Addictions

There are many reasons why people become addicted. People with anxiety, mood, personality disorders or other mental health problems are particularly vulnerable to becoming dependent on substance use or other forms of compulsive behaviors. For example, people find that drinking alcohol or taking drugs helps them initially to alleviate stress or emotional pain. However, doing so often worsens their life circumstances and mental health conditions. Ambivalence about own addiction and treatment is very common so working with a compassionate therapist can help make that shift and increase motivation.


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Anxiety Disorders

People with anxiety disorders respond to certain objects or situations with excessive fear and often unexplainable dread. Anxious reaction manifests as thoughts, feelings and physical reactions to those objects. What often brings people to seek professional help is the intolerable and uncontrollable physical symptoms, such as a rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, tunnel vision, and sweating. Anxiety disorders come in different varieties and intensity, such as social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


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Career Counseling

If you feel dissatisfied with your work, feel unaccomplished or unrecognized for your contributions, have "checked-out" or are self-sabotaging your own success at work, you are not alone. Close to twenty percent of American adults are unhappy with their current jobs. Work-related stress impact family life, mental health, and increases risks for chronic illnesses and heart attacks. Psychotherapy offers a safe, confidential, and empowering space to work through career-related issues and retake control of your career.


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Mood Disorders

Disorders related to one's mood can be highly disruptive and even dangerous if not addressed professionally. Common symptoms are feeling sad and "empty inside" all the time, loss of interest in joyful activities, feeling hopeless and even suicidal. Others may experience drastic fluctuating between extremes of happiness and sadness. Frequent diagnosis include Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and Bipolar Disorder. In some cases, psychotropic medication may be an option, yet psychotherapy is almost always an important component of treatment.


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Personality Disorders

Personality or Characterological Disorders are diagnosed when people experience patterns of behavior, feelings, and thinking that significantly interfere with their life and create problems in personal and social relationships, at work and in school. Although everyone has a unique "personality type," due to a variety of factors Personality Disorders are problems of relating to self and others in rigid and compulsive ways, despite experiencing aversive consequences. It is not uncommon that Personality Disorders also co-occur with other problems, especially with addictions.


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Spiritual Struggles

In the most stressful moments, many people turn to their faith as source of solace and support. The healing power of healthy spiritual and religious practices is well documented. However, some forms of religious and spiritual coping can also become problematic. Studies have linked people who struggle spiritually to higher levels of psychological distress, declines in physical health and even greater risk of mortality. Psychotherapy offers a safe and a nurturing place to explore the sources of these conflicts, deal with life issues through the perspective of your spiritual world, find acceptance and plan for personal growth.


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