My therapy services are designed to help a wide range of life’s problems and obstacles. Here are some specific issues that I address, but any difficulty you are experiencing that concerns your emotions and thought processes may be helped with counseling.
PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a disorder that evolves from experiencing or being witness to a traumatic event. Our body’s fight-or-flight response is somehow damaged from the experience and continues to create stress and fear long after the event has occurred. Re-living the experience through flashbacks, avoiding the memory of it, as well as hyperarousal symptoms (being easily startled or angered) are all common symptoms. In the past few years PTSD has often been associated with war veterans but other events can bring on this syndrome as well – events such as rape, car accidents, child abuse, and natural disasters.
See more about PTSD, including symptoms and causes here.
Trauma and Abuse
Trauma and abuse can be physical or psychological. Both can become debilitating forces when left unaddressed. My goal is to help clients move away from traumatic or abusive situations if they are still in them, and to develop strategies to face and move through them once they are in the past.
See more about Trauma and Abuse, including symptoms and causes here.
Depression & Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are not uncommon in today’s society. Many people will experience some degree of one or both of these in their lifetime. It is important to address the origins and not ignore the presence of depression and anxiety since they prevent you from living fully and can transform into other more difficult obstacles to address.
See more about Depression & Anxiety, including symptoms and causes here.
Eating disorders typically include anorexia-nervosa, bulimia-nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Though they have an acutely physical toll, they stem from psychological needs that are clearly helped by talk therapies.
See more about Eating Disorders, including symptoms and causes here.
Relationships are the fabric of our lives. Healthy, fulfilling relationships often need help becoming or staying that way. Whether family, parental, spousal, amical or professional, therapy provides the awareness and tools to make your relationships better.
See more about Relationship Issues, including symptoms and causes here.
Though men and women experience mental illnesses alike, they affect each gender differently. Some disorders are far more common in women and present symptoms differently. In recent years scientists have been beginning to recognize how biological and psychosocial factors contribute to mental health & illness in women and men.
See more about Women’s Issues, including symptoms and causes here.
Children & Adolescents
Typically the realm of mental health treatment is foreign and perplexing for parents. It’s often difficult for parents to discern if their child is undergoing normal developmental phases or if their child needs professional attention. When parents suspect that there is a problem, it’s difficult to know how to move forward and know who to turn to.
When to seek treatment for a child or teen
See more about Children & Adolescents, including symptoms and causes here.
Self-injurious behavior involves some form of deliberately harming your body. It’s usually an unhealthy way to express painful emotions, frustration, or anger. It often involves cutting or burning oneself. It can be linked to a variety of mental disorders including depression and eating disorders. Therapy is an effective way to discover the origins of these harmful impulses and to find healthy ways to express them.
See more about Self-Injurious Behavior, including symptoms and causes here.