Helping You Lead a Rewarding & Fulfilling Life
We are a full-service clinical psychology outpatient clinic specializing in trauma care, marriage and relationship counseling, as well as several other mental health problems and cognitive disorders. We adopt a highly personalized approach to assess your condition and suggest the best therapy or treatment plan based on your future goals. We use proven research-based practices that guarantee life-changing results.
Veteran & Family Counseling
While surviving the challenges of military service can be rewarding and growth-promoting for many veterans, the demands and stresses can be overwhelming and sometimes traumatizing.
Anxiety & PTSD Counseling
The pressure and obligation of living up to the expectations and meeting tight deadlines in every sphere of life can lead to anxiety-related disorders. When left untreated over a period of time, anxiety disorders not only cause severe distress but can also lead to debilitating effects on the quality of life.
There are several major types of anxiety disorders, each with its own characteristics.
Symptoms such as shortness of breath, racing heartbeat, trembling, and dizziness often accompanies certain anxiety disorders such as panic and generalized anxiety disorders.
If left untreated, anxiety disorders can have severe consequences. For example, some people who suffer from recurring panic attacks avoid at all costs putting themselves in a situation that they may fear may trigger an attack. Such avoidance behavior may create problems by conflicting with job requirements, family obligations, or other basic activities of daily living. Many people who suffer from an untreated anxiety disorder are prone to other psychological disorders, such as depression, and they have a greater tendency to abuse alcohol and other drugs.
Absolutely. Most cases of anxiety disorder can be treated successfully by appropriately trained health and mental health care professionals.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, research has demonstrated that both "behavioral therapy" and "cognitive therapy" can be highly effective in treating anxiety disorders. Behavioral therapy involves using techniques to reduce or stop the undesired behavior associated with these disorders. For example, one approach involves training patients in relaxation and deep breathing techniques to counteract the agitation and hyperventilation (rapid, shallow breathing) that accompany certain anxiety disorders.
Through cognitive therapy, patients learn to understand how their thoughts contribute to the symptoms of anxiety disorders and how to change these thought patterns to reduce the likelihood of occurrence and the intensity of reaction. The patient's increased cognitive awareness is often combined with behavioral techniques to help the individual gradually confront and tolerate fearful situations in a controlled, safe environment.
Proper and effective medications may have a role in treatment along with psychotherapy. In cases where medications are used, the patient's care may be managed collaboratively by a therapist and physician.
Licensed psychologists are highly qualified to diagnose and treat anxiety disorders. Individuals suffering from these disorders should seek a provider who is competent in cognitive and behavioral therapies. Family psychotherapy and group psychotherapy (typically involving individuals who are not related to each other) offer helpful approaches to treatment for some patients with anxiety disorders.
It is very important to understand that treatments for anxiety disorders do not work instantly. The patient should be comfortable from the outset with the general treatment being proposed and with the therapist with whom he or she is working. The patient's cooperation is crucial, and there must be a strong sense that the patient and therapist are collaborating as a team to remedy the anxiety disorder.
No one plan works well for all patients. Treatment needs to be tailored to the needs of the patient and the type of disorder, or disorders, from which the individual suffers. A therapist and patient should work together to assess whether a treatment plan seems to be on track. Adjustments to the plan are sometimes necessary since patients respond differently to a treatment. Many patients will begin to improve noticeably within eight to 10 sessions, especially those who carefully follow the outlined treatment plan.
Depression is among the most common emotional illnesses affecting about 6 percent of all U.S. adults in varying degrees. According to results published by the American Psychiatric Association, depression affects more than 9 million people in any given 6-month period. Individuals suffering from depression find it very difficult to overcome the symptoms and effects, meaning professional care is necessary in most cases.
Symptoms of Depression
We now know that depression results from an interaction of several factors - environmental, biological, and genetic.
Stress resulting from the loss of a job, death of a family member, divorce, or ongoing health or family problems can trigger depression.
Depression may also be tied to disturbances in the bio-chemicals that regulate mood and activity. These biochemicals, called neurotransmitters, are substances that carry impulses or messages between nerve cells, in the brain. An imbalance in the amount or activity of neurotransmitters can cause major disruptions in thought, emotion, and behavior.
Because depression appears to be linked to certain biological factors, people can inherit a predisposition to developing depression.
Depression can be effectively treated by mental health professionals with a combination of psychotherapy, counseling, and medication. Remember, there is no magic cure that delivers instant results. The treatment process is gradual and can be broadly classified into the following stages:
The treatment process starts with a complete assessment of your problems performed by a licensed physician, mental health professional, or psychologist.
Certain medications can sometimes be used in combination with psychotherapy to correct the biochemical imbalances that may cause depressive episodes. Medications can relieve symptoms in 3 to 6 weeks when carefully prescribed and monitored by a physician.
Reach Out for Help
We encourage you to reach out for professional help at the earliest if you are experiencing any signs of depression. Remember, the more you learn about depression, the better you will understand that it has specific causes and effective treatments.
Grief & Loss Counseling
The loss of a loved one or something that you care about deeply can send you into a vulnerable state of mind. How you grieve depends on a wide range of factors, depending on your personality and coping ability, nature of the loss, etc.
In most cases, time is the best healer, but sometimes, you may find it difficult to overcome your emotions even after several years and struggle to lead a productive life. While pain and sadness are normal reactions to a significant loss, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can renew you and permit you to move on.
Common Causes of Grief
Here are some of the most common causes of grief:
Marriage & Family Counseling
We have extensive experience dealing with a variety of issues pertaining to marriage, divorce, parenting, and other family matters. Here is a detailed overview of our marriage and family counseling services:
Child & Adolescent Counseling
We foster an environment of empathy, understanding, and compassion and help children and teenagers cope with a wide array of issues related to self-esteem, self-confidence, bullying, depression, etc.
Couples, Pre-Marital & Marital Counseling
Our marriage counseling services are aimed at helping couples identify underlying problems and areas of conflict before getting married. We have a sound understanding of the fundamental issues plaguing married and non-married couples and strive to improve communication and intimacy for better satisfaction in relationships.