No matter how good or stable things may look, when dealing with difficult situations you get thrown off.
An argument with your partner, a disagreement between family, or feeling stuck and lost can throw the best of us off our game. Life's challenges bring uncertainty, tension, and anxiety, which causes fear, frustration, anger, or withdrawal from loved ones. You shut down and generally lose hope and joy for life.
Life can be hard,
but you don't have to do it alone!
Moving with Life’s Challenges
When the growing pains of life’s challenges present, our fight or flight responses kick activate to help us process difficult decisions. Learning to cope with our stressors is our best defense to maintain positive mental health. Facing change head on helps us to manage or even prevent anxiety, depression or adjustment disorder.
Perhaps you're exploring a new career path, leaving an unhealthy relationship, or finding and setting boundaries for people in your life, and you could use a little support. In this space you can learn to identify and express your feelings while adjusting to differences as smoothly as possible.
Life changes you need assistance with may include:
- outgrowing your family, friends, or job and are unsure how to move forward
- feeling hopeless in finding a good, healthy relationship
- navigating the transition from young adulthood
- managing uncertainty and financial struggles of unemployment
- struggling with setting boundaries and saying no
Whether you are feeling anxious, depressed, struggling with self-esteem or self-worth, or trying to navigate difficult relationships and situations, I want to help.
Challenges are Opportunities for Growth
I know you rolled your eyes, but it's true. We all want to be happy, successful, and living well, but sometimes life throws things at us that feel too much. Having a safe space to talk and work through your feelings can make a major difference. You might be surprised at just how relieving it is to voice your worries and fears instead of holding them in. Everyone wants to be heard and feel safe and supported in their most vulnerable moments. Having the space to say you're afraid or angry propels you forward. Being able to talk through what a career change or relationship ending might mean for your life is needed.
In sessions filled with empathy, transparency, and understanding you will:
- gain self-awareness and self-love
- develop strategies to process your emotions in a healthy way
- deal with conflict more productively
- find personal strengths that allow you to plan for and reach your goals
In addition to creating a safe environment, I help you determine what is needed for your ideal life.
Life Transitions Effect Couples Too
Sometimes the difficult situation involves someone you love, and relief requires both of you to "be on the same page." In that case, couples therapy can be a helpful form of support.
You might seek couple therapy if you're afraid to have hard conversations about your needs and concerns, or when you try to have the conversation, it becomes difficult to communicate effectively without it blowing up.
You want to be heard and understood by your partner. You think that you have valid points and if the shoe was on the other foot they would feel the same. This is the space the space to learn how to speak to you partner in a way that they can hear you. Couples work to develop a shared language that helps them connect with one another and reduce misunderstandings.
For couples, I aim to move you past surface-level arguments and address the root of your disagreements. I work with each of you to develop effective communication skills, find and enforce boundaries, and be able to openly and truthfully vocalize your needs and concerns to your partner.
Who Am I?
Hello, I’m Brianna Reid, a mental health counselor in training enrolled in Northwestern University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. My goal is to help my clients work through hard life transitions and adjustments that arise from complicated family dynamics, relationship struggles, personal insecurities, uncertainties about the future, and even grief and loss.
Using evidence-based practices and interventions, we will define your goals and work on addressing your situation using coping skills, goal setting, and strategic planning for your next steps. I want to see you reach the goals you set for yourself, and I will work with you to figure out what that process of feeling better and experiencing growth looks like for you.
Above all else, it is always my goal to be a person and show you the same care and respect I would want in the therapy space. Yes, you want a trained professional, but you also want someone who can relate to you. That's my goal.
Therapy with me is a safe space for you to show up as your real self: good, bad, or ugly. Let's work through whatever is happening and find ways to cope, heal, and thrive on this journey.
Schedule a Consultation with Brianna to Get Started
Brianna is available for morning, afternoon, and evening individual and couples therapy appointments. She provides therapy services at a reduced self-pay rate of $50 per session. You may meet with Indira in-person as well as online. Brianna's services are not eligible for insurance reimbursement. She is under the direction and supervision of Rayvene Whatley, LPC.
Brianna provides sliding scale therapy options as a participant in the Counselor Intern Program.
Learn more about the program here.