Healing with Guilt Counseling

The Cambridge Dictionary defines guilt as “a feeling of worry or unhappiness that you have because you have done something wrong…” Guilt is a normal emotional reaction. However, if you allow guilt to hang around too long, it will feel like a thousand pounds. Eventually it begins affecting more areas of your life. Guilt counseling is an excellent tool to help cast off the weight of your guilt and free yourself.

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Effects of Guilt

Feelings of guilt are oftentimes associated with mental health illnesses such as depression and anxiety. If left untreated, guilt can impact what you believe about yourself and have a negative effect on your self-esteem. When a person feels inadequate, it is very difficult to keep moving forward to pursue and achieve goals. Guilt can steal joy and happiness. It can cause you to avoid the person you may have hurt or even isolate yourself from everyone. Effects of guilt also present as anxiety, worry, upset stomach, regret, difficulty sleeping, perseverance over past mistakes, and muscle tension. In more serious cases, guilt can lead to self-harm or wanting to harm others.

If you are experiencing any of the above effects of guilt, it is time for grief counseling. Your mental well-being and quality of life go hand in hand, so it’s important to seek help so you can optimize your health.

Grief Counseling with Garrett

Our team of professionals at Garrett are available in three convenient locations to serve your needs in Alabama: Jacksonville, Huntsville, and Boaz. Online appointments are also available for those who prefer meeting with a counselor from the safety and security of their own home. Contact us today for your initial consultation and see how our team at Garrett can help free you from the weight of guilt. You can reach us at (256) 239-5662, or click here to fill out the online form.


Treating Teenage Depression with Counseling

According to the CDC, approximately 1.9 million children between the ages of 3 and 17 have been diagnosed with depression. The World Health Organization cites that globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents.

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Early Detection is Key

Recognizing signs of teenage depression is crucial to warding off an escalation of symptoms and inconceivable consequences. Adolescence predictably brings with it a change in behaviors. Deciphering the difference between normal teenage-isms and depression could be a challenge. Emotional symptoms of teenage depression  include the following:

  • Feeling hopeless
  • Unexplained crying spells
  • Feeling worthless
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • A grim outlook on the future
  • Easily frustrated
  • Overly sensitive
  • Difficulty with concentration or thinking
  • Thoughts of suicide

Behavioral changes associated with depression include sleeping too much or not being able to sleep at all, changes in appetite, lack of energy, social isolation, neglecting personal hygiene, self-harm, or use of drugs or alcohol.

When to Get Help

If you are concerned with your child’s behavior, start by talking with them. This will give you a clearer understanding if they are experiencing normal adolescent changes or if there may be something more going on. Depressive symptoms typically do not go away on their own, so it is important for you to seek help for your teen. If left untreated, symptoms can worsen and put your child at risk of suicide or other self-harming behaviors. If there is an immediate risk of suicide or threats of suicide, call 911 or local emergency contact number.

Compassionate Counselors

Our team of compassionate counselors are specialized in the scope of teenage depression. To serve you better, we offer in-person counseling sessions at all three of our Garrett Counseling locations (Huntsville, Boaz, or Jacksonville). Teletherapy sessions are also available. Request more information by clicking here, or call (256) 239-5662.


Reasons for Therapy – Part 1

reasons for therapyToday we’re starting a mini-blog series on reasons for therapy. We’ll start this off by saying, if you want to go to therapy, you should. Just wanting to is a good enough reason. However, if you want to know some of the common reasons for therapy  as heard by our counselors, here they are.

Top 5 Reasons for Therapy

The top five most frequent reasons we hear from patients about the reason they are here with us are (in no particular order):

  1. Infidelity
  2. Divorce
  3. Depression
  4. Anxiety
  5. Death of a Loved One

However, these are certainly not the only reasons. Kids going off to college, a job change or loss, feelings of isolation and stress are common reasons too. Therapy can be beneficial for anyone in any new or different situation. You don’t have to experience a life-changing event or trauma to feel like you qualify for therapy or that you would even benefit from therapy.

Our Counselors Can Help

As you can see from this short list, reasons for therapy includes major things to every day stressors. If you’re facing a big life change, speaking with a counselor can help with clarity. They can also guide you through the decisions you may be trying to navigate through. They can help you with your decision process, weighing the pros and cons of each decision. If you’re feeling isolated or alone, maybe you just need someone to talk to who can offer an unbiased opinion on your thoughts and feelings.

At Garrett Counseling, our team has the expertise and compassion to help you through any emotional or mental stressors you may be encountering no matter how big or small you may think they are. With three convenient locations in Huntsville, Boaz, and Jacksonville, we are available for you. Call us today at (256) 239-5662, or fill out our contact form here.  In part two of this mini blog series, we’ll cover a few more reasons therapy is an important part of overall wellness.


Identifying Signs of Postpartum Depression

The birth of a child is one of the most anticipated experiences a mother dreams of. Snuggling the newborn, the smell of their skin, and all of the wonderful feelings of holding your baby. But what if you don’t have that feeling of elation? What if you feel detached? You could be suffering from postpartum depression.

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What is Postpartum Depression?

Unlike the “baby blues”, which may include things like changes in appetite, decreased libido, frequent mood swings, fatigue and trouble sleeping, Postpartum depression is more serious. It is a combination of hormonal, social, and psychological changes that occur surrounding the birth of a child with more severe, and atypical symptoms. Although not unusual, postpartum depression doesn’t happen to everyone. It is more severe than the baby blues. It can happen immediately, weeks or even months following childbirth. Some signs include the following:

  • Loss of pleasure
  • Having no interest in your baby or feeling detached
  • Crying frequently and without reason
  • Depressed mood
  • Severe irritability
  • Feeling worthless and hopeless
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Difficulty making decisions or focusing

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be suffering from postpartum depression and need help immediately.

Treatment for Postpartum Depression

Treatment for postpartum depression varies based on the types of symptoms you are experiencing and their severity. For some counseling alone is enough. Others need antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication individually or a combination of medication with a counselor or support group. If you are breastfeeding, it’s important to discuss medications with your doctor so they can prescribe one that fits your needs.

Don’t Be Ashamed

Be encouraged! If you feel that you are experiencing mental postpartum issues, there is help available to you. Our compassionate and skilled professionals have the expertise in treating postpartum issues that others in Jacksonville, Boaz and Hunstville don’t. Any of our locations can get you in quickly, so call or fill out our contact form for your appointment today at (256) 239-5662.