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  • Work through tough life concerns
  • Deal with anxieties, fears, and phobias
  • Reduce feelings of sadness
  • Conquer traumatic experiences
  • Discover self, career, values, and joys

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Mental Health Counseling or Individual Counseling is a type of psychotherapy where an individual works one-on-one with a counselor to resolve past, present, and future concerns.

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1. Individual
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3. Marriage
4. Premarital
5. Anxiety
6. Depression

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Typical session length is 50 minutes. Pillars of Hope Counseling also offers 90 minute sessions for couples who may need longer times. Family sessions are 90 minutes.

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A variety of concerns are dealt with in individual counseling. The concerns listed below are my areas of focus

Common Session Types

Many clients find the breathing, mindfulness, and guided imagery exercises taught in session helpful because it gives them control over their worries.

It allows them to quiet racing thoughts thus focusing on what is in their control. It gives them power to review, think, and act.

Anxiety is a future mood state. Many times, a person worry needlessly about an event or activity that will happen down the road.

A little anxiety can increase performance but when it becomes difficult and tiring it affects every aspect of your life. Individual counseling helps reduce anxiety because it provides skills.

Anxiety

It also makes it hard to focus on work, or enjoy favorite hobbies. In a safe, caring, and compassionate environment, will identify and explore depression triggers. Together will create coping strategies to manage depression symptoms.

Individual counseling also helps with depression. At some point in an individual’s life, they will experience sadness or depression. This feeling can be brought on by the death of a loved one or just feeling stuck.

That makes everyday activities, such as getting out of bed or engaging with family and friends difficult.

Depression

Anger itself is not positive or negative, good or bad. It is simply an emotion. The behaviors we do when we are angry may need to be modified.

  • Intense yelling or screaming
  • Throwing objects
  • Becoming threatening or physically violent
  • Excessive cursing, swearing, or using bad language
  • Unwilling to compromise with partner
  • Chronic irritability
  • Short-temperedness
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Shakiness and sweating
  • Pacing
  • Looking to someone or something to blame
  • Judging or criticizing people
  • Wanting to self-medicate with other substances

Common Symptoms of Anger Disorder

Does standing in long lines or slow traffic send you through the roof? Want to kick, hit, or punch an inanimate object? Do people walk on eggshells when you are around?

Anger control issues or disorders refers to the inability to constructively handle the emotion of anger. It becomes intense, out-of-proportion, lasts too long, and is inappropriate for the circumstance. This type of behavior quickly spirals out-of-control and can cause damage in relationships. Romantic partners leave and jobs can be lost due to what is said or done in the heat of the moment.

Losing one’s temper once in a while does not mean there are anger issues. When anger interferes in personal and professional relationships to the point of creating harm or fear, we are dealing with an anger control issue or an anger management disorder.

Anger Management

Seeking help for anger is courageous. To learn more or start the process, click here to request an appointment, email me here, or text or call directly at 503-841-2142.

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Constructive anger is a thoughtful and careful response to resolve an issue, such as motorists running a stop sign in a residential street.

Becoming angry over the situation and talking with the city to install a speed bump to reduce the number of stop signs is an example of constructive anger.

Yelling, screaming, cursing, and hurling bodily threats at motorists as they drive by is destructive anger and would suggest the need for anger management training.

Constructive anger

The good news is that all behavior is learned, which means it can be unlearned and new behaviors can be learned. Numerous interventions are taught. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. Individuals learn to identify unhealthy thinking styles, and remove false beliefs regarding the event or situation.

Learning how to recognize the emotional and physiological warning signs of anger reduces aggressive outbursts. Assertive communication and basic conflict management techniques replace out-of-control behaviors, such as yelling and throwing objects. Applying mindfulness and relaxation techniques creates calm and rational conversations instead of arguements.

Anger Management Treatment

This disorder is marked with sudden, explosive bursts of rage. It is an impulse control disorder. Individuals exhibiting IED are highly irritable, hostile, and lash out in anger without cause.

People suffering with IED may experience an inability to vocalize their feelings. Unable to control their emotions. May harm objects, animals, or people. This anger management disorder often began when the individual was in their teens. It can be controlled through psychotherapy.

Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)

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  • Sorrow feels like a constant stabbing pain
  • Thoughts directed only on the loss of the loved one
  • Intense longing for the return of the deceased person
  • Bitterness, numbness, or detachment regarding the loss
  • Feel responsible or blaming self
  • Anger towards the deceased person
  • Thinking they did not do enough to prevent the death
  • Avoiding places, events, or circumstances that are reminders of the deceased individual

Common Symptoms of Grief

Are you feeling intense and prolonged grief over the loss of a loved one? Do normal routines feel difficult or hard?

Coping with the loss of a family member can be difficult and distressing. Most people feel sorrow, loss, pain, and numbness. These generally subside after a number of weeks. Many bereaved individuals develop complicated or prolonged grief, where the above symptoms are so intense, they cannot function.

Prolonged grief affects every aspect of life and can easily spiral into depression. An individual may find it hard to accept the loss of a loved one when it was sudden or unexpected.

Grief Counseling

Seeking help for grief takes courage and strength. To learn more or start the process, request an appointment, email me, or text or call directly at 503-841-2142

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It is important to understand these stages are not linear. A person can move from denial to acceptance than back to anger without ever going through the bargaining stage. Depression can happen anytime throughout the grieving process.

Therapy can help identify emotions and provide tools to help individuals better cope with your loss.

Denial is the first stage. The individual cannot believe the person is gone. They are in shock and often feel numb.

They want it to be a dream or a bad joke. In this stage an individual begins to cope with the knowledge they will not see this person again.

Denial

Anger is the second stage. It is ok to be angry that the loved one was taken from and to be upset with the doctors.

An untimely or unexpected death may prompt others to take stock of their life and make changes with their own health. 

Anger

Bargaining is the next stage, where a pact is made between the bereaved and the loved one or God to spare the deceased's life.

This can happen before the individual passes or after in the form of wanting them to be returned to life, if we do something in return. 

Bargaining

Depression is the fourth stage. It is marked with a deep sense of sadness and loss. Feeling loneliness and often helpless.

An individual may even feel guilt that they did not do enough to save their loved one. They are unable to do basic life tasks, work, or engage with family and friends.

Depression

Acceptance is the final stage. This is when the individual understands that they can no longer see, touch, or hear their loved one but know they are always in their heart. Peace replaces feelings of anger.

Acceptance

  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Nightmares 
  • Flashbacks
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Inability to sleep or stay asleep
  • Outbursts (anger or crying)
  • Difficulty with relationships
  • Signs of trauma are both physical and mental

Common Symptoms of Trauma

An upsetting event that causes long-term and harmful effects upon a person’s physical and mental well-being is known as trauma. Trauma can take many forms. It can be staying away from a certain place to reliving the experience as if it were happening right now.

Trauma causes feelings of helplessness, weakens a sense of being, and reduces the ability to feel emotions. Immediate emotions of trauma include shock and denial. Not dealing with the trauma could lead to anxiety or depression because feelings are being blocked. Trauma therapy and counseling can help indviduals reduce symptoms and begin living a healthy life.

What is Trauma?

Are harmful events replaying frequently in your mind? An individual doesn't want to go to specific places because they are associated with bad memories? Trauma can cause such thoughts and reactions.

Trauma Counseling

Deciding to face long standing trauma is a heroic thing to do. To learn more or start the process, request an appointment, email me, or text or call directly at 503-841-2142.

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Trauma Counseling

Trauma Therapy

PYSD—Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

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Occurring many times, such as domestic abuse.

Chronic

Being exposed to a series of difficult personal situations, such as car accident, being robbed, and being fired. This happens in a specific time frame or place.

Complex

Coming from one single event, such as being in a car accident.

Acute

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It is natural to feel fear during and after the event. When these symptoms continue for at least one month after and happen daily, a trained therapist can help reduce the concern. It takes time to improve the quality of life and relationships. All the symptoms may never go completely away but individuals will learn coping skills to find pleasure in everyday activities that before were struggles.

  • Relive the event
  • Stay away from places that remind them of the event
  • Experience irritation
  • Have trouble sleeping 
  • Have trouble remembering key points about the event
  • Take on a high level of guilt
  • Express strong negative feelings about the event

People with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder May Experience

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a specific type of trauma that develops in some people after experiencing a scary or dangerous event. Studies indicate that women are more likely to develop PTSD.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Several forms of therapy have helped people. Trauma therapy seeks out ways to help a person feel whole and in control again. Below are three of the most common types of trauma therapy.

