Licensed Counselor in Charlotte, NC
Has life betrayed you, let you down, or disappointed you in some way?
Maybe you’ve lost an important person in your life.
Maybe the dream you’ve been working toward caught fire.
Maybe it’s a relationship that’s imploded – slowly over time or all at once.
Or maybe it’s more complicated than a simple sentence can convey.
But you don’t have to figure this out by yourself.
Hi, I'm Aimee.
I help grieving, anxious, stressed adults catch their breath, slow down, learn to feel safe, and find some inner peace (even in the midst of change and chaos).
I can help you...
- Explore ALL the ways you are really feeling (all feelings are welcome)
- Develop self-compassion and self-care
- Creatively cope while living alongside your grief or pain
- Manage your stress and anxiety
- Fight back against your depression
- Trust yourself and set boundaries with others (you have a right to say “no”)
- Experiment with feeling safe in a world where terrible things can happen
What's it like to work with me?
As a survivor of life-changing, heartbreaking loss, I get how frustrating it is to try to grieve or deal with any sort of pain in our culture. Our quick-fix, instant-results, “positive vibes” society just doesn’t know what to do with us when things are complicated or unfixable.
In response to your distress, have you heard phrases (usually intended to be helpful) like “Keep your chin up,” “Everything happens for a reason,” or “Just think positive”?
Those phrases can hurt. And I promise you won’t hear words like that from me.
I believe pain is part of being human and I’ll gently encourage you to feel it. It can be a relief to truly feel what you feel. It’s how we heal.
Of course, you won’t need to dive headfirst into an ocean of pain and sadness. But together we’ll experiment with inviting in difficult emotions and pain in small doses (dipping your toe in the shallow end).
We’ll also build up self-care skills to counterbalance the weight of all you’re carrying.
My approach includes the mind-body connection because, prior to becoming a counselor, I spent over a decade as a licensed massage and bodywork therapist. My time in the bodywork field taught me that our heart, mind and body are never truly separate.
And so, I believe grief, pain, anxiety, depression and stress can often be met with the body in mind. Learning simple ways to feel physically comfortable, to relax, and to focus on pleasant sensations can make a real difference.
We’ll work together to find unique self-care and coping strategies that make sense for you—there’s definitely no “one size fits all” approach here.
In sessions, I do a lot of listening and space holding – it’s all about helping you feel safe to explore your inner world.
I have experience, education and tools for helping you deal with grief and loss, pain, anxiety, depression and stress…but what’s most important is that you get to decide how you want to proceed. I’ll come to our sessions with the intention to deeply hear you. And while I’ll offer ideas and strategies, what really matters is what feels true to you.
There’s a simple quote from Friedrich Nietzsche that deeply inspires me in this work: “(S)he who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”
I will work with you to find your why. And, I will walk with you as we explore your unique path of survival.
Let’s be honest, right now you probably don’t have a ton of extra time or energy. Getting support must be really important to you if you’re spending those precious resources here right now – reading this page.
It’s proof that you care about yourself. Simply being here on this page could be considered a tiny act of self-kindness. Maybe it’s even the first step on a path that could lead to some peace.
If you’d like my support as you take the next step (and the next one) forward, let’s talk.
Areas of expertise:
Grief & Loss
Types of therapy:
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Blue Cross and Blue Shield