Anxiety counseling can be a helpful way to cope with worry, fear and tension. Fear and anxiety are some of the most uncomfortable emotions that we can experience. Anxiety drains our energy, dominates our thoughts, and even robs us of our ability to enjoy the present.
Many of us dread the way our anxiety makes us feel, but we do not know how to prevent it or lessen its hold on our lives.
Anxiety counseling can be a helpful way for individuals to gain control of fears and live more peacefully amidst the storms of life. While anxiety is not something that we can just snap out of, it is also not something that we have to live with forever. Anxiety counseling can help teach you new ways of thinking and new strategies for managing anxiety, so that you can live with greater confidence and freedom each day.
Anxiety Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ
For many, depression is more than just sadness and can often include feeling empty, overwhelmed, lacking motivation, changes in weight and sleep, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, and even thoughts of suicide. Unfortunately, depressed feelings are not necessarily something that we can just “snap out of” on our own and can often require counseling to help us get through this difficult time. Though not something we often openly talk about, depression is an experience commonly shared by many at some point in their lives.
Depression can seem crippling and feelings of hopelessness from escaping its grips are all too common. Within our practice, our team of professionals help people overcome their feelings of depression, and help them gain the motivation, perspective, and joy that they once had. Life does not have to remain hopeless, and can again be fulfilling.
Depression Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ
Grief counseling focuses on offering support for individuals who are undergoing loss and bereavement. For many of us, the word grief is something that brings up a vast array of emotions from pain and confusion, to discomfort and avoidance. While intuitively we all know that pain and loss is something that we may all encounter at some point in our lives, we are still often left with a loss for words when the tragedy of loss or death does occur. Like many things in life, grief is complex. It comes, it goes, and can surprise us 5 months, 5 years, and even 50 years later. It is a journey that no two individuals can experience in the same way, even in the face of the same loss.
Within our practice, we help people navigate the painful emotions and changes that come from loss and death in a way that is unique for each person. In our sessions, we will help each person understand what normal grief looks like, give tools to heal and grieve freely, and provide support and understanding through this difficult time.
Individuals often seek grief counseling related to the following:
Grief Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ
All of a sudden, your chest begins to tighten, breathing is difficult, sweat runs down your neck, the room spins, and you feel like you have been hit by a ton of bricks. When you feel symptoms of this nature it can be extremely frightening and concerning that you may be experiencing a heart attack or a stroke. Yet, it is a very common experience for someone who suffers from panic attacks.
Whether you have experienced anxiety your whole life or you are experiencing it for the first time, panic attacks are surprising, uncomfortable, and difficult to manage on your own. Over time, panic attacks tend to take on a life of their own, often leaving individuals feeling trapped, isolated, and frustrated with their fears.
At Felicity Counseling, our therapist help people learn how to manage their anxiety and panic attacks, identify the source of their distress, and overcome these extremely uncomfortable experiences.
Panic Attack Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ
PTSD Counseling at Felicity Counseling helps individuals to overcome the physical and emotional effects of traumatic experiences, regardless of the nature of trauma or how long ago the incident occurred.
While Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD was first discovered among military men that had endured the brutality of war, today we know that many individuals can experience lingering symptoms associated with trauma and painful circumstances. Individuals with PTSD often describe recurrent feelings of anxiety, fear, and hopelessness that they cannot seem to fix.
While the trauma of our past may seem like they will haunt us forever, there is hope. At Felicity Counseling, our PTSD Counseling helps people overcome the symptoms and difficulties of PTSD and guide them through the processes of grief and healing.
PTSD Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is a particular form of counseling that developed to help those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
While post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD was initially associated with military men that had endured the brutality of war, today we know that many individuals can experience lingering symptoms associated with trauma and painful circumstances. Individuals with PTSD often describe recurrent feelings of anxiety, fear, and hopelessness that they cannot seem to overcome.
While the trauma of our past may seem like it will haunt us forever, there is hope. At Felicity Counseling, we offer EMDR therapy, a modality that helps clients reprocess their experiences and decrease their triggering symptoms.
EDMR Therapy in Scottsdale, AZ
Life can be difficult when a person feels that their internal gender identity does not match their external presentation. Society often tries to force individuals into the two distinct categories of Male and Female. This forced binary does not fit all people and can be quite painful when others expect a person to fit into one of the “boxes”. Gender Dysphoria is a clinical term that describes the extreme distress that individuals feel when the gender assigned at birth does not match their internal sense of gender identity.
Exploring the complexities of gender identity-development and the process of transition can be both confusing and exciting. Decisions to transition from one’s gender assigned at birth are often accompanied by anxiety and fear. However, life remaining within the bonds of one’s gender assigned at birth can be excruciating and intolerable. Strong feelings of depression (including suicidal thoughts) can overwhelm transgender-identified people when they continue to go through life trying to fit into an identity that does not fit them.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) is the leading organization delineating Best Practices for the medical and mental health care for transgender-identified individuals. From these recommendations, many medical professionals require a letter of support for a person who wishes to undergo physical transformations via hormone or surgery. Some medical professionals do not require such letters of support and practice under the “Informed Consent” guideline. Assessments, evaluations and therapy may be required prior to obtaining adequate information to include in a letter of support for medical care.
At Felicity Counseling, we respect preferred names and pronouns.
Social Transitioning- Having others recognize one’s chosen name and preferred pronouns and making choices about how to present to others in public
Legal Transitioning– Changing one’s name and gender-marker on legal documents
Medical/Physical Transitioning– Obtaining hormones and surgery to changes one’s body
Significant Others, Family, Friends, and Allies (SOFFAs)
Life can be challenging and confusing for a person who is exploring the complexities of gender identity development and the process of transition. However, it is also often very difficult for the significant others, family members and friends of the person. Shock, denial and anger often accompany the news that a loved one wishes to dress/present themselves differently to the world. Naturally, the loved ones have many questions about what life will be like during and after their loved one’s transition.
Felicity Counseling understands the complexities of gender identity development and transitions on the loved ones of gender nonconforming people.
Transgender Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ
Body image counseling can be helpful for individuals who have experienced transitions with their bodies, or who have lost a positive sense of self-identity.
Today, it is all too common for women and men to struggle with body image and the way their body looks. With images of perfection everywhere, it is no wonder many of us struggle with seeing our beauty or seeing ourselves as we really are.
Following a break-up, disappointing life event, or trauma, we may often focus on parts of our body that we do not like and lose perspective on our inner and outer beauty. At Felicity Counseling, our therapist help both women and men overcome the negative body image that they may have of themselves, learn to love their body, and manage feelings of depression and anxiety.
Additionally, while our counselors do not specifically work with individuals with active eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, we are happy to provide you with referrals for excellent professionals who specialize in this care.
Body Image Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ
Cultivating fulfilling relationships is an integral part of our work at Felicity Counseling. Marriage Counseling includes many forms of relationship counseling, including premarital counseling, co-parenting counseling and divorce counseling.
Our therapist and counselors often apply Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) techniques in working with couples.
EFT method has been found to be effective in helping over 75% of couples in distress recover and grow even after counseling has ended.
Every marriage counselor at Felicity Counseling brings a holistic understanding of what it means to be in a relationship. We believe that relationships are at the core of what it means to be human. Therefore, creating, establishing, and repairing emotionally fulfilling relationships is an integral part of our mission.
Marriage Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ
The rings have been purchased, the big question has been asked, and wedding plans are well on their way. You may be asking yourself, “what steps can I take to help my marriage get off on the right foot”. Prior to their marriage, many couples wish to engage in premarital counseling as a way to better understand their future spouse, avoid common marital pitfalls, and learn how to communicate in ways that are effective. Premarital counseling is an important step in building a strong foundation for your future marriage, and is a place to develop skills that will last a lifetime.
Areas commonly addressed in premarital counseling include: marriage expectations, cohabitation issues, marital satisfaction ideals, personality issues/differences, communication, conflict resolution, financial management, leisure activities/interests, sexual expectations/preferences, children and parenting, family and friends, gender roles/expectations, spiritual beliefs, life transitions, and health issues.
Premarital Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ
Cultivating fulfilling relationships is an integral part of our work at Felicity Counseling. LGBT Couples Counseling at Felicity Counseling includes any form of LGBT relationship counseling, including marriage counseling, pre-marital counseling, and counseling for partners who are dating or living together.
Our therapist and counselors often apply Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) techniques in working with couples. EFT method has been found to be effective in helping over 75% of couples in distress recover and grow even after counseling has ended. In a supportive environment, we help same sex couples mend their relationship and assist them with finding tools to connect and love. LGBT couples counseling focuses on strengthening relationships and helping couples to grow.
LGBT Couples Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ
For many couples, increasing conflict and distress does not start when they are married, but begins while they are dating. When in the midst of dating distress, many couples fear that the early presence of conflict is a “sign” that the relationship may not be sustainable.
However, at Felicity Counseling, our therapist have worked with many dating couples and have found that pursuing counseling during this time does not indicate that the relationship is doomed to fail. In fact, many couples that choose to begin couples counseling while dating find that it actually sets them up for the success they are hoping for.
Dating distress does not mean that your relationship is bad or not the “right fit”. Good relationships are often hard work, and within our practice we help couples develop the skills they need to overcome hardship, and create a healthy, fulfilling connection. We have discovered that couples who are committed to the relationship and loving one another can flourish and benefit greatly from counseling when the experience dating distress.
Dating Distress Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ
Communication difficulties are a common reason many individuals seek out Marriage Counseling or Couples Counseling. Though many of us may be very eloquent and articulate in our relationships with colleagues and friends, it is not uncommon to find that we struggle to communicate well with our spouse or partner. So often this relationship, laden with deeper needs and expectations, can leave us pulling our hair out as we try to get our partner to understand what we need and how we feel.
Marriage Counseling or Couples Counseling is a valuable asset for helping individuals overcome these common communication difficulties.
Although communication difficulties in your relationship can be very frustrating and painful, there is hope. In counseling, we will discuss the common patterns that lead to arguments, help partners express their needs in a way that the other partner can hear and understand, and help partners develop skills to overcome communication difficulties that have plagued them in the past.
Couples Communications Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ
Conflict resolution is important for couples when they come to a standstill regarding a divisive issue. For example, couples may have great difficulty figuring out how to discuss having children, how to discipline children, religion, finances, or managing in-law relationships. Though couples may communicate well in other ways, it is not uncommon for them to experience frustration when facing an impasse in a certain area of conflict. These conflicts can be either acute or chronic and can have significant impact on strength and intimacy of a relationship. Additionally, conflicts that are left unresolved can have a negative impact on other members of the family, co-workers, friends or other people close to the situation.
At Felicity Counseling, our therapist often work with couples to help them better communicate through these difficult topics and find resolve for long-standing arguments and places of marital tension.
Conflict Resolution Therapy in Scottsdale, AZ
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