COUNSELING FOR ANXIETY DEPRESSION & PTSD
As human beings we all experience anxiety on a consistent basis. It is an evolutionary skill which we have adapted to survive since the beginning of time.
In the caveman days, we needed to be hyper-vigilant to protect us from getting eaten by predators . However, today there aren’t many lions roaming around the streets. At least not in the south suburbs anyway.
Nevertheless, people’s brains with anxiety and unresolved trauma still find a way to trick them into overestimating the amount of danger in a given situation. The result - crippling & paralyzing anxiety. If someone experienced a significant trauma it's very common that they will feel hypervigilant and be living in a constant state of fight, flight, or freeze.
People who experience depression often report feeling intense feelings of sadness and often struggle to get out of bed in the morning. Early life events, a horrible break up, or difficulties with adjusting to the demands of motherhood can frequently trigger a depressive episode. Despite feeling terribly isolated - we want you to know you don't have to struggle alone.
How common is this?
Approximately 18 percent of people have an anxiety
disorder of some kind. Women are 2x more
likely to have anxiety than men.
Depression affects nearly 16 million people in the
United States a year.
PTSD affects nearly 8 percent of the population.
What are the symptoms?
Anxiety: Frequent symptoms are excessive worry, intrusive and/or ruminating thoughts, compulsive behaviors, excessive fear in social situations, restlessness, insomnia, decreased appetite, weight loss.
Depression: Sadness, irritability, poor sleep, weight loss/gain, thoughts of death, low energy, & fatigue.
PTSD: flashbacks, avoidance, emotional numbness, increased arousal, difficulty sleeping, feeling jumpy, & easily irritated.
How do I fix it?
My anxiety treatment uses a unique type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy called Exposure Response Prevention. It is the gold standard treatment in reducing the troubling symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, and Panic Disorder.
My approach to depression & trauma incorporates EMDR along with Attachment Theory to help recognize your unresolved childhood wounds, provide corrective and healing emotional experiences, and challenge your unhelpful narrative. In order to manage the distressing symptoms I will work with you on reprocessing the trauma utilizing body based techniques and bilateral stimulation.
For more information on EMDR click here.
These feelings do not have to control your life any longer.
You can find relief. Ashley Schuch has over 10 years of experience successfully treating anxiety & depression disorders.
Most patients report a decrease in symptoms in as few as 3- 5 sessions. *Individual results may vary*
Let's get you feeling better.