Depression Counseling & Therapy Services
Depression can be a symptom or disorder. People often casually describe their mood as “depressed” when it may be mild sadness that quickly goes away or just being in a “funk” that also quickly subsides. Many of us experience an occasional bad day, when for no apparent reason we feel glum, irritable, or out of sorts. However, diagnosable or clinical depression lasts for more than a day or two and you do not just bounce back from a glum mood. There is often significant impairment in one’s life as a result of a depressed mood relating to sleep, appetite, thoughts, school or employment, and relationships.
We will work together to process the underlying cause of the depressed mood and develop coping skills to alleviate the discomfort. Treatment is a process and is certainly not always comfortable. We will explore strong feelings or reopen wounds, and this may be painful. We will process thoughts and behaviors around these feelings or wounds and begin to clean and stitch the wound by replacing unhealthy patterns of thinking and coping with healthy coping skills. You will begin to feel relief from the painful wound now that it is being properly treated and healing and can return to normal functioning.
Anxiety Counseling & Therapy Services
Anxiety disorders are considered the most common and frequently occurring mental disorders. Anxiety is a normal reaction to anything that might be threatening to a person’s lifestyle, values, self, or loved ones. Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. However, too much anxiety can cause significant discomfort and interfere with life’s daily tasks.
When treating anxiety we use a comprehensive approach that includes assessment and treatment as it relates to physical health (exercise and diet), mental wellbeing, and mindfulness. I use multiple treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Rational Emotive Therapy to treat anxiety. I incorporate mindfulness, meditation, breathing, and relaxation exercises during treatment. The goal is to be able to decrease symptoms of anxiety at the moment, defeat or challenge irrational and worrisome thoughts that promote anxiety, and replace unhealthy patterns of coping such as avoidance and isolation with healthy coping skills such as acceptance, reframing thoughts, and doing the opposite of your fear.
Teens and Adolescents Counseling & Therapy
Children ages 10-17 are in the most developmentally rich span of their lives. So much is changing…their bodies, their minds, their schools, their attitudes, and at the same time each of them is expected to be a good student, follow directions, be respectful, oh and maybe have a social and/or athletic life. All these expectations can be overwhelming for an adolescent. My years working as a school counselor gives me a unique prospect of connecting the dots between school and home life expectations.
When supporting adolescents it is important to build rapport in a safe, non-judgmental environment. With all adolescent therapy, a periodic family session is incorporated to bridge the communication gap between parent and child and support you as well. I will utilize a variety of creative and experiential approaches in each session to encourage exploration and expression with your child.
Maternal Mental Health Counseling & Therapy
Postpartum depression and anxiety are common in women immediately following the birth of a new child, and having someone to speak to can help you get through this difficult time. Feeling overwhelmed is common after having a new baby. These feelings can transform into negative emotions, intrusive or unwanted thoughts (obsessive-compulsive disorder), hopelessness, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue and can adversely affect the mental health of both the mother and the baby over a long period of time.
Struggling with infertility can cause a woman to feel disconnected from her body, confused, frustrated, and feeling defective or broken. Many women and couples are excited to start a family only to be met with frustration, anxiety, and confusion about how to approach infertility. Infertility can be a short-term or long-term problem, each of which has its own trials and difficulties surrounding it. Women can feel isolated and alone when struggling with infertility and this can often lead to more serious issues of long-term or lifelong depression.
Unfortunately, many families have to go through this painful experience every year, and it isn’t always clear whom you can turn to for help. Baby loss can be particularly devastating, as it happens in a time when hope and happiness are plentiful. It can cause grief and depression at the loss of what could have been. The greatest fear of any new parent is losing a baby that you have invested in with love and anticipation. Often times losing an infant causes mothers and parents to turn inwards alienating friends, family, and even spouses as a result. It can feel like there is nobody to talk to that can understand the pain and grief that you are going through.
My philosophy in working individually with women who have expressed loss, postpartum, and infertility is to understand, respect, and support them where they are on their journey. I strive to help them understand and make sense of the multitude of changing emotions they may be experiencing. I utilize multiple modalities of grief interventions, such as verbal, art, talk therapy.