Please note I only treat persons 18 and older
If you or a loved one struggles with suicidal concerns, please know that persons can and do recover from suicidal crisis. I have a passion and desire to work with those who struggle with suicide, with a particular focus on:
- Persons struggling with suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors
- Suicide attempt survivors
- Those who have lost a loved one to suicide
- Safety planning and support to reduce the need of going to the emergency room
- Promoting a growth and recovery approach to working with individuals who struggle with suicide.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, please call the local crisis center at Contact Community Services 315-251-0600. They are available to support you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also go to the nearest emergency room, or call 911.
Anxiety & Depression
- Depression is when one feels sad, discouraged, hopeless, or disinterested in life lasting more than two weeks.
- Anxiety becomes a problem when it interferes with your daily living, your ability to feel calm, and can cause one to feel extreme panic for no know reasons.
- It is common for one to experience anxiety and depression together. In such instances people often find themselves feeling hopeless and confused by what they are feeling. Additionally, a person can start to experience thoughts of suicide.
Good news! Anxiety and Depression are very treatable with various therapies such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (C.B.T.) and/or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.)
Eye Movement Desinsitization and Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.)
EMDR is a treatment that was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro that enables people to recover from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
- Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.
- EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.
- EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.
- Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
We all experience psychological trauma in our lives. In fact, experiencing trauma is a very human experience that we all encounter, whether it be losing a loved one, being fired from a job, getting divorced. In many cases we are able to recovery from these instances and go on with our lives and experience occasional thought of the experience, or occasional sadness. However, some individuals can develop symptoms that can be distressing and impact our jobs, families, and daily living. Here are some important facts to consider about trauma:
- Psychological trauma is first and foremost treatable.
- Just because the traumatic even was in your childhood does not mean you are not being impacted by trauma
- Commot traumas experienced by individuals include phyiscal abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse (often by a family member or someone close).
- Some people develop psychological concerns such as posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and/or suicidal thoughts.
- Persons who experience trauma are more likely to develop problems with alcohol and/or drugs.
- Some trauma is life threatening, some are emotionally threatening.
Others might say your trauma was “not a big deal.” I say, if it is traumatic to you, then it is traumatic!
Trauma is a treatable condition that if not addressed will worsen in many instances. Common treatments for trauma are E.M.D.R. and C.B.T. In some cases, a person can experience significant improvement in 8-12 sessions. Especially if the symptoms are addressed in the early stages.