Barbara L. Fraser <br> MA, MAT, LPC

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Here are some frequently asked questions from clients.  I hope that you find them helpful. Please feel free to contact me if you have some of your own questions about mental health or about the structure of my practice.

Grief and Loss

When someone moves, often there is a sense of loss.  Grief is a common emotional response to a move.  An individual may grieve the loss of friends, the loss of a childhood house, or the loss of other familiar people and routine places.  Grief counseling helps to reduce feelings of isolation and sadness.  As a result, there is a renewed sense of hopefullness, optimism and happiness. 

Death of a loved one is a significant emotional loss.  Grief and depression can sometimes look alike.  Grieving is normal and natural, and is not depression.  It is likely that once you commit to grief counseling and get the tools you need to reconcile your loss, the sadness and isolaltion will be reduced greatly or completely go away.

Trauma - EMDR Certified

No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes "frozen in time," and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
 

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.

 

(www.EMDRIA.org)

Depression

I can provide a depression screening that will provide important information about the presence of depression and its severity.  Additionally, talking with a client about his family health history, mood, behaviors and thoughts also help in the diagnostic process.  I often consult with doctors and other mental health practitioners in order to make a comprehensive and accurate diagnosis.

Anxiety

Not all people need medication for anxiety. In fact, many people are able to decrease their anxiety without medication. However, some people find much needed relief from taking medication while simultaneously getting counseling. It depends on the individual and the severity/type of anxiety.  If you are under the care of a primary care physician, I can collaborate wtih your doctor with your consent in order to determine the best treatment for you. 

Stress Management

Stress management is one of the most common reasons why people seek counseling.  I can help you develop skills to decrease stress, such as practicing relaxation techniques and discovering the benefits of mindfulness.

Parenting

It is common for families to struggle with effective communication.  Communication with our children can be hard at times, especially as children mature into young adults.  I can help families develop respectful, loving relationships which fosters a tranquil home environment.

When someone moves, often there is a sense of loss.  Grief is a common emotional response to a move.  An individual may grieve the loss of friends, the loss of a childhood house, or the loss of other familiar people and routine places.  Grief counseling helps to reduce feelings of isolation and sadness.  As a result, there is a renewed sense of hopefullness, optimism and happiness. 

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