“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou
It takes courage and intelligence to take the first step toward change, so congratulations on beginning your journey toward a better version of you! I am Patti Szambelan from the heart of Wisconsin, and I am invested in helping clients master the challenges of change. While change can be uncomfortable and even frightening, it is part of our typical course of life. Change can arrive with the force of a tidal wave or creep along incrementally like a glacier; Change can come in the form of devastating tragedy, difficult choices, broken relationships, or even new opportunities. I enjoy working with clients because I know I can help find the path through the challenge of changes to live healthier and happier lives.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), I have assisted many men and women with rehabilitation from addiction, depression, mental illness, and trauma. As a child of an alcoholic and the mother of an addict, I have benefited greatly from counseling, self-help books and received assertiveness training. The struggles with my child’s addictions left such an imprint on my life, I felt called to work with others who were dealing with similar issues. After 20 years in an entirely different field, I studied holistic massage therapy, earned my MS at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and worked diligently to become an effective Counselor. The therapeutic approaches that I find most effective are Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, though I am not limited to those approaches, and freely embrace the philosophy “To meet you where you are.” As always, my goal is to be supportive and empathetic with open and honest communication to reach the personal goals of my clients.
I have worked with couples, individuals and families dealing with issues which range from marital struggles to depression and anxiety. I bring a hopeful, compassionate approach while assisting clients to develop positive changes in their lives. I have also witnessed an overwhelming need in the pride community and have been honored to guide individuals through transitions, unique workplace issues, identity development, self-assertiveness training, family conflicts, and sensitively parenting LGBTQ kids.
Overall, my hope is to work WITH you and to support you in determining your best way forward. I work closely with clients to help them create a path which will assist in identifying negative thoughts and emotions, preventing addiction relapse, managing anger, coping with grief and loss, managing chronic pain, overcoming trauma, dealing with PTSD, and resolving relationship difficulties.
• Stress, Anxiety
• Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Life Purpose, Self-Love
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
LGBT , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Antisocial Personality , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Dependent Personality , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Midlife Crisis , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Narcissism , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Personality Disorders , Phobias , Post-traumatic Stress , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Smoking/Vaping Cessation , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues Read more...
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
LPC #7797-125 (Expires: 2023-02-28)
These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Patricia Szambelan. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.
Patricia (Patti) has been there for me when I needed her. Therapy can be a long process (two steps forward, one step back) when dealing with addictions, but she’s very encouraging and has a lot of expertise.
Appreciate Patricia, she’s been helpful in my times if need.
Had my first session with her and INSTANTLY liked her! Her experience, bright attitude, and enthusiasm towards healing and helping her patients is what I’ve been looking for. Excited to continue working with her!
Best therapist I have ever had (and I have had several!)!!!
Patti is so wonderful. I have made so much progress emotionally because of her guidance. I recommend betterhelp to everyone I know. My friend actually just signed up and I am so excited for her.
I absolutely love her. She’s made me feel like no matter what, I’m not alone and she’s gone out of her way to show me that she really cares. 10/10
Patricia Szambelan in addition to being a skilled therapist and healer is a wise individual that share here wisdom with me. I reached my goals through working with her and I highly recommend her to anyone seeking clarity about any life situation.
Patti helped me achieve all of my goals while in our therapy sessions. She was very helpful in my pursuit of happiness. I know that I will be able to revisit with her when and if I need to and that she will provide me with tools and ideas to help with that given situation. Patti is extremely helpful
Pat has been such a wonderful counselor and has deeply encouraged me to find my voice and make the changes I really needed to make to become my most authentic self. So grateful I took the step towards professional help. It’s made a world of difference already
Great counselor. Very individual approach. Takes notes and remembers well. Helps my process well. Very good at finding workable times. I would highly recommend.
Patti is super helpful! She is friendly yet firm when needed. She has helped me really examine a lot of things I've been holding onto for a long time. Patti responds to my messages in a timely manner and helps me get through tough moments when needed. I always look forward to our sessions - I leave feeling refreshed and ready to take on my daily challenges again!
I am very happy with my experience
Patti is an excellent counselor. She is warm, engaging, caring and compassionate. I am glad she was assigned to address my specific needs.
Patricia has many tools and insights to help you. She is very responsive and supportive.