Stress and sadness is not only normal, but essential in our lives: it lets us know when something is wrong and motivates us to do better. However, stress and overwhelming sadness can become debilitating when it becomes chronic anxiety. Anxiety and depression has neurological, psychological and social causes which can be addressed using various evidenced-based approaches.
Trauma is a normal reaction to abnormal situations. If you have been exposed to extreme duress, the high stress can result in trauma that stays in your body and mind. There are effective ways to treat trauma and move forward.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Therapy (DBT) are all evidenced-based types of therapy that have demonstrated effectiveness for treating anxiety, depression and trauma.
Whether you are familiar with therapy already or new to counseling, it is important to understand that while the therapist is the architect who understands foundations, process and techniques for building healthy minds, you are the expert in yourself. By learning about how the mind and body works, you will gain tools to help you difficult emotions and thoughts.