My teenage daughter was having panic attacks and anxiety that were affecting her daily life, especially her schooling so I brought her to Lacey. Although I am a strong proponent of counseling, I was concerned about finding a counselor my daughter would actually talk to as she is strongly introverted and a reluctant communicator. In the first session, my concerns were put to rest. Lacey’s gentle demeanor was a perfect fit for my daughter’s personality. She explained things in a way that my daughter could easily understand and relate to as well. Lacey set the stage appropriately letting my daughter know that as they started working together, things might get worse before they got better. This honesty and candidness helped establish the trust that would be needed for my daughter to have a successful counseling relationship.
I appreciated the wisdom Lacey exhibited by first placing the focus on helping my daughter develop tools to deal with the panic attacks but then leading my daughter, when she was ready and willing, to work through the underlying issue triggering the anxiety. Through her sessions with Lacey, my daughter learned to head off panic attacks by using the coping mechanisms they had developed together. More importantly, she faced the underlying issue and was able to get out of a pit she had been in for a while. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcomes!