are You Feeling blown around, beaten down and looking for a port in the storm?
As women, we can often feel overwhelmed by the chaos of the world around us. Women are expected to be the center of the home, the place of balance, the caretaker; and when life unravels, to be the one that puts it all back together again.
But we are more then that. Women are: Individuals… Mothers… Sisters…Aunts… Grandmothers… Friends… Wives/Girlfriends… Lovers… Bosses… Employees… Board Members… Negotiators… Coaches… Therapists… Law Enforcers… Judges… Scientists… Teachers… Historians… Doctors… Nurses… Politicians… Advocates… Taxi Drivers… Financial Planners… Chefs… and SO MUCH MORE…
Counseling for Women by Women
Women’s Counseling Specialty areas Include:
At Angelus we understand that everyone’s anxiety experience is different. As there are different levels of supports, skills, and comfort in treatment, we strive to individualize the treatment process based on your needs and comfort level.
Our therapists may use a variety of treatment approaches, based on your needs and learning styles. We encourage you to speak up, ask questions and try new options. One of our top priorities is to stay educated and informed about new approaches to manage the impact of anxiety on your daily life.
Chronic Illness/ Health Issues
Although depression can and does impact anyone, there are certain types of depression that are very specific to women and consequently so is their treatment. At Angelus we understand how the different life stages can impact women and the extra support you may need adjusting through these.
Pregnancy, the postpartum period, perimenopause, and the menstrual cycle are all associated with dramatic physical and hormonal changes in a woman’s body. Changes that can be a catalyst for emotional distress and physical responses that may make you feel out of control and overwhelmed in trying to find a place of balance.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
Most women are familiar with “PMS” or premenstrual syndrome. That wonderful moodiness and irritability in the weeks before menstruation is quite common and the symptoms are usually mild. Enough to throw off your mood and comfort level but not stop you from the normal process of your life. But there is a less common, more severe form of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) that can have a profound impact and effects between 3-8% of on menstruating women. PMDD is a serious condition with disabling symptoms such as irritability, anger, depressed mood, sadness, suicidal thoughts, appetite changes, bloating, breast tenderness, and joint or muscle pain.
Perinatal depression is depression during or after (postpartum) pregnancy. Perinatal depression is much more serious than the “baby blues.” The feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that accompany perinatal depression may make it difficult to complete daily care activities for a new mom and/or her baby. During these times a mom may interpret her emotional and physical symptoms as a sign of failure that may further enhance feelings of depression.
Perimenopause (the transition into menopause) is a normal phase in a woman’s life that can feel life changing. In going through this stage, you might be experience abnormal periods, problems sleeping, mood swings, and hot flashes. But it is a myth that it is “normal” to feel depressed. If you are struggling with irritability, anxiety, sadness, or loss of enjoyment at the time of the menopause transition, you may be experiencing perimenopausal depression. This is NOT something that you just have to ‘deal with’, speaking to your medical doctor and/or seeking counseling for support through this stage can be a large step towards managing the emotional and physical elements of perimenopausal depression.
Depression affects each woman differently.
Not every woman is going to experience periods of depression while going through these major life changes. But this isn’t a matter of worth or will. All women are built differently, with a 1000 different factors impacting how they feel, react and heal. Some women experiencing depression will have only a few symptoms, others will have a lot. As a woman, you are unique, and so will need to be your approach to treatment. We will sit down with you and explore factors influencing the intensity and impact of your depression and help you develop a plan to heal and move forward.
Wake up each day and remind yourself why you matter!
Domestic Violence/ Abuse
WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
Domestic violence, or violence between intimate partners, can conjure up so many different feelings and images. You may get sick to your stomach. You may imagine a woman with a black eye or people screaming at each other. Maybe these images and feelings are all too familiar for you, or maybe you’ve never experienced or witnessed anything close to domestic violence and don’t understand how people can stay in those types of dangerous and soul-crushing situations. Regardless of your thoughts and potential experiences with it, having some basic information is helpful not only for you, but may be of use should you ever encounter someone who is in a domestic violence situation.
Most of the time when we think about domestic violence or hear about it on the news, we see extreme examples. That is important to be aware of, but it’s also very important to be aware that domestic violence can take much more subtle forms and can be occurring without the evidence of lasting marks or injuries on people.
WHAT DOES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LOOK LIKE?
- Power/domination through financial control/manipulation, or emotional manipulation
- Verbal abuse/intimidation via cruel language/yelling
- Threats of physical/sexual violence toward partner or partner’s loved ones
- Hitting, biting, shoving, throwing objects, slapping, punching, choking
- Not letting someone leave a physical area
- Isolating a person from friends and family
- Mental abuse and gaslighting that can make a person question themselves and the actual occurrence of abuse
Please read our blog on domestic violence for more information on this topic, including resources for help, support and safety.
RESOURCES FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPORT & INFORMATION:
- Lawrence County 24 Hr DV Crisis Line:
- P: 724-656-7867
- TTY: 724-657-2054
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Develop a Personal Safety Plan
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Fact Sheet
From the time of being a little girl playing with dolls, women are cultured to look forward to the day that they will be ‘real moms’. Society has structured that to be the expectation upon hitting a certain milestone age, getting married, or the natural ‘next step’ in our lives. However pregnancy is not such a simple next step for many people and the stress of the non-fulfillment of a wish for a child can have intense consequences on a woman and her relationships.
A person is considered ‘infertile’ (which sounds like a swear word) after trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant after one year. This can include getting pregnant but miscarrying your child. This is something that impacts an estimated 10% of women and comes with repetitive doctors visits, invasive exams, ovulation monitoring, uncomfortable IVF procedures, timing of & regimentation of sex, excessive medical bills, social pressures, numerous prying questions, feelings of failure, etc. The whole process can take a significant toll on a woman’s physical and mental health.
Common struggles with infertility include:
- Marital problems
- Sexual dysfunction
- Social isolation
- Sense of loss
- Diminished self-esteem
At Angleus your therapist can be your safe space to process through the full spectrum of emotions you are experiencing, and help you truly process the emotional toll infertility struggles can take.
Launching Children/Empty Nest
Miscarriage/ Infant loss
Self Esteem/ Low Self worth struggles
Sexuality & Identity
Your life is calling
are you ready?
how we can help
Counseling for women Services:
Take the time to focus in on what is and is not working in your life. Your therapist will work with you as a team in a strait forward style to help you identify problem areas or behaviors, explore past experiences and create a new path forward.
We tend to think that relationships “should” be easy, that all we need is love and everything else will fall into place. Real life is often much more complicated. Work towards healing wounds, reconciling, growing together, or at times navigating the ending of a relationship in the healthiest ways.
We explore various forms of meditation, self calming, therapeutic yoga, and other mindfulness strategies to help you develop an internal sense of balance in the midst of strong emotions and life changes.
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Address the link between your Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors and learn ways to interrupt unhealthy cycles.
It’s understandable that meeting in our office is not always convenient. Online appointments allow you to receive the same quality care as you do in person. No need to take time off work, find a sitter, or deal with traffic in order to meet with our therapists.
Our counselors working with women’s issues:
Counseling for women
never stop learning
At Angelus we are big believers in the importance of learning and education in helping our clients move forward in their lives.
Here are some direct links to different blogs and websites related to women’s issues that we find helpful. Know a great resource? Share it with us!
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