Did you wake up today feeling hopeless, anxious and angry, or wondering if you can meet the challenges life has thrown you for another day?
Do you often wish you could go to counseling, but look at the calendar filled with school, work, OT, Speech Therapy and whatever other combination of appointments your child attends weekly and feel overwhelmed because you just can’t possibly add one more thing?
Would you go to counseling if counseling could come to you? What if you could do it from the comfort of your car (while you wait at an appointment), your bedroom (while you let your children play on their IPad) or your living room, after your child has gone to bed or is outside with your partner?
Online Counseling can provide you with the flexible support you need as a parent of a special needs child.
Are you looking for a counselor who knows about autism and other special needs, but will challenge you to work on your own stuff and not just spend your counseling session looking for interventions or resources for your child?
Several years ago an article came out about parents of children with autism, and the similarities of their brain scan with those of soldiers returning from war who were experiencing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Symptoms of PTSD fall into three main categories:
- Repeatedly “reliving” an event, which disturbs day-to-day activity
For parents of children with autism, or other special developmental or emotional needs, this can often include persistent thoughts about past episodes, repeated dreams about everyday experiences that are wearing, overwhelming and stressful, and physical reactions to situations that remind you of previous meltdowns or disastrous moments.
Perhaps you often feel numb, or like you just can’t care about anything. Has your friend or partner noticed that you aren’t doing things you used to love to do, or that you are expressing less emotion? Do you often feel like there is no hope for the future, or perhaps that you can’t think of the future because that future feels like too much of a continuous challenge for you, your family and your child?
Is it difficult to concentrate on work, or are you finding it hard to finish that book you have wanted to read for the past year? Perhaps you find yourself having increased outbursts of irritability or anger, or difficulty sleeping even when everyone else is finally asleep.
As a counselor I am passionate about finding ways for parents who are facing these feelings of depression, anxiety, hopelessness numbness or signs of PTSD to get the counseling they need.
Whether it is coming to my office for a counseling session, providing counseling via phone or a secure online platform, I would love to help you get the counseling you need. Contact me at 818-669-4850 or via the website, and we can work together to get you the support you need.