I am a licensed mental health counselor certified in EMDR therapy. I have years of experience helping people heal from the pain of trauma.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , FL
Immediately after experiencing trauma, people can develop Acute Stress Disorder (ASD), which is a response to a traumatic event that occurs within one month of the event and includes dissociative reactions. ASD is highly predictive of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and when symptoms persist for more than one month, the diagnosis of PTSD is relevant.
Grief and loss can come in many forms. Sometimes we lose people and relationships through death, divorce, distance. Sometimes the losses are sudden and violent, other times they occur slowly over time. Sometimes our losses are very personal, like when we lose a job, our health, or an unrealized dream. The many facets of grief can be difficult to navigate alone.
Abuse in any form, physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal, is never warranted and its effects are felt long after the abuse has ended. But, even after something as grievous as abuse, hope for the future are possible. Overcoming the trauma of abuse can be scary. I provide a safe and confidential environment in which abuse survivors can express and process their feelings, thoughts, and fears.
EMDR therapy is a unique physiological therapy utilized to treat PTSD, stress, trauma, painful memories and negative beliefs. EMDR specifically targets traumas that have been “locked” in the brain, but can also be used for events that are not considered trauma in the traditional sense, such as ongoing teasing while in school, chronic childhood illness, etc.
Trauma can have long lasting effects on all aspects of your life, whether you remember the trauma or not. You might experience medical complications, physical symptoms such as tension or difficulty sleeping, and emotional symptoms such as anxiety, fearfulness, depression or shame. Treatment can prevent the onset or continuation of other problems.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a great way to challenge and change the negative beliefs about the self which contribute to unhealthy behaviors. It can assist in the development of personal coping strategies, improve emotional regulation, and challenge distorted thoughts or beliefs.