Areas of Specialty

  • Depression: There are various forms of depression. Depression is not a passing sad mood. These emotions are within the normal range of daily experience, and are typically healthy or appropriate reactions to bad news, disappointment, and unhappy situations. With depressive disorders, there is commonly a fluctuation in mood which seems more intense than one might expect, a persistence in the negative mood, a deep feeling of emptiness, hopelessness, or like a black cloud that has set in and has a hold on you.

  • Anxiety: Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. People with this disorder may experience an excessive or constant amount of fear or distress without any apparent reason. Although it is uncomfortable, normal anxiety is a healthy and adaptive reaction that arises when one’s built-in alarm system is triggered. We are all equipped with this essential self-protective mechanism, but sometimes the system becomes oversensitive to particular cues or situations. This is when we experience anxiety in ways that are no longer adaptive, but rather hampering and counterproductive.

  • Psychological Evaluations: Psychological evaluations are the mental equivalent of a physical exam. These evaluations are designed to pinpoint what in a person’s psychology may be impeding their everyday life. A variety of techniques are used to learn about a person’s personality, behavior, or other cognitive capabilities. These evaluations can be used to detect such things as giftedness, ADHD, a learning disability, or a personality disorder.

  • Relationship Issues: Mental and emotional anguish can be the result of any type of relationship: romantic, friendship, work, or familial. Sometimes these issues can move from the realm of every day annoyances and into something more damaging such as abuse (physical or emotional). It is not always easy to spot these issues, but certain traits to look for in yourself are: unusual feelings of depression, irrational anger, and thoughts of harm to yourself or others.

  • Family Therapy: Families should be a unit of love and support, but sometimes they are a place of strife and conflict. Conflict is a normal part of family life, but there are times when this conflict can be so extreme that it is unhealthy. Family issues can often be resolved by listening to each other and working together. However, when resolving the issues by yourself is not enough, you may feel the need to seek the guidance of a mental health professional. Family issues can range anywhere from an unresolved fight, feelings of neglect, or abuse.

  • Group Therapy: A form of therapy where one or more therapists treat a small number of clients as a group. The group meets as a single unit and, typically, each member is experiencing similar issues. With the guidance of the therapist(s), the group works together in exploring, supporting, and examining each person’s individual needs and struggles.

  • Workplace Stress: Most people would describe their work as “stressful,” but there is a difference between normal stress and abnormal stress. Working in a high-stress environment is bad for your physical and mental well-being. Feeling financially reliant on a job that makes you excessively sad, angry, or anxious can have negative effects on your life outside of your job, such as strained relationships with your family, friends, or romantic partner, trouble sleeping, or loss of energy or motivation to do anything that would normally bring you joy.

  • Anger Management: The process of learning to control your anger and express it in a healthy manner. This training teaches you to recognize the signs/triggers of your anger and how to employ various methods to tamper it. You can learn these skills by yourself (using books or other resources) or with the help of a licensed professional.

  • College Mental Health: College is a time of great transformation. For many young people, college is the first time being away from home, family, childhood friends, and their comfort zone. College is also a time of learning and great stress and because of this, many mental health issues arise during a person’s college years. This is the best time to begin seeing a counselor or perhaps undergoing a mental health evaluation if the stress of school feels like too much to handle alone.