What triggers a depressive episode? There are a lot of different reasons why a person experiences depression including after a death or break up, loss of friends or even being in a situation that they can't change (such as children who are bullied and can't stay safe or for adults having money problems).
Symptoms of depression include: a depressed mood most days, a diminished interest in all, or almost all, activities most of the days, weight loss when you are not trying, an appetite change (either eating more or less), feeling worthless and diminished ability to concentrate.
If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms contact me for a consultation to see how I may help, gabriellefreiretherapy.com
Therapy can be beneficial especially if you're open to learning new skills or challenging long term beliefs but let's face it, it is also work. I like to think of therapy as the ultimate Loading or Unloading Zone. When I work with an individual or couple, I try to have them unload some of the sad stuff or the negative thoughts and feelings that really aren't helpful, such as shame or guilt. The Loading part of therapy occurs when you "load up" on the healthier thoughts and when you practice/rehearse healthier interactions (such as communication skills or negotiation skills). If you're interested in dealing with the negative thoughts and feelings that are getting in the way of your happiness contact me today for a consultation and let's get started on your journey!
After a busy week I let to relax on Sunday's. One of the ways I relax is by reading. This weekend I plan to catch up on my Psychology Today articles and get started on (re)reading The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. If you're struggling with your partner, there are are very useful tips in this book. In addition to working with families, I also provide couples counseling and use the skills presented in this book in my couples counseling. #therapy #gabriellefreiretherapy
I have worked with a lot of families and I know that communicating isn't always easy, and if you're angry, forget about it, communication skills often go out the window. We know that words are powerful, and I know that when someone is angry or irritated they may not practice the best communication skills, so here are a few things to review:
Being a parent isn't easy and I'm sure you feel the crunch for time now that your child has returned to school. You may noticed a change with their behavior since returning to school, perhaps they aren't sleeping through the night, or their eating habits have changed (either increasing or decreasing). If you have noticed a change it may be time to connect with them emotionally and give them the space to talk about what they are feeling.
Here are a few things to consider when you are talking to your child about their feelings:
Hello and welcome to my blog. I intend to share some of the knowledge I've gained from my journey.
I plan to share information, including what's working and what's not, all in an effort to provide you with some support and guidance. I don't have all the answers and I won't ever pretend that I do, but I do have a lot of professional and personal experience that I can draw upon and share with you. So visit often and lets start working on your journey.