Counseling And Therapy For Women
Are you struggling with depression? Do you have feelings of anxiety and fear? Is your marriage or relationship not all that you had hoped it would be? Perhaps you just want to grow relationally, spiritually, emotionally, and professionally. If you want to work with a counselor who understands the unique challenges that face women then Crossroads Counseling can help.
A Crossroads therapist who understands the needs of women is ready to assist you in overcoming anxiety, depression, trauma, or relational issues. Crossroads Counseling has several women therapists who understand the unique challenges women face today. Crossroads offers therapy approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT, Christian Counseling, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy or EFT, and other clinically validated therapy approaches.
How is Women’s Counseling Different From Your Traditional Approach?
In women’s counseling consideration for the unique challenges facing women today is integrated into the counseling approach. Women are often expected to be like trapeze artists in balancing all of life’s demands and responsibilities. The cultural pressure on women to be loving parents, to be a great spouse or partner, to be beautiful and the ideal weight, and to have an amazing professional and fulfilling career is immense. Messages of failure and feelings of shame surrounding not doing enough or being enough can be implicitly or explicitly communicated.
Our therapists understand the pressures women face. Furthermore, many of them, being women themselves, have personally dealt with the societal pressures of doing it all and being it all. Our counselors understand how toxic shame can result in experiencing a lack of meaning, but how it can also result in more severe manifestations such as depression and anxiety.
The answer to fighting shame, depression, and anxiety is vulnerably connecting with others and getting professional help from a trained therapist. Brene Brown, a shame researcher and author, says:
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”
Individual counseling or even group counseling with a Crossroads therapist focusing on creating a safe place while giving women the resources and support they need combined with the courage to be vulnerable are the ingredients needed for growth and change.
Trauma and Abuse
It is a sad reality that many women have or will experience some form of trauma and abuse in their lifetime. We tend to think of trauma in terms of major incidents such as a life threatening car accident, abuse, or a terror attack. Trauma, however, can result from many different, more subtle experiences. For instance, having parents who were less than emotionally supportive can be traumatic. Losing a job, friendship, or moving can also be traumatic.
Regardless of your experiences if you have the symptoms of trauma listed below working with a trusted trauma therapist will help:
- Shock, denial, or disbelief.
- Confusion, difficulty concentrating.
- Anger, irritability, mood swings.
- Anxiety and fear.
- Guilt, shame, self-blame.
- Withdrawing from others.
- Feeling sad or hopeless.
- Feeling disconnected or numb
Crossroads Counseling offer EMDR which is an evidence-based treatment for trauma or PTSD. EMDR is a form of psychotherapy in which the person being treated is asked to recall distressing images while generating one type of bilateral sensory input, such as side-to-side eye movements or hand tapping. This process, along with the support of the therapist, provides relief from the symptoms of trauma and healing from past hurts.
Time to Get Help
Crossroads Counseling has offices in Phoenix and Scottsdale and serves areas such as Anthem, Carefree, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Peoria and their surrounding areas. We offer a complementary 20 minute phone consultation with one of our women’s counseling therapists to discuss your specific situation. To learn more call us at 623-680-3486 or text us at 623-688-5115. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with a couple’s counselor. We offer a complementary 20 minute phone consultation.