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Behavior labeled “compulsive” presents serious problems to many individuals. Though society on occasion may regard some variants of compulsive behavior as semi acceptable, (workaholics; perfectionists; micromanagers) individuals who find themselves victim to any type of compulsiveness suffer a type of enslavement that can be highly tortuous. Many compulsive types have a strong irrational, ritualistic and uncontrollable characteristic. Addictive cravings, though not necessarily irrational or ritualistic, nevertheless compel an individual to repetitively seek some form of immediate gratification on a never ending basis. Examples would include gambling, eating, sexual activity, video games, stealing, smoking, etc. These cravings are usually characterized by a physical and/ or a psychological dependency. Compulsive / addictive behavior are predictably repetitive and appear out of the control by the individual. However, they potentially respond well to therapy.
Anger and Rage Disorder Therapy
Anger is largely a reaction of tension and hostility that is aroused by frustration, physical restraint, threats, derogatory remarks, unfairness, injustice and/or discrimination. Feelings of anger involve such physical responses as an increase in blood pressure, respiration, heart rate, perspiration and the sudden release of blood sugar all of which serves to put the individual on a “war footing”. Expressions of anger include threats, insults, caustic remarks, swearing, irritability, fighting, and name calling, etc. Those whose anger erupts into aggressively impulsive behavior manifest an explosive disorder. These outbursts can result in serious assaultive behavior or acts of property destruction. The degree of an aggressive expression during an explosive episode is always significantly out of proportion to any provoking or precipitating stressor.
Anxiety disorder therapy
Anxiety is defined as a pervasive feeling of dread, apprehension and impending disaster. These feelings are usually in response to an undefined or unknown threat which in many cases stems from unconscious conflicts, feelings of insecurity or forbidden impulses within ourselves. Because anxiety is characterized by this fear of future misfortune, the body mobilizes itself to meet this potential threat such as an increase in one’s pulse, muscles become tense and breathing becomes faster often observed during a “panic attack.” Long periods of subtle anxiety can leave the individual drained of energy and perpetually tired. Severe anxiety may resemble a panic disorder.
Couples and marriage distress therapy
Couples experiencing distress in their relationship frequently discover their attempts at resolution are either ineffective or sometimes even exacerbates the situation. Blame starts to be tossed around in “buckets” as to who is most at fault. Continued conflict results in the polarization of opposing positions. One or both of the individual within the couple begins to sense a greater degree of entrapment. Couple distress can become sufficiently intense, leaving partners wondering whether there is a future for their relationship.
Emotional pain can be one of the most disrupting experiences that can occur to any one’s quality of life. Feelings can span a wide spectrum beginning with a state of discomfort and continuing towards out right physical pain. Naturally, these feelings can originate from either internal/clinical factors and/or environmental / situational circumstances. The common labels which we have given for these feelings include: anxiety; depression; fear or phobias; anger and bitterness; disappointments; losses; humiliation; defeat; etc. Most emotional disorders can be corrected utilizing psychotherapy and when necessary, psychiatric medications. Most people will acknowledge that they experience occasional episodes of some form of emotional problem. However, these situations tend to be fleeting, and the individual is able to return to their normal emotional state. However, interventions are recommended when individuals experience long continuous bouts of serious emotional problems with no end in sight. Such chronic states can easily lead to additional collateral problems leaving the individual languishing and feeling completely helpless and out of control. Desperate measures may be attempted to resolve these situations which can frequently prove futile sending the individual at an ever increasing pace into a downward spiral. If the situation becomes too dangerous, the individual may have to be hospitalized.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP. It emphasizes individual psychotherapy and group skills training classes to help people learn and use new skills and strategies to develop a life that they experience as worth living. DBT skills include skills for mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population. In addition, research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.
Domestic violence counseling
Domestic Violence within families is a serious social concern. Some estimates suggest that as many as one in every five families experience some form of domestic abuse. Traditionally, men were the most likely to engage in domestic violence, but social and court related data today indicate that any member of a family may be at risk when domestic violence/abuse occur. Frequently some or most of the following behaviors occur including: physical battering; gender role stereotypes who assume that men should rule and dominate; significant family / environmental stress; isolation from personal and social support; high level of anger, rage and hostility; ever increasing learned helplessness; loss of personal control; depression; guilt; financial pressures coupled with insufficient income; unrealistic expectations imposed on a spouse; one partner handling all major family decisions; etc.
Mindfulness-Based Child/Adolescent Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Child/Adolescent Therapy helps children and adolescents develop basic attention and improves self-regulation, along with encouraging kindness towards themselves and others. The heart of this work lies in becoming acquainted with the nature of the mind and involves experiential activities that improve one’s inner awareness to how one is experiencing life. Activity and experientially-based sessions capitalize on the individual’s interests and take into account the client’s history as well as relevant family dynamics. Sessions make liberal use of play and creativity and are grounded in secular short lessons that teach mindfulness, including learning about the brain. Short periods of silence practice are encouraged to take advantage of the well-known benefits of meditation. Various mindfulness-based treatment modalities are incorporated into the sessions, including mind-body medicine approaches such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MCBT). READ MORE
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. The heart of this work lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterize mood disorders while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them. MBCT was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale, based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program.
Situations may arise which require specific evaluations or assessments. These may include psychological testing, mental health assessments, diagnostic testing, child custody evaluations, social security disability, domestic violence, sexual acting out, anger management and others. Psychological Evaluations may require personal funding beyond what health care coverage provides.
Self-injurious behavior therapy
Many individuals who engage in self-injurious behaviors (SIB) experience a compulsion to harm themselves in a variety of ways which is initially concealed from both family and friends. It may start as incidental scratching, nail biting, or repetitive removal of healing scabs from sores and wounds. Both frequency and severity of self inflicted injury may increase over time. Continued SIB behavior may eventually appear suicidal. Severe cases result in serious self mutilation. As bizarre and “crazy like” that SIB appears, these behaviors are not usually the result of severe mental illness, though cases are certainly on record where people exhibited both types of pathology. Treatment is designed based on the emotional factors that initiated the SIB behavior and the subsequent reinforcements that perpetuate self injurious behavior.
Self management and life enrichment
A common perception shared by the public is that therapeutic education is restricted to problematic issues. However, many find significant help and benefit by taking advantage of the opportunity to discuss and examine their life goals and objectives and seek a more defined and effective world view. Examining one’s patterns and discovering ways to better tune one’s self management skills and techniques can be very enriching and meaningful. Though many may enjoy the occasional participation at a motivational training, it is often the quiet therapeutic workouts which produce lasting results.
Sexual acting out therapy
Individuals who struggle with sexual difficulties often encounter numerous variations of compulsive sex; deviant methods of arousal and desire, fetishism, sexual masochism/sadism, voyeurism, exhibitionism and other paraphilias. Sexual misconduct may involve the sexual violation of other people driven by the demand for self gratification at the expense of another person, power, violence and sexual sadism. All these disorders significantly interfere with the individuals normal day to day activities. Besides the risk that many of these disorders pose with respect to unlawful activities and arrest by law enforcement, sexual disorders almost always become very disruptive to family and friend relationships. Most sexual deviancy is treated as a compulsive disorder. Arousal imagery must be changed to begin to extinguish deviant arousal which in turn reduces sexual acting out and brings the individual more in line with socially acceptable sexual behavior.