This includes Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive disorder). Both disorders are characterized by periods of depressed mood that lasts for a couple weeks or more (perhaps as long as months or even years), however Bipolar Disorder is so named because the person’s mood swings between two “poles”, from a depressed mood to a state of mania.
This includes a variety of disorders from Obsessive Compulisive Disorder, Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Post Truamatic Stress Disorder.
This includes Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorders. Some hallmarks of these disorders include hallucinations (which most often occur as auditory hallucinations, but can occur with any sense, even taste and smell), and delusions (a firmly held belief one holds despite evidence to the contrary.)
These are disorders that are chronic in nature and may manifest in several different ways. Borderline Personality Disorder is most often seen in psychotherapy offices as this is disorder in which a person lives a somewhat chaotic life with difficulties in relationships and intense emotional reactions. It is quite difficult to handle, but can respond quite well in psychotherapy, especially with mindfulness mediation and distress tolerance techniques.
Substance Use Disorders
I find these many individuals who are abusing substances do so due to a comorbid (coexisting) condition. Oftentimes, one is simply trying to help oneself “feel better” with alcohol and/or drugs, perhaps due to feeling depressed or anxious! The problem is the “feeling better” comes with the deleterious effects of the substance, and then the downward spiral of symptoms of substance abuse or dependence.
I have been able to help patients find fulfilling romantic relationships and have been able to help couples during times of distress. I have also been able to help individuals who are struggling with family discord, lack of friendships and loneliness.
Several of our therapists have extensive experience working with children and their families. CBT as well as an empirically validated form of play therapy are utilized at the practice to help children and families to learn the tools necessary to overcome obstacles and improve their lives.
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