Loralisa Rocca, LCSW
Supportive counseling for older adults and their family caregivers.

Support for Older Adults

Getting older brings with it an abundance of new physical, emotional and mental challenges.

Later life can be a fulfilling time of rest, relaxation and retirement, and a time to enjoy life with one’s spouse, children and grandchildren.

However, many of the changes we face as we grow older—such as retirement, the death of friends and loved ones, increased isolation, loneliness or health problems—can lead to depression and anxiety.

The unexpected nature of the aging process often makes people feel nervous and scared.  Sometimes roles change within a family, as parents begin to need assistance and adult children take on the role of caregivers.  Loss of independence, or the fear of losing control, can also trigger feelings of anxiety or even anger.

How can supportive counseling help?

Getting the support you need plays a big role in lifting the fog of depression, anxiety or grief and keeping it away. On your own, it can be difficult to maintain perspective and sustain the effort required to overcome these feelings. 

Working with a licensed counselor can help you to evaluate your situation.  A counselor is someone you can talk to regularly,  face-to-face, who will listen to you without a pre-existing agenda for how you should think or feel.   A counselor will listen to the feelings behind your words, and won’t interrupt or judge or criticize you.

I believe in providing a warm, supportive and thought-provoking environment where you can feel safe to explore your feelings and concerns.  As a counselor, my approach is collaborative - we work together to identify and address whatever issues are most important to you.