What is it?
Someone who has lots of professional counseling training and education focused on the realms of mental, emotional and behavioral ‘workings’ (and do so ethically), as well as family and socialization history.
Why does one need it?
Most of us are resistant to change, and may need a nudge to take action towards this goal, hence psychotherapy! (Here we could put a picture somewhere that I will send you of resistant/nudge.) There are many theories and ‘approaches’ of psychotherapy effective in doing so.
I provide psychotherapy to anyone who knows they are ready to change. Please use the forms below if you are considering working with me.
How I Can Help
Pain & Headaches
PAIN: We are talking about specific pain, recurring or chronic pain. Best example are headaches, including migraines!
ADDICTIONS. There are so many but the criteria for being addicted are similar: the substance or activity is used or done in large ammounts; increased frequency; persistant ‘intention’ to quit; a big increase of money to support it; a craving; interfering with normal activities (work, school, sports, etc); erractic behaviors and moods as well as possible explosive kinds of behaviors when one can not obtain the desired substance; A rise in tolerance levels; serious damage to relationships. Having to resort to destructive behaviors such as lying, stealing, physically hurtful, breaking the law, hurting self, and affecting one’s finances. And the list goes on.
LOSS AND GRIEF seem similar, but DEPRESSION is a ‘condition, and loss or grief are reactions, probably with some of the same symptoms of depression. Some criteria for Major Depression are: Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day (feels sad, empty, hopeless, diminished pleasure in normally pleasurable activities), fatigue or loss of energy every day, excessive worthlessness or exaggerated guilt, diminished ability to think or concentrate, recurrent thoughts of death (not a fear of dying) and possibly suicidal thinking or actions.
Loss & Grief
Loss and Grief : are reactions to the loss of a significant person, thing, or condition that can result in depression, anxiety, or a mixed bag of conditions.
There are many types of anxiety, or ways in which one is affected. We are talking about behavior that is interruptive, intrusive, uncontrolled. Some of these are: Separation Disorder, Phoebias, Social anxiety, Panic Disorders, etc.
TRAUMA is a type of anxiety that is on the extreme end of the above. PTSD fits in this category. Typical ‘events’ possibly causing trauma are: exposure to actual or threatened death; serious injury; sexual violence; Repeated exposure to such; recurrent, involuntary, and distressing memories of such.
Common resulting emotions, behaviors or thoughts: recurrent distressing dreams and nightmares that can be very terrifying; Flashbacks of such; Avoidance behaviors. Persistant negative emotional state (fear, horror, anger, guilt, shame) and negative cognitions.