Common Reasons for Seeking Counseling and/or Psychotherapy with a Mental Health Professional:
The following is a description of many common reasons people seek counseling with a mental health therapist. This is not an exhausted list and if you don’t relate to or find any of these issues familiar, please remember there doesn’t have to be a direct specific reason to see out professional help.
You may be simply looking for perspective, a good listener, and/or a nonjudgmental, approachable atmosphere to share your pain and gain insight into “your story.” The therapists at Bull City Psychotherapy are highly qualified to work with you about all of the issues listed below as well as many more. Please give us a call, so we can partner together and help you Live Life Joyfully!
Anxiety Counseling / Panic Therapy
Anxiety disorders can be debilitating in children, adolescents, and adults alike, but they are also highly treatable.
If you experience chronic worry or other symptoms like sleep difficulties, fatigue, restlessness, or panic, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Treating this disorder can help you worry less and experience a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.
Counseling for Depression
Everyone feels sad or blue from time to time. Usually experiences of sadness are triggered by a loss or disappointment, things go wrong, people let us down, we fail to get something we wanted, we lose something we valued. Sadness is a normal reaction to life’s setbacks and disappointments, and usually passes after a few hours or days or perhaps a good nights’ sleep.
Occasional episodes of sadness are not usually a problem; however, if it lasts for more than a few days, doesn’t go away, and is at the degree of considerable psychological discord (you just don’t feel “like yourself”), it is a good idea to seek professional help to gain control over the depression. Depression is a debilitating condition that interferes with our ability to experience pleasure, interact with people or actively participate in life.
The therapists at Bull City Psychotherapy have been helping others work through depression for over 60 decades of combined experience. We have the tools necessary to help you feel better and Live Life Joyfully.
Alcohol and substance abuse can create many problems for people. Behavioral addictions, such as sex, porn, gambling, and food, can create the same kind of negative issues that can ruin lives. Our brains get hijacked when we live in the throes of addiction, and our behavior declines, which in turn ruins relationships, work production, mood, physical health, etc.
Bull City Psychotherapy has therapists who all have advanced training in treating all addictions. Please schedule a meeting, so we can start your recovery today.
Relationship Issues/Intimacy Disorders
Many of us experience discord in our relationships. Some of us do not know how to participate in a healthy relationship at all. Others only seem to have difficulties in an intimate relationship, such as with a spouse or partner. Seeking counseling for help with relationships can help us feel more loved and accepted, as we learn to love ourselves first. If you think you or your relationship could use help healing old wounds and learning new tools for intimacy, please call Bull City Psychotherapy. We can help you find love, safety, and security both within yourself and your relationship.
Abuse Counseling / Trauma Therapy
Child abuse, rape, neglect, death of a loved one, divorce, affairs, bankruptcy, betrayal are all types of trauma. Experiencing trauma can create enormous pain and leave us stuck, prevent us from moving forward in life. Oftentimes, trauma leads to repeating the negative experience either in our minds or through our negative behavior, such as addiction.
The decision to seek help because you have suffered abuse or trauma is one of the bravest choices you have ever made. Trauma therapy is a specialty area that most certainly requires advanced training, and the therapists at Bull City Psychotherapy have professional certifications in Trauma therapies, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), High Speed Trauma Therapy, Somatic Experiencing (SE), and other more common methods.
If you or a loved one is a trauma survivor, please call BCP now, so we can support you in your healing and moving forward in your life.
It is so important to have a safe place to be heard, work through struggles, and explore one’s whole self for most people interested in psychotherapy. Identifying as a member of the LGBTQ+ communities can add unique challenges to working towards these goals. It is also crucial to have a trusted and experienced counselor walk with you as you figure out your comfort zone in the spectrum of sex and gender identification.
The therapists at Bull City Psychotherapy care about helping you make the progress you desire in a safe, supportive, and affirming environment. We strive to maintain this atmosphere for all our clients no matter where they intersect on the spectrums of anatomical gender, identity, expression, and sexuality, however we have specific training on this issue in order to be help our clients.
