When life gets overwhelming, you cope by over or under reacting with fight, flight, or freeze. Once there to protect you, these short-term coping strategies can become stuck habits that no longer help you. If unaddressed, these habits can impact your daily life and how you connect with others. The more you protect, the harder it is to connect.
To restore functioning and strengthen relationships, we will reframe how your coping strategies work for and against you. We can begin to make sense of your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. We can develop safer strategies to connect and protect. You can learn new ways to be seen and accepted. You can learn new ways to feel safe and secure. Research shows that when one faces the underlying source of anguish and disconnection, new neural networks can be rewired to form a more secure sense of self. Through the safety of the therapeutic relationship, vulnerabilities that were once experienced as weakness can now be experienced as strength, becoming the source of resilience and growth.