It’s not uncommon to feel a certain sense of sadness or a lack of fulfilment at different points in our life. Feeling depressed doesn’t necessarily mean you are suffering from mental illness, but when your sadness becomes more than just a case of the blues, potentially interfering with our relationships, work and family life, day-to-day activities and self-care, it’s time to take a closer look.
At Old Towne Counseling we recognize there are times when life can seem like a real burden. Many of us experience major life transitions, like divorce, the loss of a job, death of a spouse, or even the birth of a child, as a problem that seems to have no solution. When we feel like we have no options, we can easily end up feeling not only helpless, but hopeless, too.
Our counselors are here to help you reframe your experience, and discover options you may have missed. Our work together can bring back the sense of hope you’ve lost, empowering you to find a path back to the happy, healthy life you deserve to lead by:
- Understanding obstacles to your overall well-being
- Developing insight about how experiences, relationships, and self-esteem impact mood
Developing coping strategies
- Creating a support system to help in times of both overwhelm and crisis
Whether your depression is situational or ongoing, the experienced counselors at Old Towne Counseling can support you in meeting and managing the challenges you are facing, bringing your life and experience back into balance.
Everyone feels stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed sometimes. For many people, these experiences can take over their lives, causing them to feel out of control. Anxiety affects both the mind and the body, impacting overall well-being and health. Some people have a problem sleeping, physical pain, and difficulties with relationships and work.
At Old Towne Counseling, we understand how anxiety can interfere with your relationships, work, school, concentration, sleep and overall happiness. Although it may not seem like it right now, relief from the stress and anxiety you are feeling is possible. Our trained counselors can support you in better managing your mood by help you to:
- Learn more about what anxiety is all about
- Take a closer look at the negative thoughts or self-talk that could be increasing your anxiety
- Learn to stay grounded and calm in stressful situations
- Learn stress management tools
You may be thinking that you’ve been anxious for years and things are never going to change for you. At Old Towne Counseling, we believe anxiety is manageable, whether it’s new for you or something that has been going on for a long time. With the right set of tools, it’s possible for you to overcome your anxiety, and manage your stress.
By working through your anxiety, our counselors can help you shed light on the things that aren’t working in your life, helping you to find things that are out of balance, needs that aren’t being met and conflicts that may need your attention. It may take some courage to face these things, but in the end, that courage will be the force behind your growth and healing.
Couples Counseling (Marital Issues)
Couples often fall into patterns of behavior and, when those patterns are negative, they can lead to experiencing the same argument, the same sense of dissatisfaction and the same disappointments over and over again. At Old Towne Counseling, we’re here to help you reconnect with your partner or spouse and rediscover the joy in your relationship.
Our experienced counselors are ready to help you get from where you are right now, to where you want to be in your relationship.
Couples counseling addresses a variety of issues you may be challenged by in your relationship:
- Learning more effective ways to communicate, so that you both feel heard
- Creating safety, so you can get a handle on things when they feel out of control
- Learning to create increased intimacy and passion
- Changing old patterns of behavior and communication creating something new
- Bringing your connection to the next level
If your relationship is feeling flat, strained, or just plain toxic, couples counseling might be exactly what you need to move forward and meet your intentions.
Whether you’re trying to save a relationship or you are contemplating divorce, couples counseling with our seasoned professionals can support you each and every step of the way. It’s time to feel better about your relationship, and gaining a new perspective while learning new tools can help the two of you take your life to the place you want it to be.
Adolescents and teens experience a number of physical and emotional changes in a short amount of time. At Old Towne Counseling we help kids navigate these changes, as well as many of the social and developmental challenges they may face in their day-to-day lives.
As parents, we hope our children will come to us with their questions and concerns, but often they don’t. This is actually part of their healthy development, as they grow into young adulthood. In the process of this healthy maturation, many adolescents and teens can become rebellious and oppositional. The pressure they get from peers, messages from social media and other influences can influence them to take missteps and make poor choices.
At Old Towne Counseling, we provide the extra support your child may need to manage all the changes, influences and pressures they face in our modern world. We assist teens and adolescents in understanding parent’s perspectives, working with them to anticipate the social and academic challenges, and develop coping strategies to address them as they arise.
In addition to working with your child, we can work with you to productively manage the challenges that often come up when raising adolescents and teens such as:
academic and athletic pressures
If you see your child struggling, or feel you may need some support parenting them through this transitional time in their life, call Old Towne Counseling, where our highly trained staff can help you get everyone on the right track.
Families are a complicated balance of daily pressures, differing personalities, financial responsibilities, social obligations and any number of other stresses. It can sometimes seem almost impossible for partners, parents and children to maintain healthy, balanced relationships and open, honest communication.
At Old Towne Counseling, we recognize how difficult it can be to keep family relationships happy and healthy. It’s quite common for them to become strained or even break down completely in the face of today’s pressures. We can help you navigate difficult times and life challenges, supporting you in coming to a stronger and healthier place.
Our counselors can assist you in sorting through and overcoming many different issues including, but not limited to:
- Blending families
- Parent-child conflict
- Sibling rivalry
- Multi-generational pressures
- Loss of a family member
At Old Towne Counseling, we are committed to helping you not only heal, but grow through the tools and techniques that our highly trained staff is able to provide you. We believe conflict is not the end of the road, but a starting point for discovering new perspectives, evolving relationships and helping you live your best life.
Experiences that overwhelm or scare us can leave a lasting impression. These symptoms may leave us stressed, depressed, or may have negative consequences for our work and home life.
Trust plays a vital role in sustaining a relationship. People trust differently. For some, trust is established quickly, while others are slow to grant trust. Similarly, some are able to forgive quickly, while others find it hard.
Self-esteem is a feeling of personal worth. It is important to be able to value yourself regardless of your current state of personal achievement, beauty, or intelligence. Your self-esteem creates the foundation for a full life, great relationships, and a feeling of well-being.