5 Keys to Beat Overwhelm, Stress, and Anxiety, Fears, and Trauma Flashbacks
Our mind and body are constantly on alert to self-protect, scanning the environment for potential hurts. This is the essence of worry: projecting, preparing, and rehearsing a future danger that’s rooted in past painful experience, witnessing, or perceived victimization. Overwhelm happens when we are confronted with one or more negative, real or imagined, experiences that supersede our ability to manage or control them. This is often labeled as a “crisis”. It could be ignited by something as powerful as a relationship breakup or death of a loved one, or, by...
GLOW (Gays and Lesbians Out and Well) is psychotherapy and counseling with a gay-affirming focus for the Denver, Colorado, LGBT community.
Domestic abuse and violence is blind to sexual orientation or social status. On a Daily basis, Issues of dominance, power, and control in relationships are rooted in the fabric of the oppressive systems we live in. Although there is overlap between the issues faced by survivors of domestic violence and partner abuse in straight and gay relationships, GLBT persons struggle with some unique challenges and vulnerabilities that may be exploited in same-sex intimate partner abuse. These include:
Do you spend hours on the internet or seeking sex, unable to stop?Do you find yourself having anonymous sex, frequenting prostitutes, bookstores, strip clubs, or unsafe cruising spots?Have you had unsafe sex even after you promised yourself: "never again?"Are you worried that your spending on sex or internet porn is out-of-control?Are your sexual compulsions hurting your personal relationships and work?Are you using sex to try to manage your anxiety, stress, or anger?Is pornography and cybersex addiction impacting your life?
Sex addiction recovery in my Denver, Colorado, psychotherapy and addiction intervention practice:If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may...
Women's Counseling and Empowerment Issues:
Women and AnxietyWomen struggle with anxiety disorders significantly more often than men. Anxiety disorders are treatable, yet many women may not realize that they are struggling with anxiety and stress, invalidating their experience as PMS or moodiness.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is an anxiety disorder that often starts in childhood and is more common among women. Constant worrying and associated physiological symptoms of sleeplessness, fatigue, and generalized shakiness are the hallmarks of GAD.
Other anxiety disorders include Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder ( OCD), Panic Disorder, and Phobias. Women are more likely to have Panic Disorder. Intense feelings of fear and associated physiological symptoms that resemble a...
Are you experiencing intrusive thoughts or memories of past events?
Are you fearful of the future?
Do you get startled easily?
Do you experience heightened alertness or anxiety when in public?
Do you dissociate, lose time, or go into a "trance" to escape fear?
The causes of your distress may be immediate or rooted in your history. It may be difficult to tell the difference between the source of your stress, anxiety, grief, or discomfort, and your current struggles. You may even try to correct the wrong problems. You may suppress, avoid, or even self-medicate trauma with compulsive behaviors or addiction. There is HELP and HOPE for current or...