Thank you for visiting my page. I recognize that you may be here due to recent concerns of relationship conflict or a past history of relationship trauma that’s interfering with your day to day life. Your current experiences have led you to seek guidance and support. You may be wondering if I’m the one to help or if I will even understand. There’s a lot of uncertainty in choosing me as your therapist and I am glad you are taking the steps to ensure choosing to work with me will be a safe and effective option for you.
If you have experienced a history of relationship abuse, whether it be family, friends, or significant others, you may be feeling significant emotional pain, confusion, and discomfort within your current relationships. You have a deep desire to connect and to feel trust, safety, security, and commitment for once. Imagining a world where relationships are predictable, stable, and continuously joyful seems like a foreign concept. Yet, deep down, something in your core tells you that the pain you are experiencing is real and that feeling is valid — that relationships can’t possibly all be this painful. You may have started to question if the common denominator is you. It’s common to internally question if you’re the cause and are somehow “broken” or “unworthy of love”. It may be extremely difficult to tell the difference between past emotions and current emotions.
These thoughts may have lead you to avoid relationships altogether. Balancing a desire to connect yet coping with the fear related to past relationship wounds. It may be difficult to identify the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships; expecting the worst and yet, hoping for the best. Uncertainty if this new relationship is going to hurt like the last one. Feeling guarded and hesitant, even frozen at times, to move forward. Scared your past will push the relationship away or fearful that the relationship will unpredictably end.
It’s completely natural to feel terrified and scared when entering new relationships, even panicked at times. You’ve gone through the worst imaginable, and relationships have been tremendously painful. Yet, you are noticing that your current relationship experiences feel all too similar, and you are uncertain of what to do. You may have tried self-help, you may have tried therapy in the past, and you may feel stuck and confused about where to turn next. That’s where I come in, because you are absolutely right! There is better, and I can help! Together, we can resolve the impact of complex relational trauma experiences such as anxiety and depression. Together, we can build a sense of safety — once and for all. We can reduce the impact of prior traumas and increase internal confidence to know the difference between past and present.
So, let’s work together and get you to the next level in your relationships. I believe in you, I trust you when you say relationships have been hurtful, and I am here to support you along the way to safer, happier, and healthier relationships. Don’t wait any longer. You deserve relief and to end the cycle of abusive and hurtful relationships. Start on that path by calling me today! Waiting rarely helps.
If you are still uncertain about whether or not I’m the right fit for you, you can call my office, select my extension and leave me a direct personal message. I provide free, 15-minute phone consultations specifically to answer any questions you may have. I return calls within 24-48 hours and I look forward to speaking to you.
Jessica Richards, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor