Proud wife of an Army Veteran for over a decade now and also a mother of 4 children that range in age from high school to tiny toddler.
Counselor in Wyoming, MI
What on earth do Psychotherapy and Counseling have to do with pain management, and what do you even mean? There is evidence to support that stress has a significant impact on our body. I have first-hand experience in how trauma and pain are closely related and how therapy can help redirect your life and aid in decreasing the stress one puts on their body. I am an avid over-doer, which means that I would work my body to extreme fatigue and fight to get back to being able to move.
It is no surprise that the military community past and present has its own unique set of challenges. Only a small fraction of the population has ever entered into this fold. As a former Army wife myself and a forever member of the military community, I understand these unique challenges in thriving and surviving military life as well as the transition process from military life to civilian life. Many of our military members are struggling not only with PTSD but other unseen wounds.
Why the reason for a specialty in women's issues. While working at Community Recovery International as well as Alpha Grand Rapids, I have noticed a pattern of behavior in working with women. We often attempt to take on the world and when we cannot hold the world up, we take it as a self-perceived failure. I work with women who live their lives in a lower socioeconomic background, struggle with self-esteem, motherhood, domestic violence as well as lower confidence and self-worth.
Motivational Interviewing is one of the most useful treatment methods for substance use. This is because it allows the client to be their own motivator for change.
Art is a great way to work through various issues including depression, anxiety, and other traumatic experiences. It allows for processing without having to use words and instead, one's eyes and hands.
Useful for changing maladaptive thinking processes that gets in the way of our own beliefs about events and ourselves. Also useful for pain management to change the way we look at what one can or cannot do while suffering from chronic pain.