Nicole Ambrose, LCSW.
Trauma & Anxiety Counselor in Plantation, FL.
"Our past experiences may influence our present beliefs, relationships, and ability to function in a daily life but with support and guidance, we have the capacity to heal and create the change needed for a more fulfilled life."
Do you find yourself feeling nervous or on edge? Are you easily annoyed or irritable? Does your mind feel crowded with racing thoughts and worries making it difficult to concentrate on any one thing? Are you distancing yourself from others by canceling social activities or coming up with reasons why you can’t be a part of events outside of your home? Do you struggle with unresolved guilt or shame and find it difficult to trust? Or maybe you’re feeling completely numb and disconnected from yourself and the world around you?
ARE YOU READY TO FIND SOLUTIONS?
Visualize for a moment what life would be like if all of this pressure was lifted from you. If you were given an opportunity to gain clarity and move forward feeling secure and free from what may be holding you back, would you take it? How would your life change if you could get to know yourself on a deeper level and regain control over your thoughts and emotions? What if you could discover your true purpose and create a fulfilling life?
My style is direct, honest, and compassionate. I value transparency and collaboration as it’s important to me that you are the pilot in your process. Together we will find solutions to help you overcome the obstacles preventing you from living the life that you deserve.
I use a trauma-focused approach in my work with clients that are seeking help for a number of different presenting problems. The word “trauma” can seem intense and maybe you don’t identify with having any history of trauma. We often understand trauma to be something that is monumental and horrifying, and this is true to many cases, but when you compare your experiences to the extremes that are shown in media, it’s easy to minimize and disregard what may be impacting your life. Trauma is the result of an extraordinarily stressful event that often compromises your sense of security. Imagine your brain is a computer. All of the objective details of events from your life are data, or information, stored in your brain as memories. These memories become traumatic when you attach a subjective emotional experience to them. Trauma can be caused by one-time events or ongoing and chronic stress. Some examples could include a physical injury or car accident, a humiliating experience, environmental stress, childhood neglect, bullying, sudden loss of a loved one, etc. Trauma can be emotional, psychological, or physical. These experiences do not define who you are, however, it’s important to explore how these experiences have influenced your self concept to give yourself the power to be the person you want to be.
If you are working through unresolved or unaddressed trauma, it’s likely that you also experience anxiety, however, trauma is not always the precursor to issues with anxiety. The pressure of a fast-paced and demanding life can leave you feeling overwhelmed and stretched thin on an intellectual and emotional level. Anxiety can be situational; for example, maybe you experience high anxiety around deadlines for work, or when giving a presentation in front of a crowd or maybe you’re trying to juggle multiple responsibilities at once and feel as though you’re burning the wick at both ends. It can also be chronic and feel completely debilitating; you might wake up with intense worry but can’t figure out why, maybe you feel on edge constantly and can’t relax the tension in your body, or maybe you’re experiencing panic attacks more frequently. Anxiety can leave you feeling disconnected and disorganized and in today’s society, that can be detrimental to your success. I enjoy working with professionals ready to invest in finding a better balance in their day to day life. I believe it’s important to figure out what the origin of your anxiety is so that we can develop a holistic plan to give you the peace and grounding that will allow you continue through life at your best.
I will bring several different modalities to sessions that will help you to gain clarity and provide you with tools to help you manage your life more effectively..
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): focuses on providing skills to manage emotions in four key areas; mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness
Psychodynamic Therapy: focuses on resolving internal conflicts that may be rooted in childhood and developing more effective coping strategies for managing emotions.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): focuses on desensitizing negative emotions associated with traumatic events and exploring maladaptive beliefs that form as the result of trauma. The goal is to develop more adaptive beliefs about self to diminish the impact of trauma on the person.
Somatic Transformation Therapy: focuses on healing the mind-body connection through breathing and grounding exercises, physical movement, etc.
A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT ME
I am the founder and owner of Direct Intentions, LLC. I have a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Social Work from Westfield State University in Massachusetts. I have worked in many capacities as a social worker, but have been working as a therapist for the last five years.
When I’m not working with others, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, connecting with nature by swimming in the ocean, hiking in the woods, or getting my hands dirty in my garden. I love creating new concoctions in the kitchen and of course, eating. I am a total foodie. I find serenity in yoga, meditation, and reading.
Work with me by calling today for a free 15-minute phone consultation at 954-903-1676 to discover if we would be a good fit to work together.