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Counseling for trauma and stress

Counseling for Trauma, Grief &
Stress-Related Issues

Serving Cobb County, Georgia & surrounding North Metro Atlanta with Online & In-Person Sessions

Counseling for Trauma, Grief & Stress-Related Disorders in East Cobb, Georgia and Surrounding Metro Atlanta Areas

What Do Stress Related and Trauma Disorders Look Like?

Stress-related and trauma disorders such as Prolonged Grief, Adjustment disorder, Reactive attachment, Acute Stress disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can manifest in various ways, and the symptoms can vary from person to person. However, some common symptoms of stress-related disorders include:

  • Feeling anxious, worried, or irritable

  • Feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope

  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much

  • Avoiding activities or situations that trigger symptoms

  • Experiencing flashbacks or nightmares related to past traumas

  • Feeling on edge or constantly on guard

  • Experiencing deep sadness due to the loss

  • Experiencing physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, or muscle tension

  • Feeling emotionally numb or disconnected from others

  • Engaging in unhealthy coping behaviors and having difficulty managing emotions

What Causes Stress-Related Disorders?

Stress-related disorders can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  1. Trauma: Exposure to a traumatic event such as physical or sexual assault, death or loss of a loved one, natural disasters, or combat can lead to stress-related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  2. Chronic stress: Prolonged exposure to stressors such as a high-pressure work environment, financial difficulties, or relationship problems can lead to chronic stress, which can contribute to the development of stress-related disorders.

  3. Genetics: Some research suggests that certain genetic factors may contribute to an individual's vulnerability to stress-related disorders.

  4. Brain chemistry: Imbalances in brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine can contribute to developing stress-related disorders.

  5. Environmental factors: Growing up in a chaotic or unstable environment, experiencing abuse or neglect, or having a family history of stress-related disorders can all increase the likelihood of developing these conditions.

What Does Counseling Look Like for Adults with Trauma, Grief & Stress-Related Disorders?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a highly effective form of counseling that can help individuals manage symptoms of stress-related disorders. I offer CBT counseling for adults with stress-related disorders to help them identify and change destructive thought patterns and behaviors contributing to their distress.

In our counseling sessions, I work with clients to understand the underlying causes of their stress-related disorders and develop a personalized treatment plan. I use evidence-based techniques to help clients identify negative thoughts and beliefs and replace them with more positive and realistic ones. I also teach relaxation techniques and coping skills to help clients manage their stress and anxiety.  Additionally, exposure therapy is often the best treatment option. Exposure therapy involves confronting the situations that provoke anxiety or fear, while CBT targets the negative thoughts and behaviors associated with stress and anxiety.

As You Begin Your Counseling for Trauma and Grief You Will Learn To: 

  • Develop wellness goals

  • Identify triggers that lead to unhealthy behaviors

  • Improve interpersonal relationships

  • Cope with stress

  • Explore mindfulness and vagal activation

  • Feel relief

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Are You Struggling With Trauma, Grief, Or Stress?
I Can Help.

I offer cognitive-behavioral therapy for trauma and stress-related disorders. I teach a variety of strategies to my clients to help them overcome their distress, including how to recognize faulty thinking, manage situations, overcome physical sensations, and reverse problematic behaviors and pain points in their lives.

About Piper, MA, NCC

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