Depression and Anxiety are fairly common. In fact, at least 322 million people are currently living with depression or anxiety worldwide. It's not uncommon for someone with an Anxiety Disorder to also suffer from Depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with Depression are also diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder. Dealing with Depression or Anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of. Common Symptoms of Depression include:
-Persistent sad, anxious, or 'empty' mood -Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism -Feelings of guilt, hopelessness, or helplessness -Loss of interest in activities that once brought about pleasure, such as hobbies, sex -Decreased Energy, Fatigue -Difficulty remembering, focusing -Insomnia or oversleeping -Overeating or lack of appetite -Thoughts of death, suicide, self-harm -Restlessness, irritability
Common Symptoms of Anxiety include:
-Feeling nervous, irritable, 'on edge' -Having a sense of impending danger, doom, panic -Breathing rapidly, sweating, trembling -Gastric-Intestinal Problems such as: IBS, ulcers -Feeling weak and tired
I have a great appreciation for those dealing with depression and/or anxiety issues. This is not something that you have to just "deal with." There is hope and options to improve symptoms and get you thriving.
Children and teens grow up so fast. This process can be joyful-we often celebrate milestones as children grow. But this process can also bring on mental health issues. Kids and teens may develop issues with mood, unhealthy or acting out behavior, substance abuse, etc.
Counseling can help address mental health issues. It can allow them to process issues surrounding growing up, school, or friends.
When children reach adolescence, relationships can cause strife. Platonic and romantic relationships may cause this stress. Relationships between parents and children are crucial to healthy development. But they may become strained by the changes that come with adolescence. Often times, parents forget what it was like to be an adolescent or don't have an understanding of what it is like to grow up in today's world.
Therapy can be a safe space for kids to process thoughts and emotions and a place to reconnect parents and their children.
I greatly enjoy the opportunity to work with adolescents and their parents with all the issues they might face. I see counseling adolescents as a worthwhile investment that can lead to a healthy adulthood. Despite now being an adult, I have never allowed myself to forget how difficult and scary that time period can be.
Ever heard the saying "Whatever does not kill us makes us stronger?" Unfortunately, this is often not the case. We generally want to believe that we are "over" something bad that has happened to us. However, the trauma could be affecting you in ways that you may not even be fully aware of.
Unresolved trauma can affect people in significant ways for years or even decades. Here are some of the ways trauma can affect people:
-Recurring and intrusive memories of the trauma -Nightmares/"night terrors" -Intense physiological reactions to reminders of the trauma, such as: rapid heart rate or sweating -Avoiding reminders of the traumatic event, such as: people, places, situations, or objects -Reckless or self-destructive behavior -Substance abuse -Hyper-vigilance -Outbursts of anger with little provocation -Anxiety/Depression
-Suicidal thinking/behavior or self-harm -Exaggerated negative feelings -Difficulty remembering key elements of traumatic event -Unfairly blaming self or others for traumatic event -Feeling detached from others -Distrust of others
There is no shame in being a victim. But, until the trauma has been reconciled, it will continue to victimize you. Don't give it more than it has already taken. Let me help you be a VICTOR over your trauma.
We live in a world where the variety of messages about what it means to "be a man" are dizzying. We can not help but be bombarded with... -Cultural expectations of masculinity -Questions about what 'Becoming a Man' means -Challenges related to fatherhood -Concerns about sexism, gender culture, and authentic masculinity
I am intimately familiar with the struggle to reconcile the varied projections of manhood that have created a generation mired in fear, shame, avoidance, anger, and self-sabotage. I can help you find your core values and authentic self.
Relationships are hard work. Relationship therapy intends to help couples navigate and resolve problems as a team. It can help you and your partner maintain your romantic connection by solving interpersonal conflicts- big and small. Core relationship issues could pertain to: sexual/intimacy, infidelity, co-parenting, financial, just to name a few. Core issues don't tend to dissipate on their own. In fact, it tends to be quite the opposite. The sooner you address core issues, the easier it will be to resolve them. A professional, impartial perspective could make a significant impact on your relationship struggles.
Coping with sexual orientation or gender identity issues can make one feel lonely, overwhelmed, and confused. In a society that gives mixed messages about most issues, this is no exception- many dealing with such issues have doubts about who they can trust to discuss such matters. Tolerance and acceptance only go so far. It is important to be able to talk with someone that has expertise in this area and appreciates the nuances involved.
I am greatly committed to helping sexual and gender minorities lead healthy and authentic lives.