Dr. Beth Reimel, Individual Counseling for Adolescents through Mature Adults
Depression ranges from mild to severe in nature, creating both lethargy and a sense of hopelessness. Psychotherapy can be the first step in alleviating depression and its symptoms-before referral for medication. By learning new skills one can overcome their feelings of futility and hopelessness and move beyond depression.
• Anxiety-Panic Attacks
Anxiety can be constant, can come and go, or, as in the case of panic attacks, can appear “out of the blue”. It is often scary and, at times, debilitating. Exploring and helping an individual confront the fears which underlie their anxiety is crucial in anxiety reduction. Through understanding and new behaviors, psychotherapy puts the person rather than anxiety in charge.
Stress comes from many sources-job, family, personal crisis, relationships, extended grief and or illness, and can influence one’s ability to function in the areas most important to them. Prolonged stress has many damaging results. Mild short term stress may be motivating but chronic, ongoing stress puts one at risk in every area of their life, including health. Recognizing how stress manifests itself and how to alleviate it, gives a person the ability to make the necessary changes.
Unmourned grief from loss through death, on anything significant to one’s sense of well being, has serious negative impact on one’s functioning. Grief counseling is offered on a short term basis as well as long-term when one is overwhelmed with relentless sorrow. Sometimes the loss may have occurred years ago but is still interfering with one’s life. Grief counseling opens the way to relief from unpleasant and painful feelings and helps give a sense of freedom to enjoy life again.
• Past Trauma
Past trauma often interferes with present functioning. Through psychotherapy a person can gain awareness of the impact and develop strategies for accessing inner resources. This then allows them to move through the “blocks” created by the trauma.
Studies indicate that without understanding one’s expectations and behavioral patterns in a marriage ending in divorce, these same patterns will be replicated in one’s next relationship. Counseling helps the person constructively mourn the end of the marriage, change self-defeating ways of relating, and helps prevent anger from being expressed to one’s ex-spouse through their children. Being able to forgive one self and one’s ex-spouse for the divorce is an important outcome of divorce counseling.
I accept BlueCrossBlueShield of Michigan, BlueCare Network of Michigan and Medicare as well as out of network insurance plans.