Trauma has many faces. It may be a single incident event – sexual assault, witnessing violence, a natural disaster or a sudden loss. Or it may be a prolonged, chronic experience like childhood abuse, domestic violence, or exposure to an unhealthy emotional environment. Regardless of the type, traumatic events can lead to hypervigilance, avoidance, isolation and shame and can have significant effects on individuals long after the traumatic experience.
For trauma survivors entering therapy is often an act of courage. The thought of trusting another person with vulnerable experiences can be hard to imagine. Thus, at the start of therapy, my initial focus is developing a strong therapeutic relationship by providing a safe space and respectful, compassionate presence.
All Beacon Therapy Group clinicians have extensive training and experience working with individuals who have experienced a variety of adverse life experiences. We utilize proven techniques, like EMDR, to guide you on your healing journey. We aim to help you put the past in the past, live in present, and be hopeful about the future.
The adjustment to college life can be very challenging! For many college students, this is the first time living on their own and the transition is often overwhelming.
College students can feel cut off and alone and often don’t have access to the same family and support structure that they did in high school. The transition can also be especially challenging for international students. Cultural views on academics can also add to the stress and pressure. The high-pressure academic environment of college can lead to a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, and even academic problems.
Whether you are suffering from issues like loneliness, questioning your choice of major, difficulty connecting with other students, or anxiety due to your studies and exams, we can help. We aid students in learning the coping skills they need to enjoy better mental health and focus on their studies.
Do you often feel anxious, nervous, or have uncontrollable worry?
Do you have trouble relaxing?
Do social situations make you feel uncomfortable?
Do you ever feel down, depressed?
Have you lost interest in things you normally enjoy?
Feeling anxious and down at times are normal emotional experiences, but for some they may be become too overwhelming to manage. Often times people utilize strategies to handle their intense emotions like ignoring feelings or “bootstrapping” or avoiding situations or people. While these strategies may provide some relief, the results are often temporary.
At BTG, we focus on teaching those with anxiety and/or depressed moods effective coping skills to manage their emotions. These skills to regulate one’s emotional experience are important life skills that aid people in living emotional balanced lives and live up to their full potential.
Transitions are a natural part of life. However, adjusting to change can be difficult and can cause significant stress and anxiety, even if the change is positive. Whether you are a new student, parent, age or have a new marital or employment status, change can impact one’s stress level, mood, sleep, relationships, and/or physical health . If you experiencing difficulty coping with a life transition, we can aid in helping you gain the tools and skills to overcome these situations and learn how to navigate these situations more effectively.