"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand." - Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand." - Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

The world demands a lot from us.

We're expected to be "A" students. Perfect parents. Supermodel slim. On top of the latest trends. We spend a third of our lives working, and most of us are underpaid. We're encouraged to spend the other two-thirds getting enough sleep, exercising, keeping up with current events, participating in extracurricular activities, eating healthy, taking care of our families and pets, doing homework, attending social events - and somehow squeeze in time "for ourselves." It's not enough that we do all of those things; we also have to be the best at them, or be judged by ourselves and others. And we absolutely can't admit that we're struggling, or ask for help.

With all of these unrealistic expectations, it's no wonder that we are more depressed and anxious than ever before.  At any point in time, 30% of adults and 20% of adolescents are dealing with a mental health condition, and countless others are having problems with work, parenting, relationships, school, or other important life situations.  Life makes us all loose in the joints and very shabby.

The good news

You don't have to be what the world wants you to be. You can be Real, because you are anyway. You can live your life according to what is important to you and discover what happens when you try a different way of approaching your problems. You can even have help in dealing with whatever life throws your way.

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Counseling services to help with what's really important

For Everyone:

  • Be more engaged in your life
  • Manage stress effectively
  • Heal from traumatic life experiences, like death, divorce, physical or mental illness, violence, and other painful experiences
  • Understand yourself better
  • Find solutions to problems
  • Cultivate acceptance

For Teens:

  • Manage schoolwork
  • Have supportive peer relationships
  • Develop healthy body image
  • Become independent

For Adults:

  • Foster meaningful relationships
  • Cope with life transitions
  • Feel more fulfilled in your work

For Couples and Families:

  • Navigate cohabitation, marriage, and parenthood
  • Communicate better

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I'm Gina, and i'm a real person.

Finding the right fit with your therapist is important, since successful therapy often requires you to be honest and vulnerable. Goodness of fit is not necessarily how similar you are to your therapist in terms of age, gender, culture, race, background, or life experiences (although these can be extremely important!). A good fit involves mutual respect and appreciation, agreement on the focus and goals of therapy, and a feeling that your therapist "gets it."

My philosophy is that the impersonal, overly-clinical therapist stereotype does not usually help people feel respected or understood. I therefore approach each individual with genuineness and warmth, and I am open to constructive feedback. My style is interactive and engaged to help you explore questions you may not have thought to ask yourself and to find new and creative solutions to old problems.