Therapy Services in Washington, DC
"We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are." - Anaïs Nin
Most people feel ambivalent about beginning therapy. By now, you might feel fairly uncomfortable and frustrated, realizing that the friendly advice, the self-help books and web articles, and all of your existing coping mechanisms and activities have not been working for you. You want relief and results as soon as possible.
I'm Karen Osterle, a licensed psychotherapist and marriage/couples counselor. I help anxious and depressed adults find relief and deepen their relationships by first understanding the relationships that people have with themselves, because this has a real impact on other important relationships of ours.
I take a supportive, collaborative, and persistent approach to encourage you to build insight and capacity for coming up with new endings for the same old stories in your life, so that you can begin to feel and function better now. I use the information that you present (or, in some instances, avoid) to help you make sense of the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that undermine your relationships and productivity.
The therapy process should be more than just something that's vaguely interesting, I believe.--It must be a fully engaging experience that results in a real sense of growth and change, evident even within the first two or three sessions. Know that your feedback is an essential part of this.