Is The Urges Clinic Right for you?
The journey to become a better self is challenging and finding someone to guide you through it is not to be taken lightly.
Many of us have undergone some type of traumatic experience that has shaped some of our behavior.
During trauma, your limbic system protects you with the fight or flight response. The limbic system may become hyper-sensitive after trauma, resulting in anxiety, avoidance, anger, post-traumatic stress, and many other symptoms. Your frontal lobe brain area helps you to think, reason, and feel emotions in ways that are age appropriate to present situations. During trauma, the frontal lobes become under-functional while the limbic system takes over to ensure survival. URGES therapy (in theory) works toward re-balancing your post trauma brain by strengthening the frontal lobe activity and training the limbic system to calm down. URGES Therapy helps you become the boss of your own life rather than a slave to your symptoms.
Examples of traumatic experience can include abuse, neglect, natural disaster survival, serving in the military, being a first responder (police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, etc.) death of a loved one and serious injury or medical conditions.
Often, we develop coping skills to help us deal with the heightened sense of emotions that are bi-products of our trauma survival. A few of these adapted coping skills are:
Substance abuse and alcohol abuse
Compulsive gambling, shopping, spending
Dangerous or risky behaviors (speeding, unsafe sex, dangerous sports)
Aggression or being too passive or dependent
Please see SYMPTOMS for more info
For those who are not Trauma survivors
For those clients who are not trauma survivors, I also treat general mental and emotional health conditions including anxiety, depression, grief, and adjustment issues (marriage, career, finances, school issues, relocation, romantic and family relationships, etc.).
You may just need a neutral party in a confidential setting to help you "think things through”, a "sounding board", a little guidance, and some information and resources.
Perhaps you are having trouble with planning, problem solving or motivation. Therapy can be the boost you need to move forward in your life.
Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation and intense focus. It is an altered psychological state characterized by relaxed muscle tone, slowed breath and enhanced suggestibility. It is more like “daydreaming” than sleeping. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis during therapy and is a powerful technique used in the medical and mental health fields to help relieve pain and other physical symptoms. It can also help alleviate mood disturbances such as anxiety and depression. Hypnosis can work below the conscious level, making it a great way to help clients access stored information that may be driving current symptoms.