© 2018 by Paula Stephani

Struggling with anxiety and the depression that came along with it was a motivating factor in the career choices I’ve made over the years.

 

As a child I was extremely shy and had lots of stomach issues due to anxiety. My sisters always insisted I sit by the window on the way to a day of skiing because I would inevitably need to roll down the window and lose my breakfast as we rolled into the parking lot. 

 

As a teenager and young adult, my strategy for dealing with anxiety was avoidance of situations that made me anxious. As a result my life became more and more limited to the point that I only minimally participated in the usual developmental tasks of young adulthood such as learning about intimacy in relationships or developing a meaningful career. All of that came later after years of searching, therapy, reading self-help books, meditation, and the guidance and support of helpful teachers and mentors.

 

My career path became a reflection of my search for healing that has taken me on a journey towards an increasingly holistic approach to health and well-being; one that integrates physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual perspectives. I’ve worked in a hospital as a physical therapist assistant and massage therapist; lived for many years in a meditation ashram doing a variety of jobs; and worked for eleven years as a crisis intervention counselor and clinical supervisor in a community mental health center.

 

I see my current role as facilitating others in accessing their own inner strengths and resources to support themselves as they face challenges so they can live fuller, more meaningful lives. 

 

Paula Stephani

Licensed Professional Counselor

1650 38th St. Suite 100E

Boulder, CO. 80301

720-608-6037

paula@beyourownally.com