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More About Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, & Infertility & Pregnancy Loss 

Depression

People experience depression in different ways. It’s important to realize that feeling down at times is a normal part of life. Sad and upsetting things happen to everyone. But, if you’re feeling down or hopeless on a regular basis, you could be dealing with depression. 

Many things could contribute to symptoms of depression. Perhaps you have ended a relationship, experienced pregnancy loss or the death of a loved one. Symptoms could also be related to a recent life experience or the result of a previous unresolved trauma. The most important thing is not to ignore these symptoms and to reach out for help. You could feel better and heal!  Together we could uncover the root of your feelings of depression and help you learn the tools to live a happier life.

https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions/Depression

Anxiety/ Panic Disorders

Most people feel anxious at times.

Anxiety is what we feel when we are worried or afraid. Anxiety is a natural human response when we feel that we are under threat. It can be experienced through our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations.

Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders often have intense and persistent worry about things that are about to happen, or which they think could happen in the future.

These feelings of anxiety could escalate within minutes casing panic attacks which interfere with daily life, and are out of proportion to the actual danger. You may avoid places or situations to prevent these feelings. Symptoms may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood.

Examples of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder (social phobia), specific phobias and separation anxiety disorder. Sometimes anxiety results from an unresolved past trauma.

Whatever form of anxiety you have, I can help. I use a blend of approaches to help you feel your feelings without becoming overwhelmed by them by learning how to regulate your nervous system.

 

 

Trauma & PTSD

Most people have either experienced or witnessed a stressful or traumatic event at some point in their lives. These events may have led to feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, depression, guilt, or a temporary difficulty with coping.  Although these are all common reactions to trauma, with time and good self care they usually get better. If however you are experiencing symptoms that are not getting better and are interfering with your job, your relationships, your health, and your daily activities, you may be experiencing PTSD.  Getting help and support may prevent normal stress reactions from getting worse and developing into PTSD.

Trauma could be any experience that is disturbing to persons sense of control and integration to their current reality. When most people think about trauma, they usually think about those who have been exposed to war, combat, natural disasters, physical or sexual abuse, terrorism, and catastrophic accidents. Although these  are some of the most difficult forms of trauma one could experience. It is important to realize that one does not need to have undergone such difficult events or what is called “Big T” Traumas for it to affect them. An accumulation of smaller events can still be traumatic but in the small ‘t’ form.

How a situation impacts a person is largely dependent on predisposing factors, such as the individual’s past experiences, beliefs, perceptions, expectations, level of distress tolerance, values, and morals.

If one does develop any symptoms after a stressful or traumatic event it does not mean that the person is psychological weak or has a deficiency. In fact, symptoms typically develop due to the individual engaging in avoidance behaviors. Such behaviors are engaged to cover up their distress with the belief that not addressing what has happened will free them of their emotional pain.

 

 

Infertility & Pregnancy Loss

Pregnancy loss can be devastating, regardless of whether it is early or late in pregnancy or in the short period after a baby is born. In many instances, similar emotions are experienced when a couple learns that their fertility treatments were unsuccessful.

 Together we will explore the common grief experiences that occur with such losses, as well as ways to find perspective and meaning, identify and change unhelpful thoughts, gain acceptance, reconnect with others, and reengage in life. By applying these strategies, you can break out of the cycle of sadness and rumination and heal with grace and dignity.

I have  helped countless women who have experienced infertility, pregnancy loss, and other reproductive traumas. It would be my honor to support you in your feelings of grief and loss and to guide you in your healing.

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8631 West 3rd St suite 545e Los Angeles, California 90048