The word Trauma comes from the Greek word Traumatizo which literally translates: to wound.
There are three main types of trauma: Acute, Chronic, or Complex.
My goal in counseling is to teach you how to recognize a perceived threat that may trigger your traumatic experience by becoming aware of how your mind and body respond. Together, we will work on skills to assist in self-regulating in order to bring your body and mind back to a relaxed state. Your body can not be relaxed and experience stress at the same time.
If you feel overwhelmed, know that your reaction is valid and normal, but certainly not hopeless. The human spirit was designed to be amazingly resilient. We have a remarkable ability to survive, adapt and respond. In this type of counseling my hope is you will come to a place of empathy for the pain you have experienced in your life as an essential part of your journey. You were not made to recover alone. Surround yourself with life-giving people and good counsel. This is the first step towards recovery!
Depression is defined as a state of feeling sad. By comparison, clinical depression is a chronic state of sadness that results in a symptomatic response in your body.
Anxiety is a sense of apprehension or nervousness about an impending ill. Compounded anxiety can result in an anxiety disorder, which is an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear that results in a symptomatic response in your body.
Depression and anxiety can go hand in hand, and left untreated for more than 30 days, could lead you to a debilitated state. If you think you may be depressed, take a few minutes to take the quiz below. If your score is 30 or above, you may be depressed.
No one believes when they marry the person they love, it will end in divorce. The sad reality is 60% of married couples end in divorce. 28% of married couples who are Christian ends in divorce. Even if it's mutual, it's an emotional, painful process. As a woman who has experienced the pain of divorce I know that healing from the trauma of divorce can lead to a productive full life. You are not defined by divorce! You are defined by who God says you are; beautiful and loved!
In today's culture, we don't like to acknowledge loss or talk about the real impact it has on every aspect of our lives. Although loss is a normal part of life, the process of grief can be difficult and emotionally draining. There are numerous facets and experiences that make up the process of grieving. Let us help bring back a sense of peace and normalcy as you begin to understand how to process your loss in a safe space.
Have you ever wondered why you act and respond the way you do to people and circumstances?
Has anyone ever tried to FIX you because you are too introverted or extroverted?
Temperament Therapy can help you discover who you are as you begin to understand what drives your actions. Learning your individual temperament can be a powerful tool in communicating with those around you as well as understanding your needs in the areas of; socialization (are you and introvert or an extrovert), control (how much control you want others to have over you and how much control you want over others) and affection (physical and emotional needs in your relationships). It will also give you practical skills in learning how to express your needs to those around you including your deep relationships, co-workers and family.
We can recognize the clear call of women to be co-laborers in ministry, but what role do we play? Where are the boundaries, if any, that we should adhere to? What about women pastors? Why in our culture do we still see so few women given opportunities to serve and lead when God clearly calls men and women to serve side-by-side as ambassadors of the Gospel, to teach the good news of Jesus Christ.
Women in vocational ministry have a unique challenge to not only respond to the call placed on their lives, but to navigate the sometimes choppy waters that is modern day ministry. What do we do with inequality or sexual harassment in a ministry setting? Counseling specialized to this select group can help you understand your calling, organize your priorities and boundaries to increase your spiritual and mental health in order to make full time ministry sustainable.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, there is hope for you. You have options. You are not alone. You have value, worth and are so very loved by a Father who sees every part of you.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline NOW.
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