Counseling & EMDR Therapy
Julia St. Clair, RMHCI is an EMDR trained clinician providing counseling services to children, teens, and adults in Rockledge, Florida.
Feeling anxious or overwhelmed? Do you find it hard to relax? Are you feeling stuck or as though you cannot change your situation yourself?
Everyone experiences anxiety in some way. You may have experienced it at times in your life such as while driving during rush hour traffic, when preparing to give a public speech, or when studying for an upcoming exam in school. However, almost 20 percent of Americans experience anxiety in a way that affects their ability to participate in life fully.
Anxiety can range from feelings of overwhelming dread or intense fear of the unknown, to irritability, to simply being unable to relax. It can cause you to have racing thoughts, to worry constantly, or to have an irrational fear of certain situations or things. Anxiety may also show up as purely physical symptoms such as a racing heart, stomach cramps, back or neck aches, difficulty sleeping or eating, headaches, nausea, or shakiness.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you are not alone! With professional help, you can begin feeling better. Counseling can help you identify the thoughts and belief patterns that are perpetuating your feelings of anxiety, teach you alternative ways of handling stress, and can provide a supportive environment for you to process through your thoughts and feelings.
Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
Traumatic events, such as an accident, natural disaster, or sudden loss of a loved one, can have long lasting and negative effects.
A traumatic event is any event that causes physical, emotional, or psychological harm during which the person experiencing the event feels threatened or frightened for their life or the life of a loved one. Such events can lead us to experience a fight or flight response which can be life saving during a crisis, causing adrenaline to surge, increasing the heart rate, and using all bodily resources to focus on physically getting out of harms way. However, some people will continue experiencing such a response once the event is over and may feel as though they are on guard, startle easily, and have difficulty relaxing or sleeping. They may re-experience the event in the form of flashbacks or nightmares, and may develop symptoms of extreme anxiety, have panic attacks, or have a sense of things not being real or detachment.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, or if you suspect that you are suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), please know that you can begin feeling better today with professional help. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and EMDR have been shown to be highly effective treatments for PTSD.
What is EMDR therapy?
"Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing" is a specialized therapy that is especially effective with post traumatic stress disorder
According to the EMDR international association (EMDRIA), "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress."
EMDR uses eye movements, or other forms of bilateral stimulation, to reduce the effects of distressing memories and increase your ability to adaptively cope with psychological stress. EMDR can be used in treatment with adults, as well as children, is especially effective in treating posttraumatic stress disorder. It may also be used in the treatment of anxiety, panic attacks, grief, phobias, performance anxiety, stress reduction, addictions, and individuals with history of abuse.
Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, or Traumatic Stress
Did you know? Postpartum depression is the most common complication of pregnancy affecting almost 1 in 7 mothers.
Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or exhausted? Are you worrying more than usual? Is life as a new parent not what you expected it to be?
During pregnancy and postpartum, mothers can experience feelings of anxiety, sadness, hopelessness, or even posttraumatic stress during pregnancy or the postpartum period. These feelings can affect your ability to bond with your new baby, can affect your relationship with your spouse, partner, or other children, or it can affect your ability to function on a daily basis. You may experience changes in sleep or eating habits, have difficulty focusing, worry more than usual or even have intrusive or scary thoughts. You may not feel confident about being left alone with your baby, feel as though you are not a good parent, or you may even experience physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach cramps or nausea, shakiness, or panic attacks.
Affecting more than 1 in 5 women during the postpartum period, postpartum depression and anxiety are considered the most common complication of childbirth. Counseling can help to alleviate symptoms associated with postpartum depression and anxiety, helping you gain relief so that you may enjoy your pregnancy or life as a new parent. Postpartum depression, anxiety, and traumatic stress are treatable conditions. With help, you can begin to feel better today.
Post traumatic stress (PTSD) is another common postpartum complication following a traumatic childbirth, affecting up to 10% of new mothers. Traumatic events such as an emergency c-section, baby requiring to stay in the NICU, or severe physical complications during childbirth or pregnancy may cause a new mother to experience symptoms of PTSD such as extreme anxiety, panic attacks, feelings of unreality or detachment, nightmares, flashbacks, irritability, or insomnia. Such symptoms can be debilitating and can affect a mother's ability to bond with her baby, participate in her relationship with her spouse, or to enjoy life the way she expected to as a new parent.
Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, or PTSD is temporary and treatable with professional help. If you feel you may be suffering from any of these conditions, please know you are not alone and reach out today for help.
Julia St. Clair, RMHCI is an EMDR trained clinician and registered mental health counselor intern located in Rockledge, Florida. She provides counseling services to children, teens, and adults experiencing anxiety or traumatic stress both in her office as well as online.
Julia St. Clair, MS, RMHCI
EMDR trained clinician, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Overwhelmed? Anxious? Disturbing thoughts or memories? Are these feelings affecting your relationships or your interactions at work?
We face many unpredictable challenges in life. From the sudden loss of a family member, to job or school changes, to the birth of a child, or even postpartum depression. Such challenges can have adverse effects that reach deep into all areas of your life, from your relationships with family or friends to your performance at work or school.
I specialize in helping children, teens, and adults affected by feelings of anxiety, panic attacks, or changes in mood associated with anxiety or post traumatic stress. I truly enjoy helping children and adults find their sense of wellbeing and self-worth, bringing balance and harmony back into their lives.
As a mother of two and with over a decade of experience as a counselor, I provide additional expertise with individuals, children, and couples affected by a wide range of issues. I have specialized training in maternal mental health, EMDR therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy, child-parent psychotherapy, and Gottman method couples therapy.
Ready to make a change? Call or email me to schedule an initial consult. My office is centrally located in Melbourne, Florida on Eau Gallie Boulevard just east of Eau Gallie High School. I provide counseling sessions both in my office as well as online.
Below is a list of books related to anxiety or post traumatic stress that may be a good addition to counseling.
By David D. Burns, M.D.
In this book, Dr. Burns outlines techniques and provides exercises that help you learn to manage anxiety symptoms such as fears, phobias, and panic attacks, and self-defeating attitudes. He further teaches ways to increase intimate communication and build self-esteem.
- Julia St. Clair, RMHCI
By Martin M. Antony, Ph.D. & Randi E. McCabe, Ph.D.
A simple guide on how to track your feelings of anxiety or panic, change your anxious thoughts to more calm and realistic ones, and face fearful situations more comfortably using breathing and stress reduction techniques.
- Julia St. Clair, RMHCI
By Bob Stahl, Ph.D. & Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.
This workbook teaches mindfulness-based stress reduction skills, shown to be effective for reducing stress and alleviating anxiety, panic, and depression.
- Julia St. Clair, RMHCI
By Francine Shapiro, Ph.D.
In this book, Dr. Shapiro teaches self help techniques from EMDR therapy to teach readers how to understand themselves, how to improve relationships, break through emotional barriers, and overcome limitations.
- Julia St. Clair, RMHCI