Hope and Healing Specializations

Specializations

Abuse and Addiction

Depression and Life Pressures

Eating Disorders

Love and Sex

Transitions

Relationships

Living with Chronic Pain or a Life Threatening Illness



Abuse and Addiction

I can handle it. Just one more time. Itís a lie youíve been telling yourself for a while now. I know he loves me, he promised never to hit me again. Just one more look at that formidden internet site. Iíll stop making myself throw up. This is the last time. Addictions and abuse can literally hold you hostage. They rob your soul, offering a false sense of control. You might believe your addiction it isnít that bad because you arenít the only one.

Staying in denial about the heavy toll abuse and addiction are taking on your life just maintains the pain and keeps the cycle going. Maybe youíre an observer, desperately watching someone you love lose control as they fail in school, fail at work or fail in relationships. There is hope and healing available for you. It does not matter how far down youíve sunk Ė the helping hand of a caring, professional counselor can help you find your way out of the cycle and reclaim your life.

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Physical and Verbal Abuse

Gambling

Alcoholism

Sexual Abuse

Cybersex and Pornography

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Depression and Life Pressures

How am I going to handle it all? Sometimes I just feel like Iím running and running and not keeping up. Iím worried all the time and I have so many pressures at work. I want to make the right decisions, but I need someone to help me sort this stuff out!

Depression is not easy. When you endure a depression, many thoughts, feelings, and physical symptoms may occur, it can feel like you have no control. The most difficult thing of all is that you don't know if or when it is going to end. You feel miserable and sometimes you cannot explain to anyone why. You may be tired and down-hearted. You may see most everything negatively. You may feel isolated or lonely, yet you would rather be left alone. You may feel sad, guilty, angry, or worthless, but mostly you feel empty and apathetic. Being depressive differs from person to person. You donít need to go through this alone.

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Depression

Debt

Self Image

Being a Parent

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Eating Disorders

The mirror reflects an ugly, fat, disgusting person, no matter what others may see. The easy solution may seem to be to vomit your food right after eating...you binge...you purge. Or you starve yourself. Or you canít stop exercising. No matter what size you wear, no matter how low your energy, no matter how lousy you feel, you just want to look different. You want to feel in control. Get thinner. You see the models in the magazines. You watch thin movie stars and TV stars. Why wouldnít you want to be accepted and loved as they seem to be? But looking like an airbrushed model isnít realistic for most of us. Finding your unique beauty inside and out, and seeking first to be healthy are the real keys to finding contentment.

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Love and Sex

Sex can be an incredible experience in the right context. Itís the glue that holds many couples together. Passion alone, however, can blind you to making good choices for yourself, leading to unmet expectations and the undermining of a relationship built on trust and emotional intimacy.

Sexuality can be complicated. Talking about your feelings with a professional counselor can help.

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Transitions

A very dear loved one is gone. Youíve lost your job. The dog who had been your constant and trusted companion had to be put down. Your son or daughter just left for college. Your marriage is ending. Serious life changes affect each of us at some point in our lives. Attempting to cope with the loss, pain and fear can send a person into denial, depression or anger. Maybe the change youíre facing is such a shock that you can hardly manage the smallest tasks. How can you possibly adjust? Will you ever feel whole and normal again?

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Grief and Bereavement

Pet Loss

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Relationships

Are you doing all you can to keep your relationships healthy? Itís hard work to communicate well and attend to another personís needs while sharing your own. Unexpected obstacles can pop up out with no warning, damaging the very relationships that matter most. When the foundation of a relationship crumbles, a chain reaction of rejection, hurt and disintegration can threaten your marriage, family or other key relationships.

Getting educated about how to avoid the most common family and marriage problems could prevent heartache before it starts. Counseling can help you learn to build relationships that are life-long and truly meaningful.

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Living with Chronic Pain or a Life Threatening Illness

Does it sometimes feel like no one understands what it is like for you, living with chronic pain or a life threatening illness? Do you have the unfortunate experience of being a "professional patient"? You need not be sick and miserable! I was diagnosed with FMS (Fibromyalgia Syndrome) in 1995. I know from my own experience and from working with many chronic pain sufferers that you can learn to live well, even if your disease is not likely to be cured.

As you may already know, having a chronic illness can be the beginning of a journey of self discovery. Of course you need not be sick to become more aware of your life choices, but many times itís a huge push to determine what it is really important in life.

If you are having trouble with any of the following, supportive therapy or life coaching might be a great help!

Cancer
Chronic Fatigue
Chronic Inflammations
Fibromyalgia
Lupus and Other Autoimmune Diseases
Multiple Sclerosis
Obesity

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