Mindfulness & Focusing Training
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Have you ever felt the sense of relief in your body when you've arrived at a good decision or felt the tension when you're uncomfortable about something you're about to do? We are always being guided by our inner felt sense and experiencing feelings guiding us in a direction. When we are in touch with that inner felt sense, it's a sense that guides, that can lead to actions that are authentic and satisfying.
So how can we become attuned to our felt sense and allow this inner compass to aid us to make better decisions and live more effectively? The first step is to listen. So often we judge or doubt our own experience or let our usual analyses get in the way. Listening, openness, acceptance, the ability to "pause", and focus attention on our present experience--these attitudes enable you to focus on your experience in a way that leads to solutions that you hadn't come up with before. Whether its deciding which job to choose, what direction to take when you are lost or how to handle a conflict in your family, by checking in with a felt sense, a person's experiencing can come up with the next step or action that's needed to move forward.
Marsha Smith, LCSW
Marsha Smith, LCSW
Psychotherapist with adults and adolescents 636 Church Street Evanston, IL 60201 847/323-1717
Psychotherapy will help you find solutions and make changes to feel better
deal well with life challenges and be more effective in life.
I see individuals in person in my Evanston office and accept BC/BS PPO and Medicare insurance types.
Individual counseling helps you to deepen your understanding and find solutions
in a safe and supportive setting. I work collaboratively to help you move forward
in a direction that is right for you. Over the past 25 years of practice, I have
developed an interest and expertise in working with a range of issues:
Identifying goals and effecive strategies to achieve them
Making difficult decisions
Working through sadness and grief
Overcoming depression and anxiety
Recovering from destructive relationships
Working through anger and conflict
Healing from trauma
Eating issues and body image
Support for recovering from physical illnesses
Counseling and psychotherapy can help you work through whatever you are up against. You can move past blocks, get unstuck, feel more balanced, feel less angry, anxious or depressed, have more ease in decision making and enjoyment in relationships. When you reflect on your inner experience, in an empathic relationship, you can tap into more of your resources of feeling and thinking to move through problems and take the next steps of change and growth. Focusing on inner experience brings a shift to a deeper awareness about issues, that brings new insights and steps in solving problems. Scroll down to learn more about various therapy options I offer: individual, couples, and adolescent therapy. Most insurance types are accepted.
Creating and maintaining healthy relationships can be difficult. Yet, under the right conditions, we have the natural ability to have satisfying and enriching relationships Couples therapy can help remove the blocks to intimacy, shift stuck patterns and nurture connection. It can help change a cycle of blame and dissatisfaction and allow you to deal better with challenges such as:
Balancing work and life
Adolescents need real-life answers to help them deal with real problems such as bullying, depression, violence, body image issues, family stresses and much more. The pressure on today’s kids to fit in, excel, and figure out how to grow into adults can be overwhelming.
Yet research with teens shows that when we support social and emotional development we foster their mental health and prevent and reduce behavioral problems. My counseling services are designed to promote social-emotional wellness, and to protect and strengthen the mental health and resilience of teens and families.
To schedule a therapy appointment contact Marsha, firstname.lastname@example.org or 847/323-1717.