Does anxiety or depression keep you from living your life to the fullest?
Have you been stuck in memories from the past?
Have you tried therapy and didn’t feel better?
Are you tired of talking or thinking about the same problems?
If yes, a Holistic Counseling approach incorporating the mind, body and brain can be the path to emotional well-being and freedom you are seeking.
Our Counseling philosophy centers on the ways our brains, our feelings, our thoughts, our bodies and our spiritual beliefs are interconnected and impacted by the events of life. We all have the capacity to live a life rich with connection, meaning and purpose.
Our lives are busier than they have ever been! Work and family demands keep us constantly on the go with little time free time to pause or relax. The pace is stressful and can take a toll.
When life becomes overwhelming, symptoms of Anxiety and Depression can occur. This may look like excessive worrying, unpleasant thoughts that intrude, having trouble getting motivated or feeling less interested in activities you have previously enjoyed. Sleep problems may also develop.
General Counseling with one of our therapists can help address the root cause(s) of the problems and provide coping skills and solutions to help you regain a healthier lifestyle.
You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. Kabat-Zinn
Counseling methods such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy focuses on how our thoughts impact our feelings and behaviors is very helpful for managing the symptoms of Anxiety and Depression. Mindfulness based approaches help to calm the brain and the mind and are very helpful in reducing Anxiety and Depression.
At times, life events and situations can cause us to become disconnected and the pain sends ripple effects throughout all levels of ourselves. A common source of disconnection are traumatic events which cause disruption in the way the brain functions, the emotions that are experienced, and left unattended arise as physical symptoms.
Many do not realize they have been traumatized, believing only war veterans develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Anyone can experience a traumatic response when they feel their life and safety is threatened in some way.
When a trauma occurs it seems to get locked in the nervous system with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, and feelings. Luber
What is Trauma?
A traumatic reaction is generally a normal response to an extremely abnormal situation such as a car accident, acts of violence, any type of abuse, the unexpected death of a loved one, medical conditions, and any situation which induces high uncertainty and fear. Many uncomfortable and stressful symptoms emerge do not go away.
Common Trauma Symptoms
- You may feel like the event is happening again – this is a flashback.
- You may have nightmares.
- You may see, hear or smell something that reminds you of the traumatic event.
These are called triggers. Anniversaries, change of seasons and news reports are examples of triggers.
Negative changes in beliefs and feelings
- You may have trouble forming close relationships with others.
- You may have trouble trusting others and feel the world is unsafe.
- You may not be able to talk about the event and may have gaps in memory of it.
Feeling keyed up (hyperarousal)
You may have trouble sleeping.
You may feel on high-alert, as if you are walking on eggshells.
You may have difficulty concentrating
You may avoid people, places or situations because they remind you of the traumatic event.
You may avoid seeking help as you fear having to think and talk about the event.
The good news is there is help and it won’t involve retelling your story.
Counseling that utilizes brain-based approaches can bring you relief from the traumatic memory…not reduction of symptoms but reprocessing of the traumatic memory.
These treatments are also helpful for other types of anxiety, mood problems and grief.