We offer counseling and therapy in various areas of mental health.
Our clinicians and interns are here to provide evidence based therapeutic service to help both children, adolescents, and adults work towards living more fulfilling days.
If you are located in South Carolina or Florida and are searching for professional help with one of the mental health areas below, please contact us directly to schedule an appointment today.
Trauma & PTSD
Trauma is an emotional response for a distressing or life-changing event.
Trauma can cause severe anxiety or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. The effects of trauma can be long-lasting, causing deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, and loss of self even far after the event has passed. Trauma can be related to the experience of childhood physical, sexual or emotional abuse, sexual assault, victim or witnessing violence, combat or natural disasters. Some people can recover from a traumatic event with time and a strong support system. For others, seeking out professional support and learning skills to alleviate symptoms is necessary to move into your next chapter.
Trauma symptoms may include:
Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds which reminds you of the event
Feelings of depression, anxiety, guilt, or numbness
Intrusive thoughts, nightmares, or flashbacks
Anger, aggression, irritability, and hypervigilance
Issues related to sleep
Change in habits or behavior since the trauma
The support and guidance of mental health professionals can be a vital part to healing from trauma. Trauma therapy can help you restore your sense of self, improve mood, and alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. More importantly, trauma therapy can provide you with the tools to start a new chapter in your story of life.
Do you feel like you and your significant other can not seem to understand each other?
Relationships are not always as easy as the storybooks. Couples and relationships come in a variety of forms and can have a unique set of complications. Relationship counseling can be for individuals or all parties of the relationship. Couples counseling can improve communication, make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding and strengthening the relationship, or going your separate ways in an amicable way. In many occasions, couples seek out therapy when the relationship is in a very difficult place however couples can use therapy to continue to build a stronger relationship and work out conflict before things get bad.
Relationship counseling can help with various issues such as:
Conflicts about child rearing or blended families
Making the decision to go to couples counseling can be tough. Sometimes taking the first step by admitting the relationship needs help is the hardest part.
If you are having trouble in your relationship seeking help is going more effective than ignoring the problems or hoping they get better on their own. Couples counseling can be insightful and empowering.
Parenting teens and pre-teens adolescents can be challenging. Adolescents will test boundaries and are emotional. Knowing when a teenager’s behaviors are beyond their typical, it will affect not only themselves but the family as a whole. Parents want their children to be healthy, happy, independent and make good choices. During times when adolescents are struggling and unhappy, there may be more happening that is causing such changes.
Signs for considering adolescent therapy:
Appears sad, isolates, and has increased mood swings
Change in academic or athletic performance
Abnormal amount of anger, acting out, arguing or changes in eating habits
Change in friend groups
Discusses being bullied at school
Engaging in risky or self-harming behaviors
Changes in sleep or eating patterns
Complains of: a headache, stomachache, or not feeling well despite being healthy
Major changes to family life-death, divorce, marriages, new children, move
Sexual, physical, or emotional abuse
Problems with drugs or alcohol
Adolescent counseling can help your child learn skills to manage feelings, improve negative thoughts, improve self-esteem, heal from traumatic experiences, increase self-awareness and self-acceptance, and build healthy relationships with others. Counseling can improve your relationship with your child and helping them make healthy life decisions.
Being a Veteran is an honor, but can come with some challenges in readjusting to the civilian sector. Veterans have a culture of their own and need specialized attention to overcome specific adjustment issues. There is no time limit assigned for readjustment, only symptoms help is needed.
Some signs Veterans needs help are problems sleeping, eating, or angry outburst. Sleep hygiene is a key part of living a well-balanced life. Diet helps provide energy to sustain the transition in the civilian sector and angry is the sign emotions and feelings are unresolved.
We also tend to see symptoms such as:
Anxiety and nervousness.
Having a hard time concentrating.
Withdrawal or isolation from people and social activities.
Feeling trapped and/or without hope that your situation will improve.
