Are you feeling stressed, anxious, lonely or sad? My private practice offers compassion-focused, individual counseling and consultation in NW DC. Our work together can help you connect more effectively to you and with who and what you care about most.
Living and working within Washington DC’s bustling culture, we can feel stress and pressure to do more with less and less time. Learn how to take a breath and stay in the daily moments of life despite the prevailing ‘push through’ mentality.
It was psychologist Kristin Neff who spearheaded research that found, “people who are more self-compassionate lead healthier and more productive lives than those who are self-critical…Many people believe that they need to be self-critical to motivate themselves, but in fact they just end up feeling anxious, incompetent and depressed.” In fact, Dr. Neff’s findings demonstrated that people who are kinder to themselves actually perform better than those who are not.
In her book, “The Gifts of Imperfection,” Brené Brown, a writer and research professor did an about-face when she discovered through her research that, “knowledge is important but only if we are being kind and gentle with ourselves as we work to discover who we are.” This finding caused Brown to rethink her life and her priorities. A glimpse at the chapter headings in her book can give you a sense of what she now values most: Authenticity, letting go, play and rest, calm and stillness, meaningful work, and creativity.
Anchoring yourself in who you are and what you care about and fostering connection in your life helps you deeply know and take care of yourself.
How individual counseling can help support you in a warm, non-judgmental atmosphere:
- Increase self-awareness so you have more choices in how you respond to yourself and others
- Explore patterns in past and current relationships to develop perspective and effect change
- Help strengthen your sense of and your connection to you
- Feel more calm and balanced so you can handle challenging situations in your life
- Incorporate mindfulness and self-compassion techniques in your daily life to reduce stress and enhance feelings of well-being
Are you a therapist or healer? Learn more about how counseling/coaching for you can help.
I am familiar with the joys and struggles that go along with living in today’s fast-paced world. I believe that we are all doing the best we can and that sometimes we just need a little help. Let’s talk about how individual counseling can help you. I value gender, sexual, racial, class, disability and religious/spiritual identity. Just call/text me at 202-215-2790 or email me at JKogan@Jennifer Kogan.com. You can also contact me here.