Stress has a huge impact on our lives every day. Often one of the first signs something is bothering us is a disruption in restorative sleep... It can all go down hill quickly from there! Stress and anxiety impact our thoughts, behaviors, relationships and our physical health. High blood pressure, digestive problems, mood problems, anxiety, racing thoughts, hair loss, decreased immune function, infertility, memory problems, sleep problems, chronic pain and irritability are all symptoms of stress that can be addressed with therapy.
Psychoneuroimmunologyis the newest term encompassing the preventative health benefits linked to caring for the mind body connection. Things like stress can impact our immune system, so remaining healthy requires attention to both physical and psychological factors. Incorporation of cognitive therapy, bodywork and Mindfulness to impact the physiological stress response are powerful tools to improve your health and quality of life. The research being done in this area is increasing dramatically as western science catches up with ancient eastern healing philosophy.
Adverse Life Events, Trauma or a Troubling Past
Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that leaves us somehow impacted. The source of the trauma can be physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and relational. Trauma can however look and feel very different from person to person. Sometimes events that we may not view as a 'trauma' have in fact impacted us so greatly that the brain protects itself just the same. Trauma can have lasting effects for years and even decades if not addressed. Sometimes symptoms of trauma can be confusing because they may seem unrelated or seemingly flair up without any identifiable trigger.
Some symptoms include flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, absence of childhood memories, sleep disruption, loss of time or spacing out, anxiety/panic symptoms, difficulty with trust or intimacy, social isolation, hyper-vigilance, poor self-esteem, underlying feelings of guilt and shame, or a history of self-destructive behaviors.
Coming into Yourself as You Come Out
Defining ourselves to ourselves is a big order. Understanding yourself and having a support to help you identify strategies to best reintroduce that self to the people we love can ease the journey. Whether your out and proud but your partner is not or your wondering if you might want to transition from head to toe, you don't have to do it alone. Jennifer is a member of the Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
Teens & Emerging Adults
Adolescence and early adulthood is arguably the most drastic time of change in our lives. This is when we carve our place out not only within ourselves, but also within our relationships and society. Often this is a time of turmoil, high emotions, risk taking and conflict. Counseling can provide a safe and healthy place to navigate challenges that often are not talked about at home. Often teens that would benefit from counseling may engage in impulsive behaviors, mood swings, cutting./self-injury, drug/alcohol use, social problems, or a drastic change in personality or image.
Unique Developmental Needs Addressed with Teen Counseling
Identity Development and Healthy Self Expression
Tasks of Independence & Addressing Risk Taking
Activity Therapy includes Hands on, Creative and Interactive Elements
Chronic relationship problems
Often the problems we face in adulthood planted their own roots during our youth. Who we are today is a reflection of where we have been. Ongoing emotional and relational problems are often so deep that we are not conscious of our patterns. Depth work can help bring insight to issues that seem to just keep popping up throughout our lives or crashing our dreams. Often these deeper problems show up as family conflict/divorce, problems with coworkers/job loss, or turning to unhealthy coping strategies such as drug and alcohol use.
Feeling Lost in Your Life Journey
Though many problems and patterns of ours can be within our awareness, there are deeper subconscious and unconscious levels of the mind beyond our awareness. Counseling can help you reach these deeper levels and to strengthen your control over your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Counseling for the mind can actually change the physical connections in the brain!
Our identities are very complex and ever changing. Many times throughout life we find ourselves searching for who we are. This search can be even further complicated by life changing events including marriage, parenthood, traumas, going back to school or work, becoming disabled, retiring or just growing as a person.
**This site does not serve as a replacement for necessary medical and/or mental health care. Please contact a professional to assist you with developing a wellness plan that is individualized to meet your specific health needs. In case of an emergency please contact crisis services for your local area. In the case of a life threatening emergency immediately call 911