Why seek counseling? Taking this step is an act of courage that will begin your journey of healing. Unlike talking with friends or family, therapy is a safe, supportive non-judgmental, confidential environment where you are able to share your story with a trained therapist who is an active listener, who is both empathetic and supportive. The support and help provided clients addresses a diverse range of interpersonal problems. The following are a few of the areas in which clients seek help.
Grief and Loss
One might be surprised by the effect of loss and its resulting grief. Grief is a normal and natural reaction to loss of any kind. Grief causes conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior. Recovery is key to increasing the capacity for happiness, joy and serenity. Incomplete recovery from grief may have a lifelong negative effect on an individual’s capacity for wholeness.
Grief Recovery and its specific actions has helped many individuals move beyond their loss and reclaim their lives. Unlike Grief Support groups, the Grief Recovery Method addresses the broken-heartedness fostered by the many types of loss one might experience. Recovery is defined as “the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.” Through actionable activities Grief Recovery addresses the undelivered emotional communications that result in unresolved grief.
Each Grief Recovery Workshop consist of 9 weeks during which each participant takes correct recovery actions that support the completion of their grief.
Fear is the emotional response to real or perceived imminent threat, whereas anxiety is the anticipation of a future threat. Associated with this fear of a future threat is muscle tension, hypervigilance, and cautious and avoidant behaviors. There are a number of anxiety disorders, the following describes symptoms that are key features of generalized anxiety.
- Persistent and excessive anxiety and worry related to work or school performance that is difficult to control.
- Physical symptoms include feelings of restlessness; feeling keyed up or on edge; easily fatigued; difficulty concentrating; irritability muscle tension and sleep disturbance.
Treating anxiety can be effective. Clients who are willing to explore the underlying causes of their anxiety and commit to learn and implement problem-solving strategies can experience relief from their anxiety.
There are a number of depressive disorders which include major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and others.
Individuals with depressive disorders may experience all or some of the following symptoms:
- Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, inability to feel pleasure, loss of interest, mood swings, or sadness
- Sleep: early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep
- Whole body: excessive hunger, fatigue, loss of appetite, or restlessness
- Behavioral: agitation, excessive crying, irritability, or social isolation
- Cognitive: lack of concentration, slowness in activity and thought, or thoughts of suicide
- Weight: weight gain or weight loss
These signs and symptoms present in varying degrees and may have differing durations and timing depending upon the nature of the disorder.
Individual therapy, group therapy and when needed medication are the general treatment approaches for depressive disorders. Clients who are willing to seek therapy may alleviate or decrease their depressed mood and return to a previous level of effective functioning. The goal of therapy is to help the client develop healthy patterns of thinking regarding self and the world. In doing so the client can both alleviate and help to prevent a relapse of their depression symptoms.
Life Management Counseling
Our lives are full of challenges. Some individuals have strong resilience skills and are able to accept these challenges as part of their life journey and keep moving. Others may apply avoidance tactics and bury the challenge under behaviors, that, if done for the wrong reasons can have a negative impact (food, alcohol/drugs, anger, sex, isolation…). Then there are those who choose to seek professional help and support when their challenges become life- limiting and are impairing their ability to be fully functional. When these individuals choose therapy they are choosing a life that can be different, better, more… If your life has become an everyday struggle, please allow us to help you choose a life that is different and better. The following are just some of the areas in which you may be experiencing challenges, we can help with these and others.
- Relationship dissatisfaction
- Perfectionism / Procrastination
- Work Challenges
- Career Strategies
- Stress Management
- Phase of life adjustments
- Empty Nest Experiences