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Survivors of trauma often find that traditional talk therapy has not given them the results they were hoping for. This is because trauma is stored in the body: we cannot "think" our way out of a trauma response. I specialize in a rapid eye movement therapy that uses desensitization and voluntary image replacement techniques to change the way memories are stored in the brain.
Is substance use getting in the way of your goals? Struggling to cut back, or considering quitting altogether? First we will assess what level your use is at and how I can safely help you meet your goals. Often, this involves uncovering what is really underneath the substance use and how to target the root of the issue. I am comfortable with both an abstinence and harm-reduction (moderation) approach to substance use.
Many people struggling to quit gambling often initially believe they don't have good discipline or willpower. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Pathological gambling is a life impeding issue that causes devastating financial, social and emotional consequences. Together we will create a plan of action to help you stop gambling while addressing root causes.
Sometimes our own thought patterns get in the way: black and white thinking, ruminating about the past, hopelessness about the future... Somatic symptoms of mood issues can include sleep or appetite disturbance, trouble relaxing, fatigue/low energy.
First I want us to validate your emotional experience and take a look at the environment you are in that may perpetuate these symptoms. Then we will focus on what is in your control to change. I treat mood disorders using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) principles because of its core component of mindfulness.
Do you want to strengthen your relationships with friends, family, coworkers, your partner, or even yourself? Do you struggle with boundary setting and communicating effectively? Together we can work on interpersonal effectiveness skills that will enhance your relational wellness. We also may discuss your attachment style and how this is affecting your relationships.
Change or life transitions are difficult! I find that many individuals feel like they "should" be happy when they're not. Adjustment disorders can manifest as mild depression, anxiety, and even as trauma responses. Often, the emotional response to change is appropriate, but the effect the change has on your functioning is not. I am here to support you either accept the change, or find ways to problem solve your presenting issues.
Shannon Gunter, LCSW, P.C.
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