Hi! We all have times in our life that we would describe as challenging. During those times it’s easy to make excuses for not reaching out for help, like:
• I don’t have the time.
• I don’t want to have to tell a stranger my whole story.
• I don’t need someone judging me.
• No one else can tell me something I don’t already know.
• I’m sure I’ll get over this.
• I shouldn’t need help from someone.
• I tried it once and it didn’t work.
• I don’t want to talk about my mother!
You can always find an excuse to not help yourself. Whether it be losing weight, getting in shape, quitting bad habits, or going to therapy, it’s much easier to find reasons not to help yourself. Getting to a healthier place takes work and we’re not always open to working on ourselves. It may come naturally for us to help others, so why do we have such a hard time helping ourselves?
I’m here to make that decision a little easier for you. You see I am a source of support and encouragement. I’m not here to judge and I am not the type of counselor who will rub their chins and ask, “And how does that make you feel?” Well, at least I won’t do that often!
The point is that we all need help from time to time. Sometimes we may need guidance, a sounding board, an ally, a cheerleader, a teacher, or just a listening ear. Whatever your reason for reaching out, it’s a good one. You have done a great thing for yourself by getting this far. You owe it to yourself to start on the path to a healthier you.
My name is Tracy Birkinbine and I am a licensed counselor/therapist licensed in the states of Missouri, Illinois, and Florida. I have a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in counseling. So, I first learned how to talk, and then I learned how to listen! I have experience working with individuals in the areas of anxiety, depression, loss/grief, infertility, and adoption. I am also highly supportive of those who identify themselves within the LGBTQ+ community.
I am a remarried mother of five (one adopted daughter, two biological children, and two step-sons). I endured ten years of infertility, experienced the challenges and rewards of adoption, and learned a lot about patience and compromise through being in a blended family. I have suffered loss, been betrayed, seen the effects of trauma, and have loved deeply.
I tend to have a more eclectic style of therapy, using the tools I have to fit the individual. My therapy style includes cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and coaching. No one person is the same, so their therapy shouldn’t be either. I look forward to helping you get to a healthier place and to learn how to help yourself. Therapy for a lifetime should not be the goal. Providing you with the tools to better help yourself will be the objective.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
- Career difficulties
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Tracy is the best therapist I’ve ever had. I cannot thank her enough for the amazing progress she has helped me make. Her continuing support and undivided attention is genuinely beyond exceptional. You will not be disappointed with her!!
Tracy is an amazingly kind, patient, and brilliant woman! Very pleasant and productive chats!
I love Tracy
Tracy is great! She listens and offers encouragement along with understanding. She responds promptly to me two or three times a day. Her schedule is very flexible for video calls. I highly recommend her if you want a kind, passionate, professional, person to speak with in your time of need.
Amazing! So sweet and caring! She genuinely listens to you and wants to understand what you are going through. I genuinely will recommend her to anyone.