When did alcohol become front and center in my life?
As far as others can tell, you're rocking this thing called life. But, on the inside, you may be struggling with feelings like shame, frustration, and self-doubt because alcohol has taken on a larger role in your life than you would've ever expected, and you're not sure what to do about it. You're not an every-now-and-then drinker, but you're also not at rock bottom. You might've even had periods in the past where you've stopped drinking or taken a break, but you've never remained stopped. You're a high achiever – you're still showing up to life, and in all appearances, you're "excelling" – and your drinking probably looks a lot like others in your social circle. But deep down, you're working pretty hard to keep it together, and you know that your drinking is holding you back from realizing your full potential and living the life you truly want.
Unsure where to begin?
You may be scared to quit because your friends drink, and you worry you won't be “fun” anymore. Or maybe you've decided to quit but don't know where to start. Or maybe you've tried to quit for some time and found that the problems you tried to drown out with alcohol were still there. You're tired of keeping this to yourself, and it's time for a change.
You want to take back control of the life you worked so hard to create. You want to have fun or unwind without waking up the next day full of anxiety and disappointment in yourself. You're ready to hop off the hamster wheel you've been spinning on so you can feel present with your loved ones, confident in yourself, and clear-headed again. I can help you get there.
Can therapy really help?
My goal is to help you work through the things keeping you stuck, so you can begin moving toward the rich and meaningful life you want, without alcohol in the driver's seat.
Therapy for gray area drinkers isn't me telling you: “Just think your way out of drinking,” or “Quitting is a piece of cake, and you'll never have the urge to drink again,” or “If you just moderate, you'll be fine.”
We'll start with a free 15-minute consultation where we'll get to know each other a bit. I'll learn about why you're seeking support and we'll explore how I might help you. This is also a great opportunity for us to see if we both feel we'll be a good fit together.
The next step is to meet for a 90-minute intake session where we'll dive a bit deeper, exploring the role alcohol is playing in your life and what goals you have for the future. I'll ask more questions about your background, such as family history, cultural background, and medical history, and I'll also ask about your current functioning, like sleep, energy levels, and mood changes. This all helps me get a better picture of who you are, what factors make up your lived experience, and the ways in which alcohol is impacting your life. Of course, if there is anything you are not comfortable sharing, that is absolutely okay, and we will go at your pace. We will also establish an action plan to help set you up for success in your alcohol-free journey.
I've found that my clients make the most progress when we meet weekly for the first several weeks, and then drop down to biweekly if/when they feel ready. You may have spent a lot of time letting others' voices be heard, so holding space for your voice is of utmost importance to me. During sessions, I aim to create a safe space for you to feel, express, and process whatever is most important or urgent to you. We'll explore your values – who you want to be and how you want to live. We'll check in on your weekly goals and take steps to address any speed bumps that come up along the way. I'll share mindfulness and grounding exercises during our sessions, and I'll encourage you to practice them on your own outside of the session so you can create a new personalized toolkit for beating stress that doesn't involve alcohol.
What's holding you back from an alcohol-free life?
You don't have to continue drinking if you don't want to. You don't have to wake up another morning feeling bummed about yourself that you drank the night before. There's a lot of freedom in knowing you don't have to feel that way again. You can feel clear-headed and more present with your friends, family, and coworkers. You can feel confident knowing you overcame something you once thought impossible. It'll take some work and may not always be easy, but you don't have to go it alone. Help is here.
Payment for services is due at the end of each session. I am able to accept Premera and Life Wise insurance.
Let's connect for a quick introductory meeting. I'd love to learn more about your needs and how I might help.
Initial intake session
Our first session will focus on getting background information, laying the foundation, and setting expectations about our work together.
Weekly therapy session
I recommend weekly sessions to maintain progress with your goals. Bi-weekly or monthly sessions are also possible.
Sliding scale options are available
I offer a limited number of sliding scale slots based on income and other factors. Please contact me to discuss rates and current availability.
Please refer to my terms and conditions for details about my pricing and cancellation policy.
Let's get started...
Now that you're here, the hardest part is behind you. Let's take the next step together.
Schedule your free 15-minute consultation today.