Trauma comes in different forms. For some, there is an identifiable threatening stressor. For most people, however, the impact of trauma is caused by chronic, repeated, or long-lasting, small stressors that affect how we respond to the world. When our brain and body are in protective mode, we are not able to live our best selves.
It was best said by Garry Landreth, a renowned child therapist, "Toys are children's words and play is their language". Play therapy is a way of working with kids using their language of play as a means to express and communicate feelings to work through childhood wounds (trauma, anxiety, depression, divorce, grief/loss, etc).
Losing a loved one is extremely difficult and takes time to grieve. Loss can bring up intense feelings that cause problems in our lives, and sometimes paralyzes growth. There are also other types of losses that have a negative impact on us, and get in the way of personal progress.
Anxiety and stress is something we all deal with at some point in our lives. Anxiety, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. In fact, some anxiety is not only healthy, but necessary for us to get things done. However, anxiety can become problematic when it overwhelms and paralyzes us. Therapy helps by giving us a space to learn skills to better manage the anxiety and no longer feel gripped by it.
Depression affects every area of our lives and is extremely common. It is estimated that more than 19 million Americans deal with depression, but the good news is that it is very treatable. Because the roots of depression have a variety of factors, the most important part of treatment for long term results is exploring and working through the underlying cause.
A sense of belonging and connection to our environment is a critical factor in mental health. Immigrating to a new country or being part of a marginalized minority can cause isolation or disconnection from our surroundings, which leads to greater problems. Navigating the unfamiliar and getting past deep rooted fears is frightening. It doesn't have to be done alone.