In my counseling practice I have a special interest in working with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and parenting concerns and I have a depth of expertise with those who have experienced trauma.
Counseling can provide effective relief for depression. Many people feel sad, discouraged, or "down" once in a while, but for some people this mood does not go away. They can experience a loss of interest or pleasure in life. When these problems last two weeks or more and are so bad that they get in the way of daily living, this is depression. A person with depression may experience emotions such as hopelessness, despair and anger. Energy levels may be low and the simple day-to-day tasks may seem overwhelming. There may be feelings of guilt or worthlessness, thoughts of suicide or helplessness, and difficulty thinking, concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
In counseling you will learn why depression is not simply sadness. Most people who have not had depression do not completely understand its effects. Instead, they see it as simply being sad. Since it is not understood, many people with depression are criticized by others for not helping themselves. That is not useful. People who suffer from depression should have professional help. Depression that is not treated may get worse.
Counseling can help you deal with anxiety. Do you ever have a constant, nagging general nervousness, a feeling of uncomfortableness or alarm that sometimes accompanies judgmental situations? Anxiety is a complex combination of the feelings of fear, apprehension and worry that may be accompanied by the physical sensations of palpitations, chest pain, or shortness of breath. Emotionally, anxiety causes a sense of dread or panic, perhaps nausea and chills. Anxiety and panic attacks may restrict a person’s ability to work effectively, maintain long term relationships or even feel comfortable leaving the house. These disorders fill people's lives with overwhelming anxiety and fear. It's felt that one-quarter of the general population experiences a real anxiety disorder during their lifetime and commonly, anxiety co-exists with other conditions.
Counseling can help you to have better relationships. Whether the relationship is with co-workers, family, spouse, in-laws or friends, relationships are an important part of our life. Conflicts and disagreements can make relationships very difficult. Long standing or recurring issues drain a relationship’s vitality. In therapy, whether individual, couple, or family, you can learn how to have relationships that are strong, healthy and supportive. You can learn how to set appropriate boundaries and have respect be a foundational part of all your relationships.
Counseling can help you heal from the effects of trauma and abuse. Trauma is an emotional or psychological injury, usually resulting from an extremely stressful or possibly life-threatening situation. Typical causes of psychological trauma are abuse, violence, the threat of either, or the witnessing of either, particularly in childhood. Psychological trauma may cause acute stress disorder (ASD) and can lead to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can also develop without an antecedent ASD and may come on months or years after the trauma. Both ASD and PTSD are specific disorders in which the traumatized individual may experience nightmares, avoidance of certain situations and places, depression, and other symptoms. Psychological trauma can be effectively treated with talk therapy.
Counseling can give parents effective tools for family relationships. Family Therapy brings the children in as well to be a part of the counseling process. Parenting issues can be in any stage of life: new parents, parents of young children, parents of teenagers, parents of adult children, and adult child’s issue with aging parents. These family life cycle issues can respond well to family therapy.
Sexual Abuse Survivors
Talk Therapy can be very effective to help you heal and grow past the effects of the abuse. Do you find it hard to trust people, even family and co-workers? Is it difficult for you to feel safe and secure? Do you often feel like bad things are going to happen? These are just a few of the normal feelings of an adult woman who was sexually abused or molested as a child or adolescent. The sexual abuse survivors group can help you to regain your sense of control and choice over your life. This group is designed to be a safe place for you to explore how to deal with the issues that make your life a struggle. In this group you will learn how the harmful effects of childhood sexual abuse often linger into adulthood and how you can heal. You will learn healthy ways to respond to your life and relationships. Let us support you as you move towards peace and healing.
Counseling can address many of the issues that keep us stuck in our spiritual growth. We are not only thinking and feeling beings, we are also spiritual beings. For the client who requests the spiritual component in therapy I am glad to include Christian Counseling as a part of their process. I have a depth of experience and education in the Christian life. I am aware of the role of spiritual formation and the influence of our beliefs and values on our individual and family functioning. In my work as a therapist I strive to help you to understand, clarify and apply your values to your life needs.