Welcome and congratulations on making the first, and oftentimes hardest, step to feeling and leading a healthier life.
My name is Angelica Grimes and I am a Licensed Associate Counselor. I believe that we are genetically and environmentally shaped into our being, how we think, and how we behave. All of these components influence our decisions, which ultimately steer our lives. It is easy to find ourselves lost amongst all of the chaos. We fall victim to all the "shoulds" "oughts" and "expectations" of society. Sometimes we need a little help getting through a situation, and other times certain events can mold our brains into negative thinking patterns and beliefs. Oftentimes we are unaware of these patterns until they become an inconvenience or emerge in ways that are a hindrance to our physical and mental well-being. It is easy to find yourself in the backseat, I can work with you on becoming the driver of your life again.
I view the counseling process as holistic in not only treating symptoms, but also looking beyond that in processing where they may stem from and tailoring treatment to your specific needs. I specialize in CBT and evidence-based practices to help you succeed in getting past your fears, reaching your goals, and developing a working set of coping skills to use throughout your life journey. In a collaborative effort, we can work together in your therapeutic journey to healing. I am confident that what you put into counseling is what you can ultimately get out of it.
Nearly every person has intrusive thoughts. However, for some, there are times where these thoughts can easily become "stuck". For those, the questions of "what does this mean?" and "who am I?" become plaguing and create intense fear, distress, and confusion. This fear, distress, and confusion, coupled with self doubt and desperation to escape, can lead to a negative self image and feelings of shame. Repetitive, unwanted intrusive thoughts can make you feel trapped in a life of constantly trying to eradicate them or find reason. Some of these thoughts surround sexuality, relationships, harm, existentialism and more. Most importantly, these thoughts are often just thoughts. My work is evidence based, uses an approach of acceptance and commitment therapy, and draws upon cognitive behavioral therapy to emphasize values and willingness.
Whether they are young children, adolescents, or adults, children of divorce often experience the repercussions of frequent conflict between parental figures. These effects can show up as depression, anxiety, and relationship or identity issues. Sometimes the impact of a divorce on a child is obvious and other times it is hidden behind our core beliefs that influence our decisions and actions or even inhibit us from taking steps or moving toward goals in life. Coping with the dissolution of a family unit and adjusting to a new household can influence both physical and emotional well being. I work with others in exploring these situations with an introspection of values, a focus on the self, and an approach of acceptance and gratitude.
Are you graduating? Starting, leaving, or thinking about what it would be like to try a new career? Are you newly engaged or getting married? Are you making a major decision and are faced with all the possible "what ifs" and fears surrounding the outcome? Life is ever changing and people are forever growing and adapting. These transitions can be exciting, nerve racking, or stressful... oftentimes all of the above! How we perceive these situations and relate to our feelings and thoughts about them can impact our choices and progress towards our goals altogether. I use cognitive behavioral therapy in exploring core beliefs, emphasizing values, and processing past events to help others sail smoothly through changes, transitions, and discovery of desires.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts."
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Relationship Issues
- Anxiety & Phobias
- Social issues / Self-esteem
- Divorce and familial issues
- Intrusive Thoughts
- Adjustment to changes or life transitions
Monmouth University (2020)
Master of Science in Education (MS)