Therapy is all about healing psychological wounds and restoring a person to her fully-functional state. Many people have experienced what is known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) such as being abused or neglected, being separated from a parent for a prolonged period of time, or growing up in a home where there was domestic violence, substance abuse, and/or mental illness. Such events often impact people very deeply, sometimes creating emotional pain that goes on for years, and preventing them from being truly happy, successful, or satisfied with their lives.
Even if someone has had a happy childhood, sometimes she may experience one or more major stressful events which can have a deep psychological and emotional impact. Example of these would be going through a divorce, losing a loved one, job-related stress, or experiencing a financial crisis. Painful circumstances such as the ones mentioned above often lead a person to experience psychological distress in the form of depression, anxiety, or posttraumatic stress, to name just a few. If you have been struggling with symptoms such as the ones listed below this may be an indication that you may be suffering from depression or anxiety and may benefit from therapy.
Loss of pleasure and interest in usual activities
Problems with sleeping
Too much or too little appetite
Feelings of worthlessness
Intense and constant worry
Feeling panicky or fearful
Irritability or anger outbursts
Unexplained physical symptoms like racing heart, digestive upset, headaches
Distress, conflict, or deep dissatisfaction in interpersonal relationships
If you are experiencing these symptoms you are not alone. About 16 million Americans live with major depression. Depression is also the leading cause of disability worldwide, and it is the most common mental health problem in women. In addition, 40 million adults suffer from some type of anxiety disorder, which makes anxiety disorders the most common type of mental health issue in our country. And, anxiety and depression often occur together.
In therapy, you will first receive support and validation of your feelings and experiences. Once you feel ready and we have a solid trusting and collaborative relationship I can teach you strategies to help you change the negative thoughts that lead to depressive or anxious feelings, so that you can begin to thrive and enjoy life again. I can also help you with communication strategies to improve the quality of your interpersonal relationships.
The techniques that I use are part of an approach called T.E.A.M. that is primarily based on cognitive behavioral therapy, These cutting edge techniques can bring about powerful yet lasting change in a relatively short period of time. However, you should know that finding relief will require more than just talking about your thoughts and feelings. It will require work on your part, including actively practicing the skills I will share with you, as well as in between-session assignments.