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Live a happier, longer, and more fruitful life with the help of Positive Approach Counseling in Frisco, TX. Instead of trying to lessen your fears and worries, our team focuses on motivating you and boosting your self-esteem. We offer reasonable, affordable, and effective behavioral health services, and we treat clients living in Texas. Our counseling services are available online throughout the state of Texas from Monday to Thursday, while our face-to-face sessions are open from Friday to Saturday.
We strive to provide you with a safe, secure, and confidential environment where you can acquire the strength that you need to face your trauma. Additionally, our team ensures that our mental health services faithfully follow the regulations set by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Our founder is an LPC-certified and EMDR-trained therapist whose specialty is helping patients cope with traumatic events. He offers life coaching services to clients as well as mental health services when requested. With his leadership, our team can aid you in managing your mental issues, improving your mood, and making you have a better outlook on life.
Challenges People Who Suffer From PTSD May Face
When you go to a store and watch the people inside, you can easily spot combat veterans by the way they turn down an aisle. They do not just go around the corner. Instead, they swing wide, which is called “piing,” and they do the same with the doorways. Others, without realizing, always look at their hands to ensure their safety. These habits are fine only when they do not interfere with your life. Sadly, for some of our clients, they do. According to one of our clients, instinct becomes muscle memory, and dark rooms become nightmares.
PTSD is a mental health condition that some people develop after they had either experienced or witnessed a life-threatening event. Those who have PTSD can feel stressed or afraid even when they are not in danger. This is due to flashback, which is a memory of a traumatic event that repeats constantly because of triggers and stressors. Listed on this page are some of the biggest challenges that our clients are facing, while they’re battling against PTSD.
- Having a hard time differentiating a real threat from an overreaction
- Feeling overwhelmed and having difficulty in interacting with others
- Controlling flashbacks and trusting people
- Managing anger and frustration; preventing themselves from lashing out at people
Nightmares despite them taking the right medication to control their anxiety
- Difficulty in sleeping resulting in lack of peaceful rest, which complicates everything; some only has an average of four hours of sleep at night
- Triggers that can be anything and can happen anywhere
- Night sweats
- Shutting down from others (stoic)
PTSD can also affect one’s health. Some of our clients did not want to eat, and when they do, they usually consume sugary foods that have low nutrition. These bad eating habits worsen their situation and increase the instances of heart palpitations, cold sweats, extreme hypervigilance, and more.
Some people do not understand how those with PTSD can’t control the way they feel sometimes or how hard it is to act normally when something is triggering them. This puts pressure on our patients. PTSD has truly affected the behavior of our clients. One of our clients shared that he was an outgoing and friendly person. When he is having a bad day due to his triggers and increasing depression, he would find it difficult to socially engage and be tolerant of people. He then became more socially isolated, believing that isolating himself from others is the best way to avoid his triggers. However, isolation made things worse. Instead of letting his depression fester like a bad wound, he decided to get some help and put it to work, making good improvements.
Some of the biggest triggers of our clients are crowds, traffic, time of the year, movies, etc. This is because they remind our clients about traumatic events. When the traffic is bad, or there is a scene in a movie or television show that reminds our potential clients of a traumatic event, they can be triggered, which would then cause their depression and anxiety to increase and eventually result in lower self-esteem.
What We Aim For
Your goal is ours as well. Our team is dedicated to delivering satisfying services to everyone we work with. To achieve this, we maintain a close relationship with our clients, and we strive to achieve the changes that they want to see for themselves and the community. This includes providing you with online counseling, face-to-face counseling, life coaching, and family counseling. To further improve your way of living, our team can recommend self-help books about PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety.
Our clients have a difficult time in getting a full rest, whenever they sleep, due to nightmares. With the help of our staff members who are trained in EMDR’s therapeutic approach, the nightmares of our clients will lessen, eventually resulting in peaceful dreams.
Our team knows how much you desire to have a positive and quick solution and have others to understand your situation. Unfortunately there is no quick solution to mental health. It takes time and patience to achieve your goals. Like any skill it takes time and practice to master. That is why we continuously reach out and improve the service we provide. With our help, you can be confident that your needs will be met.
Our Ideal Clients
Will you do whatever it takes to improve the quality of your life? Are you willing to invest in yourself to get good results that you desire through hard work? Do you recognize the value of our services and want to engage in a therapy? If your answer is yes, then you are ready to start your way toward a positive change!
Our services focus on boosting your emotional and psychological health. However, if you won’t be proactive in goal setting, and you won’t be willing to try new things, then you won’t be able to fully reap the benefits of our counseling. That is why it is important that you are motivated to get out of comfort zone, eager to promptly complete all the assignments on time and share your findings with us, and attentive to details such as being on time and ending on time. Our mission is to empower you by helping you get out of a defeated mindset and elevate your self-esteem. Get in touch with us today! Our team will be delighted to work with you.
Take note, however, that taking benzodiazepines will interfere with our Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, so you should refrain from using that medication within 24 hours before our sessions. To ensure that you’ll continually receive our exceptional services, please remember to pay on time and with pleasure. Happily recommend Positive Approach Counseling to your friends and colleagues so that they would also start living a life free from excessive fears and worries!
EMDR is a form of psychotherapy that helps patients distress their traumatic memories. It came from a chance observation of Dr. Francine Shapiro, a psychologist, in 1987. Seeing that under certain conditions, eye movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts, Dr. Shapiro further studied this discovery scientifically. Two years later, she reported the success of using EMDR to treat patients with trauma in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. Since then, this therapy has developed and evolved through the contributions of researchers and therapists worldwide. Today, EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from various treatment methods.
Though we cannot exactly pinpoint how psychotherapy works in the brain, we learned that the brain of an upset person couldn’t properly process information compared to how it does normally. When memory becomes “frozen in time,” and it becomes a trauma, remembering it would feel as awful as how it felt the first time. This is because the sounds, images, fragrances, and feelings that are associated with it will remain the same and have the same impact. Because moments like this have a lasting negative effect, they can interfere with the way a person views the world and relate to other people.
Even if the connection isn’t proven 100%, EMDR seems to directly affect the way the brain processes information. This is because, when a therapy session is successful, the client’s brain can normally process information again. When the traumatic event is brought to mind, he/she can no longer feel the same impact of the images, sounds, and feelings associated with it. A person will still remember what has happened, but it will be less upsetting.
Different kinds of therapy share the same goals with EMDR. However, EMDR is the one that appears to have similarities with what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. That is why this treatment can be considered as a physiologically based therapy that can help a patient see a disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
To understand the nature of the problem and correctly identify whether or not EDMR is the appropriate treatment, a therapist may conduct one or more sessions with you. We will fully discuss the therapy and provide you with an opportunity to ask all of your concerns regarding the method. Once we have agreed that EMDR is the most suitable treatment for your specific problem, the actual therapy will start.
EMDR can last for about 60–90 minutes, and it may be used as a standard "talking" therapy, an adjunctive therapy with a separate therapist, or a treatment all by itself. The number of sessions required will depend on your life’s circumstances, the type of problems, and the amount of your previous trauma.
There are about 20 controlled studies about the effects of EMDR. The findings consistently suggest that for most clients, this therapy lessens/eliminates the symptoms of post-traumatic stress and improves the associated problems such as anxiety. Additionally, different researches have shown that EMDR can be an efficient and rapid treatment. In fact, based on the current treatment guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, EMDR is one of the effective treatments for post-traumatic stress. The therapy is also seen as helpful to PTSD clients by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Council for Mental Health, and other international health and government agencies.
Benefits of EMDR Therapy
Scientific research suggests that EMDR is a useful tool to treat patients suffering from post-traumatic stress. Through this therapy, some clinicians even reported to successfully treat patients with addictions, phobias, performance anxiety, pain disorders, dissociative disorders, and body dysmorphic disorders. In addition, EMDR can also help reduce stress and manage conditions such as panic attacks, complicated grief, and disturbing memories associated with sexual and physical abuse.
By undergoing an EMDR Therapy, you can receive both tangible and intangible benefits. Slowly, you will be able to move on from a traumatic event. Your nightmares will stop, and you will be able to sleep better. Panic attacks will either cease or become more manageable, and the uncomfortable feeling that you get in your stomach when you are nervous will disappear as well. The way you constantly scold and talk to yourself will also greatly subside and your mood will improve. You’ll learn how to manage anxiety.
By the end of the treatment, you will be able to feel, bond, and love. Forming relationships with other people will be easier, and you will be capable of being emotionally integrated and connected. Soon, you will no longer be triggered by your traumatic experiences, and you will become less emotionally reactive.
If you attend a counseling session with us, you will experience growth, have a lighter perspective on difficult situations, and become more mindful and focused. You will be able to easily separate reality from fiction, and that will help you make better decisions and be responsible for them. In addition, your locus of control will shift to yourself; you will have a new, healthier outlook on life and see good results.
Let us help drain the swamp of emotional anxiety and stress that you’re feeling! Get in touch with our team, and we will stay with you until you learn how to think of a traumatic memory lightly and let go of emotions associated with it. Our team will make you realize that your current situation is not as bad and dramatic as it may seem so that you will be able to live a positive and fulfilling life.
Thank you for visiting Positive Approach Counseling. Finding a therapist can be a difficult task because there are so many options. What makes us different is that therapists tend to become generalists. A generalist is usually someone who is not specialized in a specific area of treatment. Positive Approach Counseling offers services to the community in which our therapists are EMDR-trained and can help clients with trauma. Positive Approach Counseling’s mission is to help clients who suffer from trauma and provide them with the tools that will help them on their journey. If you feel that you are not ready for our free 30-minute consultation, what we are willing to provide is free information on a weekly basis. It is our mission to give back to the community and help as many people as possible. Subscribe to our website and YouTube channel today to get updates on new content that we provide. By subscribing to our website today, you will get 10 Tips To Improve Mental Health as well as Moderation: Building a Healthy Lifestyle. More content will be added soon. On behalf of Positive Approach Counseling, thank you, and we are excited to help you. We believe in our community, and we believe in you.