a professional in the legal field and how to find someone who is experienced in the area you need most.
College students call because they need assistance figuring out how to manage at school. They don’t understand why they are not connecting with their professors or they are terrified of failing out of their coursework. Sometimes they call because they are assigned to teams and they are struggling to understand the dynamics and feel they are being sabotaged or undermined by peers and/or professors. We talk about life adjustments, study skills and how to manage the system of college. What you can expect and where you can find support on campus.
People call me when they are seeking relief and healing from emotional pain or are confused about how life has been treating them. Sometimes I get calls from people surviving the death of a marriage or loved one. Someone they know had died or disappeared from their life and now they are in the grieving process and feel like they are alone with their pain. They wonder if their heart can actually break or they are afraid to cry because they might never stop. I developed a Life Adjustment class after working in the field of Human Services and provided this class to people who experienced the death of a loved one and/or a divorce (break up). I listen first and then share the tools and information from my class to help people adjust to the new normal. Often time people just need someone who can listen or if they feel they are struggling alone I can provide resources to bereavement specialists for longer in person sessions. Many places have free services.
I get calls from people who are in emotionally and/or physically abusive relationships. Or the calls are from friends and family member of someone who is suffering the diseases of mental health and/or substance abuse addiction. No one every decides this is how they want their life to be. They don’t sign up for abuse or to live a life full of heartache and pain. We can discuss how to change what can be changed and how to find happiness regardless of how other people are behaving. Many people have been where you are now and have discovered that when they approached their lives by taking care of themselves first they then experienced many changes and found solutions for the problems in their lives. We will discuss your situation with compassion and understanding and then talk about strategies to get you to a place where you enjoy your life and feel safe and discuss what resources are available to you and how to access those services.
When people call me I am humbled and honored that they will share who they are in all their vulnerability seeking a new way of interacting in their lives. I am not an expert on their life they are the expert. I simply listen while they talk and formulate what life skills I can share with them when they are ready to listen to what might work if they choose to pick up the tool from life’s tool box and apply it. These calls are never a burden because I hear myself saying things that I have learned from my own experience, from other people’s experiences, from my education and the research and serves as a reminder to myself too!