I'm Amy Pope-Latham, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and founder of Coastal Beaches Therapy. What I find most fascinating and what gives me the most hope, for myself and for my clients, is that you have the capacity to live out your life as wholesomely as you have ever desired.
As a psychotherapist I often see people who are trying to cope with an unavoidable life event that happened and staying the same was not an option. I am an EMDR intensively trained therapist and I love what I do. It is our reaction, or patterns to pain that keep us from getting what we most want in life. People have been geared towards avoiding pain. When something hurts we do something to try to manage it. If you have been to a pharmacy in your lifetime, it's hard to miss the countless rows and rows of medications designed to keep us out of pain. And it's not just using medication and other habits we use to stay away from pain: we work too much, talk too much, get angry, go on shopping sprees, think too much, blame others, blame ourselves, isolate, cut off, or put on a mask. We will do anything to keep us from being in the moment feeling the full extent of whatever is there. And it's always easier to see these patterns in others other than ourselves. All of these things that we do to keep us safe also keep us from experiencing joy and love.
Amy Pope-Latham, LCSW is a clinical psychotherapist in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.