Hello and welcome to my website. I'm glad you're here. Thinking about reaching out to a therapist for help, particularly if it is for the first time, is not easy. Most of us have been taught that we are suppose to handle life's challenges and difficult feelings on our own, that reaching out to another for help is a sign of weakness. Personally, I disagree. In fact, I believe that reaching out to another is actually very much a sign of strength and an indication that you are ready to begin or to continue your healing process. Reaching out for help is a sign that you want to live a more fulfilling life.
You might be feeling apprehensive about the thought of beginning psychotherapy or seeing a new psychotherapist. You might be concerned that you will be judged for your problems and/or your coping mechanisms. I want to assure you that, in our work together, I will do my very best to ensure that this does not happen. Having you feel safe and comfortable are my primary concerns. This does not mean that we won't touch on difficult or painful feelings or memories. We probably will. But rest assured we will do this in a gentle way and only when you are ready and feel safe and resourced enough to do so. So, before you proceed here, take a deep breath . . . and then complement yourself for taking this courageous first step to exploring what it might be like to have support and guidance from another as you embark upon your healing journey.
Please take your time exploring the information I provide here, explaining in more detail my philosophies and approaches to specific issues. Please also know that I consider you a unique individual and if you decide to work with me, together we will come up with a plan for counseling that feels right to you. I look forward to hearing from you.
Anne Cattarello, M.A., L.P.C.