How well did you sleep last night? Was yesterday so busy that you became too overwhelmed to get anything done at work, much less eat correctly? Do you ever become so frustrated in overcrowded spaces or on the road, that words pass between you and a stranger? Do feelings of sadness or anxiousness cause misunderstandings with you and your significant other? Are you beginning to isolate more, finding that the news has you withdrawing from doing errands outside the home, or perhaps even feeling paralyzed inside the home? Are you sad or unable to regulate your feelings with greater frequency? Is social media creating a fear of missing out, confidence issues, or loneliness?
Joy, Anger, Grief, Worry, Fear, and Sadness
We don't live in one world, we live in many.
With 12 million people living in Southern California we make our way through lines, maneuver around loud and narrow parking structures, race to claim our seat on a crowded bus, or inch along on-ramps to get on the freeway. We are constantly negotiating and being informed and affected by each of these various environments; all the while our lives are happening.
And everyday we experience a multitude of places, people, energies, attitudes and behaviors with hundreds of strangers who go through the same thing in their own lives, as well. By day's end, something as simple as picking up dinner can cause our already frayed senses to go into overdrive.
And what about your kids?
For children, all of these worlds have enormous impact. Maturity helps to temper emotions as we navigate through the day to day, but children reflect what they absorb around them; they don't choose to be fearful, loving, or calm. Emotions are often derived from our environments and this translates even more so with children. With these kinds of stressors, people both big and small need empathy, not adversity.
I'm here to listen and to support you with ideas that can help reduce stress. As you learn to relate better with yourself, you begin to relate to others more effectively, as well. Boundary setting, grounding techniques, empathy, and self-care are tools that you develop and the good news is that you already possess these.
With therapy, your clarity improves about your ongoing emotional needs, wishes, and desires Through weekly exploration and discussion, you are invited to create and choose alternatives that help you to better manage environmental stressors with greater success and, in turn, you not only feel better; but you develop new coping skills that enable you to feel good about yourself.
Problems, misunderstandings, interruptions, and unforeseen changes are always going to be present. It's how you deal with them that makes them what they are. You deserve to be well.
Call me, let's talk.
For information, or to schedule an appointment, call 323 422 2036
Kristin F. Jones℠ Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #92360. 3611 Seneca Avenue, Los Angeles, Ca, 90039.