It is unfortunate, but probably the majority of people in our society have experienced some type of trauma in their early lives.  It may show up in a variety of ways in not finding satisfactory work or relationships; in finding oneself addicted and feeling out of control; or in powerful emotions or images that seem to overwhelm and not make sense with what causes them to arise (flashbacks); or in finding oneself with a hurtful other.

Talking with a therapist trained to help people with injuries from childhood like Dr. Lynn Winsten in Berkeley will ultimately lead to self-awareness and relief.  It’s not magic that heals or quick fixes either, it is exploring the roots of the distressing feelings that makes the difference for real.

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Healthy relationships are probably the most important factor that leads to a fulfilling life.  When we can feel loved and lovable and care deeply for others, our lives have more depth and meaning.

Many people suffer greatly by maintaining unhealthy connections that only bring distress and keep them from their best selves, or by avoiding connection altogether. 

These persistent problems not only impact our mental health but affect our physical health as well. When your relationships are suffering or are nonexistent, it is best to reach out to a relational psychologist for help.

Dr. Lynn Winsten in Berkeley is trained to work in this way.

Through understanding your current patterns of relating, your therapist can help you see where things may have gone awry in your development.

That is where we learn to relate and how we will come to relate in our adult lives. Exploring these issues in a safe environment can heal your wounds, help you to connect healthfully, and thus help your life to become fulfilled.

 

Whether you are just entering the job market or feel you would like to make a change in your career, you might find it beneficial to talk with a therapist to help you to navigate the transition. 

You may be feeling confused or overwhelmed when you think of your next move and it may feel like there is more going on for you than friendly advice from your relations can provide.

This is a great time to seek the help of an impartial source, a therapist who can help you think things through objectively and with clarity.

Finding the right job that truly suits you or choosing a career that is gratifying may be stressing you out.

Maybe there are things standing in your way that you did not imagine but an experienced therapist may help to locate these obstacles so you can work more directly with them and come to a resolution.

Sometimes people get caught in trying to please or impress others and have lost sight of what is truly each individual’s passion. 

A therapist can help you see the forest for the trees .. hone in on your wishes, desires, strengths, as well as your fears and negativity.

It may just be worth your time to seek out help such as that of Dr. Lynn Winsten in Berkeley to go for what you were really meant to do or become.

Many children, adolescents, and adults were subjected to child abuse in some form during their formative years, which is heartbreaking.

Child abuse is defined as “non-accidental trauma or physical injury caused by punching, kicking, beating, biting, burning or otherwise harming a child”.

Some parents justify their violent behavior by saying that it is just discipline, but true abuse can become extremely traumatic to children and stay with them for the rest of their lives.

If you or a loved one experienced trauma or abuse as a child, you can find hope and healing by talking with a child abuse psychotherapist in your area.

Reports of child abuse are handled by the Department of Social Services or Child Protective Services and may or may not become a part of the criminal justice system depending on the severity and frequency of the abuse occurrences.

Sometimes these agencies determine that it is best for the child to be separated from the parent or another adult figure who has perpetrated the abuse and put into group homes or foster care for a certain period of time or until their home situation has changed.

While the intention of foster care and group homes is to provide a safe place for healing and just living a normal life, that is not always the case and it is possible for further trauma to occur here.

Children who have suffered abuse might struggle to pinpoint the root of their childhood trauma because they might have suppressed their memories or they could have developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The effects of PTSD can follow children into adulthood, but talking with a licensed therapist specializing in childhood trauma and PTSD can provide a path to healing. Some of the factors that contribute to PTSD are:

  • Degree of perceived personal threat
  • The developmental state of the child (younger children cannot understand and interpret the effects of the traumatic situation as easily as older children)
  • The relationship of the victim to the perpetrator
  • The level of emotional support the victim has in his day-to-day life
  • A feeling of responsibility for the attack is thought to exacerbate the changes of PTSD
  • The innate ability to cope
  • An elevated heart rate post abuse increases the likelihood that the victim will suffer from PTSD

Reaching out to a therapist for childhood abuse and PTSD counseling will help to reduce the effects of trauma and help the child or adult suffering to return to normal life.

There is hope and healing is possible, no matter how deep the wounds. There are people like Dr. Lynn Winsten in Berkeley who you can trust with your story.

Depression Therapy

Depression and anxiety are two quite common mental health issues, and while they are often referred to together, there are important distinctions between them.

They can often be present together and sometimes depression can cause anxiety or anxiety can cause depression.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Depressed mood
  • Lack of interest in enjoyable activities
  • Increase or decrease in appetite
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Slowing of movement
  • Lack of energy
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors

People suffering from depression usually feel hopeless about the present and are unable to carry on with their daily lives.

Depression usually comes in waves, sometimes triggered by a memory or specific event but sometimes seemingly at random.

Most of the time, depression lasts for hours or days at a time without intervention, but if symptoms persist for longer than 2 weeks, it is advised that you reach out for professional help from a therapist specializing in depression.

Symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Excessive worry
  • Restlessness
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Muscle tension

People suffering from anxiety usually feel hopeless about the future and struggle to focus on what is in front of them because of their uncontrollable fears.

Anxiety can also be triggered (separation anxiety, panic disorders, or phobias) or come on randomly and it is recommended that you talk with an anxiety counselor if your symptoms last longer than 6 months.

Some symptoms like sleep problems, fatigue, irritability, and trouble concentrating are common among both depression and anxiety.

It is imperative to know that both depression and anxiety disorders are treatable conditions, and you should not be ashamed if you need to consult a psychologist for help controlling your depression and anxiety.

That is what they are there for and they are experienced in helping people just like you.

Perhaps you have been impacted by childhood trauma or you are currently struggling with life’s difficulties. You wonder if what you are feeling is normal or if you should be able to handle it on your own, but sometimes it all just feels like too much.

It has been 20 years since your traumatic childhood experience but you just can’t seem to get over it like you think you should.

Sure – you had to grow up fast and figure out how to get by when your parents were always gone or when one of them came home drunk again, but that was a long time ago.

Could it possibly still be impacting you?

The answer is “yes” and it is ok to admit that you are not ok. There is a trauma counselor in your area who is passionate about helping people just like you work through their childhood trauma and get on the road to healing.

As an adult, you feel like stress is just a fact of life and if everyone else deals with it pretty well, you can too.

But if you are really honest, you would say that you are overwhelmed and just surviving, barely making it through each day and unwilling to admit how you are really doing, even to yourself.

Deep down, you know that stuffing your emotions is not healthy, but what other choice do you have?

Why not talk with a licensed therapist who has helped many people in your same situation learn how to embrace their emotions and cope with stress in healthy ways, changing “surviving” into “thriving”?

Dr. Lynn Winsten is an excellent resource in Berkeley if you have experienced child abuse, neglect, trauma, relationship problems, or any other emotional imbalance in life.

She will help to analyze the root cause of the problem and create a plan for getting your life back to the way you wanted it to be.