Dr. Endale in Therapy:
How did I get here?
How did I lose myself?
I feel like I don’t even know myself anymore.
What do I do when the things I thought would make me happy just aren’t cutting it?
I don’t even know what I need to feel happy.
Are you saying any of these things to yourself? Are you feeling any of the fear, anxiety, stress, or sadness that often accompanies thoughts like these? In life, you can go through seasons where the status quo just isn’t working anymore, but you may not know what to do about it. The longer you sit in it, though, the worse you feel. Let me help you find your way back to peace of mind and happiness. Together we will walk through your situation to understand what feels wrong, how you got here, and what could help get you to a better place. For some that means making shifts and changes. For others it means thinking differently about things without needing to make external modifications. Some may find that it takes making space to mourn losses so they can emotionally free themselves to move on. We will work together to understand what it is that you are needing and how to get you closer to it.
As a therapist I strive to help clients feel heard and empowered to find the right path that works for them specifically. I’m not going to tell you what to do, most of us have plenty of people in our lives to do that. As your therapist, I will be by your side on this journey to self-discovery. I will ask questions to help you see things in a new light. I will help you carefully navigate complex decisions. I will encourage you and stand by you as you face painful moments. Finally, I will help you identify measured and sustainable steps to help you walk away from where you are now and into a better experience.
Dr. Endale's professional experiences: I am a psychologist licensed in the state of Georgia since 2008. I completed my training at the University of Georgia including a Bachelors in Psychology, a Masters in Guidance and Counseling, and a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Johns Hopkins counseling center and served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia State’s counseling center. Next I transitioned to the Georgia Tech counseling center for 4 years as a staff psychologist (and outreach coordinator for 2 years). I then served as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator in Emory's Counseling and Psychological Services from August of 2012 until August 2017 when I decided it was time to go into a full time private practice.
In my counseling work I start with a foundation approach of Cognitive Behavioral multicultural framework. I especially appreciate working with individuals facing stress associated with how their intersecting identities come together to inform their day to day life. Things like immigration status, gender and sexual identity, racial identity, ethnic identity, age, SES, being in a cross cultural family, our faith walk, and many other visible and invisible aspects of who we are influence how we see the world and how the world sees us. Sometimes this can result in experiences that come with stress, confusion, anxiety, trauma, and more. I can help you explore these situations to understand what is happening to make them difficult and how to navigate them in a way that feels healthy for you.
Outside of work, I am wife, mother, stepmother, sister, daughter, and friend. I have a diverse blended family with 3 cultures represented in my home. I am originally from Ethiopia and lived in the Netherlands for 5 years before settling in the U.S. I am proficient in Amharic though I do better listening than speaking in this language.