For Older Adults
What’s on your mind?
Your questions and choices may seem endless.
– Where do I want to live right now and how will that affect my future?
– My kids are trying to help, but I don’t want to be a burden.
– I’m still mourning the death of my spouse and am struggling with widowhood.
– I’m getting more forgetful. Do I have Alzheimer’s?
– My spouse is getting more forgetful. Do they have Alzheimer’s?
– How do I keep going when my body isn’t cooperating?
– I’m tired of reading obituaries.
– How will I handle the details in life when my spouse isn’t doing it with me?
– I don’t want to move to Assisted Living.
– Should I stop driving? I don’t want to lose my freedom.
– What about intimacy in later life?
– How do I deal with all of these health problems and medical appointments?
– How do I plan for the end of life?
– How do I know if I’m depressed?
Could counseling help?
You might be thinking – – What kind of people see therapists? I think I can take care of my problems myself. Why would I pay someone to just talk? Doesn’t therapy take a long time? Is asking for help a weakness?
These are common questions asked by some older adults. My Resources page has a couple of helpful articles that may answer your questions about psychotherapy.
All feelings are normal. And questions are normal. Sometimes you may worry, or feel overwhelmed or sad – and you want to feel better. As a psychotherapist, I’m more of a guide – and a problem solver – and a support person – and an educator – and a consultant – and lots of things. But mostly, I’m a facilitator of change, a helper and a really good listener.
Think of me as a member of your team.
We’ll look at the big picture of your life in therapy. We’ll talk about your health, your family, your community and your day-to-day life. Then we’ll work on your improving your coping skills, look at different ways of thinking, set goals, and work together on feeling better.