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Cypress Counseling Services

7972 SE 13th Avenue, Suite 104

Portland, OR 97202

Brooke@CypressCounselingServices.com

(503) 217-4147

Specializing in Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, and Couples Therapy

 
Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention. Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness, and involve excessive fear or anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders and affect nearly 30 percent of adults at some point in their lives. . But anxiety disorders are treatable and a number of effective treatments are available. Treatment helps most people lead normal productive lives.

 
Depression

 Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.

 

 
Life Transitions 

The significance you assign to events as well as the skills you have for managing stress and anxiety are crucial in times of transition.  Talking about the changes in your life will help you understand and evaluate the meaning of the transition you are experiencing.  Therapy will give you the necessary skills and techniques to navigate new ground with greater clarity and peace.

 
Couples Therapy

Couples counseling is usually a short-term therapy that may take only a few sessions to improve the quality of a couple's relationship. Typically, we explore the couple's established roles, communication patterns, shared goals, and beliefs.  Couples work to understand how each partner is contributing to the challenges experienced in their relationship. 

 

When personal responsibility is understood partners readily embrace new skills and improve their interactions.  Even small changes increase a couples positive and enriching experiences.  Partners are encouraged as they work to create a supportive bond. 

 
Pre Marriage Preparation

Premarital counseling is a specialized type of therapy that helps couples prepare for marriage. By participating in premarital counseling prior to their wedding, couples can begin to build a healthy, strong relationship that helps provide a healthier foundation for their union. Premarital counseling can help couples of any gender, race, or religion identify and address potential areas of conflict in their relationship. Additionally, counseling can prevent small issues from escalating into serious concerns at some point in the future.

 

Premarital therapy also helps couples identify their expectations for the marriage and address any significant differences they might have.

 
Stress in the Workplace

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps individuals shift from perceiving themselves as having little control over their circumstances to becoming empowered to either change outside pressures or learn to cope with and relate to them differently. With practice, CBT techniques can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, and increase confidence.

CBT treatment has helped ministers reduce the experience of stress and trauma caused by the challenges of their profession. These same techniques can also help most people heal from various traumatic and emotionally difficult situations. CBT reduces distress and helps to restore emotional balance. Here are three techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy to use in your own life.