Elevator to Therapist: I feel like I have no control over what I do everyday.
Therapist to Elevator: Well, you know in your line of work, you have to expect there to be ups and downs.
Howdy. I’m Sealani (Branson) Weiner and I congratulate you for taking this step toward enlightening yourself to yourself.
Now, to the joke. We may come to counseling with the notion that life is only hard and that each challenge is very , very, serious, and be unable to access any other part of ourselves. Accessing our sense of humor, fully embracing and laughing at the absurdities of our lives is one sign of our improved mental health.
I am passionate about this work. For me, this psychological work is sacred. You are allowing me into your personal world as you move through and beyond your conflicts and challenges. The emotional pain we humans experience affords us an opportunity to learn something new. You may be here because something is bothering you, upsetting your internal self.
Our issues frequently come from comparing ourselves with others and finding ourselves inadequate. Many of us also find we “should” ourselves, hearing that negative voice in our heads telling us we can never be okay with who we are. Perhaps you are troubled because, after “sweeping it under the rug” for years, ignoring an issue, that you’ve now fallen head first on the floor from tripping over the bump beneath.
My working career brought me from training in a corporate environment (after receiving a Masters in Counselor Education) to sales (working at the World Trade Center) to social work. My counseling work has been with people aged 7 to 95, including the full array of the gender and ideological spectrums. At this time, my practice is limited to working with individual adults. I am a Clinical Social Worker- Certified, licensed in Maryland. I have held licenses in Washington D.C., New York, and New Mexico. The qualities that I bring to my work are as follows:
-An appreciation of CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING and gently STRETCHING ONE'S SELF-LIMITATIONS;
-Every path to HEALING THE HURTS is unique, and should be recognized as such;
-ACCEPTANCE and COMPASSION are gifts to oneself.
I’m direct, warm, and understanding. Having worked through so much myself, I can be a “safe container” to whom you can express your wounds without fear. My areas of expertise and experience also include working with individuals (as well as couples, groups and families) coping with: loss, disability, sexual abuse, incest, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, anxiety, self-hatred, depression, and dis/empowerment issues.
I am humbled by your choice to work with me.
- Family conflicts
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
Stress, Anxiety , LGBT , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Avoidant Personality , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Co-morbidity , Commitment Issues , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Dependent Personality , Dissociation , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Emptiness , Expats , Family of Origin Issues , First Responder Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Hoarding , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Impulsivity , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Military and Veterans Issues , Multicultural Concerns , Posttraumatic Stress , Prejudice and Discrimination , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexuality , Somatization , Visually Impaired , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues Read more...
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW-C #12698 (Expires: 2022-10-31)
I tried therapy for the first time at 18 through my college's health center. I thought it was the right thing for me but I never felt heard with my counselor, my anxiety was getting worse, and I thought everything I was struggling with was my burden to carry. It wasn't until I was 23 that I decided to try therapy again. In the 5 year gap my mental state had fluctuated tremendously, but this was my low. I didn't realize how much my trauma impacted my life, how I carried myself, or how it paralyzed me when I tried to think about my future until I started talking to Sealani. It's not just my mindset that's changed, I have changed. For the first time, I feel like I have the tools to continue to grow and become a better version of me without falling apart when I make a mistake. I have control over my life.
I only met with Sealani for a short time. During that time, however, she helped me understand my value to stop beating myself up and she started me on the path to self-acceptance and self-love. She's very insightful and adept at helping you understand what's beneath the surface. I'm grateful for the time I had with her.
It is my first time using betterhelp for therapy and I honestly expected that this will be typical cliché advice. Sealani proved me wrong. Her first response to me was unbelievably good so I was really excited with how our relationship will grow as a therapist and client. All our sessions were absolutely great, answers I have never heard before, advices that are practical and very likely that I could practice everyday, and her care for me was just beyond words. A stranger, hearing another stranger vent, but changing somehow a part of me for the better. I love her and I recommend her.
Exactly what I needed at the time I needed it.