Peggy Freeman, M.A.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
When we are no longer able to change a situation,
we are challenged to change ourselves.
- Victor Frankl
Counseling Can Help Create The Changes You Desire
I know that reaching out for help and finding the right therapist can be challenging and I appreciate your visiting my site as you consider your choices. I am a graduate of Rollins College with a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling and have 20 years of experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I specialize in trauma therapy with extensive experience working with victims of abuse and have advanced training including EMDR, however, I also welcome those who are seeking help for depression, anxiety, low self esteem, grief, health challenges or relationship issues. My practice is available for adults from 18 to 80+ years old both individually and in couple's therapy. As the relationship with your therapist is the most important factor for a successful outcome, I strive to create a relationship that is respectful, empathetic and collaborative. I believe that we all have an innate ability to heal and grow but that we sometimes need help getting unstuck and in developing the skills we might not have been taught. I respect your right to decide on your treatment goals and draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches in order to help you achieve your goals. I am additionally trained as a Qualified Supervisor and offer supervision services to registered mental health counselor interns.
Specializing in Trauma, Anxiety,
Depression and Couple's Therapy
In my work, I have come to understand that the emotional wounds from traumatic experiences often do not heal with time alone. You may struggle with disturbing memories or dreams, make efforts to avoid things that are triggers, feel numb or alternately as though your feelings are out of control. You may feel shame and fear that others will reject you if they knew what you have experienced. You may recognize that you are mistreated or disrespected in your relationships. Trauma is an injury, not an illness, and the good news is that, with help, healing is possible.
Anxiety is the most common reason people seek therapy so know that you are not alone! You may feel tense and worried all the time, alert for the bad things you fear might happen. You may have difficulty falling asleep or wake in the night with difficulty getting back to sleep. Perhaps you feel as though you can't shut your mind off. You may have panic attacks in which you suddenly feel as though you can't breathe, feel hot or notice tingling sensations. The good news is that you don't have to continue to live like this as anxiety is one of the most easily treated conditions. Therapy can help you learn skills to not only manage your current stress but also equip you with tools you can use in the future.
Everyone gets sad at times but depression is different. It is not something you can just "snap out of" as others might have advised. You may feel sad all the time or as though you have no emotions. You may be irritable and want to isolate. You may sleep too much and still feel tired or you may struggle with insomnia. You might find that you overeat or perhaps food has lost it's appeal to you. Even simple tasks may feel like too much effort and you don't find enjoyment in the things that used to give you pleasure. You may have been diagnosed and put on an antidepressant but find that you are still struggling with your depression. Therapy has been shown to be effective in treating depression and might be the missing piece.
One of our most difficult tasks in life may be developing and maintaining a healthy long term relationship with our partner. Perhaps you find that you are fighting more and unable to work through your differences or maybe you are reeling from learning of a recent affair. You may be considering whether you want to stay in this relationship or not. It is also possible that you would like to have your relationship evaluated before making the decision to marry. Conflict is inevitable in any committed relationship and can ultimately bring us closer together or drive us further apart.
We all experience losses but some can feel overwhelming. The loss might have been sudden or you may have had multiple losses close together. It is normal to feel sad, lonely and even angry and to become tearful suddenly when something reminds you of your loss. You may feel that you need support to help you through the grief or may feel you are not getting better. If you find that your grief is interfering with your ability to handle your responsibilities or that you are having difficulty thinking about anything else, you might want to consider therapy to help with your healing.
Our minds and our bodies are connected and physical health challenges can also challenge us emotionally. Perhaps you have chronic pain or disability due to a health condition or accident. You may be having difficulty adjusting to a new health condition or experiencing fears about your future. In my practice, I have seen how even those who had good mental health have found it helpful to seek counseling after a change in their physical health.