Anne Strain, LCSW – Psychotherapist
Anne Strain, LCSW

People seek a psychotherapist for many reasons.

Although some sense of dissatisfaction may be a commonality, the way in which dissatisfaction is experienced is varied, and may be hard to reduce to words.

Perhaps one of these descriptions will resonate with your experience:

  • I worry that people won’t like me if they really get to know me.
  • I have dreams that puzzle me, and I would like to understand what they convey.
  • Everything about my life is more difficult than I expected and I don’t understand why.
  • I repeat the same mistakes and encounter the same obstacles in different circumstances.
  • What I want most in life always seems to elude me.
  • I am overwhelmed by my responsibilities. Nothing ever gets completed to my satisfaction.
  • I feel as if life is just passing me by.
  • I wish I could discover the meaning of my life.
  • My work is unfulfilling.
  • I have lost interest in or the initiative to pursue activities that I enjoyed in the past.
  • My anxiety prevents me from doing things that I want to do.
  • I wonder how my life would change if I wasn’t so _________ (anxious, depressed, bored, unhappy, unmotivated).
  • I need to make decisions that I feel unprepared to make.
  • I feel lonely even though I am surrounded by people much of the time.
  • I can’t seem to make sense of the choices I have made, or of how my life has turned out.
  • I spend a lot of time worrying.
  • I don’t have the relationships I desire, or the relationships I have are a source of disappointment to me.
  • Other people seem to be happier than me.
  • I feel as if my life is not really my own.
  • I am facing changes that I don’t seem able to manage.
  • I want to be different, but I don’t know how to make that happen.

If these descriptions capture something of your experience, you can be encouraged that psychotherapy can make a difference in helping you work towards lasting change. Finding a psychotherapist with whom you can feel comfortable is an important first step. Sometimes people tell me that they fear they have waited too long, but everyone has to start where they are. I am happy to talk to potential patients on the phone to gain an initial sense of what you are dealing with and how we might be able to work together before scheduling an initial consultation session. A phone conversation also gives you an opportunity to have a brief experience of talking with me.