Whether you need help with anxiety and depression or relationship distress, RDU Counseling for Change is here to help. We are passionate about counseling those who are hurting. It truly is an honor to come alongside our clients and help them achieve the symptom relief and insights they seek. Our counselors specialize in treating a variety of disorders and concerns, as listed below.
PTSD and Trauma. These are not always synonymous. To be diagnosed with PTSD, clients have to exhibit certain symptoms, such as intrusive memories of the traumatic event, avoidance of thinking of or talking about the trauma, negative alterations in mood, and arousal and reactive symptoms. These symptoms have to exist for more than a month. But if you do not meet the criteria for PTSD, that does not mean you have not been traumatized. You may have been traumatized if you have been physically harmed or witnessed the harm of someone else (by physical assault, sexual assault, emotional abuse, accident, or natural disaster). Whatever your trauma is, it can have long-lasting effects on your self-esteem and the way you relate to those around you. Recommended treatments for PTSD and trauma are EMDR, Trauma-Focused CBT, and Exposure therapies.
Anxiety. Most of us experience anxiety at some point or another. After all, who hasn’t been nervous before a job interview, exam, or first date. It’s normal to experience some anxiety. It is our body’s way of trying to protect us. But when anxiety takes over, we feel restless, experience fatigue, have difficulty concentrating, are irritable, experience muscle tension, have difficulty controlling feelings of worry, and suffer sleep problems. Recommended treatments for Anxiety are EMDR, CBT, DBT, and ACT therapies.
Panic Disorder. People who have a panic disorder often experience such physical distress that they mistake it for a heart attack. The physical symptoms are similar, such as heart palpitations, sweating, trembling or shaking, shortness of breath, and a sense of impending doom and loss of control. They can be so scary and debilitating that sufferers often attempt to avoid similar situations in the future out of fear that they will re-experience the symptoms. Recommended treatments for panic disorders are EMDR and Exposure therapies.
Social Anxiety Disorder. Some people find that their anxiety is debilitating when they are in social situations. They may anticipate others judgment and want to avoid placing themselves in situations where this may occur. Recommended treatments for Social Anxiety Disorder are CBT, EMDR, DBT, and Exposure therapies.
Specific Phobias. A phobia is an intense fear of an object, activity, or situation. Maybe you have a fear of heights, elevators, insects, or driving. But how would you determine if you have a phobia? The answer is simple. Do you have an excessive worry about your fear, and are you avoiding it like the plague? If so, then you most likely have a phobia. Recommended treatments for Specific Phobias are EMDR, CBT, and Exposure therapies.
Depression. You may think of someone who is depressed as exhibiting symptoms of hopelessness, sad mood, loss of pleasure in everyday activities, isolating themselves from others, irritability, sleep disturbances, loss of energy, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, difficulty concentrating, change in weight or appetite, and thoughts of death. Not all symptoms have to be present but they need to exist most of the day, nearly every day for at least two weeks. Recommended treatments for Depression include CBT, DBT, ACT, and EMDR. Other forms of depression include:
- Persistent Depressive Disorder in which individuals experience the above symptoms for at least two years.
- Postpartum Depression can occur before and after childbirth, making it difficult for new moms to care for themselves and others.
- Bipolar I and II Disorder is when individuals experience the lows of depression and the highs or irritability of mania or hypomania.
ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is characterized by individuals experiencing problems of inattention, distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. There are three types of ADHD: predominantly hyperactive, predominantly inattentive, and combined type. To receive a diagnosis of ADHD, you must undergo a psychological evaluation by a Licensed Psychologist. Recommended treatments are CBT and DBT therapies. Some find it helpful to use medications to help with attention and focus.
Women’s Issues. Women have a unique set of challenges that they bring to therapy. With the recent MeToo movement, we see women attempting to understand and resolve their own experiences with harassment, gender inequality at work, molestation, or rape. Often times, women have had to endure and suffer in silence out of fear of being judged, ridiculed or labeled. Worse yet, they may have feared losing their jobs or relationships. Couple this with decisions to either stay home and raise kids or go back to work, women tend to juggle a lot of different hats and need support as they navigate their paths. Recommended treatments are supportive, CBT, ACT, and EMDR therapies.
Grief. Grief can be a confounding experience. It is so hard to make sense of the wide range of emotions you are experiencing in your loss. You may be angry, sad, hopeless, and distraught one day, and the next, you feel like your old self. Just as you think you are getting better, you may be ambushed by songs or pictures that take you back into your grief. You may experience ambiguous grief when you have lost someone important to you through infidelity or substance abuse. It can be incomprehensible to understand how someone you love can suddenly turn on you and into someone you no longer recognize. Recommended treatments are supportive, CBT, ACT, and EMDR therapies.
Adjustment Difficulties. You may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression while undergoing a life transition or adjustment. Maybe you recently moved, changed jobs, or got married, and you suddenly find yourself having difficulty coping. Counseling can help you figure out what is causing your distress and to identify possible changes you want to make or coping strategies to implement. Recommended treatments are supportive, CBT, ACT, and EMDR therapies.
Family Counseling. Is your family in turmoil and you can’t seem to stop arguing with one another? Do you feel like your family life is out of control? Or maybe you and your child can’t seem to relate. Then family counseling may be a great first step. Our therapists attempt to help families improve communication, rebuild trust, and resolve conflict, moving each member from feeling misunderstood, distrustful and unloved to a felt sense of security and love. Recommended treatments are EFT and Family Systems therapies.
Marriage/Couples Counseling. Whether you have trouble communicating or experienced a breach of trust, our counselors are here to help you improve your relationship. We believe that partners want to improve their relationship but often do not see a path forward through their pain. Because of this, couples often get stuck in their own perspective and stop viewing their partner favorably. We seek to shine a light on each partner’s experience so understanding, empathy, and forgiveness can take place. Recommended treatments are EFT, Gottman, and Family Systems therapies.
Christian Counseling. As Christians, we believe that God is our ultimate healer and source of wisdom and comfort. For our Christian clients, we offer counseling that integrates your faith with modern-day therapeutic techniques. We also incorporate scripture and prayer at your request.