Do you find yourself feeling unhappy, frustrated, and stuck?

You may find yourself feeling down, stressed or anxious about circumstances in your life that seem out of your control. We all want life to work. Sometimes it just doesn’t. Oftentimes, issues and life stressors occur when we least expect them. There are many reasons that you may be feeling sad, stressed, anxious, lonely, confused or frustrated. During those times, we find it difficult to sort through our feelings, judgment, and how to move forward. Our attempts to make life work can become patterns that actually keep us stuck and prevent us from living a fulfilling life. Difficult times can be a normal process in life, but you do not have to struggle alone! When life isn’t working, I’m here to help. It is never too late to change. Together we can make change happen by shedding light onto those painful experiences, distorted beliefs, and unhealthy coping strategies. When change happens, we can begin to heal and live a more fulfilling life.

I offer a variety of services to meet you needs. Whether you are struggling just to make it through the day or seeking to become a better version of yourself- counseling can help.

  1. Anxiety
  2. Depression
  3. Postpartum Depression
  4. Addiction
  5. Stress Management
  6. Relational Issues
  7. Life Transitions
  8. Career Counseling

Does it feel impossible to sort through all of the emotions and thoughts in your head? Read below to help you understand what you are experiencing.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal, natural and oftentimes necessary emotion. Anxiety can help us cope with certain situations, help motivate us to work harder and stay focused on solving problems. For example, if you find that you are anxious about taking a test, that is probably a very normal response. And, one that may help you ace the test. In general, anxiety can help us better manage challenges in our daily lives. However, for some people, anxiety can become excessive and debilitating. When anxiety interferes with our ability to function in all or certain aspects of our daily life, it may be due to an anxiety disorder. For example, in regards to test taking…if you are unable to even begin the exam due to anxiety, then that is altering your life and needs to be addressed. If anxiety is preventing you from living your life, reach out for help. You can overcome anxiety and you do not have to do it alone!

What is Depression?

Depression is a common condition that can be serious and affects people of all ages; although most will first experience depression in their late teens or early adulthood. Depression can often make one feel sad, empty, affect eating patterns, affect sleeping patterns, alter thinking and typically for long periods of time. Most people experiencing depression feel they have a black cloud hanging over their head and even when something positive happens, it may go unnoticed. Oftentimes, simple daily activities such as getting out of bed and bathing seem impossible. Other times, daily life stressors can become too much to handle and make a person feel more hopeless, helpless, and alone. People experiencing depression often feel shame and will retreat to being by themselves. More times than not, some people may develop unhealthy coping strategies in an attempt to feel “better.” In some cases, depression can lead people to consider suicide. Although depression can be serious, there is hope to feel better. Reach out today for help so that you can begin to identify unhealthy thoughts and emotions and develop healthy coping strategies.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a complex brain disease that is manifested by compulsive use despite harmful consequences. People with addiction problems (alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex) will continue to use despite the adverse consequences such as loss of job, loss of finances, and even loss of friends and family. Tolerance is when someone with a problem will need more and more to achieve the same desired “high.” Withdrawal occurs when someone with a problem has not used within a certain time frame. Withdrawal symptoms can include sweating, irritability, altered thinking, etc. Studies show changes in images of the brain in areas that relate to judgment, decision making, learning, memory, and behavior. There are many effective treatments available to help people recover from addiction and lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Contact Cheri Locke today.

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