Common Concerns:

 

I offer counseling sessions for Individuals, Couples, Families and Groups dealing with a range of issues including: 

 

Depression and Sadness  •  Mood Disorders  •  Loneliness  •  Hopelessness    Anxiety and Stress  

Self-esteem issues  Trauma    Childhood Abuse Issues  •  Codependency Romantic Relationships

Divorce and Infidelity   Trust Issues  •  Communication Issues  •  Anger Management Issues  

Family Relationships Acculturation Issues    Student / Academics and Social Issues    Life Coaching  

Career Issues  •  Major Life Changes/Transitions (i.e., retirement, “empty nest,” going to college, career change, etc.)  

DEPRESSION

People who suffer from depression often feel down for extended periods. They lose interest in activities that they once found pleasurable. Depression may also cause sleep problems, lack of energy, appetite issues, feelings of worthlessness and guilt, and trouble concentrating. Depression can be debilitating and prevent individuals from leading productive lives. Depression negatively affects millions of Americans each year.

ANXIETY AND STRESS

Stress and anxiety are related, but often confused. Stress is tension associated with a specific event (e.g. a test or a job), while anxiety is a non-specific worry about the future. To find relief, people with anxiety may turn to repetitive routines, preoccupations, or addictions.  In some cases anxiety as well as depression can result from untreated (unresolved) past trauma (example: abuse), which can leave a person in a constant state of heightened physiological arousal, which can be easily triggered by new events a person comes to experience. Anxiety is common and there are several types of anxiety related problems or known diagnosis.  The criteria will vary for each different one.  Anxiety and depression can occur together; anxious individuals can become depressed and depressed individuals can become anxious. In general, you might be suffering from some form of anxiety if you are experiencing some of the symptoms below.

 Racing thoughts    Excessive worrying  •  Excessive guilt    Excessive fearful thoughts  

  Apprehensive expectation •  Psychomotor agitation

Difficulty breathing   Shaking    Sweaty palms    Racing heartbeat  

 Constant preoccupation    Constant worrying     Sleep problems

  Constant tension    Fear and avoidance of social situations or settings 

RELATIONSHIP TRUST ISSUES

Trust plays a vital role in sustaining a relationship. People trust differently. For some, trust is established quickly, while others are slow to grant trust. Similarly, some are able to forgive quickly, while others find it difficult. Communication plays a vital part in all types of relationships and poor communication can be fatal to relationships.  Understanding one's partner and feeling understood in return is what allows couples to deeply share one another's lives. Often, couples struggle with communication issues, which actually mask deeper relationship issues.  Another factor in the dynamic of a relationship is the ability to handle disagreements, which when not dealt with properly, typically escalate into arguments and further conflicts. Conflict resolution is an important part of any relationship. Conflict plays a vital role in allowing two people to reconcile differing needs. Unfortunately, when conflict is handled poorly, it can cause distress in the relationship.

SELF-ESTEEM

Self-esteem is a feeling of personal worth. It is important to be able to value yourself regardless of your current state of personal achievement, beauty, or intelligence. Your self-esteem creates the foundation for a full life, great relationships, and a feeling of wellbeing. Low self-esteem can make you feel as if others do not like you, or as if you are not good enough for others.  Low self-esteem can interfere with your ability to make decisions and to do things you would like to do (example: change careers, applying for a particular position or approaching a potential partner) and you end up not doing them because you self-doubt and do not believe in your potential. These beliefs of the self are often incorrect or exaggerated and are examples of the negative impact of low self-esteem.  Low self-esteem is a negative factor in relationship issues.  Low self-esteem can cause anxiety and depression.