People have no idea what it takes to be a top student. You're so stressed, could snap at any moment. Your to do list is out of control and might not even possible to ever complete because more gets added Every. Single. Day. Sometimes you even fantasize about dropping out, running away, and getting a nice easy job somewhere as a barista or a waitress.
But you have to keep it together. Because people expect great things from you. And you couldn't bear the thought of disappointing your parents and teachers who are rooting for you. So you'll stay up until 3am again until every single math problem is done. Because that's what it takes to be the best.
When you work with me, you'll learn how to deal with stress and anxiety so it doesn't overwhelm you anymore. You'll be able to shut down that obnoxious voice that tells you that you aren't good enough or that you're going to blow it. And instead, turn that voice into a friend that helps and encourages you.
You'll be able to free up space in your brain to tackle the things that matter most to you. You'll finally see yourself as the beautiful, brilliant, hard-working girl that everyone else sees when they look at you. You'll be happy, relaxed, confident, and ready to take on the world to create your future.
"Diane is an excellent counselor. If you choose her, you will not be disappointed!" - B.H.
"Diane is a caring and dedicated professional. She is a great resource to our community!" - S.W.
"Diane is down to earth, easy to talk to, and full of positivity and experience. She is committed to helping clients achieve success. I am honored to be able to work with her!" - J.K.
"Diane is the real deal: compassionate, insightful, joyful, and such a wise woman." - K.M.
Hi, I'm Diane. I’m a recovering perfectionist who helps teens overcomes anxiety so they can become confident and successful women. I'm a licensed mental health counselor and I've been in the field for (OMG!) 13 years. I've been working with teens and their families for the last 6 years.
When I was in high school, I had a full load of Honors and AP classes, a brochure from Duke University taped to the back of my door, and what I can only assume was the beginning of a premature ulcer. Some people say high school was the best 4 years of their life (who are these people?), but it was NOT fun for me. And spoiler alert: I never did make it to Duke.
I’ve found out that my story isn’t all that unique. There a lot of ridiculously smart and hardworking girls out there. Girls killing themselves taking the most challenging classes and programs available. Girls on multiple sports teams, playing with injuries, and spending their weekends traveling for games. And a lot of them, like me, end up burning out before their lives even get started.
This is not okay with me. These are some of the most brilliant minds of our generation. We need these girls! We need them in our labs, we need them in our boardrooms, and we need them in our government. We cannot have our brightest stars burning out before they get their chance to make their mark on the world.
I didn't learn how to handle stress until I was in school to be a counselor. And it was LIFECHANGING. I just wished that I had learned this stuff earlier. So I've made it my mission to teach smart, hard-working teens like yours how to handle stress and anxiety so they don't burn out before their life even gets started.
There are two ways this can play out...
Do nothing and hope for the best. She continues to stress over homework and tests at the expense of her social life, health, and happiness. She eventually either burns out and ends up settling for a life that is less than she was capable of. Or, she continues plowing through life and ends up achieving her goals, only to find that she forgot to enjoy it.
Maybe she develops a full blown mental health issues like anxiety, depression, or eating disorders. Maybe she even starts using dangerous coping habits like self harm, alcohol, or drugs. This is not a future anyone wants for their child. And if I'm being honest with you, I know all of this because this is what life was like for me.
Step in and get her some help. She learns healthy ways of dealing with stress and anxiety that benefit her for the rest of her life. She learns how to roll with challenges, disappointments, and failures. She learns how to take better care of herself so she doesn't burn out. She learns how to make decisons with confidence, prioritize tasks, and create balance so she gets to enjoy her life while doing what she needs to do.
She gains an appreciation for who she is as a person and determines her unique purpose in this world. She develops increased passion, motivation, and energy toward her goals instead of being filled with dread, stress, and fear. She grows up to have a successful career and tight relationships with friends and family who she gets to share it with. When she wins the Nobel Prize, she thanks you in her acceptance speech, saying she couldn't have done it without you. (Hey, a parent can dream, right?)