Individual therapy is available for adults seeking help with specific situations. Below is a list of commonly treated conditions, with a description of how treatment is typically approached.
Phase of Life Problems
Approaches to Areas of Treatment
Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
If ADHD is a possible diagnosis for you, we administer a full battery of tests before making a diagnosis or initiating treatment. Because ADHD is a neurological disorder present at birth, it typically affects every area of a person's life. Behaviors associated with ADHD include inattentiveness, impulsivity, distractibility, poor judgment, defiance, and social difficulties. However, just using behavior to make the diagnosis is an irresponsible approach. Consequently, in order to make a solid diagnosis, a full battery of psychological tests are administered. By the end of this process, a diagnosis of ADHD can be made or eliminated with confidence. Additionally, since 50% of people with ADHD also have a learning disability, this process will also identify any learning difficulties that are contributing to your difficulties with functioning.
The goal of anger management is to reduce both your emotional feelings and the physiological arousal that anger causes. You can't get rid of, or avoid, the things or the people that enrage you, nor can you change them, but you can learn to control your reactions. Relaxation techniques, problem solving, interpersonal communication, and changing thinking patterns are all effective in managing anger and can be learned in the therapy process.
Anxiety is the most common mental health condition seen for therapy, affecting an estimated 40 million adult Americans. Anxiety has many faces. It can be generalized, cause panic attacks, involve specific phobias, manifest itself in social settings, or be a response to trauma. The good news is that anxiety is very treatable, with success rates as high as 80%. The most proven effective approach to anxiety treatment is cognitive-behavioral therapy. We now know that treatment with cognitive-behavioral therapy can actually restructure the physical brain in permanent ways, so treatment outcomes can be maintained for life.
Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes people to experience extreme and rapid changes in mood and energy. These shifts often result in disruptive, or even destructive, behavior that make it difficult to perform well at work, or to have normal relationships with others. Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older. Psychotherapy is helpful in teaching methods for coping with mood changes as well as for managing stress, which can often trigger mood shifts. Often, family therapy is also necessary to help with the effects of the disorder on relationships in the home.
Depression is the leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S. Approximately 6.7% of the adult population, or 14.8 million people, suffer from depression at any given point in time. Symptoms can include sadness, guilt, low self-esteem, hopelessness, suicidal thinking, difficulties with memory or concentration, weight changes, or appetite change. Cognitive therapy, which focuses on thoughts that foster depressive feelings, and interpersonal therapy, which concentrates on patterns of relationships, are the two leading approaches that have been shown to be highly effective in treating depression.
Between 11 and 13 million people in the United States have eating disorders. At least one million will die from their disorder. Anorexia and bulimia are serious conditions that often require inpatient or residential treatment. However, much can be accomplished through cognitive behavioral treatment to help people struggling with these conditions to learn to identify the triggers for eating disordered behavior and develop alternative ways of coping with these feelings.
Phase of Life Problems
Phase of life problems refer to difficulties we fact due to certain key transition points in our lives. These may due to the birth of children or children leaving the home. Retirement or divorce require unique adjustments that can stress areas of our functioning that we have left unattended. Having an objective ear to provide you with insight and help you connect to the source of your struggles can bring clarity to help you move forward with confidence.
Everyone experiences stress everyday. Stress is a normal part of life and can result from both positive experiences (weddings, births) and negative ones (job loss, job pressure). When our strategies for managing stress are not sufficient to effectively address the stressors in our lives, therapy can help to identify sources of stress, help you develop more effective methods for responding to the stress, and give you the confidence you need to meet your life head on.
Over 7% of the population experiences post-traumatic stress disorder at some point in their lives. Trauma occurs when we experience events beyond the range of average adult experience for which there is no immediate means of coping, preventing, or making sense of the experience. Symptoms can include recurring nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and memories, avoidance behaviors, and many others. Working through trauma requires time and commitment and combines treatment approaches for anxiety and depression.
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