Anxiety & Depression
Everybody experiences some level of anxiety and depression from time-to-time. Anxiety might come in the form of stress, worry, or nervousness. Depression can often manifests in the form of fatigue, sadness, distress, or melancholy. Even in the healthiest of individuals the level of anxiety and depression ebbs and flows. This is just part of being human.
However, on occasion, we experience anxiety and/or depression with such intensity we find it hard to function in our day-to-day lives. When this happens, individual counseling not only can help you become more aware of the origins of your anxiety and/or depression, but can also help you develop effective coping skills to keep your anxiety and/or depression at healthy levels.
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, individual counseling might be right for you:
Excessive worry, which is difficult to control
Are you feeling misunderstood? Are you not feeling heard? Have you experienced more than your share of injustices? There are many emotional experiences that can trigger an anger response, these are just a few. Anger is a secondary emotion, meaning that it usually stems from a deeper or underlying emotion like hurt, fear, or confusion. Thus, anger management is really about learning to effectively understand, manage, and communicate emotion. Consider these questions:
- Have I been identified by my friends, family, or co-workers as having a “short fuse?”
- Have I been disciplined at home, school, or work on account of my anger?
- Have I lost or damaged relationships on account of my anger?
- When I get angry, does it feel more like an “explosion” rather than an “expression?”
If you answered “yes” to any of the aforementioned questions, then you might consider working with a professional counselor to help you effectively manage this common but difficult emotion known as anger.
Grief & Loss
We do not make it through this life without experiencing loss. Loss comes in many shapes and sizes. Some losses are less concerning while other losses can seem almost unbearable. On occasion, when we undergo an agonizing loss, we experience intense levels of grief, which can sometimes be accompanied by other difficult emotions, such as, loneliness, hopelessness, and guilt. If you have experienced a loss and feel like you are having difficulty coping, then individual counseling might be a good fit for you.
Trauma & EMDR
All of our therapists at FSC are trained to help with various forms of trauma. Trauma is usually at the helm of most mental, emotional, and relational challenges. Living in the darkness of your traumatic life experiences is difficult and unnecessary. Thankfully, at FSC we have therapists that are highly trained to help you identify the wound and heal from the injuries created by these difficult and often horrific life experiences we refer to as trauma.
Have you heard of a trauma treatment known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, otherwise known as, EMDR?
When our brain is overwhelmed, it stores distressing, disturbing, or traumatic events in its original form, along with, the accompanying images, emotions, beliefs, and physical sensations. The original memories are isolated and prevented from being filed away in a healthy manner. Consequently, present-day situations tend to trigger these isolated memory networks, creating PTSD symptoms, as well as, symptoms of other mental disorders.
EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a therapeutic technique that uses eye movements and other methods to activate different areas of the brain. Through this brain activation, the emotional reaction of distressing memories are reduced so that problematic symptoms can be eliminated. The brain is then able to process old experiences and store them in the brain in an appropriate manner to reduce the association between memory and distressing emotions. When an experience is successfully processed, the memory is adaptively stored in the brain allowing us to make better sense of past experiences and to better handle future similar situations.