Specialities

Anxiety


Anxiety attacks can be overwhelming and feel horrible. Anxiety, in general, is extremely common. Anxiety is often by inaccurate thoughts, feelings, actions, image plucked accidentally or prematurely from the unconscious into the conscious or accurate compartment by mistake. Your job is to place them back into the old compartment.
People often have pervasive worry and obsessing without realizing it. Long-term anxiety can lead to panic attacks and depression. Although anxiety can be a waxing and waning disorder it is very treatable through a combination of treatment modalities. Cognitive therapy with or without medication is extremely helpful. Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
• Shortness of breath
• Dizziness
• Out of body feeling
• Fear of dying and numbness or tingling in hands and feet
Obsessing, worry, automatic thoughts and “sticky brain thoughts” are often present with or without an individual’s knowledge. In children and adolescents, this may take the form of anxiety and worry about academic, athletic, and social performance.
Some common anxiety disorders are; Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and in children Separation Anxiety Disorder, Over Anxious Disorder and School Phobia.
If you are Anxiety that are distressing, please schedule an appointment for an assessment today.




Depression


Depression often stems from unresolved obsession. If you learn to stop the inaccurate thoughts often the depression will lift.
Causes
Depression stems from various sources such as; hereditary, biological (hormone imbalance), chemical imbalance, life issues and chronic worry. Many people have underlying other disorders or multiple disorders affecting their problems such as; Bipolar, Poly Substance Abuse and Anxiety Disorders. Some people will need medication, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or a combination of treatment modalities Symptoms
According to the DSM-V, a manual used to diagnose mental disorders, depression occurs when you have at least five of the following nine symptoms at the same time:
• a depressed mood during most of the day, particularly in the morning
• fatigue or loss of energy almost every day
• feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day
• impaired concentration, indecisiveness
• insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) almost every day
• markedly diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities nearly every day
• recurring thoughts of death or suicide (not just fearing death)
• a sense of restlessness — known as psychomotor agitation — or being slowed down — retardation
• significant weight loss or gain (a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month)
If you are experiencing any distressing symptoms please make an appointment today.




Emotional Trauma


We all experience some form of trauma from childhood. No one escapes their childhood without having faced something traumatic, which can be mild to severe. In therapy you will have a safe place to explore any trauma you have experienced or are still experiencing.




Men's Issues


Becoming a healthy and balanced man has a lot of different components. It starts from learning how to think more accurately in order to make better decisions is the major challenge of living and loving. Any passivity regarding learning how to think and love more accurately and deeply represents the core complacent ignorance and preventable loss.




Personal Injury and Federal Workers Compensation


In some cases, psychological injury may accompany a physical injury. Many chronic pain and long-term recovery processes can lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders. If you have been suffering from workplace-related stress, don’t stay quiet. Your job should not cause excessive mental duress. Contact us for help and consider consulting an attorney about filing a psychological injury workers’ compensation claim. Depending on the circumstances, there may be a larger legal matter that needs to be addressed in the organization. Being discriminated against, taken advantage of, or verbally or physically abused is never acceptable




BDSM


BDSM is an acronym that refers to Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission, or Sadism & Masochism between consenting adults. It may be considered a practice, a lifestyle, an orientation, and a subculture. However, many people may engage in BDSM practices while not identifying with this label. Other terms you may hear to indicate an interest or affiliation with BDSM include kink, fetish, leather, and S&M. If you are in a distressing BDSM relationship or struggling in this lifestyle please make an appointment today.




ADHD


ADHD is a neurobiological disorder affecting approximately 11% of children, and is seen in countries all over the world. It is a highly heritable condition, about 80% genetically determined, which is almost as heritable as human height! Environmental influences are also thought to play a role.
ADHD is characterized by difficulties in three core areas: Inattention, Impulsivity and Hyperactivity, per the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria. However, there are other common features seen that are not included the criteria, including problems with emotional regulation, working memory and reward systems.




Grief and Loss Counseling


Grief and loss aren’t light-hearted topics. Grief refers to the process of recovering from the death of a loved one or beloved pet. They both express a variety range of feelings, for example anger, fears and a heavy feeling of sadness.
The process of adapting to a loss can dramatically change from person to person, depending on his or her background, beliefs, relationship to the person who’s passed, and other factors.
Common symptoms of grief can be physical, emotional or social.
A few common symptoms in these categories are:
Physical
• Crying and sighing
• Headaches
• Loss of appetite
• Difficulty sleeping
• Weakness
• Fatigue
Emotional
• Feelings of sadness and yearning
• Feelings of worry or anger
• Feelings of frustration or guilt
Social
• Feeling detached from others
• Self-isolation from social contact
• Behaving in ways that are not normal for you
Every person grieves differently. Whatever your personal symptoms are, grief and loss counseling have been proven to help.
If you are experiencing grief-related thoughts, behaviors, or feelings that are distressing, please make an appointment today.




Parenting and Co-Parenting


Parenting is not an easy task. No one has taught us how to be “good” parents. Co-parenting is even harder because mostly likely effective communication was never achieved. To be healthy parents, both parents need to be on the same page. We parent the parents first and then teach them how to be effective parents to their children. Children are sovereign beings meaning they are their own essence. As parents we think we own our children with strips them from their sovereignty. We will educate and provide you skills to be able to connect with your child to create a healthy, nurturing and striving atmosphere. Please make an appointment today if you are experiencing any parenting or co-parenting problems.




Behavior or Conduct Problems in Children


Children sometimes argue, are aggressive, or act angry or defiant around adults. A behavior disorder may be diagnosed when these disruptive behaviors are uncommon for the child’s age at the time, persist over time, or are severe. Because disruptive behavior disorders involve acting out and showing unwanted behavior towards others they are often called externalizing disorders.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
When children act out persistently so that it causes serious problems at home, in school, or with peers, they may be diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). ODD usually starts before 8 years of age, but no later than by about 12 years of age. Children with ODD are more likely to act oppositional or defiant around people they know well, such as family members, a regular care provider, or a teacher. Children with ODD show these behaviors more often than other children their age.
Examples of ODD behaviors include
• Often being angry or losing one’s temper
• Often arguing with adults or refusing to comply with adults’ rules or requests
• Often resentful or spiteful
• Deliberately annoying others or becoming annoyed with others
• Often blaming other people for one’s own mistakes or misbehavior
Conduct Disorder
Conduct Disorder (CD) is diagnosed when children show an ongoing pattern of aggression toward others, and serious violations of rules and social norms at home, in school, and with peers. These rule violations may involve breaking the law and result in arrest. Children with CD are more likely to get injured and may have difficulties getting along with peers.
Examples of CD behaviors include
• Breaking serious rules, such as running away, staying out at night when told not to, or skipping school
• Being aggressive in a way that causes harm, such as bullying, fighting, or being cruel to animals
• Lying, stealing, or damaging other people’s property on purpose *info provided by the CDC




Anger Management


Anger is an emotion related to one’s perception of having been offended or wronged and a tendency to undo that wrongdoing by retaliation.
How to avoid conflict:
• Do not use sarcasm
• Do not raise your voice or yell
• Stay calm while talking
• Engage in dialogue and negotiation only
• Do not intimidate
• Acknowledge the role of previous experiences and people as part of the elements that can lead to conflict
• If the conversation escalates, separate yourself from the situation Ways to resolve the conflict after it has taken place:
• Take some time to think about how the conflict began
• Try to determine the true source of the conflict and work this through your mind
• Once you have determined solutions to the conflict, contact the other party to meet
• Establish a calm state
• Engage in dialogue and negotiation
• Try to avoid raising your voice in the conversation
• Try to avoid sarcasm in the conversation
• If the conversation escalates, separate yourself from the situation
• Your goal should be to resolve the conflict If you experiencing anger issues that are distressing, please make an appointment today.




Family & Divorce Mediation


What is Family & Divorce Mediation?
Family & Divorce Mediation is an alternative process to help parties find solutions to issues such as child custody and the separation of assets. Does the mediator take sides?
No, a mediator is a neutral third party who does not work for the court system or the parties involved in the mediation. The mediator assist parties in developing a mutual agreed plan that parties can present to court that helps move cases forward. 5 Advantages of Mediation 1. You save time and money. If successful, mediation means sidestepping the formal process of divorce court. This shortens the process for the parties and helps minimize the caseload of the Family Court System. 2. Mediation is fair to all concerned. The mediator is a third party who has no interest in the outcome. He / she stands to gain nothing. Because of their objectivity they may be able to see solutions the parties can’t because they are not emotionally invested in the outcome. 3. Mediation is a confidential process. There is no court reporter taking down every word said. Any notes taken by the mediator are thrown away afterwards. You don’t have to worry about your “dirty laundry” being aired in public. There is no public court process. 4. Mediation avoids long, drawn out litigation, saves money in attorney fees and cuts down on the steps one normally has to go through to obtain a divorce. 5. The divorcing couple is in control and not at the mercy of a divorce court judge. If you are dealing with a distressing divorce please make an appointment today.




LGBTQ


Many who identify as LGBTQ have dealt with or are dealing with bullying, discrimination, and even violence on a regular basis. It is stressful having to deal with this type of stress and fear on a daily basis and ultimately affects your mental health.
We can help alleviate the chronic stress and anxiety you’re living with by reducing the feelings of depression and helping you enjoy life more.
If you are dealing with issues as LBGTQ individual please make an appointment today.




Couples Therapy/ Marital and Pre-Marital Therapy


In an ideal world, relationships would be 50/50 all of the time. The truth is certain circumstances doesn’t allow this to always happen, such as the death of a friend or family member, career changes, health issues, financial issues, having a baby, an affair, and other problems can affect the balance of a relationship and leave one person feeling isolated.
Relationships need a lot of work. Even the most perfect relationships take effort. The goal of therapy when it comes to your relationship is to help you learn to cope and discover communication barriers that negatively affect your relationship. You also learn how to view things from the other side so you and your partner can more effectively communicate and compromise.
Please make an appointment today if you are having any relationship issues.




Life Coaching


A life coach is a professional who provides you with support so you can meet life challenges from a position of strength, awareness, and self-confidence. A life coach draws on elements of therapy, guidance counseling, social support, and consulting to help you achieve your goals in your career or personal life.




Sleep Issues


The term “sleep disorder” includes dozens of identifiable conditions that affect your sleep quality. Common sleep disorders — both temporary and chronic — include:
• Jet lag
• Snoring
• Insomnia
• Narcolepsy
• Parasomnia
• Sleep apnea
• Sleep paralysis
• Restless legs syndrome
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Circadian rhythm disorder
• Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Occasionally, sleep disorders are linked to your diet. For instance, if you have a high caffeine intake or consume caffeine late in the day, you may have a hard time falling or staying asleep.
Sleep is your body’s time to reset, produce hormones, and metabolize nutrients. Without proper sleep, you have a higher risk of developing chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease. Plus, poor sleep can affect your work, mood, and personal relationships.
Because poor sleep quality is so detrimental to your quality of life, We encourage you to come in for a sleep disorder evaluation if:
• It’s difficult to fall or stay asleep at night
• You fall asleep while sitting upright or while driving
• You regularly feel tired or groggy throughout the day
• You have difficulty focusing or concentrating at work or school
• You can’t regulate your sleep because of your work schedule, like if you work nights
Please make an appointment today if you are experiencing any sleep disturbance.




PTSD


PTSD is distressing to a person’s daily life. When a traumatic event occurs, the person experiencing it usually does not expect it to happen. There is a feeling of danger and fear involved with a loss of control. Stress-related reactions after a traumatic event are normal occurrences, and not everyone will arrive at a PTSD diagnosis. PTSD treatment would be the best option when diagnosed with this disorder. PTSD can be caused by the following life-changing events:
· CAR ACCIDENTS · WAR AND COMBAT · SEXUAL ABUSE · PHYSICAL ABUSE · UNEXPECTED ATTACK OR ASSAULT · NATURAL DISASTERS Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress that results from injury or severe psychological shock. When individuals have PTSD, they typically experience sleep disturbance and constant vivid flashbacks of an experience. They suffer from a lack of feeling and dulled response to other people and events and the outside world in general. Post-traumatic stress disorder is caused by a traumatic event that’s usually life changing. These events usually occur on a personal level and can be heard or seen.





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