The labyrinth is an ancient symbol and metaphor for the journey of life. It combines the circle with the spiral into a winding but purposeful path. In therapy, as in life, we journey to our own center and then back out into the world. This circuitous but meaningful journey continues and repeats for all of us.

Life is full of change, and this can be difficult to navigate. Our former ways of coping may no longer be effective and, in some cases, may actually be harmful to our current situation and relationships. Dr. Heisser has been a practicing therapist since 2005 and brings a holistic perspective that takes into account the many factors of our lives: physical, mental, and emotional health, relationships with others, and spirituality. Incorporating this systemic approach allows clients to better understand the complexity of their lives and learn how to cope with stressors and relate to others more purposefully and effectively.

People seek out a counselor or therapist for a variety of reasons, and good therapy can benefit almost anyone. Although therapy has been shown to be a necessary part of treatment for mental disorders, it's a misconception that a mental diagnosis is necessary for treatment. Here are just some of the reasons you might consider therapy:

- Depression and anxiety
- Stress

- Grief and loss
- Relationship problems

- Parenting difficulties
- Traumatic experiences
- Communication problems
- Poor coping skills
- Chronic physical illness
- Self-exploration

Dr. Heisser can assist you with these issues in several ways. She creates a warm and safe environment for you to express yourself without judgment and to work collaboratively toward your goals. She can teach specific tools to help you with a particular problem and cope better with difficulties. Dr. Heisser's specific training in systemic and relational therapy, including training from The Gottman Institute, makes her well suited to help clients improve their marriages, parent-child relationships, sibling relationships, and even friendships by observing the relational dynamics, helping clients understand each other better, and creating experiences of safety, empathy, and healing.

Therapy is not about sickness or weakness. It takes courage to step into the therapy room and be vulnerable. It takes strength to release emotional pain you've been carrying and begin to heal. And you are worth the investment.

For more information about Dr. Heisser's approach to therapy, check out the Blog page on this site.