Mutual respect and honesty need to flow both ways in the therapeutic relationship. I can't help someone who isn't being straight with me.
Think of therapy as a bandage, or a procedure to help/cure a physical condition. Issues with mental health are as real as any disease. You can't fix many physical issues yourself when it comes to chronic conditions and disease and you cant just will your mental health issues away. Reaching out takes strength and courage and is the total opposite of weakness.
I retired from the Navy in 2011. When I decided to go back to school 3 years later it was mainly because of the veterans I'd met after retiring. There's such a stigma attached to "needing help", especially in the military. There's this misperception that if you have mental health issues, it's because you're weaker than your buddy. Add to that the notion many people have that you can "decide to be happy" or "will yourself out of depression. Experiencing and witnessing traumatic events take a toll. Sometimes, it's huge and all at once. Others issues develop over time. The human mind is resilient, but at some point most of us experience something we aren't naturally inclined to handle. Or we experience the same sorts of things until they become a problem. If you are cut, you bleed. Witness or experience enough abnormal events (physical abuse, war time events (death, destruction and mayhem daily) and you will develop a problem. One is physical and one is mental, but you wouldn't dream of telling someone who just got beat up to "stop bleeding and feel better" or someone with cancer to "stop having cancer". While my passion is definitely helping people, the passion that drives me is my desire to spread awareness and de-stigmatize mental health issues.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a condition that is precipitated by a perceived terrifying event. This event need not occur directly to the person but may happen vicariously—having seen something terrible happen to another person. The condition may last months or years while symptoms include ruminating thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, intense anxiety when triggered, and potential substance abuse in attempt to cope.
Coping skills are tools and techniques one can learn, practice, and use to handle difficult emotions, decrease stress, and establish or maintain a sense of internal order.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Abuse includes any significant mistreatment along the lines of psychical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and neglect. Survivors of abuse may experience negative thoughts and feelings, flashbacks, distrust of others, social withdrawal, self-harm, and increased likelihood of developing mental health and substance abuse issues.
Adolescent mental health
Adolescent mental health focuses on adolescent-specific experiences including physical and cognitive development, social and environmental factors, sex, sexual identification and orientation, emotional processing, and substance use. Given the influence that parents/guardians have on adolescents, home life is a particularly important consideration.
Adoption & foster care
Adoption and foster care considerations include education on the process, integrating the new family, establishing household rules and boundaries, processing past trauma on behalf of the child, emotional health, and other adjustment procedures.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Family Systems Therapy
FL, LMHC, MH19084
MS in clinical mental health counseling with focus on marriage and family from Jacksonville University
I have worked with families and children who have experienced sexual trauma, domestic violence, drug abuse and neglect at home. I found working within the foster care system very fulfilling. Most of the children I've seen enter into foster care need someone to listen to them and help them accept their feelings about the situation. Being a veteran, working with vets has been special to me. That work provided insight into the minds and behaviors of every type of client I've seen. I've been in an office environment, done home and school visits and also telehealth.
Deerwood Drive, Yulee, 32097, FL