WHEN EVERYTHING SUCKs BUT NOTHING IS WRONG

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Therapy for anxious, irritable & exhausted women in St. Louis, Missouri

Hey - I’m Karissa. I work with people ready to get beneath the surface of their day-to-day life and find clarity & resolution for the stuck points in their lives.

My clients come to therapy already having some awareness regarding their feelings, thoughts, impulses, and sensations, AND, they’re confused AF about what is going on inside of them! All the things they notice seem to conflict with each other (“a part of me is mad at him but then I feel so guilty for being mad because I know he tries so hard” or “a part of me is so tired I just want to do nothing but then I get super freaked out about the idea of doing nothing all day”). 

I can help you shift your self-awareness into self-observation and find release where you currenly only feel constraint.

If this feels like something you don’t know how to do, that’s what we're here for! I know how to help you experience genuine compassion and curiosity towards the thoughts, feelings, impulses, and behaviors you've been so frustrated by (until now!). This helps those very things to relax and creates space for you to become your own healer. 

Side note - if "become your own healer" sounds kind of “woo-woo”, I know. It does to me too. But, if it works, do we really care? 

Anyway, my clients usually need to hear that life doesn’t have to be a dumpster fire shit storm in order for therapy to be beneficial. It’s the whole ounce-of-prevention-is-worth-a-pound-of-cure thing: getting help before the wheels totally fall off is way more beneficial in the long run – but you already know that. If you’re here, you probably just need a little permission and a tinsy nudge to follow through and ask for help.

This is your permission.

This is your nudge.

Still Not Sure? See if any of these fit...

Stress & Overwhelm

You are a PRO at keeping your shit-to-damn-gether. You also feel like you're dying a death by a thousand paper cuts - which is basically anxiety at its finest. I can help you rework the relationship you have with the hardworking, responsible, and dedicated parts of yourself so you can feel safe taking a friggin' break.

Crap from The Past

Whether you knew that sh*t was f*cked up as it was happening or are just now realizing it, you've got an inkling something from your past is negatively impacting your present. Whether it's from childhood or "only" a few years old, you're tired of being hijacked by your emotions and want to heal from old wounds rather than being controlled by them.

Exhaustion, Dread & Drudgery

"Can everyone just leave me alone for like...forever?!" Just because you can function through it, doesn't mean that low-grade dread and drudgery aren't interfering with your quality of life. I can help you put your brave pants on and listen to the story your tired-and-irritated-AF self is trying to tell you - it makes a HUGE difference. Promise.

Breakups & Divorce

An unexpected divorce or suffering through a string of breakups you blame yourself for has finally broken your spirit. Despite how hurt you feel, you still want intimacy and connection - you've always imagined going through life with another person by your side. I can help you heal the fear that whoever is with you is doing you a favor.

STILL NOT SURE?

IF...

...your life adds up on paper but part of you feels unsettled & you can't figure out why or what to do about it

...your emotions or thoughts control you and you feel helpless against them

…your sense of happiness is controlled by external circumstances & events and you'd rather feel grounded, confident, and capable no matter what is going on around you

…you are always saying “a part of me thinks [blank], but another part of me says [blank]” and this keeps you stuck

...you vacillate between attributing problems in your relationships to the other person and yourself

YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE

Can I Have a List?

Yes! My clients are often:
  • Over-analyzers | Over-thinkers
  • High Achievers | Over-performers
  • Driven
  • Responsible | Put-to-damn-gether
  • Their own worst critics
They tend to struggle with:
  • Anxiety | Anxious Tendencies
  • Exhaustion | Overwhelm
  • Self-doubt | Self-Criticism
  • Perfectionism
  • Indecision
And they hate when others say they:
  • are intimidating
  • are angry
  • are critical
  • have impossible standards
  • are hard to work with
  • are hard to be in a relationship with
  • need to calm down or relax

The Glance that Knows

I don’t really get poetry. Which is kind of surprising since poetry is 99.9% about expressing feelings and ideas (something I’m kind of into), but it’s a form of writing I’ve never really been able to connect to. I think it’s because poetry is supposed to be rhythmic and while I’m a musically inclined person, rhythm has always been the most challenging element of music for me. Anyway, I recently heard the poem “Please Hear What I’m Not Saying” for the first time and wanted to share it because…

Exhaustion and Overwhelm

Why Paying Attention to Overwhelm and Exhaustion is Critical

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but if you’re here, you probably need to hear this: you look like an empty tube of toothpaste.

You know the one I’m talking about, right? The one that’s dangerously close to empty for a week now and yesterday morning you roll it just a liiiiiiitle bit tighter so you can hopefully squeeze out juuuuust enough to successfully rid your mouth of that morning-breath-plus-coffee film, all the while thinking “I’ve gotta remember to get toothpaste on the way home from work tonight because I think it might actually be empty now” and then you pray to the toothpaste gods for just a little more to come out when you’re doing the roll n’ squeeze routine again that evening before bed.

self care is a scam

#selfcare is a Scam

I really hate when I see a social media post with #selfcare in the caption.

Please no. Just no. #selfcare is such a scam. Okay, maybe it’s a not scam in the sense that no one is pretending to be a Nigerian Prince while really trying to steal all your money. But…