Trauma Therapy

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Focuses on awareness of thoughts and beliefs. CBT focuses on changing negative thought patterns by turning them into positive thought patterns. Knowing what beliefs about the event or situation allows the therapist to help individuals reframe the event in a healthy way, thus helping individuals reduce anxious feelings about the trauma. Often times people coping with trauma feel like everyone sees them as a victim who can’t manage their emotions. CBT helps trauma survivors leave the traumatic concern in the past and live in the present. For more info on CBT check out The Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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This tool helps people identify triggers connected to the event. Once the triggers are known, an individual slowly begins to face the fears. An example of this tool occurs when a client who was hit at a specific street corner, in session with the therapist, pictures the street corner. When they are able to do this with little fear, they would visit the street corner. Lastly, they would drive through the street corner. Learn more about exposure therapy review.

Exposure Therapy

Several forms of therapy have helped people. Trauma therapy seeks out ways to help a person feel whole and in control again. Below are three of the most common types of trauma therapy.

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Separates the person from the issue. It helps to see the concern differently because it allows for different stories to be told and received. Some tools include journaling and letter writing. When a letter is written to the situation or abuser, the individual becomes stronger because the abuser becomes powerless. For more information about narrative therapy check out this link.

Several forms of therapy have helped people. Trauma therapy seeks out ways to help a person feel whole and in control again. Below are three of the most common types of trauma therapy.

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Narrative Therapy

Trauma Counseling

Trauma Therapy

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3 Types of Trauma

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Short-term therapy lasts for a few sessions and is usually done right after the traumatic event. It helps people get over the initial shock of the situation.

Long-term therapy could last several years and generally involves rewriting the narrative of the situation and framing it into a less scary event.

Kinds of Trauma Counseling

Short-term Therapy

Long-term Therapy

Career is one part of developing a balanced life. Life satisfaction is derived when all of life areas are harmonious. Counseling helps create a lifestyle to meet all needs.

  • Explore interest and skills through self-directed assessments
  • Utilize various card sorts to evaluate various occupations
  • Research education and schools
  • Process obstacles
  • Create coping strategies
  • Develop job search strategies
  • Discuss several types of resume formats and determine best fit
  • Practice interviewing for various jobs through role play exercises
  • Develop one, three, and five-year career paths
  • Discover career passion

Benefits to Career Counseling

Whether just entering the world of work or looking to make a mid-career change, career counseling can help bring focus and set a new career path. Career Counseling assesses current aptitudes, values, and interests. It breaks down fears, realizes self-value, and develops goal maps to help find career satisfaction.

Explore Your Possibilities

Do Monday Morning work routines feel stressful? Feel drained, unappreciated, and burned out? Most people switch careers, not jobs, 3 to 5 times in their working life.

Career Counseling is an opportunity to clarify, explore, and develop a career identity. Gain personal insight into jobs, education, and career paths that match a person’s values, interests, and skills.

Career Counseling

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Identifying obstacles to interviewing. It involves role playing to prepare for job interviews. Learn to ask for compensation and benefits that are in alignment with education and experience.

Phase 3

Matching personal values to company values. It’s important to understand how personal values, such as integrity, aligns with the company’s mission. A mismatch of values can create stress and mental anguish as an individual tries to conform to values that are outside of their comfort zone.

Phase 2

Entails finding passion. This is done by taking career assessments, card sorts, talking about past jobs/duties, likes, dislikes, and interests for study.

Phase 1

Phases of Career Counseling

Entails finding passion. This is done by taking career assessments, card sorts, talking about past jobs/duties, likes, dislikes, and interests for study.

Phase 1

Matching personal values to company values. It’s important to understand how personal values, such as integrity, aligns with the company’s mission. A mismatch of values can create stress and mental anguish as an individual tries to conform to values that are outside of their comfort zone.

Phase 2

Identifying obstacles to interviewing. It involves role playing to prepare for job interviews. Learn to ask for compensation and benefits that are in alignment with education and experience.

Phase 3

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