Throughout the course of our years, we all experience a loss at some point in our lives. In fact, statistics show that 1 in 5 children will experience the death of someone close to them before 18 years of age. Feelings of grief and loss are not always associated with death, however, but commonly surface after a loss of some kind – whether it is the loss of a loved one, a severed relationship, a pregnancy, a pet, or a job.
When a person loses something or someone valuable to them, feelings of grief can be overbearing. Grief can leave a person feeling sad, hopeless, isolated, irritable, and numb by affecting them mentally, emotionally, and physically. It’s important to understand that healing from grief is a process and everyone copes with this emotion differently.
Many people don’t know what to say or do when a person is grieving, but be sure to have patience with the individual (including yourself) throughout the entire process.
An alternative treatment method includes psychotherapy. Through psychotherapy, a patient may:
· Improve coping skills
· Reduce feelings of blame and guilt
· Explore and process emotions
Consider seeking professional support if feelings of grief do not ease over time.
Grief is the emotional response to any type of loss. Perhaps of a loved one due to death or divorce, but also the loss of a job, a pet, financial stability, or safety after trauma. Feelings of grief can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to know how to manage and overcome these emotions. It is important to have patience with yourself and others during this process as it is a healthy part of healing. If you are having trouble coping on your own, or know of someone who could use extra support, a therapist can assist.
There is no orderly process of passing through stages of anger, denial and acceptance. Everyone experiences loss differently based on their personality, culture, and beliefs, among many other factors.
Common symptoms of grief include:
Coping with Grief and Loss
An important part of healing is knowing that you are not alone. Seek support from your friends, family, or faith, or join a bereavement support group. Sharing your loss can make the grieving process easier. Remember to take care of yourself; to eat, sleep, and exercise even when you’re too stressed or fatigued to do so. A healthy alternative is to seek the help of a professional therapist. A therapist can help you work through your intense emotions in a safe environment.
Most of us spend more time at work than at home, therefore the workplace should be an environment where we feel safe and comfortable. However, because work is where a bunch of different personalities, communication styles, and worldviews gather around, things don’t always go smoothly. In fact, workplace bullying is on the rise and though statistics vary, some studies reveal that nearly half of all American workers have been affected by this problem, either as a target or as a witness to abusive behavior against a co-worker.
Examples of common workplace issues include:
How a Therapist Can Help
Therapy for work and career issues can help a person develop a better understanding of their wants and needs as well as approach alternative ways to handle tension while on the clock. Therapy is a neutral setting where patients can discuss their fears, worries, or stressors, and regain control of their happiness.
Psychotherapy tends to work well when addressing workplace issues because talk therapy such as this can effectively treat depression and anxiety that can stem from these conflicts. A mental health professional can also teach coping skills that will help a person manage work-related stress.
Depression commonly manifests physically, through stomach pains, headaches, disrupted or excessive sleep, and motor control difficulty. While the causes of depression are unknown, a predisposition for it runs in families and it can be triggered by trauma and adverse life circumstances. Depression is diagnosed more frequently in women and tends to display differently in women than in men.
People tend to suffer higher rates of depression after giving birth and in late fall. Depression and anxiety often exacerbate each other and people with depression commonly have difficulty concentrating on tasks and conversations. Some people abuse alcohol and drugs or overeat as a way of coping, causing them to develop other medical problems. Depressed people are also at increased risk for self-harm.
Depression is a mental illness which is characterized by prolonged emotional symptoms including:
Diagnosing depression involves a psychiatric evaluation and physical tests to determine whether a person’s symptoms are actually being caused by a different disorder. A person must have been experiencing symptoms for at least two weeks to be diagnosed with depression. Every case is unique and requires individual attention, but there are a number of effective complementary ways of treating depression, including:
Is your family going through a rough patch? Whether the issue itself, stems from a lack of understanding between those involved, sibling conflict, or developmental disagreements with a child, a difficult situation can have an effect on the entire family. Family counseling, or family therapy, can be helpful when problems arise and can help restore and improve communication.
Some situations that may benefit from family counseling include:
How can family counseling help?
Family counseling can help open up a line of dialogue and communication and can help family members understand each other’s perspectives. This makes it easier to resolve disputes. During the counseling sessions, each member has the ability to learn ways of communicating better, as well as developing techniques to de-escalate arguments while making sure that everybody is getting heard. This can also help with parenting problems such as conflicting parenting styles, rule enforcement and remaining consistent with your child once the rules are established.
How is it accomplished?
Family therapy or counseling can be used in addition to individual treatment. The goal is to improve relationships and improve methods of communication and conflict resolution. Families are a unique ecosystem, and issues affecting one member of a family can reverberate and affect the whole unit. Additional benefits of this type of counseling are that in some instances, the sessions can heal emotional wounds in a short period of time.
Intimacy problems widely occur behind a variety of closed doors. Conflicts may include a loss of harmony between the sheets, a lack of sexual desire between either partners or failure in communication. There are often psychological factors that may contribute to a sexual disorder such as erectile dysfunction, or a lowered desire after a new mother has given birth. Intimacy issues are common, but if one or more become severe and there is no resolution in sight, it may be time to seek therapy for guidance.
What Makes a Satisfactory Relationship?
• Mutual Respect
Some of the signs that sex problems are affecting a relationship include:
• Disappointment in oneself or the relationship
• One or both partners are feeling dissatisfied
• Couples lack communication and disconnect from one another
• One or both partners feel neglected or unwanted
• A feeling of sexual boredom or unhappiness
Steps to take for treating intimacy issues begin with:
• Psychosexual Therapy: this technique allows couples to express themselves in a safe environment with a trusted and supportive professional.
• Relationship Counseling: healthy relationships require strong connections and time to build trust. Whatever the issue may be, a counselor can work with individuals together or separate to overcome the problem.
The number of situations associated with parenting and families is endless, but common conflicts can include in-laws sticking their nose your relationship, difference in opinion when it comes to raising children, and even trauma, such as domestic violence, or alcohol and drug abuse. It can be challenging to watch family members struggle, and in most cases, you may not know how to resolve the problem. Seeking support from a mental health professional can help parents and families develop acceptance and skills to repair relationships that may seem unsalvageable.
Other parenting and family issues may include:
Parenting and family issues are oftentimes intertwined. Treatment methods vary and will depend on an individual or family situation. The healing process may focus on improving communication between family members, as well as finding healthy ways of resolving a conflict. Setting clear boundaries and communicating effectively as a parental unit can set a good example for your children and/or your spouse. If a child is suffering from a genetic disorder or a mental health condition, these are topics that can be addressed with family or individual counseling. Couples counseling is effective at supporting parents in child-rearing.
You don’t have to face parenting and family challenges alone. Seek help from a qualified therapist or a professional support group to gain some much-needed perspective that will allow you to effectively work through the problems at hand.
Being a parent carries a lot of responsibility, and the process can be difficult at times. Whether you are married or single, you may have feelings as though you are on your own, especially if you are dealing with a difficult situation or behavior issues with your child. It’s important to address these problems, and seeking the help of a therapist and/or parent support group can alleviate the stress.
Why is parenting support necessary?
Sometimes a parent needs guidance when reinforcing rules and setting boundaries for a child. If a person is going through a divorce, this can affect a child or children involved. Each of this issues can affect a family unit, and its important that you don’t weather the storm alone. Parent support groups can assist with improving parenting skills, as well as relationships between the parent and child.
What does parenting support look like?
Non-Traditional Relationships and All Their Complexities Are Increasingly Common
Non-traditional relationships and more dynamic forms of sexual expression are becoming increasingly common, enjoyed, and accepted. While conversations about these kinds of relationships and interests may still not be mainstream, kink, poly, and BDSM communities are flourishing around the United States, and members of these communities are committed to education, exploring nourishing forms of sex, and learning about and engaging in sex that provides the most enjoyment and safety.Problems in non-traditional relationships usually occur when communication becomes implicit rather than explicit. When people assume their partner(s) are okay with certain activities, break agreements, start keeping secrets, or suddenly shift the dynamic of a relationship, problems can arise, confusion ensues, and feelings get hurt. These relationships often take more intention and effort than traditional relationships, but when done well, can provide profound rewards, enjoyment, and emotional and sexual nourishment. The good news is that with the help of a skilled, open-minded, and sex-positive therapist, you can identify, explore, and address the complexities of your relationship and create agreements that support everyone’s needs.
A counselor that understands the unique needs to support dynamics in a safe and confidential space.
Are you part of a polyamorous, open, or swinging relationship? Are you and your partner(s) into fetish play, BDSM, kink, or other out-of-the-box forms of sexual expression? If you are in a group relationship, is unclear communication, a change in the relationship dynamic, or blurred boundaries creating friction, insecurities, and hurt feelings for one or more partners? Perhaps changes in how you relate to your gender identity or sexual orientation has shifted and caused confusion for your partner and uncertainty within the relationship. Maybe you are in a polyamorous relationship and are struggling to figure out how each of your partners work into the dynamic. Perhaps your partner is increasingly into BDSM and fetishes and you are wondering how to keep sex safe and/or if their desires and forms of sexual expression have become harmful, extreme or even inappropriate. You may have been part of a relationship that was working well for some time, but a new sexual or emotional configuration or complexity may have one or all of you feeling uncertain, confused, unsatisfied, or even angry. Do you wish you could talk about sex and emotions openly and create agreements that nourish and fulfill everyone’s emotional, physical, and sexual needs and desires?
Blurred boundaries, unmet or unspoken expectations, and communication breakdowns in any kind of relationship can lead to feelings of insecurity, loneliness, confusion, and stress. And, this can be especially true in more multifaceted and nuanced relationships. Whether you are in a committed partnership of two, or trying to navigate a relationship with multiple partners, struggles with communication or connection can make anyone feel lost and even a little scared. While you may be enjoying aspects of a progressive lifestyle, you and or your partner(s) still may not know how to effectively work through uncomfortable conversations, set and maintain clear expectations and/or boundaries, or navigate a complex dynamic.
If you and your partner(s) are committed to the therapy process, progressive, non-traditional relationship counseling can be extremely effective, productive, and often enjoyable. You have already made the conscious choice to engage in a non-traditional relationship and/or out-of-the-box forms of sexual expression. Working off of those agreements and getting everyone in a room with all issues on the table opens up the space to engage in open, honest, and thoughtful conversations about the expectations, needs, and desires of everyone in the relationship.In non-judgmental, safe, and confidential sessions, we can work collaboratively and honestly to create thoughtful, detailed agreements that fulfill everyone’s needs. In therapy, we are able to make space for everyone in the relationship, and in this space, all pain points can be expressed and addressed. This helps build trust and promote feelings of vulnerability, empathy, and intimacy. As new agreements are forming, we can help you ensure that they are coming from nourishment and abundance, rather than a place of fear or emotional poverty.If you and your partner(s) are engaging in kink, BDSM, fetish play, or other kinds of non-heteronormative sex, we can help you get clear on expectations, needs, desires, and boundaries.