When your sadness, melancholy and grief develop into long term depression and a sense of being lost without a purpose, you may be experiencing a more complicated loss or grief response that makes you feel stuck. You may require therapeutic help which can be beneficial. Peg will provide therapy to aid in assisting part(s) of you that is stuck and move into a more fluid and flexible way of being.
Peg can assist many individuals who find themselves experiencing anxiety, stress, physical and emotional pain after witnessing or living through a terrifying and/or traumatizing event.
This may include individuals or professionals such as:
"...there is a crack, a crack in everything. That's where the light comes in." Leonard Cohen
"With determination, persistence and reflection, you too, like those who have struggled before, can overcome challenges"
"I am terrified".
Those were among the first words I spoke to Peg when I first stepped into her office. I was afraid of the truth, afraid to accept myself for what I really am, and afraid of what it meant for my life, my loved ones, and my future. My past and present trauma left me absolutely paralyzed, and that paralysis led to mounting frustration, depression, and anger.
I was a little put off, at first, by Peg's methods. I thought "playing with a bunch of toys in a sandbox" was, at best, a waste of time. I thought sitting in a chair forcing myself to concentrate on my breath was, while relaxing, akin to lunacy. Even if it felt better for a few minutes, surely this was no long-term solution to my problems. Except I was wrong. The deep breathing and talking allowed me to calmly and rationally confront the various traumas I'd experienced over my life. Both exercises worked in unison to help me understand how intertwined everything was, but also give me the tools to reconcile my issues, of which there were many.
It's been about one year since I first stepped foot in Peg's office. I will say this: most of the fears that I had coming in came true. A lot of the bad things I thought would happen as a result of accepting my true self, and living that truth, happened. However, what I've gained is the confidence and strength to face it, and everything else. I am who I was always meant to be now, and my cynicism and fear about the future has turned to optimism and excitement.
Peg is infinitely patient, and truly cares about her clients; there was never a doubt in my mind that she had my best interests at heart. The work was hard, and I wasn't always up to it. However, while she was always able to read my mood, and never pushed me into anything I wasn't ready for, she also never wasted my time, or allowed me to. She kept us on track. I no longer see her regularly, as we've agreed there's no longer a need for it. But without her help, I would never have had the courage to understand myself, my needs, and take steps to make it all real. The life I have now, the genuine hope for the future, and the ability to live truly and authentically, I owe in large part to her. .
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