For those of us experiencing anxiety, depression, chronic illness/disability, grief and loss, relationship issues, and work/life balance difficulties, trying to adapt to the changes these issues inevitably bring is a common thread that binds us all together. Change is a natural part of life, but it has ways of bringing up feelings of fear, uncertainty, doubt, and sometimes even apathy and pessimism. Since we cannot control change – we can only control how we respond to it – we often feel “stuck”.
Together, we can work to address these feelings and adjust our mindsets so we can become stronger from the inside out. Realizing that we have the power to “course correct” our circumstances can be empowering. Our aim in the therapeutic process is to address change by:
*learning to “reframe” the situation and see it differently. We can become more aware of what our minds are saying to us and change the narrative to something that is more aligned with our needs. Sometimes we don’t see the possibilities that change can bring because we are locked in a mindset that this is how things are supposed to be.
*re-examining our core beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. When we know ourselves, our truths, our current beliefs, we can weather change more effectively. Sometimes difficulty comes when we are living out of alignment to our core values.
*acknowledging that it can be uncomfortable but that difficult moments to not define us. Although social media may have us believe otherwise, life is not meant to be lived perfectly. We can learn from our mistakes, alter our actions, and see where we can do better. Avoiding discomfort can lead us to miss out on amazing experiences. Together, through the therapeutic process, we can discover what might be on the other side.
*identify supports and health self-care practices. We can explore those relationships and practices that are reflections of our worth and learn to let go of those that don’t. The therapeutic process can also address how our communication styles can either enhance or diminish our support systems.
These are my beliefs. I blend cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), person centered therapy (PCT) and solution focused therapy tailored to each person’s needs.
In the past 4 decades as a social worker (yes, it has been that long!), I have worked with individuals in long term care and hospice, both as a social worker and as an administrator, and as a mental health practitioner in group practice settings. If I have learned anything over those years it is this: It is never too late to try something new, to start again, and to create a life we truly desire. We are all connected. Our journeys may look different and feel different, but we are all here on this earth for a reason and for a purpose. Let us discover yours – together.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy
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She has been extraordinary during a very difficult point in my life. Thank you, Jan!
Written on Nov 13, 2023 after therapy with Janice for 4 months on issues concerning family conflicts, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Janice is amazing!
Written on Nov 13, 2023 after therapy with Janice for 2 years and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, grief, and self esteem
Janice has been amazing. She has helped me deal with the darkest times of my life, and I do not think any other therapist could have helped me the way that she has. She is experienced and patient, Highly recommended.
Written on Oct 18, 2023 after therapy with Janice for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, anger management, and adhd
Janice Nass is personable, thoughtful, easy to talk to, and professional in her delivery. I appreciate her expertise and understanding.
Written on May 11, 2023 after therapy with Janice for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes
Janice has helped me set goals for myself and been a crucial part in my progress in dealing with anxiety. She’s extremely knowledgeable, kind and insightful. I feel so lucky to have been matched up to her.
Written on Dec 29, 2022 after therapy with Janice for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Janice is incredible. A perfect fit.
Written on Dec 19, 2022 after therapy with Janice for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes