Sheila Read, LCSW
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Hi, I’m Sheila (she/they), a mental health therapist with 15 years of experience counseling adults with anxiety, depression, codependence, addictions and relational trauma. I help you find balance in mind, body and spirit and heal from old wounds. I believe that you're doing the best you can but are stuck in old patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting. You want love and meaning but often feel anxious, depressed, alone, or not good enough.
To help you become your best self, I offer nonjudgmental support and feedback and teach you new skills. My job is to help you understand yourself better, develop self-compassion, and encourage you to experiment with change.
The lens I bring to therapy is the tension between acceptance and change. Many things in our lives are out of our control, whether we like it or not. We suffer when we try to change things that cannot be changed, such as other people, institutions or situations. I help you identify what you can change and what is best to try to let go. I draw on approaches from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, attachment-focused therapy, Twelve Step Programs, and mindfulness-based interventions, among others.
In addition to extensive clinical training as a psychotherapist, I am a yoga teacher specializing in mind-body skills for emotion regulation. Clients tell me the mindful movements and breathing practices I teach help them get out of their heads and feel calmer.
I have been married to my partner for 20 years. In my free time I enjoy reading, running, gardening, backpacking, photography and travel.