Depression: Symptoms of depression can be
subtle. You can feel bored, tired, stuck, lack motivation, drive and
direction. There is not always crying or even depressed mood. Sometimes
it's just a flat lined feeling or an indifference. I have treated
all kinds of depressive disorders and all the varying levels of the
mood disorders. Most people that come in for treatment, however, have
had therapy before and are in need of something with more substance
and a treatment that is more effective overall.
Anxiety disorders are closely linked to the depressive disorders
in that some of the symptoms overlap. Anxiety can look like a driven
individual, someone in constant motion. Without the ability to regulate
mood however, this fast paced life can feel empty and void of meaning.
Patients often feel a combination of both depression and anxiety.
Their lives then are an organized reaction to these feelings inside.
Trauma: Long lasting effects of trauma
are not determined by the intensity of the event, rather how it
was handled and dealt with. Was there a supportive environment?
Were there people that listened? And did the trauma feel understood
and processed? Often times the 'trauma' turns into what happened
after the tragedy or what didn't happen. Time does not heal trauma.
Marital/Relationship issues: Any
struggle in childhood will produce trouble areas in ones life. This
shows up the most in relationships. A person who knows themself
well and has had time with their struggle will be equipped to navigate
any relationship. The picture, otherwise, is one reacting in relationships,
uncertain, uneasy, angry and often scared.
Parenting: The role of a parent has
so much growth potential. Everyone can grow or feel overwhelmed
and crazy, most of us vacillate between the two states of being!
The idea is to hold steady and to be clear about what is yours emotionally/psychologically
and what is your child's. Therapy can assist in problem solving
family issues but also get at the root of the problem.
Work struggles: Work life often resembles
family life in a dynamic way. This means work relationships can
often feel like family ones. Similar feelings come up and old conflicts
emerge. When we have processed our early life experience, we are
less likely to play those things out at work. Conflicts of all kinds
are just opportunities to grow. There are no short cuts to personal
Life transitions: Transitions hold
so much promise but also involve so much grief. Often times patients
in transitions are surprised at all the feelings that get stirred
up, feelings that need to be managed and understood. Transitions
are a symbol of life's flow. Life is always changing and requiring
different things from us. Life transitions shine bright this very