Specializations

Addiction is the result of physical or psychological dependence upon any substance or activity that results in changes in the pleasure centers of the brain.  These changes result in an increasing need for and a greater amount of substance or activity to feel the desired level of such pleasure.  Addictive substances/behaviors may include sex, alcohol, illegal or prescription drugs, smoking, gambling, or shopping.
 

Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families are persons who grew up in settings that made the development of healthy relationships, honest communication, and a positive self-image extremely difficult.  The family atmosphere may have been reflective of addictive behaviors (alcoholism, drug abuse, hoarding, etc.,) or emotional, physical or sexual abuse.
 

Anger is a strong feeling of displeasure and emotion marked by tension and hostility.  It usually arises when one’s actions or intentions are met with resistance or unexpected barriers.
 

Anxiety is an emotion demonstrated by apprehension resulting from the anticipation of danger or misfortune, including a fear of death.  Anxiety may be exhibited in the human body by such experiences as muscle tension, rapid breathing and a rapid heartbeat.
 

Codependency is a pattern of unhealthy relational behavior between two persons in which one or both persons’ self-perception and self-value is dependent upon another.  This dynamic may not necessarily be in conscious awareness.
 

Communication Challenges are the difficulties had by or between persons in the conveying of information by verbal or nonverbal means.  Such challenges may be exhibited in various ways such as:  the presumption that information is had even though not conveyed; by insulting or demanding language used in speaking to another; consciously or unconsciously giving inaccurate or incomplete information.  
 

Compulsive behaviors are those actions or thoughts in which person engages so as to reduce tension, anxiety, or distress.  These thoughts or behaviors do not have to have a rational basis.
 

Depression is an emotion that can range from unhappiness to extreme feelings of sadness, helplessness and hopelessness.
 

Grief is a painful feeling of significant loss of a valued person or thing.  It is a normal part of mourning.
 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a psychological reaction to an abnormal experience.  The highly stressing event (such as war, physical or emotional violence, or natural disaster, etc.) is usually manifested in depression, anxiety, recurrent nightmares and avoidance of anything that is reminiscent of the original trauma.  
 

Stress Management is the use of various techniques such as relaxation training and breathing exercises to aid in coping with situations that may result in stress.
 

Vocational Counseling is a service provided to persons who seek assistance in exploring new careers, developing their current career, or dealing with challenges in their present occupational position.

 

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“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you desire for the present."

– Jim Rohn