"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude" - Maya Angelou

 

Our team specializes in a number of different key areas such as Anger Management, Marriage/Relationship Issues, Low Self-Esteem, Stress and Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depression, Parental Issues and Domestic Violence, Crisis Intervention, At-risk Adolescence, Childhood Trauma, Bipolar Disorder, and Addiction. 

58 years of

COMBINED EXPERIENCE

We have the expertise you need.

Marriage/Relationship Counseling

 

Marriage/ relationship counseling, also called couples therapy, helps couples — married or not — understand and resolve conflicts and improve their relationship. Marriage counseling gives couples the tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, problem solve and even argue in a healthier way.

Here are typical issues that marriage counseling can help you and a spouse or partner cope with:

 

  • Infidelity

  • Divorce

  • Substance abuse

  • Physical or mental conditions

  • Same-sex relationship issues

  • Cultural clashes

  • Finances

  • Unemployment

  • Blended families

  • Communication problems

  • Sexual difficulties

  • Conflicts about child rearing

  • Infertility

  • Anger

  • Changing roles, such as retirement

 

**I utilize two theoretical approaches when I work with couples. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. I help the couple see the dance they are caught in and how it affects them. Additionally, I help them explore their negative emotions for them to then begin taking steps towards creating a healthier, more positive bond.

Anger Management

Do you find yourself experiencing excessive anger across many different situations? Individuals experiencing anger control problems may feel their anger, at times, is explosive, which can lead to verbal attacks, assault, or destruction of property. Individuals may display over-reactive verbal hostility toward unimportant annoyances as well as show passive-aggressive behavior; passively withholding and then exploding in rage, and using aggression as a means of obtaining power and control. Our team can teach you to learn and implement anger management skills to help you reduce your level of anger and irritability, and help you develop an awareness of angry thoughts, feelings, and actions. Our team can also help you decrease the frequency, intensity, and duration of angry thoughts, feelings, and actions, while increasing the ability to recognize and respectfully express frustration and resolve conflict.

Stress & Anxiety

People experience stress and anxiety from time to time. Stress is any demand placed on your brain or physical body. People can report feeling stressed when multiple competing demands are placed on them. The feeling of being stressed can be triggered by an event that makes you feel frustrated or nervous. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. It can be a reaction to stress, or it can occur in people who are unable to identify significant stressors in their life. Stress and anxiety are not always bad. In the short term, they can help you overcome a challenge or dangerous situation.

However, if stress and anxiety begin interfering with your daily life, it may indicate a more serious issue. If you are avoiding situations due to irrational fears, constantly worrying, or experiencing severe anxiety about a traumatic event weeks after it happened, it may be time to seek help.

 

What do Stress and Anxiety feel like?

 

Stress and anxiety can produce both physical and psychological symptoms. People experience stress and anxiety differently. Common physical symptoms include:

  • stomachache

  • muscle tension

  • headache

  • rapid breathing

  • fast heartbeat

  • sweating

  • shaking

  • dizziness

  • frequent urination

  • change in appetite

  • trouble sleeping

  • diarrhea

  • fatigue

Stress and anxiety can cause mental or emotional symptoms in addition to physical ones. These can include:

•          feelings of impending doom

•          panic or nervousness, especially in social settings

•          difficulty concentrating

•          irrational anger

•          restlessness

 

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a popular and effective method used to manage anxiety. This type of therapy teaches you to recognize anxious thoughts and behaviors and change them into more positive ones.

Depression

Some people feel sad or depressed at times. It’s a normal reaction to loss or life's struggles. But when intense sadness -- including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless -- lasts for many days to weeks and keeps you from living your life, it may be something more than sadness.

 Here are a few sings of possible depression:

  • Inability to concentrate or relax

  • Feelings of sadness, loneliness or worthlessness

  • Frustration from changes in sleep and eating patterns

  • Tired, lethargic and drained of energy

  • Overwhelmed by recurring thoughts of death and suicide

 

**Many studies support the idea that therapy can be a powerful treatment for depression. I am a Cognitive Behavior therapist (CBT), which is an effective treatment for depression. At the heart of CBT is an assumption that a person's mood is directly related to his or her patterns of thought.

Negative, dysfunctional thinking affects a person's mood, sense of self, behavior, and even physical state. The goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is to help a person learn to recognize negative patterns of thought, evaluate their validity, and replace them with healthier ways of thinking.

Childhood Trauma

If you experienced trauma or abuse during childhood, you might wonder if you should seek therapy. Those who suffer from childhood trauma caused by their family of origin will never heal unless they remember and understand the original neglect and abuse. No amount of supportive counselling or strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy can help achieve lasting change unless the core memory has been explored. through counseling our objective is to help the survivors trace back the narratives of childhood trauma, identify the survival mechanisms that have sabotaged their chances for healthy adult relationship, and build new skills to finally grow past the abuse they suffered.

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition. It has major ups and downs. And if this goes untreated, these ups and downs can have a catastrophic affect. The recurring depressive and manic episodes make it difficult to lead a stable, productive life. Early detection of bipolar disorder and treatment provides a better chance of getting and staying well. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of several helpful treatments of bipolar disorder that is utilized by our counselors.

Crisis Intervention

 

 

Crisis counseling is an intervention that can help individuals deal with the crisis by offering assistance and support.  Crisis counseling is intended to be quite brief, generally lasting for a period of no longer than a few weeks. It is important to note that crisis counseling is not psychotherapy. Crisis intervention is focused on minimizing the stress of the event, providing emotional support and improving the individual’s coping strategies in the here and now.

Addiction

Addiction Counseling is a support system for people with drug and alcohol problems, eating disorders and other behavioral issues. It entails teaching individuals how to modify their behavior with the intention of full recovery. For many, treatment is a long-term process that involves multiple interventions and regular monitoring.

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