Mood swings, emotional reactivity, unpredictable encounters, feeling low for no apparent reason, experiencing lack of motivation, hopelessness and pointlessness. Anxiety, often arising in response to depression, becomes a vicious cycle. Mania, racing thoughts, pressured speech, uncontainable energy that feels boundless and urgently needs to be released. All incredibly common in varying degrees. I will help you understand where it originates, create coping skills, and restore balance.
Easily startled, inexplicably thrust back into the midst of a terrible situation, haunted by nightmares; derailed by intrusive thoughts, obsessions, avoidance, fear and hypervigilance; finding solace in isolation and caged by an inability to fully engage in the present. Trauma responses occur when an individual has experienced or witnessed a life threatening event. The interpetation of danger, sensitivity to the world and response to threat are highly individual experiences ranging along a continuum of stress to panic. I will work with you from your present-moment experience and begin to establish internal resources for safety originating from your mind, body and spirit. Once we establish safety, we will process your experience incrementally, and rewrite the course of events so you can find the freedom to move on with your life with confidence.
Expand your capacity for choice by breaking the hold of a particular habit, whether that may be drinking, using, sex or many other behaviors that began as ways to cope with anxiety or trauma but now amount to self-harm and self-sabotage. Grief and depression are common responses to loss, even the loss of a habit, especially when one has built their identity around a particular behavior. Often the challenges that were solved and the situations that became tolerable through use of alcohol, drugs, or sex come to the surface and need to addressed in a new way. There are leaps to be made, defenses to shed, and new experiences of self to be examined. This amounts in an unparalleled opportunity for change for the person who is willing to do the work or simply cannot continue otherwise.
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