Mental Health Counseling
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, & social well-being
It determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices, and it affects how we think and feel. Often overlooked because it’s a part of our wellness that we can’t physically see, it’s an incredibly important aspect that ultimately ensure we have healthy relationships with ourselves and others.
Perhaps you’re thinking you’ve always been “fine,” but you’re a little more stressed out these days. Maybe you just lost a loved one, and you’re having a hard time coping with the loss. It’s possible no outside factors have changed, but you don’t feel like yourself, and you’re not sure why.
There are a multitude of factors that go into mental health, including your genes, brain chemistry, trauma, diet, and physical activity. If you’re noticing the following symptoms, it may be time to reach out:
A change in your eating or sleeping habits
Decreased interest in people or hobbies
Decreased energy or motivation
Feeling helpless or hopeless
Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, upset, or worried
Thinking of harming yourself or others
Having a hard time performing daily tasks like going to work
While it’s natural to feel a little anxiety around things like a presentation at work, a scheduling conflict with your kids, or making a big decision, anxiety disorders cause anxiety that does not go away or worsens with time. You may fear things like social interactions or worry about the future. This anxiety can cause muscle tension, trouble sleeping, irritability, and trouble concentrating, ultimately impacting your relationships and work performance. The good news is that there’s hope! Anxiety disorders are typically treated with therapy, medication, or both. Either way, I can help you get back to feeling the way you want to feel.
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States and is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. It can happen at any age. If you feel you’ve been experiencing sadness, anxiety, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, decreased energy, restlessness, or trouble concentrating nearly every day for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression. Depression is very treatable, and with a little help, we can help eradicate those feelings from your life.
Addiction therapy is a form of treatment that aims to help individuals overcome substance abuse or behavioral addictions. It typically involves various therapeutic approaches, such as counseling, support groups, and behavioral interventions. The goal is to address the underlying causes of addiction, develop coping strategies, and promote long-term recovery. Different types of addiction therapy include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, family therapy, and group therapy. It's important to seek professional help and guidance from addiction specialists or therapists who can tailor the treatment to your specific needs.
Trauma & Grief
Trauma is an event that can cause psychological, physical, emotional, or mental harm. Grief is a natural response to a loss, such as feeling or wishing things could have ended differently or better. Neither are easy for a person to deal with alone. If you’ve been through a trauma that has left you feeling hopeless, or you’re not sure how to cope, or which direction you should go, it may be time to talk to someone. Loss is difficult, whether or not you were expecting it. Seeking therapy as a treatment for trauma and grief doesn’t mean you’re forgetting the event or the person – it just means you’re learning how to live with what happened.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by a traumatic event. You may experience nightmares, flashbacks, or severe anxiety. While symptoms can appear immediately following the traumatic event, you may also not experience them until years after. Symptoms are typically grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions. Intrusive memories cause recurrent, distressing memories of the event, reliving the event as if it were happening again, nightmares, and severe emotional distress to something that reminds you of the event. Avoidance causes you to avoid places, activities, and people that may remind you of the event. Negative changes in your thinking and mood may involve feeling hopeless about the future, feeling detached from family and friends, memory problems, or lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed. Changes in physical and emotional reactions may involve being easily startled or frightened, self-destructive behavior, trouble sleeping, or overwhelming shame or guilt.