Counseling is a process of allowing you to experience support, education, assistance, hope, and validation as you face the difficult feelings and move to new, more empowered places in life. In my practice I focus on helping one not just "fix a symptom" but go beyond it to understand what the cause is, deal with that, and then make decisions about what you want in life. In following this process the symptom tends to subside. For some people that happens quickly. For others, they discover that the symptom covered the tip of the iceberg, and that the process of growth is a longer process. As in the story, The Velveteen Rabbit, becoming REAL can take time. And yet, the joy in life, the feelings within, and the ability to change and develop a more meaningful and complete life is so great that the pain was worth it to make the new day what it is. Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes says it so eloquently: "All strong souls first go to hell before ... healing".
In a counseling process we work together in determining what you want accomplish, setting specific goals, and then discuss how that is best reached together. While I occasionally refer to a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner for a consultation related to the benefit of medication, the majority of individuals facing life changes may not need medication. According to information provided both by the National Mental Health Association and the Surgeon General’s Reports Clinical Practice Guidelines, recovery from depression is most often maximized through both psychotherapy and medication. In fact, in mild cases, psychotherapy alone is needed.
There is hope. Healing can occur. Shame can be reduced. Depression can be resolved. Grief can be worked through and joy returned. Sadness can be replaced. Emptiness and loneliness can be filled. But, it takes help, understanding, and work. If you're ready to take the first step toward a new life, a life in which you thrive, then contact Dr. Sikora.
Dr. Sikora has a substantial history working in the business arena prior to a major career change from commercial insurance to providing psychotherapeutic services. She spent 20 years in the insurance field engaged in marketing, management, and major account underwriting. In addition, she opened a successful property and casualty insurance agency in Phoenix, AZ, and has developed her own successful psychotherapy practice. Dr. Sikora is a sharp business woman as well as a compassionate and caring therapist.
Because of her unique experience she has incorporated entrepreneurial and personal coaching into her psychotherapy practice for years, long before "coaching" was a common term. Among her past clients are a successful business consultant and speaker who is now in demand nationwide, successful physicians and chiropractors, entrepreneurs, and sports professionals. Each of these individuals once felt stymied and unable to secure and/or enjoy a successful career. They were stuck in a mindset of surviving. If you want to identify what baggage is stopping your business success, learn how to move beyond it and let go of it, and become a thriving business or professional person, then Dr. Sikora may be the right person for you. We can together determine whether counseling or coaching is the best option for you.
Christian with an open perspective to the spiritual practices and orientations of my clients.
"What is real?' asked the Rabbit...'Real isn't how you are made', said the Skin Horse, 'It's a thing that happens to you... you become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. 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 don't matter at all, because once you are real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand at all.' "