Trauma Focused Therapy

June 30, 2014

What is Trauma Focused Therapy? Trauma therapy is different from “typical” therapy only in that it oftentimes needs to work through many steps before growth can occur.  Therapy that isn’t trauma focused begins with the relationship and progresses as that relationship develops, where trauma therapy needs the relationship, but needs to work sooner on the existing trauma for deeper understanding to occur. Trauma focused therapy works on creating mindfulness in the patient…

  Naturally, therapy can be scary to consider.  Especially for those of us who struggle with expressing feelings or even understanding them.  Most know they need therapy or someplace where they can go to work through what is causing distress, but that can be scary and hard to navigate.  I try to tell my clients when they call or email to make an appointment that I really emphasize our relationship first…

Teenagers are historically difficult, but for many reasons, that isn’t enough to help parents feel better about their behavior. Teenagers are so full of angst, anxiety and are so preoccupied, its very easy to feel hurt by them.  We as parents so want to understand and connect with them and they trigger in us, feelings both of when we were young, navigating our own way and also feelings we developed…

I have so many clients that come in telling me how stressed and anxious they are feeling.  Oftentimes, they are so consumed by the feelings that they can’t sleep, eat or interact with their friends and family.  Why, is the common plea they ask me and my answer is a simple one, I don’t know.  BUT, I will say that we can find out why, together and it is a…

How will you know if it’s time for you to call a therapist or counselor? That’s a question many people grapple with in their lives.  It’s common to have good days and bad days, no doubt, especially during the holiday season, but what can you consider when you’re having a bad day that will help you know if the time is right to seek help? The answer to that question…

Depressed-man

Depression is the most common mental disorder in the United States, and its prevalence seems to increase every decade. Undoubtedly, some of that rise is due to our fast-paced, often isolated lives that can leave us unsatisfied and yearning for deeper connections. However, another factor for the apparent increase in depression is the bombardment of advertisements from antidepressant drug companies, which can convince nearly anyone they need medication. Perhaps the…

Life-Changes

One of the things we all have in common is, no matter what stage of life we’re at, change is always constant. Children have to adjust to new schools and teachers, teenagers and young adults must adapt to college and first loves, adults must learn how to deal with marriage and careers, and older folks must acclimate to empty nests and retirement. No matter our age, we all have to…

Happy-Family-Relationships

There are reasons most of us choose to form our lives around a family — it provides companionship, a support system, safety, and much more. Still, at times it’s difficult to feel these benefits when we’re dealing with work and school demands, money issues, trying to meet the needs of multiple people, and the myriad of other stressors that pop up in our lives. Is there a way to dial…

Living with PTSD

August 6, 2013

Living with ptsd

These days it seems we hear a great deal about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the media and particularly how it relates to those returning from combat. The phrase “PTSD” has become so commonplace we sometimes don’t think about the severity of the condition or realize anyone (even those outside the military) can suffer from the disorder. So, let’s take this opportunity to look beyond the catchword and discuss some…