Counseling helps individuals overcome personal life challenges, realize their developmental potential and prepare for their future. Sometimes specific difficulties interfere with the natural expectations we have for our lives. Relationship issues, family disruptions, depression, anxiety or other kinds of health concerns can thwart our efforts to live lives with growing satisfaction. Counseling can help us experience a deep level of self-understanding and contribute to positive identity formation. As counselors we find personal significance and meaning helping individuals face life's challenges and gain an appreciation for life’s many potentialities. Whether you are facing a clinical condition and have been referred by your doctor or personally recognize concerns you finally want to address we have the advanced training, certifications and quality of character to help.
and Family Counseling
For most of us, relationships are very important. Sometimes past events, family of origin issues or simply a lack of skill can impede our efforts to live well with those we care about most. Family adjustments and transitions can be difficult to manage in a complex society. The quality of relationship is a foundational value we hold. We are trained to access research-based therapies that offer real help. We listen to who you are and what you need. We work to help you discover the skills, support, and insight that can make a difference for you and your family. Divorce can be one of the most expensive events of our lives. Yet sometimes subtle changes can provide lasting results; results that can make a difference. Couples and family counseling can be challenging work but the satisfaction we can gain for ourselves and can give to our families make it worth the effort. If you are struggling in your role as a partner, parent or child, we believe getting the right kind of help can benefit not only you but your relationships.
When many people think of the word “trauma,” they often associate the word with war veterans or survivors of extreme abuse. While these people have certainly survived serious traumas and would be at risk for developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma itself is defined more broadly. In fact, trauma can be defined as any negative and unexpected experience that results in feeling overwhelmed, shocked, confused, and/or powerless. For example, neglect has been found to be extremely traumatic for children, but throughout development and life in general it can be difficult to put words to the experience because the injury comes from the absence of something necessary rather than the presence of something tangibly wrong, like bruises.
Relational traumas such as emotional abuse can be similarly difficult to deal with or acknowledge as traumatic, yet can have a serious effect on one's self-esteem and well-being. Sometimes it can be the accumulation of smaller traumas that lead someone to find an otherwise manageable situation unbearably difficult. There are many types, and degrees, of trauma that can affect one’s ability to function day-to-day, whether it be in relationships with self and others or at work or school.
At Gentle Currents Therapy, we work with the entire spectrum of traumatic experiences, including - but not limited to:
- car accidents
- sudden loss/unresolved grief
- childhood abuse (sexual/physical/emotional)
- spiritual abuse
- sexual assault
Our goal is to provide a gentle, non-threatening counseling experience that will facilitate healing and relief of posttraumatic symptoms. Because trauma results in feeling out of control, your counsellor will use approaches that help to empower you without overwhelming you or giving you more than you can handle. Working through trauma is not easy, but you will have a compassionate and supportive counsellor to help you throughout the process.