Sandy Kosmin, M.S.S., L.C.S.W.
Phone: (610) 832-0627
Welcome! I hope that this website will help you in your decision about starting therapy. Psychotherapy is a process of exploring, learning, making choices, increasing awareness, and honing discernment skills. The growth that arises from these processes can help you feel more of a sense of agency and empowerment in your life. Taking the step to begin psychotherapy is a significant move toward self-care and desired changes.
Therapy can help you:
- Learn more about yourself.
- Take action to increase your satisfaction and fulfillment in relationships.
- Adjust to major life changes.
- Improve depressed mood.
- Feel less anxious.
- Gain support to identify and express feelings.
- Enhance your parenting skills.
- Manage stress more effectively.
- Increase problem-solving skills.
I work often with people who are coping with:
- Anxiety and fears
- Excessive worry
- Feelings of shame that present obstacles to self-expression or trying new experiences
- Relationship Concerns
- Loss and grief
- Past or recent trauma
- Chronic health issues
- Eating Issues
- Life Transitions
- Problems ranging from specific emotional and relationship difficulties to a general sense of being dissatisfied and wanting a fuller life.
I offer to integrate psychotherapy with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction practice to focus on the “felt sense” of emotions, dilemmas, transitions, obstacles, joyful aspects of life, or losses.
Mindfulness practice can bring our attention to a myriad of sensations in the body – such as tension, calm, vagueness, sharpness, lightness, heaviness, or constricted breathing, to name just a few. Tapping into this felt sense can help us to become aware of various emotional states connected to the felt sense, such as clarity, confusion, impatience, self-judgement, fear, anger, or contentment. Often, we avoid dealing with important challenges, because there are unpleasant feelings associated with facing those challenges. Mindfulness practice in a therapeutic context can help increase the ability to sense into uncomfortable feelings in a skillful way. The skills developed through practicing in this way include greater acceptance, patience, compassion, increased discernment of what is important to us, and the capacity to act on this knowledge.