Our approach is one of compassion and empowerment. Believing that just because you are experiencing difficulties in your life does not make you defective.
The National Institute of Metal Health (NIMH) states that:
Adults between the ages of 18-54 struggle with anxiety
In 2015, an estimated
Adults (6.7%) aged 18 or older in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year
So you can see that you are not alone.
The most important step you can make in your recovery is to ask for help. Anxiety and depression are very treatable disorders. Psychotherapy is effective in treating these conditions and is often as effective as medication and even more effective than medication in preventing a relapse.
At the Center For Holistic Psychotherapy, we use a variety of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused and Interpersonal Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). We help you identify and change negative thought patterns that are leading to unhealthy behaviors, leading you to a more positive and healthy lifestyle, often using mindfulness based techniques.
We work with people who want help for:
Addiction is a physical or psychological dependence on a substance or an activity that negatively impacts your life. They exert a subtle but powerful and damaging influence in people’s lives. It’s time to seek help for your addictions when:
The addiction interferes with your relationships, your job, your life.
You spend all your time focused on the object of your addiction.
You think you “might” have a problem.
You are secretive, always blaming something or someone else, and/or you isolate yourself from healthy relationships.
We at the Center have successfully helped people overcome many kinds of addictions and put them back in control of their lives, including food addictions, sexual addictions, and alcohol/drug addictions.
Anxiety & Panic Attacks
Bummed, down, depressed, fatigued, upset, bored, low energy. Are these ways you have described yourself? All of these are words that can relate to the experience of depression. Our down moods lie along a continuum from mildly down to severely depressed. With the many different experiences of down moods, there isn’t one way to look at them. At the Center, we counsel people who are depressed.
Anxiety presents itself in many forms. It is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong or needs your attention. Anxiety becomes a problem when there is not a real threat. Your brain does not know the difference between real and imagined threats, so we have to learn to recognize the signs of an oncoming anxiety or panic attack, and retrain our mind to see things more realistically, before we succumb to a panic attack.
Anxiety is a treatable disorder, and we at the Center have successfully helped people overcome:
Stress and Anxiety disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
You do not have to suffer with the symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety is not something you have to learn to live with. You can not only learn to manage it; you can overcome unwanted anxiety.
Depression & Sadness
What is Depression? According to the American Psychiatric Association symptoms of depression can take many forms, such as feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities that one previously found enjoyment with. Other symptoms may include the following and last for at least two weeks for a diagnosis of depression to be considered by a mental health professional.
Experiencing feelings of sadness or depressed mood
Loss of pleasure in activities one previously enjoyed
Weight and appetite changes-weight loss or weight gain unrelated to dieting
Increase in fatigue
Decrease in motor activity, including speech
Trouble concentrating or making decisions
Feelings of low self-worth or guilt
Thoughts of suicide or other self-harming behaviors
Depression affects approximately 1 in 15 adults yearly and 1 in 6 people with experience depression at sometime in their life. It appears in people of all ages, including children but may become more predominant in the late teens and beyond.
We take a compassionate approach to psychotherapy combining various modalities including Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and Dialectic (DBT) approaches have been effective when treating depression.
Grief and Bereavement
What is the difference between Depression and Grief/Bereavement?
When a person experiences a loss whether it be the passing of a loved one, loss of employment or the end of a relationship may experience feelings of sadness or grief and many times identify themselves as being "depressed" However, there is a difference from being sad and having depression. Although grief and sadness share similar symptoms there are some of the distinguishing features of grief:
With grief, one may experience painful feelings in waves, that may intermingled with positive memories.
When grieving one still maintains a sense of their self-worth, where depression causes feelings of unworthiness.
It is important to monitor a person's who may be experiencing grief that may lead to depression. Seeking treatment helps a person understand what they are experiencing and are able to get the necessary tools to heal.