Confusion, fear, self doubt and worry are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that one can experience when you are facing a major life change or struggling to make an important decision. With the support of a Therapist in the space of therapy, you can understand more about the very normal reactions that you are having and learn skills to help you ride out the waves of those uncomfortable responses. In doing so, you can prevent the common responses from lingering and developing into a chronic condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety. Education and Prevention are key.
With your Therapist, you create the space to talk through the events that are causing you to feel uncomfortable, and you develop new ways to view them. Together, you will learn skills to manage your emotional responses and see things differently so that you can begin to feel like yourself again. Make a decision to take back what you once had in your life today.
Trauma can be defined so differently by any given person. Simply put "it is something bad that happened, and gets stuck." Who's to define what is "bad" but you? Sometimes, those bad memories get stuck in your brains and in your bodies. When you least expect it, the memories are brought on and you experience a wash of unwelcome and uncomfortable emotions such as anxiety, uncontrollable negative reactions that may spiral into a state of depression, or physical discomforts. It is different for everyone.
By seeking the support of a trusting provider in therapy, you can make the choice to share the burden of the negative experience and not be judged for it. Together, you can work towards resolution and healing from it at a pace that is comfortable for you, chosen by you.
Relationships (romantic or familial or friendly) can be a space of tremendous personal growth and learning, yet that experience is not always comfortable or fun, is it? Sometimes, relationships can even be stressful or tricky to navigate, as they can bring up a lot of insecurities or confusing thoughts and feelings about oneself. Without someone who is unbiased and nonjudgmental to talk to about how the relationship is affecting you, you might find yourself feeling down, or doubtful, even nervous, and withdrawing. At times, you may even find yourself feeling early symptoms of anxiety or depression from an unhealthy relationship.
With the help of a Therapist, you can begin to work through your thoughts and feelings. Through the process of therapy, you begin to understand the reasoning behind the insecurities or negative thoughts, and you may have a better chance at reaching the point where you can make decisions about what you want to learn from this relationship. Therapy can be your supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship with yourself and others.
Call me today to schedule an appointment either virtually or in person at my office in Brea, CA. I look forward to meeting you!
To give yourself credit for the courage you're showing that nobody else can see.
Dr. Rebecca Ray
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