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Traumatic Stress & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Traumatic stress can be a challenging experience for both the body and the mind. Trauma can take many forms, ranging from natural disasters, accidents, physical or sexual assault, war, or community violence. The response to traumatic events usually features intense fear and a feeling of losing control, which can cause significant emotional, physical, and psychological changes, such as intrusive thoughts, difficulty sleeping, fear, and guilt. Months, years, or even decades later, unresolved traumatic stress may show up as flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilence, feeling numb or detached, or avoidance of reminders of the traumatic event.

If you’ve experienced or witnessed a traumatic event and feel like you may have be suffering from traumatic stress or post-traumatic stress disorder, please know that you’re not alone. Therapy can help you manage the physical and emotional symptoms, process the traumatic event, and develop coping mechanisms so you can move forward in life. Healing from the wounds of trauma is possible!

Workplace Burnout & Moral Injury

Burnout is a common problem faced by many employees, especially in helping professions, and is caused by prolonged stress, overload, feeling overwhelmed, or working in a toxic workplace. It can be described as physical, emotional, or mental exhaustion, and can result in an overall negative attitude toward work and a decline in productivity. Burnout symptoms can include feeling lethargic, unmotivated, and frustrated. In addition, it can lead to physical health problems such as headaches, sleep disorders, and muscle tension.

Moral injury, on the other hand, can result from working within an environment where your personal and professional values conflict. It can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and moral disorientation resulting from exposure to morally challenging experiences. Moral injury is particularly relevant in professions such as healthcare, social work, emergency services, and the military, where you are exposed to traumatic or distressing events and may be expected to take actions that conflict with your personal moral values. Symptoms can include a loss of meaning or purpose, social withdrawal, and difficulty with decision-making.

We often spend a large part of our waking hours at our jobs, and both workplace burnout and moral injury can rob you of the joy of life and leave you with a desperate sense that there has to be more to life than this. Therapy can help you find space to heal, develop positive coping tools, and create a path forward that feels purposeful and enjoyable.

Depression & Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are often debilitating mental health challenges that can negatively impact your quality of day-to-day life. Depression can lead to ongoing feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, as well as changes in appetite, sleep patterns, and energy levels. Anxiety, on the other hand, can cause intense, overwhelming fear or worry that can disrupt daily functioning, cause physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat or sweating, and interfere with relationships and work.

The good news is that both depression and anxiety are treatable conditions. Therapy can be an effective strategy in managing symptoms and promoting overall well-being. Therapy can help you better understand the root causes of your depression or anxiety, develop coping techniques, and guide you through the process of recovery. Working with a mental health professional can be an important first step in taking control of your depression and anxiety.