As many of you know, I have not accepted new clients for the past several months. I had my second child in May. I did things differently my second time around, and what a difference it has made! With my first child, I experienced postpartum depression. This time, I was able to prepare myself throughout the pregnancy and make some different decisions to promote my mental health. And this time around, things are going great!
I have been reminded throughout this process that we all do the best we can. With each new experience, we gain more information and wisdom. And with that additional information, we are able to make better decisions. Know that whatever path you are on right now, you are doing the best you can. If you would like some additional support along your journey, feel free to contact me. I am now accepting new clients!
Seeking out help for life's problems is a big step and one that can be intimidating. Some people wonder if they really need to see someone, while others know that they do, but don't know where to start or are afraid to reach out. For those of you in the first category, I recently came across this article entitled "8 Signs You Should See A Therapist." Here is the link where you can read the full article. And here is the short version:
1. Everything you feel is intense
2. You've suffered a trauma and can't stop thinking about it
3. You have unexplained and recurrent headaches, stomachaches, or just feel rundown
4. You are using a substance to cope
5. You are getting bad feedback at work
6. You feel disconnected from previously beloved activities
7. Your relationships are strained
8. Your friends have told you that they are concerned
For those of you in the second category, feel free to contact me with any questions you have at my secure email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. Some people find it easier to make that first contact over email, but if you prefer the phone, my office line is 503-874-4374. Wishing you all the best!
Amber is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She offers counseling for individual adults and clinical supervision for social workers. For fun, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, researching genealogy, reading, and dragon boating.
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