TRACEY L. WILLIAMS
LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR
THERAPY CAN HELP YOU DISCOVER
THE ANSWERS YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR
Hope is the ability to continue to believe that something good is possible despite something bad happening...the willingness to be open to possibilities. Hope is the belief that what you want can be had. Whatever your definition of hope may be it can be the foundation for change in you and for you!
You are an amazing person, you were born with a positive identity and you have gifts and qualities which have yet to be developed. Therapy can provide you with the tools and strategies so that you can become the person you are meant to be. Therapy can also help you to identify thoughts or behaviors that may hinder you from living the kind of life you know is your healthy best!
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common type of talk therapy (psychotherapy). You work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.
CBT can be a very helpful tool in treating mental health disorders, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or an eating disorder. It can also be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations.
SAMHSA articulates twelve “Guiding Principles of Recovery”:
There are many pathways to recovery.
Recovery is self-directed and empowering.
Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation.
Recovery is holistic.
Recovery has cultural dimensions.
Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness.
Recovery is supported by peers and allies.
Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude.
Recovery involves a process of healing and self-redefinition.
Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma.
Recovery involves (re)joining and (re)building a life in the community.
Recovery is a reality. It can, will, and does happen.
Anxiety and Depression
Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships. There are several different types of anxiety disorders. Examples include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.
Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.