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PATRICIA MURPHY RAE

Therapist, LCSW, IMDHA

A CLOSER LOOK WITHIN
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TYPES OF THERAPY

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Hypnotherapy

  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

ISSUES

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ANXIETY

On the outside, you have everything together, but on the inside things feel out of control. You have this lingering feeling of dread and anxiety that you can’t seem place with anything specific. It’s like an undercurrent that tugs at you day and night, a sense of impending doom. You’ve tried self-help tools and they help for a little while, but before you know it, that gnawing feeling of anxiety is back again.

You’re aware that you’re barely present and this makes you feel even more self-conscious. “Can people tell how anxious I feel? Am I acting weird? Am I overreacting?” These are but just a few of the thoughts that come racing through your mind. The spinning thoughts create more anxiety and self-doubt.

I will help you let go of the dread so you can feel safe, content, and calm. My clients move from feeling overwhelmed to feeling clear, confident, and capable.

Going beyond traditional talk therapy, we will explore the mind-body connection. We will work to heal the root of where the anxiety began, maybe for the first time.

 

It’s time to stop hiding and start living.

 

CODEPENDENCY

What’s the difference between being a nice, thoughtful person and a codependent person?
Motivation is the cutoff point—particularly in the context of social, romantic, and family relationships. When kindness is really manipulation; when you find yourself trying to control someone else’s feelings instead of being responsible for your own.

How Can Counseling & Therapy For Codependent Behavior Help Me?

Codependency is a tough pattern to recognize. We will explore dysfunctional traits perhaps developed as far back as childhood. 

  • Fully utilize the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Learn how to regain self- (as opposed to other-) focus

  • Learn how to help others constructively

 

ADDICTION

What Leads a person to Misuse Drugs or Alcohol?

Alcoholism tends to run in families, although not all children of people addicted to alcohol become addicted themselves, and there is some debate among psychologists about the degree to which alcoholism is genetic. 
 

Research indicates that the vast majority of people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol have an underlying mental health condition or significant emotional/psychological difficulty. About half of all people with mental health diagnoses will face challenges with drugs or alcohol at some point in their lives, usually as a result of using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate.

Therapy for addiction recovery can help people who are addicted set achievable and empowering short-term goals as they work to overcome their addiction. Once sobriety is achieved, adaptive skills can be developed as the person works to regain physical and emotional health, and through therapy, begin to explore the source or cause of the addiction with the person in treatment as the person begins to employ the new coping strategies. Together, we can work to set long-term goals that may include rebuilding damaged relationships, accepting responsibility for actions, and releasing guilt.

Therapy provides a supplemental form of support for someone who is attending a self-help group, such as Alcoholics Anonymous; in fact, some therapies are specifically geared toward facilitating 12-step programs.

 

DEPRESSION

You've been told over and over again that you have a great life… but it doesn’t ever feel that way. On paper everything looks great, but in reality… it just feels awful or empty. Objectively, you can see you’ve got things going for you, you’ve got a job, maybe a few people you call friends, but it feels like you’re never truly happy. People around you say “snap out of it” or “other people have it worse, you should feel grateful for what you have”. The feelings of loneliness and isolation start to creep in. Deep down you know you’re in pain and most often you have no idea why you’re feeling this way. Sleeping at least brings a break from your mind. Motivation to do anything, even the smallest tasks is non-existent. You just don’t care anymore.

Depression begins to tell you, "Maybe I just don't deserve to be happy......."

I can help shine a light in the darkness of depression. I will help you get to a place where you’re engaging in life again. Imagine starting to feel better. Think about the depression lifting. I'd like to teach you to be gentle with yourself, and that you deserve compassion.

Depression can come and go, but I can help you find strategies so you won’t feel like drowning again.