Individuals seek out counseling for a variety of reasons.
Some are looking for a future-oriented growth experience, and a therapist to help coach them to become the best version of themselves possible. The therapist will use insight, strategies, and new tools to equip the client to successfully manage stress, develop leadership qualities, and perform stronger.
Other individuals reach out for counseling during times in life that are difficult and overwhelming. In the midst of the crisis, counselors offer hope and support. We have extensive experience walking with clients through trauma, addiction, betrayal, and shame to lives filled with resilience, courage, and freedom.
Excessive exercise becomes the norm, and restrictive or binge eating becomes a daily practice. It is typical that these behaviors become more extreme over time. The reason that people focus on eating or exercise varies. At its core, eating is one of the most primitive behaviors in which we engage. While the issues that drive people towards disordered eating may be related to emotional distress, relational turmoil, or distorted thinking, the expression of the behavior is most often about attaining control, power, and safety. While emotions, the context, or relationships can feel unpredictable, rituals around eating and exercise bring a sense of control. When one senses that they have little or no power in their life, a sense of mastery over their behavior decreases feelings of powerlessness. Feelings of danger or vulnerability can be combated by a perception on being invisible (extreme under-eating) or unwanted (extreme over-eating).
We work with individuals in an outpatient setting to find hope, freedom, and joy in the eating process. It’s important to identify the core problems and triggers associated with the over-eating, under-eating, or purging. We are gentle in our approach, never shaming or critical, and seek to understand the person as a whole. When appropriate, we work collaboratively with medical doctors and nutritionists towards making health a reality in our clients’ lives.
- It is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder – seven million women and one million men.
- One in 200 American women suffers from anorexia.
- Two to three in 100 American women suffer from bulimia.
- Nearly half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder.
- Anorexia is the 3rd most common chronic illness among adolescents.
- 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.
- 50% of girls between the ages of 11 and 13 see themselves as overweight.
- 80% of 13-year-olds have attempted to lose weight.
- Only 1 in 10 people with eating disorders receive treatment.
ASSESSMENTS and EVALUATIONS
An assessment/evaluation is conducted through a one-on-one appointment with a licensed therapist. The client will be able to tell their story and the therapist will ask a series of questions to get a full picture of what is going on. We take into consideration biological, psychological, and social factors that may be contributing to substance use, mental health, anger, and domestic abuse. The assessment enables our therapists to develop the specific treatment plan tailored to the client’s needs.
Individual Therapy provides a space to explore the many experiences and stressors that veterans are forced to manage on a daily basis. It’s a place where they can be open and vulnerable about the stress, and learn new tools and skills to manage the challenges. Rather than feeling distracted, our goal is help them live their lives centered and fully present.
THE IMPACT TO PERFORMANCE
Professional athletes often have public relations representatives who help them “handle” or “manage” the message about a performance or behavioral issue, but it can be challenging to find mental health professionals who understand the unique challenges that professional athletes and their families face and who can help that athlete get to the core issues and deal with the problem. In fact, the American Psychological Association states “Athletics subject a person to a unique set of challenges and circumstances that can make a person vulnerable to feelings of depression or anxiety.” Stress, expectations, balance, focus, ADHD, eating disorders, addictions, and trauma are just a few of the other issues athletes may face, which can distract them and ultimately negatively impact their performance. Working through their concerns in a confidential space and with a trusted mental health professional can be the key to unlocking their full ability. Athletes are often expected to perform as machines on the field or court, however emotions are never mechanical and if not managed well, may begin to “spill” over in other areas of life.
Athletes, just like everyone else, need a place where they do not have to keep up a front, perform, or be praised, but can work through the stressors and challenges they are facing, thus setting them up to live their lives centered, not distracted, and fully present.
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Become more resilient, learn to develop better coping skills and begin to find meaning and joy.