My clients are wanting to process and cope and move toward holistic healing. They want to own their lives and feel better. They want clarity, meaning, understanding, collaboration, and support reaching that place through their challenges, traumas, or grief. Their capacity for resilience and vulnerability and insight humbles me daily, and I meet them where they are with respect and empathy.
Grief can stem from a death close to us, or be lingering and unresolved from our past. Grief can be about things other than death, like loss of the life you pictured, or grief for the impacts of trauma and abuse. It can be all consuming and isolating and nonlinear. If there was a death in the family and we're parents, we're also managing the grief of our kids. Compounding it, most of the time people near us don't know how to truly support, and that can make things worse. Counseling can help us work through how we are feeling and how to be in our changed world.
Chronic Illness and Pain
Managing fears, unknowns, and the healthcare and medical systems is exhausting and can be frustrating. Often, we are also managing the emotions of those around us. We are continuing to work, raise kids, deal with financial implications, and trying to live a "normal" life despite physical or physiological manifestations, and despite a myriad of other factors unique to everyone's specific circumstance. As with grief, it can be isolating and our community often doesn't support in the way we need.
Caregiving--whether in our personal or work life--can take a tremendous toll. It is a constant balancing act to negotiate our own self care and equilibrium along with the emotional expense of managing others' needs. My clients are healthcare professionals, educators, and others, as well as individuals caring for family members. They are responsible for a lot and the exhaustion can be deeply emotional as well as physical. Compassion can be one of our best qualities, but in balance.
Anxiety can look like so many things--a steady, constant worry all the way to full-blown panic attacks. It can be restlessness or a tense jaw or neck muscles, your body is holding all that stress and trying to protect you. Learning tools for anxiety and fear management can help minimize how these symptoms interfere with your life. Often, there are underlying root issues that can be processed through counseling, as well.
As a trauma-certified therapist, PTSD, adult survivors of sexual abuse, and medical trauma are a focus of my practice. Trauma manifests holistically, affecting the nervous system, other aspects of our physiology, as well as our emotional state. At the same time, it can be managed holistically and with a trauma-informed approach. A safe therapeutic healing space conducive to restoration and processing can help with symptom management and overall wellness.