Have you hidden yourself so well from others that you even have a hard time finding yourself when you need to?
You keep doing the things that are not at all like the person you want to become. Maybe you're starting to feel afraid that this is just how you are, this is how life is, like maybe too much damage has been done.
Over time you have adapted to life’s challenges and traumas in ways that have helped you survive up until now, except they don’t seem to be serving you anymore. There is a different YOU somewhere inside, and you just need some support drawing it out.
No matter your cultural identity or spiritual background, my therapy office is a safe space where you will come to know yourself on a deeper level than you ever thought possible. By taking a compassionate, curious approach to learning the unique details of your life, you will emerge with a transformed vision for your life and your role in the world.
Bryan Owens, LMHCA
Trained Brainspotting Therapist
Pre-licensed professional practicing as a Resident at CTS Counseling Center
Specializing in Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, Trauma, Mood Disorders, & Self-Esteem issues
We all experience anxiety. Most of it we are unable to process and integrate regularly, and a lot of what we are not aware of distresses us daily. For some, anxiety can be troubling enough to require pharmaceutical intervention--in this case, research indicates talk therapy in combination with medication offers the best treatment outcome.
What we refer to as depression can often be over-diagnosed, over-medicated, and is generally treated as an embarrassing problem that needs to go away. What is often missed is the unique message or meaning inherent in the depressive symptoms. In the event pharmaceutical intervention is required, research indicates talk therapy in combination with medication offers the best treatment outcome.
We become who we are in the context of others, and our feelings and values are often challenged by those same relationships. Understanding therapy as a relationship can allow for scenarios in the therapy space which may resemble dynamics in other relationships, providing us an authentic way of working through some harder-to-name issues.
The therapeutic frame will be shaped largely by the patient's own beliefs, value system, and goals. As we work together to raise self-awareness and understanding, much emphasis is placed on the patient taking agency and finding their way to live into their best Self.
Trauma is often more common and complex than we give it credit. It is my approach to understand trauma as an initially 'helpful' adaptation in the self, developed in an attempt to protect. After many years, however, those adaptations may have become more harmful than helpful. Therapy can become a safe space to raise awareness around various traumas so they may be integrated into your evolving identity.
It can be a difficult but important journey, moving from identifying with a diagnosis to identifying as a person who struggles with a diagnosis, for example: 'I am depressed, I am Bipolar, I am so OCD'...the danger here is that the struggle can become the identity, potentially obscuring the true Self. Talk therapy in combination with pharmaceutical intervention offers the most beneficial path to treatment.