Depression is more than sadness. It is a feeling heaviness that makes even the simplest of tasks feel impossible and a sense of hoplessness that can make you feel like you'll never be happy again. Psychological treatment can help you feel lighter and help you reconnect to lifes joys, bringing about peace and wellbeing.
Anxiety and Stress
Stress and anxiety are significant impediments to wellbeing. While some aspects of stress can be managed through practical life changes, others are not so easily resolved. For those things, therapy can be a helpful resource in learning how to experience challenges differently, using principles of acceptance and self compassion to reduce internal distress.
There are many factors that contribute to career satisfaction and it is important to examine all of them. Vocational counselling helps people to better understand their interests, aptitudes, and abilities, while also helping them overcome the emotional and psychological hurdles that prevent them from actualizing their goals. As well, we assist in constructing a plan for achieving career objectives and therapeutically attend to psychological barriers. Vocational assessment, click here.
Grief and Loss
Loss can cause unimaginable suffering and pain, and it can feel as though you will never feel normal again. We assure you, this is not the case. While the loss often can't be undone, the way we experience it will shift over time. Therapy is a helpful tool in the grieving process, as it provides opportunity to reflect upon and honour what is lost, and helps in preparing to move forward. Therapy can expand your personal understanding of values and beliefs, and can be instrumental in reconciling the difficulties of loss.
Trauma results when we are faced with physical or emotional experiences that are threatening to our sense of safety in the world. In some cases, those threats represent life or death situations, such as those experienced by soldiers or first responders. In other instances, they reflect times in our life when we've felt helpless or victimized. There are many ways we experience trauma. Physiological symptoms include: anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, disorientation. But trauma can also manifest subtly, impacting our daily lives and our relationships. Without treatment, trauma can be consuming and the effects can intensify over time. Transcend therapists are highly trained in treating trauma, using empirically supported treatments, EMDR and Somatic Processing.
There are many ways that we can become addicted. In some situations, substances that we ingest can create a physiological dependency, causing intense cravings that if unfulfilled can lead to significant withdrawal effects. Other addictions form as the result of a neurological reward system, where our brain releases 'happy' chemicals that we come to rely on. This is what makes things like shopping, gambling, and pornography addictive. It is not uncommon for people to rely on these things (or substances) to cope with emotional distress. Therapy can help in resolving the underlying vulnerabilities that led to the addiction, as well as in learning new coping strategies for managing lifes challenges.
Our minds and bodies are deeply connected. On a neurological level, receptors in the brain are responsible for processing physical sensation, meaning that pain is actually a mental perception. Not only can our emotional experience impact our perception of pain, it can also lead to neurological changes that cause increased sensitivity to it. In essence, distress and frustration caused by discomfort can actually worsen the pain. It is also possible for other psychological and emotional stressors to unconsciously show up in the body. In some cases, working through emotional or relational issues may be sufficient to ameliorate the problem. Therapy is also helpful in developing awareness of the body’s reaction to emotional experiences, which allows for conscious relaxation of the muscles.
Psychological Life Coaching
If you've ever felt like you're not meeting your potential, psychological life coaching may be for you. Whether it's in your career, relationships, or another aspect of personal development, sometimes you just need a push. Life coaching helps to figure out where you want to be and then develops concrete strategies for how you're going to get there, all the while helping you deepen your self-awareness and giving you the tools to overcome your obstacles.
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