People seek therapy for many reasons, some of which are wanting to make a change in themselves, there is a situation that has been difficult to manage. or there are ongoing issues and some resolution is desired. No issue is too small to bring in to your sessions.
HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSONS
If you find yourself overwhelmed easily, needing more down time than others, or told as a child that you were "sensitive" or "shy", you might be highly sensitive. I am a highly sensitive person and understand how you may be experiencing this amazing world. I can help you navigate this gift that can sometimes feel like a burden. This is NOT a disorder or a mental illness; it is an inherited sensitivity to how we experience our environment. Dr. Elaine Aron has spent many years researching this trait and has a wealth of information. To find out if you could be a highly sensitive person and to learn more about this trait, check out Dr. Aron's website: www.hsperson.com
Whether you are dating, living together, or married, all relationships can benefit from some help from time to time. I have worked with couples who are proactive wanting a good relationship to be better all the way to relationships that are on the verge of divorce. I meet you where you are at and listen to what you both are wanting for your relationship.
Trauma can happen to any one of us at any time. Some examples of trauma include being in a car accident, witnessing violence, being a victim of various forms of abuse, or being bullied, to name a few. It can be an experience or an event, whether it happened once or multiple times. It is something where the memory keeps you from moving forward, limiting you from experiencing life the way you want to and causing distress for you. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and can help you experience relief from traumatic events of your past. Our brains will heal us if we allow it, and I will be beside you on this healing journey.
REMARRIAGE AND BONUS FAMILIES
Making the decision to get married again is not easy and is fraught with anxiety, excitement, and fear, especially if there are minor children involved. Most often people come in after they have remarried and discover that things are not going quite the way they expected. This is very common, and I can help you navigate the challenges that come with this unique experience. Bonus families is another term for "blended families" and is a term I stumbled upon when my spouse and I joined our two families many years ago.
ANXIETY AND PANIC
Most people experience feelings of anxiety now and then. Some people experience more intense levels of anxiety which can be termed as panic. Panic attacks are brief episodes of extreme fear when the fight, flight or freeze instinct arises when we are not in danger. Some symptoms include chills, nausea, sweating, chest pain, palpitations, shaking, and feelings of suffocation. These intense symptoms eventually become disruptive in a person's life due to the frequency these symptoms are occurring and often are associated with certain events or places. There is help, and I can teach you to manage these symptoms while we explore the possible reason intense anxiety may be coming up for you.
FAMILY OF ORGIN ISSUES
"Children Learn What They Live" is the title of a short writing I read many years ago where each line starts with - "If children live with..... they learn....." We bring into our adult lives what we learned in childhood, and some things we learned cause emotional pain in us today. Together we look at the negative emotions you may have carried from childhood that are adversely affecting you and/or your relationships today and work on healing from within in order for you to live a more joyful life.