A natural disaster, such as the catastrophic flooding here in southeast Texas following Hurricane Harvey, takes a toll on our ability to work, shop and do the things we are used to doing. Because we were unable to go anywhere for about five days, cabin fever was a threat, but we were thankful that we were able to be home. As I watched people being evacuated and rescued, my heart went out to them. I knew their desire to be dry and warm. I understood their need to feel safe. I felt the heartbreak at their devastating losses.
Now that most of the flood waters have receded and people are returning to damaged homes, the support they need is great. We are pretty aware that people are going to need financial assistance to recover, but we many times do not consider those who feel traumatized by their experiences. We may think that fixing a floor or a wall will make everything better. Repairing the home may help us feel dryer and safer, but the emotional effects from evacuation and devastation can last for years. These effects will likely have some influence on relationships with others and especially with our partners and family. It may seem a daunting task to get to a place where things feel good again. We are here to support you while you work to recover.
At Texas Relationship Therapy, we are passionate about our clients having the healthy relationships they desire. Additionally, we understand the kinds of losses people in our area have incurred, and we want to assist those who need to work through the emotional side effects, especially those that directly affect relationships. We will work with you on an individual basis and in couples and family sessions. We will listen to each person’s story, and we know the importance of understanding your discomfort or pain. We will work cooperatively with you to develop goals that help you and your family recover. Then we will work together to develop processes for accomplishing the goals. Your therapist will help to reinforce behaviors that work well for your relationship and to identify those which are damaging. We stand with Houston, because we are Houstonians and incredibly proud to be surrounded by others who feel such deep care for each other!
Written by: Kearin Miller, MS, LMFT-Associate, CST-Candidate