Mental health is equally important as physical health.
Our bodies and minds are designed for healing, adaptation, and recovery. When the body or the mind experiences any type of trauma, long-term consequences can result if not attended to. If you knew you had a serious physical wound such as a severe cut, you would not hesitate to go to the doctor. The body immediately sends signals of pain that something is wrong and attempts to heal the wound. If the wound is not properly cleaned of debris, infection takes over and recovery is delayed. Just like the body, the mind may need help clearing away blockages that prevent healing.
Have you experienced trauma? Trauma is any experience that causes a person to develop harmful beliefs about themselves or the world. As a result of trauma, a person may alter their behaviors in order to feel safe in the world. This might look like avoiding social situations, difficulty in intimate relationships, disassociating, and experiencing irrational emotions.A person who has experienced any level of trauma may have anxiety, depression, shame, and guilt. Common symptoms include hopelessness, difficulty sleeping, disordered eating disorder, nightmares, and physical pain or other physical symptoms.
Trauma is categorized into two types: “Big T” and “little t”. The “Big T” traumas are those, which severely affect a person and cause PTSD. These are events such as war, rape, assaults, childhood physical and sexual abuse, natural disasters, losses, and accidents. They dramatically alter a person’s perception of life and cause the person to question their safety and place in the world. The less severe “t” traumas cause a person to develop narrow and limiting views about themselves and the world. A person with chronic low self-esteem may suffer from “t” trauma.
My mission is to educate people on the cycles of trauma and make sure that anyone who walks into my therapy office gets freed from these over-powering symptoms. It is possible to be free of shame and negative beliefs.
The decision to come to therapy is unique to each individual. Individual therapy is your opportunity to speak openly about your thoughts and feelings. Therapy is provided in a confidential setting and proceeds at a pace determined by each client.
What is most important- even more important than education or credentials- is that you feel comfortable with your therapist. The best way to find a therapist is to talk to several and see who you can best connect with.