Areas of expertise

Through professional counseling and therapy, our specialists are able to diagnose
and treat a wide variety of mental health concerns.

Academic Underachievement

  • - Grades repeatedly below expectations for student's intelligence
  • - Failure to complete homework
  • - Failure to turn homework in even though it is completed
  • - Procrastination
  • - Blaming others for low grades
  • - Does good work when supervised by a parent or teacher
  • - Inconsistent performance

Alcohol Abuse and Dependency

  • - Consumption of alcohol in increasing amounts over time
  • - Development of tolerance such that more must be consumed to get a "buzz" than in the past
  • - Craving for alcohol
  • - Recurrent use of alcohol interferes with ability to perform work efficiently and effectively
  • - Continued use despite having encountered social difficulties
  • - Blackouts (inability to remember events when intoxicated)
  • - Pattern of hazardous behavior, such as driving under the influence, and bar fights

Anger

  • - Irritability on a daily basis
  • - Episodes of extreme anger with yelling, breaking objects, or even violent action
  • - Road rage
  • - "Flight Rage"
  • - Using anger to avoid exposing feelings of fear and pain

Anxiety

  • - Feelings of panic and fear of losing control of oneself
  • - Physical symptoms can include rapid heartbeat, tightness in the chest, inability to swallow, sweating
  • - Loss of appetite
  • - Sleep disturbances including insomnia and inability to stay asleep for more than a short time

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • - Inability to sustain attention and concentration for more than a few minutes
  • - Impulsive behavior
  • - Hyperactivity
  • - Chronic difficulties in school or on the job
  • - Interrupts others
  • - Social immaturity in childhood and adolescence
  • - Symptoms exist in more than one environment

Autistic Spectrum Disorders

  • - Pervasive difficulty with social interaction and communication
  • - Inability to interpret social cues
  • - Failure to develop empathy with resulting inability to accommodate to the feelings and needs of others
  • - Interested primarily in activities that do not require interaction with other people
  • - Difficulty with transitions; functioning inflexibly and requiring sameness day to day
  • - Tantrums in response to anxiety or stimulus overload

Bipolar Disorder

  • - Periods of depression as outlined above alternating with periods of extreme energy, pleasure seeking, hyperfocus on one activity or project, or not being able to focus at all
  • - Extreme irritability
  • - Inability to control impulses
  • - Disturbed interpersonal relationships

Chronic Pain

  • - Chronic severe pain due to illness or injury interferes with ability to function on a daily basis
  • - Pain continues more than a few weeks after the injury or onset of illness
  • - Social withdrawal and isolation
  • - Inability to maintain employment

Depression

  • - Feelings or sadness, guilt, hopelessness, helplessness
  • - Crying Spells
  • - Irritability
  • - Loss of pleasure in activities that used to be pleasurable
  • - Loss of appetite or overeating
  • - Insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too much)
  • - Loss of motivation and energy
  • - Social withdrawal

Eating Disorder

  • - Extreme restriction of amount and types of food consumed with accompanying severe weight loss and malnutrition
  • - Overeating in response to emotional distress such as anger, guilt, shame, self-loathing with unhealthy weight gain
  • - Binge eating and purging, usually by vomiting

Men's Issues

  • - Difficulty in expressing feelings other than anger
  • - Feeling marginalized by wife's attention to children
  • - Feeling overwhelmed in the position of the family defender, bread-winner, problem-solver
  • - Feeling unappreciated at home and in the workplace

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • - Recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges, or images that are intrusive and unwanted, and that cause distress
  • - Repetitive behaviors (such as hand washing, checking doors and window, counting, putting this in order) that one is driven to perform according to rules that must be applied rigidly
  • - The thoughts and behaviors cause disruption in activities of daily living, work, school, and socialization

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • - Exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, sexual violence, either by being the victim or by witnessing the event
  • - Recurrent intrusive memories of the trauma
  • - Recurrent nightmares
  • - Flashbacks
  • - Psychological and physical distress when exposed to cues that recall or resemble an aspect of the original trauma
  • - Hypervigilance
  • - Exaggerated startle response
  • - Sleep disturbance

Sleep Disorders

  • - Insomnia
  • - Hypersomnia (sleeping too much)
  • - Interrupted sleep
  • - Inability to sustain attention because of sleep deprivation
  • - Falling asleep during the day, even after eight hours of sleep

Women's Issues

  • - Lack of assertiveness in relationships
  • - Feelings of inferiority compared to husband or boyfriend
  • - Insecurity in returning to work after extended period of child rearing
  • - Difficulty in gaining satisfaction of needs