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Trauma Counseling

Feel trapped in overdrive – on edge, irritable, ready to snap?

Do you experience poor concentration or confusion, or feel easily overwhelmed?

Do you suffer from trauma related scars, nightmares, or flashbacks?

Do you avoid situations or reminders of the traumatic event?

Are you suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, or depression?

You should know you are not alone.

A study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress revealed that post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is perhaps more common than you think. Just over eight percent of people in our community will experience PTSD in their lifetimes, 4.7% within the past year, and 3.8% in the past six month period. When we include those who also suffer following significant trauma but don’t fit typical PTSD criteria, the statistics become as worrying as they are staggering.

This means that millions of Americans continue to suffer from the devastating after effects of traumatic experience.

Trauma can alter how the brain functions, and its signs and symptoms can vary from finding it difficult to trust and being constantly on guard, to sudden panic and intrusive, anxiety-ridden thoughts. Trauma, without question, can significantly lessen your quality of life.

And while the signs and symptoms can feel complex and at times overwhelming, feeling better is more than possible. In fact, with trauma therapy we expect you will begin feeling better as we implement our compassionate and client-focused evidence-based techniques and strategies together.

We’ve helped countless people to gain positive ground over their traumatic experiences in our safe, supportive environment. We offer a variety of therapeutic approaches to best support you and work with you as an equal collaborator in your treatment and healing.

So if these sound like you

– I struggle with anxiety or depression

– I relive traumatic events with accompanying unwanted memories, vivid images, and physical signs like sweating, palpitations, and panic attacks

– I am hyper vigilant or easily frightened

– I feel edgy or irritable often

– I feel like the joy, love, and other positive emotions have been sucked from my life

– I’d like professional help to better understand and cope with previous trauma

– I want to live an easier, happier, more connected life

…Then trauma therapy may offer the ideal therapeutic approach for you.

Trauma therapy combines different approaches and techniques to help lessen, even eliminate, the painful mental and physical responses raised by the memory of traumatic events, and seeks to create new healthier patterns in your brain.

In trauma therapy we work with you toward lessening, even extinguishing, the pain. It’s our goal to identify the source and triggers for your emotional and physical suffering, to discuss ways to deal with unhelpful and unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, and to teach you techniques to manage distress and enable you to move forward. If you would like me to show you how to take your next steps down the road of recovery, please contact me today for an appointment.

Grief & Bereavement Counseling

Feeling profound sadness after the death of a loved one?

Experiencing excessive guilt about something left unsaid or undone?

Maybe you’re gripped with fear? Caught in a cycle of anxiety, helplessness, or panic?

Or having trouble resuming a normal life with grief and pain as your constant companions?

Maybe you’d like professional support through a period of mourning?

Grief is a natural human response to loss, but that doesn’t mean bereavement of a loved one isn’t an intense and at times desolate experience. While painful experiences are normal during this time, your emotions may feel trapped on a non-stop rollercoaster, with downs and deeper downs interspersed with periods of brief respite.

Loss is a very personal journey, with some finding it more difficult than others. While grieving for the same person can often foster compassion and connection among family and friends, it’s also common for the grieving to struggle with anger, conflict, a lack of understanding, or an inability to fully share your feelings with others. Grief and bereavement counseling offers a non judgmental, safe space for you to work through any issues you are unable to with others. Grief and bereavement counseling can provide you a much-needed safe space to work through your struggles with a caring, nonjudgmental professional.

We focus on helping people feel better as they learn to cope with their grief. We can help you learn to express and come to terms with the broad range of emotions involved in the grieving process, from those that you may expect – such as sadness, loneliness, or exhaustion – to those that come as a surprise – such as relief, anger, or an overall sense of confusion. There are a variety of therapeutic approaches available to support you as you work with us as an equal collaborator to empower your healing journey.

So if these describe you

– You’re struggling to come to terms with a loss

– You feel overwhelmed with grief, fear, despair, or worry

– Your faith seems shattered and you feel abandoned at your time of greatest need

– You feel alone as everyone else seems to have moved on without you

– You want to live a happier, more connected life

– You’d like professional support to better cope through the grieving process

…Then grief and bereavement counseling may offer the support, guidance, and expert care you need.

In our grief and bereavement counseling we work with you toward lessening the pain so you can function well in your post-loss life. We listen with empathy, discuss ways to deal with unhelpful and unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, and teach you techniques to manage distress and enable you to move forward. If you’d like me to show you how, please contact me today for an appointment.

Depression Counseling

Do you feel heavy with despair, struggling each day to keep your head just above the darkness and dread?

Does it take every ounce of energy to stay afloat?

Or are you feeling overwhelmed by feelings of helplessness and hopelessness?

If this sounds familiar, I want you to know you are not alone and there is help.

While it may seem difficult to find your way back to hope and happiness, I’ve been helping clients to personally do just that for years. To experience the joy of warm sunshine on their face, to reconnect with estranged loved ones, and to re-engage with a meaningful life.

Just like other chronic illnesses, depression is not your fault, it’s nothing you’ve caused. And also like many other illnesses, effective treatments exist to help ease and eliminate the struggles you face.

So if you’ve said or thought these things a lot recently…

– “I’m too tired to try.”

– “I don’t want to leave home.”

– “I don’t care anymore.”

– “Why am I always crying?”

– “I don’t even know who I am any more.”

Or even…

– “I wish I wasn’t here.”

…There are proven steps and therapies that have been shown to result in remarkable relief. To bring you hope, help and a way forward.

If you’d like to take the first steps to start feeling better, please contact me today for an appointment.

Anxiety Counseling

Do you worry about work constantly when you’re at home, or feel anxious and tense even about small events?

Is your mind riddled with a powerless sense of imminent danger, a place where rising panic can be difficult to quell?

Does your apprehension make it tricky to get on with regular life and enjoy each day?

These signs and symptoms are common in those suffering from a medical condition called anxiety disorder. While difficult anxiety symptoms can affect many aspects of your life, there is hope for a calm and serene horizon.

I’ve been supporting clients with anxiety disorders for years. The evidence-based therapy I provide often enables clients to laugh freely, relax fully, and ground themselves in the face of fear. I can show you how to worry less about your future and enjoy each day right now.

It’s important to know you are not alone. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 40 million adults, or 18% of Americans, experience an anxiety disorder. The good news? There is help.

Anxiety is not your fault or caused by anything you have or haven’t done. Like many other illnesses, effective treatments exist to halt the suffering and reconnect you with a happier, healthier life.

So, if you frequently experience…

– Constant feelings of dread

– A pounding heart, the racing heightened by the slightest of frights

– Anticipating the worst, regardless of evidence

– Physical symptoms like headaches, sweating, shakes and jumpiness, trouble concentrating, a frequent need to urinate and stomach uneasiness

Or if you often think…

– “It’s safer to stay at home.”

– “But what if…”

– “I can’t breath / do this / relax / stop / switch off!”

– “They or I could be in danger!”

…Then I’m glad you are reading this. My proven steps and therapy methods can bring you remarkable relief.

While I know this condition can come with a stigma that may have stopped you from seeking the care you need, your life can and should get better. If you’d like me to show you how, please contact me today for an appointment.

(847) 910-2077
paula@oakbrooktherapy.com

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1010 Jorie Blvd
Suite 102
Oak Brook, IL 60523

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Suite 4
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

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125 Windsor Drive
Suite 113
Oak Brook, IL 60523

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