Individual Counseling

 

One of the most beneficial aspects of counseling is the privacy and safety that come from meeting one on one with a trained professional. Your issues are unique to you and so are your feelings about them, especially how you’ve handled them up to this point. The last thing you need is someone judging you or being fearful that he or she might use sensitive information against you. You can ease your worries and fears. It’s my job to help ease you into this space of safety and privacy so that you can live your life more fully. Shame, guilt, and fear of judgement are some of the main reasons why people have trouble sharing their burdens.

Treatment and Specializations:

  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Relationship Issues
  • Codependence
  • Family of Origin
  • Sexual Issues
  • Life Transitions

What is Anxiety and Panic?

Anxiety is a human emotion that is directly related to our survival instincts. When it works properly, anxiety warns us of physical and emotional danger, keeps us from losing shelter and food, and helps us to protect those we love. When anxiety is too high (or out of balance) then we over-worry, get overwhelmed, dread things that are unlikely to happen, catastrophize (making mountains out of molehills), and panic. This is ultimately dysfunctional because it “overdoes” its intended use and now we become miserable. Anxiety not only affects our emotional well-being but it also affects our physical health as well. Some symptoms of anxiety are:

  • Fast, shallow breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Increased sweating
  • Fidgeting and twitching
  • Panic – Spike in anxiety marked be feelings of imminent danger
  • Heart palpitations
  • Problems sleeping

Dealing With Depression

Everybody gets sad from time to time based on life circumstances. Whether it be due to a death of loved, job loss, or a breakup the sadness and pain can be deep. Though these events can be significant, they are situational and taken by themselves can they be processed easier. By contrast, depression is all encompassing and goes beyond any situation. For many people it can last months and even years. Depression affects all aspects of life and many times includes more symptoms than sadness alone. Some symptoms of depression are:

  • Fatigue
  • Lack of interest on hobbies or pleasurable things
  • Apathy
  • Sadness
  • Low sex drive
  • Loss of appetite
  • Overwhelming negative thoughts
  • Increased anger and irritability
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Substance abuse

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