While sensitivity can manifest in various ways, two terms that frequently come up are “Highly Sensitive Person” (HSP) and “Autism Spectrum Disorder” (ASD). These two conditions, while distinct, share some common traits that can sometimes lead to confusion as to how they are different. Let’s explore.
Trauma isn’t easy. You know that it takes time to heal, to overcome, and to move forward again. But trauma isn’t just a battle that you’re fighting in your own head. It affects your body, too. Trauma is not just a figment of the mind; it is a narrative written deep within the very cells of our body. While we try to move on mentally, our bodies have their own way of keeping score. Often, trauma manifests itself in physical sensations, patterns of tension, or even chronic illnesses that can seem inexplicable. From the subtle tightening in your chest to chronic pain or fatigue, your body communicates distress signals long after the traumatic event has passed. Let’s learn more about some of the common ways you can feel trauma in your body.
At least 20 percent of children are raised by a parent struggling with substance abuse. In more than half of those cases, they are children of alcoholics. Life is uncertain and unpredictable. It can also be frightening and violent. This, of course, can lead to trauma and typically has a long-term impact. Emotional needs are not met. Succeeding at school can feel impossible. You are neglected while being forced to take steps to keep your home life a secret. Clearly, substance abuse affects far more than the person struggling with addiction. And the outcomes can linger well into adulthood.
You’ve known for a while that you’ve been struggling with anxiety. At first, you may not have wanted to admit it to yourself. But you can’t ignore the signs and symptoms you’ve been experiencing anymore. A lot of people go to therapy or take medication for anxiety, but that may not feel like something you’re interested in or ready to try — and that’s okay. Luckily, there are many different treatment options for anxiety, and medication isn’t the only combatant. Let’s learn more about effective natural solutions for reducing anxiety.
You speak about the benefits of therapy day in and day out. As a therapist, sure, it’s your job, but you’ve also seen it work for your own clients. You have several clients that have seen and experienced the benefits firsthand. You have new clients that are slowly opening up and starting to see the benefits as well. Being a therapist isn’t an easy job. Sure, it’s a rewarding one, but no two days look exactly the same. Some days are easier than others. Some clients experience breakthroughs while others experience breakdowns. You’d be lying to yourself if you didn’t admit feeling the same way from time to time. Let’s learn more about the benefits of therapy for therapists. Here are 4 key benefits of therapy for therapists.
One of the first things you’re taught about in school is about your five senses. You learn about taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight. As you grow older, you realize that these five basic senses aren’t given to each individual. Some people are born without the ability to see. Others may lose one of these abilities, like hearing, over time. On the other hand, some individuals may be more in tune with their five senses and even the senses of others. Let’s learn more about the differences between a sensory processing disorder and a highly sensitive person.
They say that the past makes you into the person you are today. Your positive and negative experiences will both have an impact on who you turn into as an adult. If your parents were both teachers, you might be more likely to become a teacher yourself. If your baked cookies or muffins with your grandma growing up, you may be more inclined to bake as a hobby or passion as an adult. Or maybe you were bitten by a dog when you were younger, and to this day, you’re slightly afraid of dogs. Positive and negative experiences can have a huge impact on the person you become. Your primary caregiver and your attachment to that primary caregiver can play a huge role. Let’s learn more about attachment trauma and what causes it.
Depression can feel like you’re carrying a heavy weight all day and night. You’re trying to make it seem like you can handle it, but you know at any minute, you may drop it. You may spiral out of control. If you’re struggling with depression, seeking additional support is crucial for treatment. If you’re currently working with a therapist or looking into therapy, we’re here to help. Not interested in medication? Don’t worry! These are some ways you can treat depression without medication.
Let’s face it: You’ve been debating for a while whether or not you should go to therapy. You tell your clients each and every day that reaching out for help is one of the strongest things they can do, that everyone can benefit from therapy, and to at least try it out before you dismiss it completely. While it might seem easy to tell these things to others, it can be difficult to tell these things to yourself. Should it be required for therapists to attend therapy? Let’s find out!
So, you’re a bit of a perfectionist. You’ve been an overachiever for as long as you can remember. You completed all of your homework on time, studied as hard as you could, and tried to always aim for 100% or even extra credit when possible. This quality didn’t just stop at your education, though. You like to make sure that your dishes are always washed and put away, your bed is always made in the morning, and your yard is well-groomed and maintained. You like things done a certain way. There’s nothing wrong with that. That is, until it starts to get in the way of how you live your life.