Why Therapy?

“When working with my clients, I utilize an empathic, positive, and enthusiastic approach towards progressing their personal change and growth.”

-Roxanna Yashouafar Aboudi

Everybody is unique, not only in their life experience, but in their goals for therapy.  Your self-perception affects your actions, and you will notice that a positive shift in your perception will directly result in a positive shift in your daily decisions and actions. Therapy with Roxanna can assist you through a wide range of obstacles and issues.

Client issues include:

Anxiety: Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, however, anxiety can often become excessive and problematic. About 40 million Americans over the age of 18 will be affected by an anxiety disorder yearly. This disorder is not caused by personal weakness, flaws, or your upbringing, it results from a variety of factors including, environmental stressors and changes in the brain chemistry. Anxiety is characterized by excessive worry and tension, even if there is little to provoke it, and can sometimes lead to panic attacks. Symptoms can include: feelings of uneasiness or panic, trouble sleeping, heart palpitations, an inability to be calm and still, and nausea. Anxiety is easily treated through therapy, using stress management strategies and meditation. In treating anxiety, cognitive-behavioral therapy will help you change your thinking patterns and behaviors in the way you react to anxiety-provoking situations.

Depression: The majority of us have felt depression to some extent, as this is a natural reaction to struggle, grief, loss, or low self-esteem. When feelings of extreme sadness last for at least two weeks, preventing you from completing your daily tasks and functioning normally, or you notice a loss of interest in activities you previously enjoyed, your experience may be more than just sadness. Symptoms of depression can include: difficulty concentrating, memory loss, decreased energy, feelings of guilt, helplessness, trouble sleeping or increased sleeping, change in appetite, pains including headaches or digestive problems that do not ease with treatment. Therapy plays an important role in treating depression. Utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy, I will help you learn new strategies to react to situations, give you a new perspective on problems with family, friends or co-workers, and learn how to recognize unhealthy behaviors and change them.

Anger Management: Anger is a normal emotional reaction when you have been wronged or mistreated, however, when anger becomes a chronic issue leading to explosive outbursts, it can lead to serious consequences in your relationships and overall health. Anger is not the problem; it is what you do with it that can lead to the problem. You have control over your anger, and it is treatable. Working through the root of the anger, and learning alternate, more fulfilling and healthy ways of expressing yourself without hurting others, will leave you to feel happier, help you build better relationships, and lead a more satisfying life.

Self-Esteem: Self-esteem is the experience of being able to cope with daily challenges and feeling worthy of happiness. This includes feeling confident in your own ability to make decisions, manage changes, feel worthy of happiness, success, respect, friendship, and love. Those of us who have low self-esteem, are more likely to feel unhappy, disconnected, unassertive, seek constant reassurance, hold back from new experiences, and have trouble feeling relaxed and comfortable in everyday situations. The key to self-esteem is acceptance. In therapy, I will help you learn strategies to increase self-esteem including recognizing your strengths and weaknesses, avoiding labeling yourself, setting appropriate goals, staying objective in situations and avoiding taking responsibility for things that aren’t your fault, and practicing assertive communication.

Addiction: For many people battling with addiction, detox is only the start of a long battle against cravings, relapse, and habit psyche. Psychological and social stimuli and factors are often triggers for substance use, including stress and influences in your social system. While many will turn to substance use as a way to escape or numb their emotions, they will find that it is only a short term response to a long term problem. Psychotherapy and nurturing, non-judgemental support is an essential part of recovery. You will learn to monitor and work through your unique triggers, healthy coping strategies that are practical and work in your life, and learn to live a more serene and peaceful life free of your addiction.

Life Coaching

Coaching will inspire you and assist you in identifying and reaching your personal and professional goals. You’ll gain insights into your career, relationships, budgeting, education, and physical health. The coaching process is very interactive, structured, and supportive, assisting you in setting goals, taking action, and pulling from your resources and strengths.