Problems Treated

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

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.

Relationship Problems

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.

Other Problems

As noted on the home page, our clinicians also treat the
following problems:

  • Parenting Issues
  • Family Conflict
  • Stress Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Workplace & Career Issues
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Anger Management
  • School Issues
  • Trauma
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Geriatric Issues
  • Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD & ADHD)
  • New Immigrant Issues
  • Gay & Lesbian Issues

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