Life is about possibilities. Feeling that there are possibilities gives one hope that life will get better. Yet often, one can become stuck in a maze of negative beliefs about themselves and their abilities. For some, they feel weighed down by their fears, anxieties and depression from previous life experiences, making it difficult to envision a life that would be “worth living”. With support, people can develop both a better understanding of themselves, and learn new skills to overcome life conflicts and manage emotional vulnerabilities. Counseling can provide people with the confidence and tools needed in important life choices.
Specialties & Issues:
Pre-Marital & Marital Couples Counseling (Prepare Enrich Facilitator Certified)
Anxiety, Depression, Trauma & PTSD
Emotional vulnerability and distress tolerance
Grief & Loss
Life survival & transition skills
Career stress & changes
All humans are wired for connection. Throughout life, our experiences shape how we see the world and thus how we see our partners. We cope with the ups and downs of life by learning how to protect ourselves from harm. Sometimes, these protective strategies keep us from connecting with our partners. The truth is that all relationships take work. It is not uncommon for differences to arise between partners; if not addressed, these differences can turn the best of relationships into a dysfunctional one. When one partner does not feel safe emotionally or physically with the other partner, these unclear moments can trigger even more conflict, making each feel that their only solution is separation or divorce. Megan helps her clients identify unhelpful cycles, gain emotional safety, and learn how to form secure attachments with one another. Clients learn to express themselves and also understand their partner’s feelings, needs, and desires in a new, more helpful way.
Marital & Couple Communication Differences:
Partners with ADHD
Grief & Loss
Marriage & Pre-Marital Counseling
Work & Financial Stress
Family & Parenting Counseling
Parenthood is not for the faint of heart. Parenthood is about learning how to support your child without overdoing for them. It also involves learning how to partner with your spouse or others in raising your child when there are differences in how each person sees their role as a parent. When a child has learning challenge or is a part of a blended family, there are additional challenges to understanding your child and what they may need. At different points in life, parents often feel they are inadequate because they do not instinctively know what to do when it comes to raising their children. It is important to keep in mind, however, that parenting skills are not instinctive, but learned! Megan’s work involves helping parents understand themselves, and how their children are both the same and different from them. Working with Megan, parents develop their communication, listening, and mindfulness skills for helping their children as they mature both cognitively and developmentally.
Differences in parenting
Blended family challenges
Parenting children with ADHD/learning differences
Parenting your parents
Grief & Loss Counseling
It often comes as a surprise to many that sometimes beginnings, not just endings, can trigger many emotions of both sadness and anxiety from even the most confident of individuals. Even when there is an anticipated divorce, the finality can be very unsettling. When one experiences the death of a spouse, partner, parent, or close friend, the impact of that loss can flood one’s life and bring into question whether they will find their path to stability. And for others when confronted with the death of a child, the emotional strains can be so intense that they question if they can ever have a life worth living again. When there is an unexpected loss in pregnancy through a miscarriage, stillbirth, or termination, the emotions for women and men can be so different, yet just as devastating for both. There is no one way to grieve a loss; there is no set timeline for it. Counseling provides an individual with support and understanding to explore the meaning and impact of one’s loss in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
Grief & Loss Adjustments:
Death of a spouse/partner
Death of a child
Death of a parent
Children Leaving the Home (Empty Nest)