Life throws everybody curveballs…
Some are easily handled, while others can really throw us off balance for a long time.
Stress can build and build when we don’t have help to recover and re-balance … and this can lead to more severe problems.
We experience relationship troubles, addiction issues, difficulties fulfilling work duties, and even physical disorders when high levels of stress and trauma linger too long.
Everyone experiences different levels of stress…
… and it can build so slowly and persistently that maybe you didn’t notice until something catastrophic happened, and it started getting harder to get out of bed in the morning or be around the people at work and home.
Anxiety saps your joy and causes you to live in fear of this ominous feeling that seems to squeeze your heart and guts while your mind runs a mile a minute, unable to land on anything useful or positive.
The things that used to interest you started feeling farther away until they stopped being very interesting at all.
All these difficult feelings are overwhelming, and it doesn’t seem like anyone else around you is struggling with this; so you keep it to yourself, isolating with these hidden experiences until your relationships suffer and the loneliness becomes crippling.
The tendency to compare yourself to other people has led to a constant sense that you’re not good enough. Even though logically you might know that you’re sufficient, you just can’t shake that insecure feeling. You just keep going, trying to prove yourself, becoming exhausted by all the effort until you feel like crashing.
All this contributes to spiritual and existential angst, a dark night of the soul that can be truly terrifying.
The unresolved issues are piling up…
… and it’s becoming clear that distracting yourself by focusing on other people, watching too much Netflix, “taking the edge off” with those evening drinks, and “just staying busy” aren’t taking care of the lingering issues.
If you don’t make a change now, it will just get harder to regain your balance.
The good news is that we can learn to handle these stressors more effectively so that anxiety and depression don’t stop us from living good lives.
Therapy offers you the unique help that will serve you best, as you rebuild a solid foundation and begin to finally heal.
Therapy is the best place to start.
When you commit to your own personal growth and team up with a trained professional who also cares about your success and healing, then overwhelm becomes manageable.
Imagine having a mentor whose sole intention is to understand where you’re coming from and help you reach your mental health goals. This person listens to you, empathizes with your thoughts and feelings, guides you in healing practices, and sets out to help you make choices that ensure you’re living within your deepest value system and moving toward your chosen goals.
Old wounds are explored in gentle, yet challenging ways until your past becomes part of your inner strength instead of a ball and chain pulling you back.
Therapy can help you alchemize your experiences to work for you instead of against you so that you can continue moving forward instead of staying stuck in old and unhealthy patterns.
The current rate for therapy with Andrea Shipley is $195/ session. It may change. A sliding scale is available for a limited number of people.
What others are saying about Andrea Shipley, LPC …
“If you’re seeking to address issues or anxiety with a therapist who is warm and genuine, Andrea would be a great fit for you. Focused on a mindfulness based approach to her work with you, she has the skills and compassion to help you reach your goals.”
– Ms. Lisa Curtis, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CASAC
“I highly recommend Andrea Shipley. Andrea is a caring and supportive therapist who helps her clients find healthy ways to manage their stress and anxiety. Andrea is committed to fostering her clients’ inner strength so they can reach their goals.”
– Carol Covelli, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
“Andrea is the go-to person for anyone who is looking for a compassionate and supportive therapist who really challenges you to think outside of the box. Her authenticity shines through in her professional approaches. I highly recommend her.”
– Kimberly Goodrich, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC
“I highly recommend Andrea as a therapist and as a coach. She is warm, understanding, and thoughtful. She does a phenomenal job helping individuals figure out how they want to design their life in a way that is meaningful to them.”
– Dr. Morgan Levy, Psychologist, PhD
Take the Leap Today
Putting it off just delays your fulfillment and health. Reach out today to schedule a free 25-minute consultation, so we can identify the issues keeping you stuck and your goals for the future.
Together, we’ll decide if we’re a good fit.
This is your life, and I’ll do what I can to help you make the most of it. Call (804) 404-5593.
If you’re located in the state of Virginia – whether in Richmond, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Fairfax, or rural areas – then you can benefit from online counseling with Andrea Shipley, LPC.
It’s also possible to do therapy with Andrea if you’re an expat in countries that don’t regulate psychotherapy, like France and the UK. Reach out to learn more.