Ann Horton, MA, LMHC, CSAT-Candidate

Specialties

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Trauma & PTSD

I have extensive experience counseling victims of trauma and PTSD. While we tend to associate PTSD with military veterans, there are many other people who suffer from this debilitating condition. Many of my trauma clients are adults recovering from a childhood experience that has caused serious psychological scarring. Even experiences and events such as the sudden loss of a job, an auto accident or the break-up of a relationship can be traumatic.  When treating trauma survivors, I use EMDR therapy—a specialized psychotherapeutic method that is designed to help trauma victims recover and work through painful memories that have prevented them from having a full and satisfying life. I also utilize Lifespan Integration therapy, which enables us to process the emotional baggage that has built up over time. Ultimately, my goal is to help the sufferer come to a place of emotional and mental stability, so that he or she is able to reclaim control and heal from the past.
 

Abuse

As with trauma and PTSD, my work with victims of abuse has frequently involved adult victims of childhood suffering. As adults, they may have learned effective but ultimately flawed coping skills such as shutting down, separating and detachment; therefore many abuse victims are unable to form healthy attachments with others.  They live in constant fear, clinging to people and suffering from relational issues. As an abuse counselor, my goal is to help you process your memories and make sense of your emotions so that you are able to break free from the past and live a healthy, whole life. Again, I often use EMDR and Lifespan Integration to aid this process. In our work together, I will do all I can within my power to help you feel safe, secure, and empowered by the knowledge that you are free and in control of your life and wellbeing.
 

Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal emotion, but when it grows out of control, it can completely eclipse one’s sense of joy in life. If you are suffering from an anxiety problem, I want you to know that help is available. My approach to healing for anxiety depends largely on the causes of the problem. For example, when treating anxiety based on present circumstances, I use a lot of talk therapy that will help you verbalize your thoughts, fears, and concerns. When the anxiety is rooted in childhood experiences, we may have to dig deeper. Ultimately, the goal is to discover the root of the anxiety so that you are able to understand what is causing your anxious thoughts and behaviors, and work toward positive change.
 

Depression

When treating persons for depression, like anxiety, my goal is to help my client understand the cause of their condition so that they can understand themselves and identify practical steps to heal and grow. Sometimes the causes are genetic; other times depression has its roots in childhood trauma; and sometimes it’s a temporary reaction of the brain to stress or grief. If you are suffering from depression, it is important to know that you are not alone. I would be delighted to partner with you and to use my professional insight to help you experience real, lasting healing.
 

Grief and Loss

Grief is a powerful emotional response to a loss that causes change in a person’s life. If you are suffering from grief, it is important to give yourself plenty of space to process your pain and loss, before you can work through the emotions and return to a sense of normalcy. However, sometimes we can become stuck in grief for an unusually lengthy period of time, and it becomes harder and harder to recover fully from the loss. If you are feeling “stuck” in grief, I am here to help. As a grief counselor, I will come alongside you to provide support and to help you find peace in the knowledge that God is still in charge and wants what is best for you.
 

Relationship Issues

Everybody has experienced relational difficulties, and sometimes it just takes an objective outsider to help us gain clarity on what is unhealthy in a relationship. I have seen many toxic relationships between coworkers, family members, and friends—people don’t know how to deal with these relationships that are preventing them from thriving. If this sounds like a problem you’re having, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Together we can talk about the problem and discuss effective, immediate solutions for moving forward.
 

Personal Development

I offer personal development counseling for people who are experiencing major transitions in their life. PD counseling is all about asking yourself, “Where do I want to go from here? What prospects are there for growth in my life? How can I use difficult experiences as opportunities for positive change?” Life transitions can be difficult, but these are also moments to redefine who you are and to embrace a new path God has set before you. We’re never too old for this, but trying to figure out where God is calling you can be challenging on your own. I am here to help you discern the positive steps you can take toward growing and changing your life for the better. Together we will consider practical steps you can take toward becoming the person you want to be.