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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.

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. 

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.