Life continually poses many challenges. Most of the time we are able to manage and cope with these stressors quite well. At times, however, life may become so overwhelming and the pressure becomes so great that it begins to affect our work, our relationships with those we love and our overall outlook on life.
As a counselor, our job is to help you find manageable solutions to seemingly unmanageable life circumstances. We have experience working with youth and adults facing a variety of issues, some of which include addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, codependency and anger management.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment that focuses on distorted thinking and maladaptive patterns in behavior. Current difficulties are often strongly influenced by negative thinking/self-talk, the perception of situations and core beliefs. CBT works toward identifying these negative thinking patterns and behavior to promote positive change. Empirical research has shown CBT to be useful in working with a variety of issues, including anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug problems, depression, and other mood disorders. "In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications." (American Psychological Association)
EMDR is a therapy that allows for processing of past experiences that have caused distress. By using bilateral stimulation (eye movements, tones, etc), we allow the brain to naturally process information and relieve distress.
EMDR is believed to work similarly to REM sleep, in which eye movements are thought to aid in the processing of memories. This therapy has been found effective in working with trauma, panic attacks, complicated grief, phobias, performance anxiety, stress reduction, addictions, abuse and more.
When many people hear "trauma" they often think of military and combat trauma. However, abuse, experiencing life-threatening situations, witnessing upsetting events, childhood trauma and other disturbing experiences can also produce posttraumatic symptoms. Therapy has been shown to reduce these symptoms and allow individuals freedom from feeling "stuck" in those negative experiences.