Eating Disorders Counseling
Once thought to be solely a white, female, upper-middle class, adolescent illness, eating disorders are now prevalent among both genders and across all ages, classes, and cultures. Whether you are struggling with restricting your food intake or are binge eating and purging, eating disorders are both physically and emotionally devastating. Together with your primary care physician and/or registered dietician, I will work with you to uncover distorted beliefs about your body, identify unhealthy triggers, and develop a treatment plan to resume normal eating habits and food intake.
Body Image Counseling and Therapy
In our culture we are bombarded by what the media defines as the “ideal body.” However, the average person does not look like the actors on the screen or like the models in the fashion magazines. This reality can lead individuals to struggle with body image. In turn, struggles with body image can lead to poor self-esteem and, in many cases, eating disorders. If you are struggling with how you look, please let me help. With the assistance of Bull City Psychotherapy, you will learn to overcome poor self-image and learn to like your body again.
Counseling for Adolescents and Teenagers
Got teenagers? It is amazing how they can be responsible in one moment and then make very poor behavior choices. Why? The human brain does not finish developing until age 22. In addition, there are many pressures for a teenager today. We are seeing more anxiety, depression, self-injury, anger, acting out, and addictive behavior than ever before. Often, teens don’t want to listen to you, or you don’t feel that you know how to help. The qualified therapists at BCP can work with you and your child to facilitate a smoother adolescence. We have decades of experience specific to working with children and families. Please call us now for an appointment if you are concerned about your child and want help.
Family Therapy for Parents / Parenting Counseling
Parenting can be one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs in the world. The challenges can begin before the baby arrives and continue long after your child leaves the home. Regardless of the age of your child, each developmental stage brings its own difficulties. Through collaboration, education, and cooperation, we will work as a team to create a positive parenting plan to best suit your needs.
Grief Counseling and Therapy
What do you do when you lose someone you love? Whether a death is sudden or anticipated, losing someone is never easy. Often the hardest part comes after the funeral when everyone else returns to their normal lives and you experience isolation and loneliness as you continue to grieve. With compassion and understanding, I will walk with you through the painful stages of grief.
Life Transitions Counseling and Therapy for Women
As women we often transition several times throughout our lives. Whether becoming a student, a spouse, a mother, a step-parent, or an empty-nester, a change occurs and it can be both exciting and overwhelming. With each life-change, roles and responsibilities are either added or deleted and this can lead to feelings of anxiety, anger, or loss.
If you are transitioning in a career, a relationship, a home, or an environment, consider allowing our team of professional counselors and therapists to assist you. Together, we will create ways to reduce stress and maximize opportunities to make the life transition not only smooth but rewarding.
Life Transitions Counseling
If you are transitioning in a career, a relationship, a home, or an environment, consider allowing our team of professional counselors and therapists to assist you. Together, we will create ways to reduce stress and maximize opportunities to make the life transition not only smooth but also rewarding.
Counseling and Therapy for Post-Partum Depression
Although most new mothers experience the “baby blues,” some new moms struggle with more intense feelings of sadness, fear, anxiety, and anger known as post- partum depression. Although no fault of one’s own, many women are embarrassed or ashamed of their symptoms and too often struggle alone. Post- partum depression typically manifests during the first 6 months post- delivery and can be caused by numerous physical and emotional triggers. So, if you are a new mom and are exhausted, overwhelmed, and/or are no longer feeling like your pre-baby self, please call and schedule an appointment now. Together, we can properly address and relieve your post-partum depression.
Self- Injury Counseling and Therapy
Self-Injury is widely misunderstood and can have a variety of underlying causes and triggers. We at BCP understand that these causes and triggers are real and painful. By helping to identify them, we can offer alternative coping methods that are not addictive or destructive. If you or your adolescent is struggling with any form of self-injury, please call us now.