I offer individual psychotherapy to adolescents and adults.
We are all unique, and our work together needs to be just as unique. I use an eclectic mix of interventions that include Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, and Solution-Focused therapies. I also incorporate coaching techniques into our sessions.
Why people struggle with this?
It’s been said that people with high self-esteem focus on growth and improvement, whereas people with low self-esteem focus on not making mistakes in life. When you suffer from low self-esteem, you feel like you can’t do anything right and that you’re always messing up in some way.
There are so many reasons why people struggle with this. Often times it can go as far back as childhood. From parents always finding fault in things you did; from being bullied at school and not feeling as though you had a caring figure to protect you; or from struggling academically in school and not having anyone notice or help you.
Low self -esteem can also hit people who previously had a high level of confidence in themselves. By suddenly losing a job, a romantic relationship or having financial troubles, it’s common for people to question their worth or value.
If you’re not sure if you struggle with this, here are some signs.
- Difficulty accepting compliments
- Speaking or thinking badly about yourself
- Reluctance to take on challenges or new things
- Having low expectations for yourself in the areas of career, school, relationships
- Difficulty putting yourself first in any situation
- Social isolation
- Anger and shame
It’s actually healthy to have some anxiety in our life because it plays an important role in keeping us safe. That gut feeling that we get when we’re walking alone on a dark street is an example of how anxiety is our friend and our protector. However, it can also turn on us very quickly and kick into high gear, even when there is no danger around.
Sometimes it feels overwhelming and all consuming. It can keep you from being able to concentrate on your task at hand or it can prevent you from engaging in social activities. That is when anxiety would be considered outside of normal limits.
Some of the symptoms of anxiety include but are not limited to:
- Constant worrying and nervousness
- Obsessive thinking and over analyzing
- Feelings of being overwhelmed
- Difficulty paying attention or remembering things
- Being constantly preoccupied about the future or the past
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Not only is it painful and uncomfortable, it’s also really embarrassing. It’s not something that we feel we can comfortably talk about, so often times we find ourselves dealing with it alone. I know this because I have Crohn’s Disease. I’ve had it for awhile and I know what you’re going through.
When we first get diagnosed, we immediately learn everything we can about it. What it is? How did I get it? What medication do I have to take? What tests and procedures will I need to have? What can I eat that won’t make me sick?
We inundate ourselves with knowledge in the hopes that we can make sense of what’s going on and to control a situation that feels so out of control, when really what we need most is to simply talk about it. Don’t get me wrong, knowledge is important and being informed on how to take care of yourself is crucial, but sometimes we’re so busy learning that we don’t make space for feeling.
We all know too well the physical discomforts of IBD, but what we might not realize is that depression, anxiety, and low self esteem are usually not that far behind. When we feel sad, isolated, shameful, and unworthy, This is where I come in. I know first hand what it’s like living with IBD.
I was 28 years old when I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and I struggled for the first few years with constant flare-ups and various medications and icky side effects until I luckily found some stability. Ten years later after my routine colonoscopy, my doctor realized that I actually had Crohn’s the entire time. Despite the stress of these illnesses, I have felt like one of the lucky ones. I know what others have gone through and I feel for them. This isn’t an easy road, but it’s a virtually impossible one when you’re feeling alone.
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13101 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Telephone: +1(323) 819-8909
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