The majority of my clients are young women, between the ages of 15-35, who are facing normative life transitions or unexpected challenges across adolescence and young adulthood.
When the stress of life exceeds girls’ or young women’s ability to cope or unfamiliar pressures arise, they come and see me. Typical challenges include stress, friendships, family relationships, body image and self-esteem, anxiety or depression, as well as phase transitions across high school, college, grad school, job stress; milestones such as marriage, pregnancy, parenting; or other health challenges that may require counseling or coaching, mind-body strategies and goal-directed wellness plans. The purpose is to help build confidence and resiliency skills to enjoy and flourish in life.
In addition, I offer periodic young women’s Daring Way™ groups, with 8-10 participants.
I have tailored the program for two types of young women:
- Women transitioning through college to the workplace
- Women in the early stages in their career — ready to step into their life and career in a bigger way, with confidence and support
The primary focus of the 8-week group is on developing shame resilience skills and developing a courage practice that transforms the way we live, love, and lead. If you haven’t read Brené Brown’s New York Times’ bestselling books derived from years of research on people’s stories, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection, I highly recommend them to everyone. I also suggest you see her two TED talks that went crazy viral. Her work really resonates.
Participants in the group will receive the Daring Greatly book as part of the program, as well workbooks and other materials. The method is highly structured and interactive. It’s not group therapy. It’s a psycho-educational experience that follows a clear format. However, the experience is therapeutic in many ways, and women will realize their own strengths through the work, safe space, and support from other members. (Read more below.)
What Does Your Arena Look Like?
When you step into the arena in your life whose voices do you hear? Who sits in the stands? Who might judge you? What stops you from taking new risks?
I can’t tell you how common it is for bright young women to come to me in state of panic or distress, in reaction to dealing with new or unexpected life challenges.
My boss is totally out of line. She expects me to answer her every email and call at all hours. I can’t have a life.
I just know the other students are so much more talented than I am. I feel like a fraud. Why am I even in this degree program?
I can’t seem to get clear on what I’m supposed to do or be? I have no direction anymore. I want to make a difference and I don’t know how.
All my friends have great jobs and relationships. I feel like I can’t catch up.
I know I’m disappointing my parents. They invested so much in my schooling and now I can’t even find a job. It was all a waste.
My boyfriend dumped me for another woman. She clearly is more successful than I am in every way.
I can’t sleep at night. I can’t focus during the day. My friends say I’m not my old self. But I’m not sure who I was or who I’m supposed to be.
I just want to enjoy my life, not feel like I have to keep on pushing and pushing. Isn’t life supposed to be fun?
The Daring Way™ method helps to address these fears and beliefs and to embrace the drive and desire to flourish. Together we will learn about the magic of stepping into vulnerability and being brave, and developing skills to create a meaningful life.
Bring a Friend
Do you know what a “marble jar friend” is? A marble jar friend is someone who has earned the right to hear your story. Step by step, over 8 weeks, we build trust and learn skills to show up and be seen. As such, this group is well suited for a young woman and a dear friend to do together.