Counseling

Counseling services will help you process past wounds, current emotional turmoil, or difficulty with marriage or family relationships. While your current challenges may feel overwhelming, know that you already have strengths you’ve used before to overcome challenges and difficulties in your life; you’ve already shown resilience and healing. It may be difficult to remember or draw upon those strengths right now, but in my counseling work with women, I help you identify and deepen your resilient nature in order to heal and grow from your current challenges. 

Depression

Sadness and grief are normal emotions. They usually go away after a few days, and when they do we feel “back to normal”. Depression is a chronic state of one or more of these (persistent for at least 2 weeks):

  • feeling sad or empty
  • severely low motivation
  • irritability and anger
  • fixation on the past or things that have gone wrong
  • anxiety and restlessness
  • loss of interest in enjoyable activities
  • suicidal thoughts

If you have been experiencing these symptoms for 2 weeks or more, Psychotherapy (over time) could help you feel better. Depression affects our mood, but it is ultimately a “thought disorder”, because it is our negative, “awfulizing” thoughts that fuel our low mood. Psychotherapy helps you examine your negative thought patterns, challenge them, then create alternative–more positive–ways of relating to yourself and others. This paradigm-shift helps you feel better.

Anxiety

Anxiety typically goes hand-in-hand with depression; there may be stronger depression, or stronger anxiety, but usually they tag along together. Anxiety is persistent worry, usually about things that are irrational or not likely to occur.

Similar to depression, anxiety is classified as a “mood disorder”, but fueling the mood are biological, psychological, and social factors. Psychotherapy addresses the psychological and social factors that are fueling your worry, improving them to reduce worry and stress.

One powerful treatment intervention I use for people suffering from anxiety is Mindfulness Meditation. Mindfulness helps people get out of the “worry-about-the future” or “regret-over-the-past” by helping them focus on the present moment. Mindfulness is backed by countless studies as a method of reducing stress and anxiety, improving well-being, and strengthening memory and cognitive functioning.

Life Transitions

Sometimes we just feel “stuck” in life. We don’t quite meet the qualifications for a psychological diagnosis like depression or anxiety, but somehow we still feel “off”.

Maybe we’ve had a major move, job change, struggle with dating, divorce or are grieving a death. Life transitions can be exciting but can also produce a lot of stress and strain on relationships. When our stress from a life transition turns into excessive worry, lack of sleep, changes in appetite, stress and irritability, or makes us feel like we’re not quite ourselves, therapy can be helpful for navigating those changes with grace.

Empowerment

We are stronger than we think. Negative self-image, low self-esteem, and high self-doubt can be transformed into empowerment and living the lives we’ve always wanted. I work with women to become empowered, by first connecting with themselves, validating their desires and values, and helping them learn how to be strong advocates for their dreams.

Relationships

Many people want to improve their significant relationships, but the other partner is not open to coming to therapy. That is okay–I meet my clients where they are–and significant progress can come from one member of a partnership making positive changes. When I work with one partner of a relationship, we can do a significant amount of work with themselves, and by so doing, positively impact their significant relationship.



1184 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066

thrivecounselingsolutions@gmail.com
(615) 510-4551

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