Are you struggling with grief, trauma, or the effects of your parents’ mental health concerns? Counseling can help. Keep reading to learn more about St. Charles Counseling Associates and the counseling services they provide.
Walk on the Path to Wellness
St. Charles Counseling Associates is a group of licensed therapists that helps patients create positive change in their lives. They specialize in treating children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families and strive to help these groups access their strengths, nurture their relationships, and obtain peace. Below, we’ll explore some of their superb counseling services.
Life events, such as car accidents, the sudden death of a loved one, hospitalization, or physical or sexual assault can leave individuals feeling stuck or unable to feel safe. In addition, prolonged exposure to highly-stressful events like bullying or domestic violence can make it difficult to trust others.
These traumatic experiences often lead to increased negative self-talk, lower self-esteem, unhealthy habits in relationships, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), all of which can take years to understand and manage fully.
The counselors at St. Charles Counseling Associates are trained in various types of trauma therapy, such as:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: EMDR is an evidence-based trauma therapy that uses bilateral stimulation to process and heal from traumatic experiences. Many patients experiencing trauma feel their bodies heighten and tense when recalling or discussing traumatic events. Through EMDR and bilateral stimulation, they can safely manage this fight or flight response and gradually return to a base level.
- Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy: In many cases, PTSD arises as a result of cognitive and behavioral avoidance of trauma-related thoughts and situations. PE Therapy helps patients interrupt and reverse this avoidance process by working through painful memories in a safe and supportive environment. Over time, this evidence-based therapy allows them to return to the activities they’ve avoided due to trauma.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is an evidence-based approach to talk therapy that helps patients identify patterns in their thinking and behavior. CBT helps patients identify these patterns and establish ways to change their cognitive processes so that they can feel better.
The specialists at St. Charles Counseling Associates are committed to providing trauma counseling that helps patients achieve peace and healing from traumatic events.
In many cases, significant, unexpected changes in a patient’s life can cause them to experience grief, whether that’s the loss of a loved one, an unexpected medical diagnosis, or moving away from close friends and family.
Many people are aware of the five stages of grief according to the Kubler-Ross model: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. However, patients don’t move from one stage to another on any specific timeframe or in any specific order. In fact, the grieving process is extremely personal, even cyclical.
St. Charles Counseling Associates seeks to provide culturally- and religiously-sensitive counseling that validates patient experiences and provides them with the coping skills they need to manage complicated grief.
St. Charles Counseling Associates provide superior counseling services for children and adults in a variety of circumstances. No matter what mental health concern you’re struggling with, our counselors are prepared to give you the tools to help you navigate them. Reach out today for a free phone consultation.
Women’s Health and Reproductive Counseling
The reproductive journey can be challenging. Not only does it place significant physical strain on a woman’s body, but it can have major effects on her mental health. Despite wanting to build a family, many women struggle with infertility, which can severely impact long-term life plans. For those that are able to get pregnant, the journey can still be rather strenuous. Many women experience prenatal and post-partum depression and anxiety, and situations like traumatic birth, labor complications, and miscarriage can be extremely distressing.
St. Charles Counseling Associates provides superior counseling for women’s health issues. They seek to provide them with a safe, understanding environment where they can speak openly about their reproductive mental health.
Adult Children of Parents With Mental Health Concerns
Many people experience trauma or mental health concerns throughout their lifetime. When children come into the fold, these experiences can significantly impact their children’s lives, despite their best intentions. For example, a parent with a narcissistic personality disorder may unintentionally be neglectful or emotionally unavailable to their child. This can make their child feel manipulated and cause them to develop identity issues, self-esteem issues, depression, codependent relationships, and more.
St. Charles Counseling Associates helps adult children navigate these latent issues and assess how they’ve been impacted by their parents’ trauma and mental health concerns. Through counseling, patients can live confidently and develop healthier relationships with their parents.
Reach out today to learn more about our services and start your wellness journey!