Some people who come to see me have a diagnosis and others just need support in an area of their life. If you think you have a diagnosis or have received one previously from a professional, that’s ok. That’s something we can talk more about at your first appointment. But for the purpose of simply providing information, I try to stay away from labels. Here are some areas where I can help:
Finding The Good In Grief
Grief and loss comes in all forms. The grief from the death of a loved one is especially painful. Grief also comes from other losses like divorce or a breakup, losing a job, moving away, or any kind of major life change. Sometimes grief can lead to mood changes like depression, irritability, or anxiety. Counseling may not change the situation that’s causing your grief, but it can help you cope and learn to feel happiness again.
Helpers Need Help Too
Caregiver stress is a real experience and often overlooked. Those of us that feel drawn to help are also the most likely to feel overwhelmed and burned out due to our sensitivity and capacity for empathy. Caregivers take on many roles like caring for a disabled or sick family member, supporting an addicted or mentally ill loved one, or even simply being a parent. Some people are even professional caregivers like nurses, social workers and teachers. Helpers are particularly susceptible to compassion fatigue and can benefit from having a helper of their own.
Not Lost, Just A Little Wayward
Sometimes people just feel lonely or different. Something doesn’t necessarily need to happen to cause someone to feel sad, depressed or anxious. Some people may feel like an outsider, aren’t accepted by their family or community, or just see the world differently than others. Seeing a counselor who understands this can help ease the loneliness and feelings of disconnection.