Although most of us strive for a happy and harmonious life, there are times when life can be a challenging process. Our experiences since birth can shape who we are today, yet there are moments during our journey when unexamined or unfinished experiences cause emotional unrest.
Commonly, the people who contact me are looking for help with the distress that is currently occurring in their lives. While some feel depressed or anxious, others feel trapped by patterns of frustrating or destructive behaviors. Some are struggling to navigate the on-going distress in their lives by themselves, while others need help dealing with an immediate crisis. Some clients have just ended a romantic relationship, while others are just beginning one.
I help people that have lost their way-their happiness or their romance and passion in life. I help people find a way to "turn on the lights again." For some, this process might be slower and require finding the "flashlight or
Jennifer Sanford, LMFT
Relationship & Transformational Counseling
Call Jennifer: 916-899-6632
the candles" first, if you will. And for others, finding one's passion for life might require flipping on the switch for the flood lights. Really digging in to life and addressing those things that get in the way of one's happiness. It is different for every human being. I help people move forward and become unstuck.
The healing can come from each individual exploring ways to make sense of their lives and to experience and enjoy their own, unique life to the fullest. Mary Oliver, an inspired poet challenges us with her writings: "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" This is the type of question that can lead to healing and the ability to claim this life that is uniquely yours to live.
It is my belief that this life can be an opportunity to be happy. It takes work and commitment and, at times, great perseverance. Are you ready to embrace and recognize your moments of happy? To live the life that you choose to live? To be exactly who you want to be? We are not our depression, our grief, our anxiety, nor our sadness. These are parts of our life--they do not have to be the way we define our entire life.
My well rounded insight and experience includes working for fifteen years in the Financial Industry, founding two successful businesses and obtaining a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. My experience of the business world gives added insight in to the dynamics that take place at work which often tag along through the front door of the home, knowingly or unknowingly (or vice versa).
My nature is one of compassion when working with clients. I believe that individuals and families already have the answers, but not always the permission or road maps, to change or to discover new ways of being. My deep passion stems from the belief that within all people rests the innate ability to heal.
My therapeutic views have been influenced by teachings of Western therapists and have been inspired by the contemplative, mindfulness-based approaches of the East. The mindfulness-based approach emphasizes one’s awareness of the present moment through meditation and attention-focusing exercises. The art of mindfulness is a critical ingredient which allows us to be more present in our day-to-day connections with ourselves, those we love and care for and those we cherish.
I work with my clients to help them feel more empowered to create and nurture the lives and relationships they want for themselves and were meant to live. I consider myself a specialist in helping individuals find their happiness and peace. I am constantly amazed and humbled by the courage, adaptability and uniqueness of each person’s story. I consider it a privilege to be a therapist and I have the utmost respect for the tenacity of the human spirit to guide the individual towards wholeness.
To schedule an appointment, please call: 916-899-6632.