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Therapy doesn’t have to take forever and involve reliving old traumas again and again.

Trauma can leave you feeling scared, helpless, fearful, angry and even betrayed. These feelings can also be accompanied by shame, guilt or deep sadness. You may feel emotionally unstable and out of control. Together we can work to find your strength and resilience. You are not a victim. You are a survivor.

Together we can work with thoughts brought about by your traumatic experience using Solution Focused Brief Therapy or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Solution Focused Brief Therapy focuses on building your strengths and recognizing your resources. EMDR can help re-balance your central nervous system so you can function better.

The goal is to get you back to feeling and functioning like yourself as soon as possible.

Anxiety is worrying about what’s going to happen in the future.

Fear is worrying about what’s happening in the present.

Stress is physical or emotional strain you feel from a demanding situation.

Up to a point, experiencing anxiety, fear and stress is normal and, even, necessary. But too much of these things can make life very, very difficult.

Ask yourself these questions to see if you have too much anxiety, fear and stress:

Do you automatically feel anxious in certain situations? Do you get jumpy or nervous? Do you worry that you will say the wrong thing in social situations? Do you feel like people are watching you and seeing all your flaws? Are you overwhelmed by all the things you have to get done? Do you often feel on edge? Are your days filled with controlling thoughts of worry, danger, discomfort or disaster? Do these thoughts and feelings get in the way of your work or your relationships? Are you having trouble getting things done?

If you relate to any of these things, you may be experiencing too much anxiety, fear and stress. Reducing them could make your life much better. Many people are anxious, fearful and stressed in our fast paced world. You are certainly not alone. You can help calm your body and your mind. You can sleep better, feel better and live better.

Are you experiencing a deep, persistent sadness? Have you lost interest in activities you once enjoyed? Do you cry often? Do you have lingering feelings of shame, guilt, hopelessness, worthlessness and anger? Do you have difficulty focusing on work or school? Are you feeling exhausted, sleeping more than usual or suffering from insomnia? Have you lost interest in eating or are you eating more? Is it difficult for you to make even a simple decision? Do you feel like things would be “easier” or “better” if you just weren’t around? Are you losing friends and having trouble maintaining relationships? Is it difficult to do anything, even ask for help?

If any of these things describe you, you could be suffering from depression. Long lasting depression can become your normal way of function and be difficult to recognize. Perhaps a family member or friend has noticed that you are not functioning at your normal level. Depression is more common than you might think. It’s normal to feel sad sometimes, but it’s not normal to feel intensely sad for a long period of time. If you have been suffering from depression for more than 2 months, and it has interfered with your ability to function in your everyday life, it is time to get help.

Depression is a constant burden that is difficult to bear. You can’t just “snap out of it.” Because depression leaves a person feeling unmotivated and helpless, many people who suffer with depression depend on family members to help them get to therapy. The first part of recovery is agreeing to treatment. You can feel better. Call me for your free 15-minute consultation.

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