Abby Hartman: Licensed Professional Counselor
A Little Bit About Me
I believe that many things happen in life that can be difficult to deal with alone. I strive to provide a safe, warm, and comfortable space for my clients in order to help them process what may be painful experiences or life issues.
From a very young age I became easily overwhelmed by my environment. Stimuli such as loud noise, people around me, and even my own thoughts seemed to debilitate me. When I was little I didn’t like school, going grocery shopping with my mom, or being in crowds of people where I had to be “polite” and say hi. I didn’t learn until later on in life that these were not signs of being weird, rude, or socially awkward. These are the signs of a highly sensitive person. We HSPs tend to absorb the energy around us; whether it be sounds and sights or other peoples’ emotions, we take it all in. This is such a gift as it makes us empathetic, caring, and open-minded. On the other hand this can also paralyze us, causing us to question our own thoughts and sense of identity.
Because of my own life experiences I love working with clients who have similar issues, ranging from anxiety, depression, and trauma, to learning how to live with your highly sensitive self (because it’s not a bad thing, I promise). Together we will explore your life story, make meaning from it, and decide where to go from there. My goal is not to help you completely change who you are, but to further understand and discover your identity to help you feel like, well.. You!
Therapy can feel a lot like pulling back a curtain. Sometimes we know what’s behind it, but a lot of the time, we don’t. It can feel scary and uncertain, but pulling that curtain back is where the real work starts. My goal is to help you safely pull back the curtain to see what’s behind it. Maybe it’s something you’ve known about but have been avoiding in fear of what it will be like to tell someone. Maybe there are things you don’t even know about behind that curtain that we will work together to discover and process through. My priority is to provide a safe and comfortable space for you to talk about the things you’ve never talked about, or to share the painful memories. My goal is to also help you walk through life, empowering you to make hard decisions and find your path. Whether you are navigating uncertain life transitions, recovering from trauma, or experiencing anxiety and depression, I am here to help you come up with a plan, but also to help you learn how to cope when the unplanned happens.