If you feel worried, nervous, fearful, have difficulty sleeping or concentrating you may be suffering from anxiety. Or maybe you have some bodily symptoms with no apparent medical cause such as: muscle tension, aches, shortness of breathe, palpitations, rapid heart beat, dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, abdominal distress, sweating or dry mouth. Perhaps you “obsess” about certain things and cannot get certain thoughts out of your mind or cannot stop repeating seemingly useless behaviors. Some or all of these symptoms may have caused you to alter or limit your life such that you may be avoiding certain social situations or constricting your day-to-day activities.
Once a medical cause for the above symptoms is ruled out, there is little danger. However, we understand how painful, terrifying and limiting these symptoms can be. Therefore we take immediate steps to provide initial, quick symptom relief using active therapy techniques and/or prescribing medication. Once the immediate symptoms are addressed, we work with you to understand the triggers which activate these symptoms, resolve underlying issues, if present, and help you develop skills you can use to prevent anxiety symptoms from returning.
Depression and Mood Disorders
If you feel consistently blue, sad, unhappy, or worthless you may be suffering from depression. Along with these feelings, you may have difficulty concentrating, problems with sleeping or your appetite, excessive anger, irritability or thoughts of death or suicide. Some people have mood swings which can be mild ups and downs or dramatic, and sometimes dangerous, swings. All of these feelings may seriously impair your functioning at work, school or with your relationships with others. Sometimes these feelings are a reaction to life events, especially losses. Sometimes they are related to past traumas and sometimes they are biological in origin.
With each individual we first diagnose the type of depression or mood disorder the person is suffering. We then quickly develop a plan to relieve suffering, manage the risks, if there are any, and resolve related issues which may have caused or perpetuated the symptoms. Treatment may involve medication, therapy, or both.
Having close, caring, successful relationships with family, friends and co-workers greatly enhances your life. If something is not working well with important people in your life, you may be suffering depression, anxiety, or, at the very least, a sense of being unfulfilled or limited.
We offer help in understanding and reducing conflict with family members and others in your life. We may suggest individual or couples counseling. Perhaps you’re a single parent, or step-parent, and are not sure how to manage your relationship with new partners, children, or how to deal with your ex-spouse.
Some of our clients need help in understanding and dealing with dating situations or in caring for aging parents. Perhaps you question your parenting approach with your children or you’ re not sure why the entire family cannot get along better. Maybe you would like to understand why you keep having difficulties with certain bosses or co-workers, or you would like to develop closer friendships or improve your relationships with your siblings.
We can help with all these situations and more. We’ll help you identify the obstacles and patterns which are involved in these relationship difficulties. We will provide you with understanding, strategies and communication skills to help move you toward your goals.
Children and Adolescents
Children and adolescents can have many of the same problems with anxiety and depression as adults do although they are more prone to display their difficulties behaviorally. Perhaps you have a child who is not cooperating with you or is doing poorly at school due to low motivation or attention deficits. Maybe your child appears sad or overly nervous about taking on new challenges. Many children have difficulties with peers and withdraw or get involved with the “wrong crowd” in their search for acceptance. Unhappy adolescents are at risk for substance abuse and other self destructive behavior.
We can help with all of these problems using individual therapy techniques and/or family therapy, if appropriate. On occasion medication is needed. Parents are always involved and receive feedback and suggestions about strategies that may be helpful to their children.
Substance Abuse and Addictions
Abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medication complicates and exacerbates all of the above problems. We are able to help you understand the role that such substances play in your life and help motivate and treat the substance abuser. In addition, we provide help for those who grew up in a home with alcoholics and/or substance abusers or who currently live in such a home. Other addictions we treat include: gambling, food (obesity, bulimia, and anorexia), sex and love addiction, workaholism, and computer/internet addictions.
As noted on the home page, our clinicians also treat the following problems: