How Venture Therapy Helps Saint Paul Residents
There are many reasons why people decide to seek help from me at Venture Therapy. I have experience working with people who are struggling with a number of challenges with the goal of helping you to develop skills to process conflict, communicate effectively, repair or develop healthy relationships, and work through trauma. If you want to find out more about any of the ways therapy can help you lead a healthier more fulfilling life, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to walking beside you and helping you to meet challenges and overcome obstacles.
Depression is a cognitive disorder that can significantly impair your ability to work, maintain relationships, and simply make it through the day. Depression can be episodic or persistent and people can experience a number of adverse mental and whole-body health effects. They are also at significantly greater risk for suicidal thoughts and self-harm. Therapy is an important aspect of care for those people who are struggling with depression. Being able to share your thoughts and feelings in a safe environment is an important first step to addressing depressive thoughts. Through our sessions together, I will affirm and support you as well as provide guidance and tools to allow you to overcome symptoms of depression.
Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. It is a normal and healthy response to certain situations. Experiencing anxiety is often adaptive in helping us identify unsafe situations and can guide us to make appropriate choices. However, for some people, anxiety is acute or persistent, causing significant distress and greatly interfering with daily life functioning. Therapy is often an effective treatment for those with an anxiety disorder. During therapy, I can help you identify how anxiety is impacting your life and help you to develop strategies for managing anxiety in a healthy way to allow you to live the life you want to live.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Many people think of soldiers when they hear post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, and while many military men and women struggle with this disorder, it is by no means exclusive to those in the armed forces. PTSD can make it difficult for someone to recover following a frightening, traumatic, or dangerous event. This can be something like a car accident, witnessing a violent act or death, or being the victim of violence, including sexual trauma, abusive relationships, and childhood abuse. If you find yourself avoiding reminders of the event, reexperiencing the event when triggered, having a persistent negative change in mood, over or underreacting to stimulus, or any of the other symptoms of PTSD, I can help you build on your cognitive strengths and break out of the cycle of negative thinking and fear.
This is a specific form of post-traumatic stress disorder. Mothers who experience a traumatic birth can have many of the same symptoms of PTSD sufferers. Perception of trauma is different for everyone, but some of the situations that can lead to a need for birth trauma therapy include:
Feeling of lost control during birth
Poor treatment by doctors or hospital staff during birth
Fear for child’s safety
Painful or lengthy labor
Delivery of an unhealthy child or need for an infant to stay in the NICU
Postpartum Mood Disorder
Postpartum mood disorder, sometimes called postpartum depression, effects millions of moms in the US each year. Without treatment, new mothers usually experience difficulty bonding with their child, performing self-care, and maintaining relationships. Mothers with postpartum mood disorder may neglect their child, be overprotective, or exhibit a number of other atypical behaviors. If you or a loved one are struggling with postpartum mood disorder, please don’t go it alone. I have years of experience and advanced training that allows me to help women who are struggling with this disorder. I had my own struggles following the birth of my children, and I’m passionate about helping mothers maintain optimal perinatal mental health.
Disordered Eating/Body Image Concerns
I am passionate about helping individuals heal their relationships with food and with their bodies. My eyes are wide open to the damaging effects of diet culture on our society’s mental health and well-being, and there is nothing I enjoy more than journeying with people as they release the negative effects of diet culture and body shame move towards living an embodied life, feeling free to live and move and love in the exact body they have today.
We’re made to have relationships. Healthy relationships with family members, friends, romantic partners, and even coworkers, are an essential part of life. When relationships break, we can feel broken too. Struggling to overcome this feeling of brokenness and repair relationships is difficult, but for those who are willing to meet their relationship conflict head on, the rewards are worth the effort.