People look to therapy for relief from distressing symptoms. However, your symptoms are only the starting point: They provide clues to the origin of your pain and your methods of managing it. As you grow stronger in therapy, your symptoms naturally evolve and diminish.
what Are Symptoms?
Symptoms signal that you are trying to manage an untenable conflict and experiencing extreme stress. Symptoms can be confusing, because although they can be problematic, even debilitating, in themselves, they are not the fundamental problem. Rather, they express the problem and how you manage it. If you focus solely on relieving your symptom(s), you may miss the underlying issue(s) altogether, which will likely resurface in the future.
Dr. Agree treats individuals with most symptoms and disorders. Below is a sample of experiences she has helped people to change and overcome:
The list above is only an example of the symptoms or subjective experiences from which you may seek relief. If you suffer from one item on the list, you likely experience others as well. This is because internal conflict affects us in multiple ways, and the methods we use to manage stress on our own often compound the problem and create additional symptoms.
For instance, if you try to suppress anger, it may give rise to anxiety, emotional numbness, and other undesirable consequences. It is also possible to be completely unaware of your symptoms – to feel only that you’d like relief from something unidentifiable.
Dr. Agree recognizes the depth and complexity of emotional pain and distress. She will help you understand the meaning and significance of your symptoms and find the relief you need.