It is important to find the right therapist for you.  Here is what some of my former clients have said about their counseling experience with me. This will help you to understand who I am, as a therapist.  It is my focus, goal and my passion to help you lead a happy and fulfilling life.

“You couldn’t go wrong with a sensitive, caring, deep and helpful therapist…and she is….she can understand and guide you on the deepest level, and show you the way to a full life, one that is satisfying and wonderful!”   Nancy M.

“Coming into counseling was our last option before divorce and to our surprise, through tools and techniques that we never knew existed, were taught to us by Evelyn, without any bias or being judgmental, helped us take the individual personal responsibility of changing ourselves, which eventually led to our relationship doing a 360° turnaround. After seventeen years, we are now equipped and able to deal with everyday struggles and issues as a married couple should, where normally before, it was impossible. We feel every couple seeking counseling should call Evelyn.  She is amazing!”  Monique/Andre J.

“Evelyn is an angel. She has helped me tremendously through what has been the most difficult time of my life. I had struggled with alcohol for 14 years, and in recent years, it had completely taken over my life, affecting my marriage, my career, and being a mother. I began seeing Evelyn when I felt I was at rock bottom. I attempted suicide and thankfully made a full recovery and Evelyn has been at my side every step of the way. She allows me to talk, vent, cry, and just let it all out. She provides guidance in a caring way. I have never been uncomfortable and always found utmost value after visiting with her.  I was always skeptical about going to therapy. I had a hard time believing that another person could truly help but since visiting with Evelyn, my life is starting to change for the better. I am now working on my sobriety and starting to see the light in life again. She is so very encouraging and continues to support me every step of the way. She has to be one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. I can call her anytime and she is very accommodating to my needs and schedule. I can’t thank Evelyn enough for all that she has done for me.”  (2011)

Update: (Three months after I began counseling sessions) – “I have reconciled with my husband (I was considering filing for divorce when I began counseling in Sept.), I have been sober since terminating counseling in December (only 3 1/2 months after I started going), I have returned to school to get my Master’s degree, and I am working toward starting my own business.  My entire life has changed completely in the 3 1/2 months I went to Evelyn for counseling.”

Last Update (Feb. 2013):  “I have maintained my sobriety since I saw Evelyn in 2011, am still married, and working through my Master’s program.”  Jessica R.

“Evelyn introduced me to a technique called EFT.  I can’t emphasize enough how EFT has changed my life completely and forever.  I had suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress for more than 40 years. I found Evelyn online, and decided to see what she had to offer that the V.A. didn’t offer me. I went through only three sessions of having her do EFT with me, and, as a result, I haven’t experienced any symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress (flashbacks, nightmares, paranoia, isolation, unbearable guilt, anxiety, fits of rage, emotional pain) since I saw her three years ago. She offers significant military discounts to make counseling affordable, and the investment is priceless. I have finally gotten my life back. Or, as she puts it……”gained a ‘new life’.”  I’m so thankful I came across New Life Counseling and found Evelyn. I will never be the same again!”  John T., USA  (Vietnam Vet)

“I was given a tool and I used it. EFT succeeded where prescription drugs, other forms of therapy, and booze failed. This I swear on my name and my oath. Semper Fi”   MSG Kenneth Lee S. (Ret) USMC

“I had recently ended a painful marriage and was reeling emotionally from the pain. I met Evelyn through a referral. Immediately, after meeting her, I felt a connection spiritually and emotionally. She is kind and loving but firm. You know she is invested in you. Evelyn challenged me to stay present with my problem and stay focused. She made sure I followed through with my counseling plan. I felt she really helped me and would recommend her highly.”  Paula G.

“I went to Evelyn because I had problems with anger that I couldn’t control. I didn’t know where to turn for help, but I knew I needed to find out what was causing my anger and what to do about it. It was destroying my life. She was so caring and patient with me while offering me ways to manage my anger and get past it. I learned so much about myself during the time I went to her for counseling. Now there is hope for my future relationships with women, as well as my family and friends. The help she gave me was invaluable. I don’t know where I’d be today, if it wasn’t for Evelyn.”  Jason B.

“I called 30 different counselors before I found Evelyn. I wanted someone I would feel comfortable talking to, because of the nature of my problems, and as soon as I heard her voice on the phone, I knew she was the right fit for me. She showed so much compassion, even before I met her for our first counseling session. I was abused during my childhood years, and then married an alcoholic who also abused me. I was suffering from severe depression and very low self-esteem, when I found Evelyn. She helped me through one of the toughest and lowest times of my life. I am so glad that I found her. Evelyn taught me how to forgive the people who hurt me so I could let go of my past, and begin a ‘new life’.”  Jennifer H.

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Five Ways to Prioritize Self-Care During the Holidays

  1. Exercise!  Exercise is a natural mood-booster, helping to reduce stress, promote concentration, and kick depression to the curb. In only 10 minutes of exercise, your brain will begin to produce serotonin and dopamine—the same hormones targeted by antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications. The holidays are busy, and it’s easy to skip your workout in order to make time for seasonal activities… but even if you can only carve out time for a 10-minute walk, it’s important to maintain the healthy habit of daily exercise.
  2. Get grateful. The simple act of asking yourself, “What am I grateful for?” promotes the development of serotonin and dopamine in your brain… even if you can’t come up with an answer! Get into the habit of thinking of something you’re grateful for at the end of every day—it will help keep you grounded in the spirit of the holiday season, while promoting a more stable and upbeat mood.
  3. Sleep well.  Staying up late to wrap presents or to enjoy the company of friends and family at a party is par for the course during the holiday season. But don’t let your late nights get out of hand. Lack of sleep can cause weight gain, irritability, and heightened stress levels. If you’re having difficulty sleeping, eliminate caffeine after 2 p.m., exercise daily, and avoid eating for at least three hours before going to bed.
  4. Avoid emotional eating and drinking. The holidays aren’t joyful for everyone. Whether grieving the loss of a loved one, anticipating tense interactions with family, or experiencing financial hardship, the holidays often go hand-in-hand with higher stress levels and hard-to-handle emotions. And that’s okay… but allow yourself to feel these feelings, rather than use food or alcohol to avoid them. The more you sit with your emotions, the easier it will get to process them in a productive way.
  5. Stay present in the moment.  Each moment is a gift… that’s why they call it the present. Give yourself the gift of the present moment this holiday season. When you begin to get sucked into the stress of party planning and baking and shopping and wrapping… stop, and focus on something you feel good about right there in that moment.

Remember, most of the standards we hold ourselves to during the holiday season are self-imposed. Instead of creating stress, give yourself permission to sit back and relax a bit more. Ten, 20 or 30 years from now, you won’t remember that pecan pie you baked from scratch, or how you wrapped each gift with a perfectly spiraling ribbon; you’ll remember the good times you spent with your family and friends, laughing, and making memories.


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