Counseling & Consultation Services Dr. Marlene L. East, EdD, LMHC Phone or Text: (850) 250-2690 Fax: (321) 800-2580
Dr. Marlene L. East Licensed Mental Health Counselor Professional Counseling for: Children ~ Teens ~ Adults ~ Couples ~ Families
Abuse (Physical, Sexual, Psychological)
Anxiety, Panic Disorders, Phobias
Behavior Problems in Children
Divorce, Separation, Blending Families
Grief and Loss
Trauma, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
How to Manage Trauma After Hurricane Michael
Thousands of people in Northwest Florida recently experienced physical, financial, and emotional trauma related to Hurricane Michael. Many are homeless or displaced, and are continuing to experience trauma and chronic stress post-hurricane. Here are a few tips from the American Psychological Association to help:
Recognize that this is a challenging time but one that you can work to manage. You've tackled hardships at other times in your life. Tap into the skills you used to get through past challenges.
Allow yourself to mourn the losses you have experienced. Recognize that you may experience a variety of emotions and their intensity will likely less over time.
Take a news break. Watching replays of footage from the hurricane can make your stress even greater. Often, the media tries to interest viewers by presenting worst case scenarios. These may not be representative of your home or community.
Ask for support from people who care about you and who will listen and empathize with your situation. But keep in mind that your typical support system may be weakened if those who are close to you also have experienced or witnessed the hurricane.
Find ways to express yourself when ready. Communicating your experience through talking with family, close friends or a counselor, keeping a diary, or other forms of self-expression may be a source of comfort. Find out about local support groups led by appropriately trained and experienced professionals. Support groups are often available in communities following large-scale disasters. People can experience relief and comfort connecting with other hurricane survivors who have had similar reactions and emotions. These can be especially helpful for people with limited personal support systems.
Engage in healthy behaviors to enhance your ability to cope with excessive stress. Eat well-balanced meals and get plenty of rest. If you experience difficulties sleeping, you may be able to find some relief through relaxation techniques. Avoid alcohol and drugs since these can increase a sense of depression and/or impede you from doing what is necessary to be resilient and cope with events.
Establish or reestablish routines such as eating meals at regular times and following an exercise program. Take some time off from the demands of daily life by pursuing hobbies or other enjoyable activities.
If possible, avoid major life decisions such as switching jobs because these activities tend to be highly stressful.
11/07/2018: My caseload is full. I will not be taking new clients until June 2019. Please check with your insurance company for names of providers. If you have been a past client, please email me and I will try to work you in. firstname.lastname@example.org
Publishing: My dissertation research was published in the December 2016 issue of Journal of Technology in Human Services. The title of the article is Mental health mobile apps’ instruction: Technology adoption theories applied in a mixed methods study of counseling faculty. doi:10.1080/15228835.2016.1233842
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." ~ Helen Keller