It can be hard to tell when you need to ask for help or if you should continue to try to make things better on your own. The following are some signs that it might be helpful to see a counselor:
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  • Your emotions are affecting your sleep, eating habits, concentration, relationships and/or your everyday life.
  • You worry all the time and rarely feel calm or at peace.
  • You feel like it is not getting any better.
  • You feel trapped and hopeless.
  • You feel overwhelmed and alone and do not know where to turn.
  • You feel the need to talk to an unbiased person.
About Traci...
I am a psychotherapist in practice since 1990. I work together with everyday people with regular struggles. I coach people who are feeling down, overwhelmed, anxious, conflicted, those that are shy or are coping with change and transitions, making decisions, or struggling with marital or relationship challenges. While many people can manage their problems on their own, the therapeutic process often enables them to reach their goals and decrease symptoms and stress more quickly. Instead of viewing therapy as a grim experience, I see it as an opportunity to work together to create the best life you can have. My manner is informal, relaxed and insight oriented. I even believe humor can be used as an integral tool in the therapy experience. Humor often illuminates the many strange and challenging predicaments that we all face at times. It is my goal to help people identify their struggles and strengths to become their true authentic self. My philosophy is guided by my unwavering belief in people's ability to achieve their greatest potential.

If you are unsure if the changes you have been experiencing are normal, you can go to Screening for Mental Health, a non-profit organization offering a free, anonymous mental health screening. SMH programs may help you identify whether you are struggling with some symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or a brief screening for adolescent depression. I also offer a free half-hour consultation to discuss your results.

BCBS, MESSA, BCN, Optum, Magellan, HAP, United Health Care, Cigna, Aetna and other insurances accepted. Some sliding scale openings are also available.