Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults and 25.1% of children ages 13-18, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. It can be crippling. Worry takes its toll on health. When there is a threat or a perceived threat, the fight or flight response is activated and stress hormones flood the body. Over time, stress will decrease the immune system and contribute to shortened lifespan. You might notice avoidance of situations that trigger anxiety. This behavior can significantly affect your quality of life.
Maximize your opportunity to engage with life presently. Be here now. Deep breathing and mindfulness strategies help the body reinforce the use of the parasympathetic nervous system which governs the relaxation response. Cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy skills assist with control of thoughts and reduce anxiety or maladaptive behaviors.
One in twelve adults in the United States report having depression, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Challenging situations or drastic phase of life changes such as loss of a loved one, unemployment, divorce, etc. can trigger a depressive episode. Sometimes there are hereditary factors that influence brain chemistry and initiate onset of depression. While this is a common issue, it is important to receive help and know the symptoms are treatable. With the use of motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy methods, and interpersonal therapy, find the joy within and lead a productive, fulfilling life.
Romantic relationships are often a pinnacle of the human experience. When a relationship is in turmoil, it can negatively affect other areas of life and lead to emotional exhaustion. Whether the goal is to build trust after a betrayal, communicate more effectively about goals together as well as individually, or reignite passion and become more deeply attached, therapy can help to open conversations and offer new suggestions to meet your goals. Conflict is an invitation to create positive change.
Child and Adolescent Therapy
The family is integral when considering children's development, attachment, and behavior. For children to flourish, they need guidance and support. Caregivers receive assistance with parenting skills and managing their personal experiences while children's needs are met to affect behavior. The family works together to thrive.
During adolescence, onset of depression and anxiety is common. As teens encounter stressors, the brain continues to develop creating a challenge to think rationally and regulate emotional responses. Therapy helps adolescents learn to express emotions in a healthy manner and thoughtfully consider decisions. It offers a space to connect and reflect. Help your teenager receive the support to become their best self and realize their potential.
Negative experiences can be searing memories that replay like a bad nightmare. It is paralyzing at its worst and may lead to feeling helpless. Trauma includes but is not limited to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. After experiencing or witnessing a frightening event, it is difficult to trust others and reach out for help. There are benefits to finding a mental health provider that understands trauma and believes in change. Imagine a vibrant life and feeling happy. Peak Wellness Counseling provides safety, healing, and acceptance for this journey. Find serenity. It is possible to feel comfortable and secure, develop intimate relationships, restore faith, and feel like yourself again.