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

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

    Trauma Symptoms

    The DSM-5 lists four types of trauma symptoms:

    Avoidance Symptoms

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

    Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

    Re-experiencing Symptoms

    Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks

    Hyperarousal Symptoms

    Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance

    Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm

    Sleep disturbances

    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) (LINK TO EMDR HERE)are used in treating trauma.

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    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 anxiety therapy – as opposed to anxiety medication – treats more than just symptoms to the 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


    Obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder

    Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder

    Therapy can help to uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears, learn how to relax, 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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