If you’re wondering if living in a perpetual state of overwhelm and anxiety is “normal” or if there is another way to live, you’re not alone. Many factors of our modern life – such as increased exposure to tragedy around the world, constant technological demands, less sleep, less face-to-face social interactions, less downtime, and of course all that has been experienced collectively in 2020 and 2021 – contribute to today’s epidemic of stress and anxiety symptoms. When our perceived demands outweigh our perceived resources, we can begin to feel trapped and hopeless. We can even become reactive or behave in ways that aren’t in alignment with our values. You deserve to feel calm, centered, and in control of the things that are control-able. We use evidence-based techniques and interventions to teach and practice key skills for regulating the nervous system and bringing unhealthy thought patterns into balance. These techniques include cognitive-behavioral interventions, mindfulness practices, task/time management strategies, and movement/dance practices.
Many, many symptoms can arise from too much stress and anxiety in the body – physically, medically, mentally, emotionally, behaviorally, socially, and spiritually. Your stressors may be happening in the present, or may be rooted in your past, but you always have a choice to begin reclaiming your body, heart, and mind. Contact us to start receiving help today.
Depression is the body and brain’s natural response to something being out of balance. When we are depressed, something inside of us is calling for help, and working with a counselor to begin to untangle the pieces and find clarity is a crucial step for most people suffering in this way. Symptoms often include: sleep disturbance, lack of motivation, lack of feelings of enjoyment, spontaneous spells of sadness, difficulty concentrating, deterioration of relationships, suicidal ideation, weight changes, and many others. You have the right to enjoy this life, and the world greatly benefits from your authentic self. The answers you seek are not out of reach. Contact us and we will work together find a way back to yourself. If you are suffering from active suicidal ideation, call and tell someone who loves you, or 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline), or go to your nearest emergency room. You are not your depression – you are an amazing, whole, deserving human being with a right to be here as much as everyone and everything else.
We are not what has happened to us. Sometimes though, more often than we might think, an event or series of events or stressful circumstances can re-activate the sympathetic nervous system, or “hot” system, so dramatically or so often that our daily functioning revolves around managing symptoms of post-traumatic or acute stress, such as intrusive thoughts, panic attacks, nightmares, inability to focus, obsessive/compulsive thoughts and behaviors, hypervigilance (inability to relax, on edge), and a myriad of other painful symptoms. Unresolved trauma can create barriers to healthy relationships, intimacy, or whole access to who we really are. There are four key steps/components to any effective therapy for post-traumatic stress, and we will guide you through these steps with safety, skills, calm, and support, so you can be freed from your past and discover post-traumatic growth. Integrating our past painful experiences into an evolved and compassionate understanding of ourselves is one of the most profound human experiences that exists. You do not deserve what has happened to you, but you have the opportunity to become more than you ever could have imagined by moving through it. Please don’t hesitate to reach out using the “Contact Us” page and learn more about how to get started.
Living with AD/HD can be extremely challenging at times, despite the many wonderful traits that the individual with AD/HD can possess, such as creativity, humor, ingenuity, persistence, intelligence, kindness, and hyper-focus on areas of interest. Symptoms of AD/HD, such as difficulty ignoring distractions, disorganization, poor time sense, difficulty initiating, difficulty prioritizing, hyperactivity, and poor impulse control can get in the way of life and goal achievement, making it very difficult to access and reveal the gifts this individual does indeed have in spades. Individuals with AD/HD can find themselves feeling stuck, hopeless, and misunderstood, and more vulnerable to symptoms of anxiety, depression, and poor work performance. We have worked with hundreds of clients with these issues, teaching them self-regulation, executive function, and self-management skills necessary for achieving their goals and making the best of their AD/HD. Finding a counselor who specializes in AD/HD is rare to find, and you’ve found us. You can take control of your attention, your behavior, and your life. Use the “Contact Us” form to connect today.
New research has shown that as many as 1 in 45 individuals have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which includes the formerly diagnosed “Asperger’s syndrome,” which is a form of high-functioning autism. We have specialized with this population since 2011. Many people with ASD struggle to connect with others, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they need friends or connections any less – we are equipped with tools to teach perspective-taking, social problem-solving, deepening trust in relationships, and overcoming social anxiety. The world can often seem like a confusing and overwhelming place to someone with ASD, and we can help make sense of it and explain the implicit social “rules.” We work with Levels 1 and 2. Individuals with Level 2 diagnoses will especially benefit from movement, dance, and musical play incorporated into sessions to create a stronger bond and making the learning experience more meaningful and fun, but these options are always available to all clients. People with ASD have beautiful, rich minds and a lot to offer the world. We work together to unlock that wonder!
If you are in a stage of recovery, or considering recovery from alcohol, drugs, or self-harming behavior of some kind, congratulations. You are embarking on one of the most life-affirming and courageous journeys possible. This is a time of incredible potential for you, and we are happy to assist you on your path. We understand the complexity and challenges of recovery. For many, poi spinning, flowarts, and creative practices, in combination with evidence-based therapeutic tools, are essential for healing the brain, body, and soul from the injuries of addiction. We will work with you on your terms, but will help you hold yourself accountable to this greater path you have chosen. Not every day will feel majestic, but the journey is indeed epic. You are only at the beginning of knowing and loving who you truly are. You deserve support along the way.
Traumatic Brain Injury recovery can feel like adjusting to a whole new brain and body, and even personality sometimes. It is no easy task and often takes time. The brain is an amazing organ which will create new connections after it has been injured (whether from impact, stroke, surgery, or other injury) to restore functionality and balance in the individual. Working with a physical movement, like poi spinning or another flowart, can accelerate this process of re-building the brain and give the survivor a new avenue for skillfulness and competence while they regain their skills and recreate themselves. In combination with CBT and other therapeutic approaches, we can help you with your process using this unique and playful method used by many others recovering from TBI. Trust your brain, trust your body. You are and will always be you.
Most people complain of work stress, but the stress a person feels when they face others’ emotional and physical pain on a daily basis is something that deserves and warrants high-quality attention. As a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional, Jewels is especially prepared to assist those in the helping professions, such as the therapeutic, first-responder, medical, and social work fields. Equipping yourself with the tools necessary to prevent burnout, maintain healthy work/life balance, manage on-the-job stress, and truly enjoy your important work is one of the greatest gifts you can simultaneously give to yourself as well as the ones you help.