It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a disaster. Everyone reacts differently, and your feelings will change over time. Resist the temptation to make yourself wrong for your stress. Notice and accept how you feel and know that your emotions are temporary. Taking care of your emotional health will help you think clearly and react accordingly to protect yourself and your family. Self-care will help both your coping and your long-term recovery. People with pre-existing mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during this time and monitor for any new symptoms.
Steps to cope with a distress:
Common signs of distress:
**If you experience these feelings or behaviors for several days in a row and are unable to carry out normal responsibilities because of them, please seek professional help.
Heather Bach brings 20 years of experience and training to her role as Clinical Director of the Bach Counselling. With her Master of Arts in Psychology, she is certified with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Heather works primarily with couples and individuals using evidence-based approaches in dealing with relationship issues, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, disordered eating, and ADHD.
Heather uses a number of evidence-based tools and techniques to bring her clients closer to their goals.
Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT),
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT),
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR),
Short-Term Psychodynamic Therapy,
Bowen Family Systems and Process Oriented Jungian Therapy