Sally Mayo, LPC Intern
Supervised by Sarah Arnold, LPC-S
Life presents challenges of all flavors and types and sizes. Navigating the turbulence can be difficult, but it does not have to be done alone. As a therapist, I get in the boat with the client and together we stabilize the craft and create a course for reaching dry land. Building an authentic relationship in therapy is practice for building authentic relationships outside the therapy room and learning to respond to life’s turbulence more productively.
So much of our suffering is self-created, and we arrive at counseling wondering, “Am I always going to feel like this?” Learning to trust our personal experience, and sit with the discomfort, pain, and fear is enormously important for living with meaning. The work of therapy is to make sense of one’s life and become practiced at expressing our values at work and in relationships, without one’s experience being discounted or disregarded by others.
It is necessary to make full contact with life – its suffering, its joy, its mystery – in order to make sense of it. My approach is heavily influenced by a Buddhist perspective, having studied Joseph Goldstein’s Abiding in Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening that enumerates the four foundations of mindfulness. Learning to work with one’s mind and understand how it functions, how it interacts with others, and how it influences our emotions and actions can help us steer through life’s confusion.
Having worked in technology research, software start-ups, and her own personal chef business, Sally is familiar with the challenges of working within large organizations, managing professional relationships effectively, and being self-employed
If you’re feeling tossed around by life and want to make sense of your world and experience, please call me at 512/201-4501, ext. 182 or request me online here.