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    Counseling for Trauma & Anxiety

    Counseling for Trauma

    Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster.

    While many people recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, others may discover lasting effects of trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or post-traumatic stress far after the event has passed.

    In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from trauma.

    The DSM-5 lists four types of trauma symptoms:

    1) Avoidance Symptoms

    – Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event

    – Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

    2) Re-experiencing Symptoms

    – Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks

    3) Hyperarousal Symptoms

    – Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance

    – Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm

    – Sleep disturbances

    4) Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms

    – Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable

    – Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event

    – Change in habits or behavior since the trauma

    Research has proven psychotherapy to be the most effective form of treatment for trauma. Most commonly, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are used in treating trauma.

    Counseling for Anxiety

    Counseling for Anxiety

    Is anxiety taking over your life? Does it feel like you can’t control it no matter how hard you try? Have you already tried therapy but found it ineffective?

    If this sounds like you, we are confident we can help. Our practice offers the most effective forms of treatment to get the relief from anxiety that you deserve.

    When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research shows that therapy is usually the most effective option. That’s because therapy – as opposed to anxiety medication – can get to the source and treat more than just symptoms of a problem.

    Often, these are the symptoms of anxiety:

    – Nervousness, restlessness or being tense

    – Feelings of danger, panic or dread

    – Rapid breathing or hyperventilation

    – Increased or heavy sweating

    – Trembling or muscle twitching

    – Weakness or lethargy

    – Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about

    – Insomnia

    – Obsessions about certain ideas

    – Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past

    Therapy can help to uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears. It can also help you be calmer, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills.

    If you experience anxiety, we invite you to contact us today for a consultation.

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