Traumatic experiences overwhelm our normal coping strategies and lead to unbelievable stress, depression or fearfulness. We will work together to alleviate your symptoms using the latest trauma researched interventions. You will be able to feel more in control of your life again.
Infertility/Pregnancy Loss/ Pregnancy Difficulties
If your dreams of a typical pregnancy have been shattered and no one seems to understand, I will provide you with the opportunity to feel listened to and supported.
You will have the opportunity to discuss your decisions and evaluate your options.
New coping strategies will be formulated to help manage the impact on your relationships with your partner, family and friends.
When you were pregnant did you dream about how magical bringing a baby into your life would be? Instead, are you feeling sad, lonely, exhausted, irritable, restless, anxious, guilty, worried, or out of control? Are you unable to find pleasure in the things you used to enjoy?
It is estimated that 1 in 8 women suffer from Postpartum Depression or Anxiety. It is not just the Baby Blues. The good news is Postpartum Depression is treatable.
We will work together to alleviate your anxiety and depression. You will begin to feel more like yourself, improve your confidence and begin to enjoy your life again.
High School Students/College Students
High school years bring challenges not only for the high school student, but for the family as well. A pressure to achieve and a desire for independence can be complicated by new family arrangements, divorce, death, illness or loss of a family income. Individual therapy is conducted to help the student achieve his or her goals and engage in healthy relationships.
College brings many new challenges. Often, students are living on their own, making choices independent of their parents. There is increasing pressure to achieve because the job market is competitive. The expense of college can add stress as well. Counseling sessions provide a place for the students to express concerns, and focus on creating new coping skills to deal with any anxiety or depression.
Grief comes in many forms. Personal coping skills, the cause of death, an available support system and the nature of the relationship to the deceased all impact the way people deal with their grief. Grief can sometimes cause depression and anxiety. It is important to have someone to talk to who will listen compassionately and without judgment in a caring and supportive way.
People with chronic illnesses face many challenges. Managing the symptoms of the illness and making decisions about the best treatment approach, while trying to maintain an independent life, can be stressful. The effects of the illness are not just felt by the individuals, but by the people who love them as well. Individual therapy that focuses on decision making and reinforcing the individual’s strengths will provide stress relief. Supportive family therapy can relieve tensions that exist in the family unit.
If you are having difficulties in your relationships, I can help you acquire a greater understanding of your role, power, and influence with others. You can learn new techniques and communication styles to enhance your current relationships and create new, healthy, and genuine ones.
If you have been given a psychiatric diagnosis or believe you have Depression, Anxiety, or Bi-polar Disorder we can work together to identify new coping skills. We will concentrate on symptom relief and will work toward the goals you identify. Consultation with your doctor will be provided if you request it.