You grew up with parents who fought often, or were abusing alcohol or drugs, or were emotionally, physically, and/or sexually abusive, or were dealing with their own mental health issues (or all of the above). It’s also possible abuse, neglect, or addiction occurred in the previous generation of your family. Although you became successful in spite of your upbringing, you struggle with ongoing anxiety, depression, guilt, and shame. It’s difficult to express your needs in relationships and you feel guilt when you do. You become resentful and critical of your partner(s) for not knowing your needs, or when your partner(s) expresses their needs you experience shame and guilt and feel like you aren’t doing anything right. You find yourself easily overwhelmed by circumstances of life, work, and/or relationships and you’re looking for tools to better manage your stress.
What you will gain from therapy:
- A better understanding of your trauma response and how to manage it
- Tools to manage anxiety, stress, depression, and guilt
- Improved balance and communication in relationships
- Improved connection in relationships
- Increased ability to handle stress and fewer experiences of overwhelm
- Understanding how your history (family, adverse childhood experiences, trauma, etc) and/or current environmental experiences (racism, transphobia, sexism, relationship dynamics, toxic workplace) influence how you feel