Some Veterans and their families need help and we are here for them and the entire family. Contact us at Above It All Counseling Group for support and guidance.
Depression is related to overwhelming or lengthy feelings of sadness, hopelessness, discouragement, or lack of internal motivation. We all feel moments of depression at times such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or getting fired from a job. Major depression is different in the depression last longer and the overwhelming feelings start to impact a person daily.
Some signs a person is not simply sad but suffering from Major depression is the length of time they have these overwhelming negative feelings. Anything over 2 weeks and interfering with day-to-day activities may require help.
There may be visible symptoms such as:
Everyone and everything annoys you
You sleep too much or too little
Over or under eating
Chronic pain without a physical source
Uninterested in appearance
Avoiding friends and family
Trouble concentrating or being forgetful
Feeling emotionally numb
Thinking about dying
Major depression requires professional help.
Over 15 million Americans suffer from major depression and don’t receive treatment (https://adaa.org/).
If this is you, please contact Above It All Counseling Group to understand your treatment options. We are here to support and guide you to a healthier life.
Anxiety exists in all of us. It is normal for each of us to experience occasional anxiety. Anxiety is the feeling we have when we are worried about a certain situation or lasting fear of an event. Anxiety is not a problem for most until the worry or fear won’t subside. If the feelings get worse they can become overwhelming and debilitating.
Some signs a person needs help and clinical anxiety is present is when there is excessive worry and concern about separation from people, places, or things beyond what would be expected for the specific development range. Anxiety can be present in children, adults, and adolescents.
We often see symptoms such as:
Recurrent excessive distress when separation from home or major attachment figures occurs (or is anticipated)
Persistent, excessive worry about losing major attachment figures (or something harmful happening to them)
Persistent and excessive worry that something traumatic will lead to separation from a major attachment figure (e.g., being kidnapped)
Persistent reluctance or refusal to go to school or other places because of fear of separation
Persistent or excessive fear or reluctance to be alone or without major attachment figures at home or in other settings
Persistent reluctance or refusal to go to sleep without being near a near a major attachment figure (or to sleep away from home)
Repeated nightmares involving separation
Repeated complaints of physical symptoms (e.g. headaches, stomachaches, vomiting) when separated from major attachment figures (or separation is anticipated)
Some people need help overcoming anxiety and we are here to help them and the entire family. Contact us at Above It All Counseling Group for support and guidance.
Life throws many surprises at us, and while we cannot predict the outcome of any situation, we can take control of how we respond to certain situations.
Life coaching is designed to help an individual achieve their goals and learn how to reflect and realize barriers they experienced in reaching their fullest potential.
Life Coaching is appropriate for many aspects in our lives. Such as:
Business leaders who want to continue advancing in their career
Recent college graduates who feel lost in the “real world”
Teachers who want to better serve their students
Recent retirees looking to find new meaning in life.
Life challenges and changes that make someone feel lost.
With life coaching sessions, you’ll learn about acceptance and how to exert your power of choice over whatever life may throw at you.
People with Physical Disablity Coaching
A person’s trauma, whether it be a physical, emotional or spiritual is often the defining aspect of their life.
This coaching can assist an individual to face and move beyond life’s challenges. Anyone who has experienced a trauma that has changed the way they navigate through life and we are here to support individuals with reaching their potential.
Our coach has not only survived their own personal trauma, but they have thrived in spite of their challenges. With that genuine experience, there is no doubt that your coach understands difficulty and knows what it takes to overcome obstacles.
Coaching will learn to adopt four necessary mindsets; They are:
To make changes, I must have goals. Those goals must be realistic and attainable!
To make genuine changes takes sustained effort. It takes determination, effort and hard work to modify my behavior.
I must have an ultimate goal, dream or wish. I need to recognize my difficulties as they are now. I must understand that there will not be a “quick-fix” for long-standing problems.
I need to be committed to making the gradual changes that will lead me toward my goals.
Your attitude toward life will change: