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Begin with yourself. Learn new skills and perspectives to bring fresh insight into your problems and your life. Sessions are available in various formats. You’ll see results in a very short time.
A diagnosis of depression can be expressed in several disorders. There is sadness or depressed mood as well as the loss of interest or pleasure in most activities. In children or adolescents this can be expressed as irritability rather than a sad mood. Symptoms can include: depressed or irritable mood most of the day nearly every day for 2 weeks, loss of interest or pleasure in most activities, significant weight loss or gain, inability to sleep or excessive sleep, restlessness, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, inability to concentrate or make decisions, and thoughts of death or suicide.
This category of disorders encompasses a lot of diagnoses. It involves real or imagined fear of a perceived threat. It can be very specific or general. The anxiety impairs the ability to function successfully. Symptoms can include: excessive worry, restlessness, easily fatigued, irritability, sleep disturbance, tension, numbing detached feeling, “being in a daze”, amnesia about a trauma, reoccurring thoughts or dreams, reoccurring thoughts that are intrusive, avoidance of situation or places that evoke fear, and more.
The duration and expression of bereavement vary considerably among different individuals and cultures. Some grieving clients present with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety, or more complicated emotions including feeling guilty, worthless, suicidal ideation, prolonged functional impairment, frequent experiences of the deceased, or simply feeling unable to move on with their lives.
Eating disorders are a group of serious conditions in which you’re so preoccupied with food and weight that you can often focus on little else. The main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Eating disorders can cause serious physical problems, and at their most severe can even be life-threatening. Symptoms can include being obsessed with food and being thin, sometimes to the point of deadly self-starvation, binging and purging, and feeling as if your eating is out of control.
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
The essential feature is exposure to a traumatic event (s) in which the client experienced intense fear, helplessness, or horror, or if a child then disorganized or agitated behavior. Symptoms include intrusive, recurrent, and distressing recollections of the event(s), recurrent dreams of the event(s), intense reactions to these episodes, avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma, and others including sleep difficulties, hypervigilance, irritability or anger outbursts, concentration or short-term memory issues, and others.
One of the most difficult situations in the human condition is the experience of chronic pain. Symptoms can include chronic and debilitating pain which has been undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, and/or even disbelieved by some in the medical community, and feelings of depression, anxiety, frustration, anger, fear, victimization, unpredictability, isolation, loneliness, helplessness, and hopelessness.
OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)
OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Many realize that the obsessions aren’t reasonable, and may try to ignore them or stop them–but that only increases distress and anxiety. Ultimately, many feel driven to perform compulsive acts in an effort to ease stressful feelings. OCD often centers around themes, such as a fear of getting contaminated by germs. To ease contamination fears, some may compulsively wash their hands until they’re sore and chapped. Despite their efforts, thoughts of obsessive-compulsive behavior keep coming back. This leads to more ritualistic behavior — and a vicious cycle that’s characteristic of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Whether it be an athlete, a business executive, or anyone attempting a novel situation with a great deal of inner motivating tension, performance anxiety can be problematic for all people. Our years of experience with athletes and others who expose themselves to high states of performance help us to assist them with the insight that as the level of perceived challenge increases so must their level of coping. We have worked with various individuals and helped them to realize the difference between “being in the zone” and choking, or flow and panic, and to maximize their potential.
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Other areas of specializations include Anger Management, Domestic Abuse, Christian Counseling, and Career Counseling.
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National statistics indicate that divorce rates are typically 50% or more. Interestingly, of the 50% that stay married, only half of those are happy & stable while the other half are stable and miserable. We have spent years successfully working with distressed couples and preventing divorce, as well as assisting them in stabilizing and enriching their relationship, their friendship, and their marriage.
Our couples learn empowering solutions to overcome difficulties and protect their relationship from marital dissatisfaction, conflict, and divorce. You and your spouse will learn proven techniques to enhance emotional intimacy, increase commitment, and generate more happiness in your married life.
Ample studies have demonstrated that premarital counseling significantly reduces divorce rates. Married couples who have undergone premarital counseling have a 30% reduction in the incidence of divorce.
Domestic violence and abuse does not discriminate. It happens among heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships. It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels. And while women are more commonly victimized, men are also abused—especially verbally and emotionally, although sometimes even physically as well. Domestic abuse often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to violence. And while physical injury may be the most obvious danger, the emotional and psychological consequences of domestic abuse are also severe. Emotionally abusive relationships can destroy your self-worth, lead to anxiety and depression, and make you feel helpless and alone. We can help you—please call us right away.
FOR YOUR FAMILY AND CHILDREN…
We believe the family plays one of the most important and influential roles in most people’s lives. Our family-focused approach produces long-term results by helping individuals and their families resolve problems together as a unit.
We have extensive experience working with children with the most difficult backgrounds and pervasive problems including sexual abuse, physical trauma, behavioral and emotional handicaps, anger control opposition/defiance, and depression. Our counseling will help your child develop new social skills, improve their self esteem, and reduce the frequency of problem behaviors.
This diagnosis is characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity more than the general comparable level of development of same aged children, symptoms seen before age 7, impairment in at least two settings, which interferes with social, academic, or occupational functioning that is not better accounted for by another disorder. Symptoms can include: lack of attention to details, carelessness, difficulty sustaining attention, does not seem to listen when spoken to directly, does not finish tasks, lack of organization, avoids or reluctant to engage in tasks that require much mental effort, loses things, easily distracted, forgetful, fidgety, cannot remain seated, runs about or climbs, cannot be quiet in leisure activities, blurts out, cannot wait a turn, interrupts or intrudes on others.
SEPARATION ANXIETY DISORDER
The essential feature is developmentally inappropriate and excessive anxiety concerning separation from home or from those to whom the individual is attached. It is recurrent and excessive, distress, fear, worry, or reluctance/refusal when separation or anticipation of separation occurs, can include nightmares and/or repeated somatic complaints (headaches, stomachaches, nausea, or vomiting most common). Onset before age 18 or early onset before age 6.
CHILD ABUSE, SEXUAL ABUSE, OR NEGLECT
It is often the case that our clients come from a background were they have experienced physical or sexual abuse and/or neglect by a caregiver or other person(s). Oftentimes these children and/or adults have not dealt with these issues and they become a focus of treatment. Persistent difficulties with these past issues can lead to more severe disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, etc.
An essential feature is a repetitive pattern of behavior that violates the basic rights of others or major societal rules and involves aggressive behavior causing harm to people, animals or property, deceitfulness or theft, and serious violation of rules/laws. This behavior causes clinically significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning. Symptoms include: bullying, threatening, intimidating, fighting, cruelty to people or animals, forced sex, use of a weapon to cause harm, fire setting, deliberate destruction of property, breaking and entering, lying to obtain goods or favors, defies parental rules, run away overnight, truancy.
OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANT DISORDER
The essential feature of ODD is a recurrent pattern of negativistic, defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior toward authority figures more frequent than other children of the same developmental age.
Symptoms include: loses temper, argues with adults, defies requests or rules, deliberately annoys people, blames other for their mistakes or misbehavior, angry, resentful, touchy, easily annoyed, spiteful or vindictive.
We offer psychological testing for children and adults. Many times schools or physicans will request that psychological testing be administered to determine the best course of treatment. We offer Diagnostic Testing, Personality Assessment, Psychological Evaluations, Psychoeducational Evaluations (including ADHD, School Achievment problems/learning disorders, adaptive behavior measures), Cognitive Testing (IQ and memory impairments) and school assessments (IQ, ADHD, Learning Disabilities).