Conditions We Treat
Our family of clinicians have specialized experience in working with a number of psychological conditions that you or your loved one might be struggling with currently. Please feel free to look through the conditions we treat below to learn more.
Depression is a mood state characterized by low energy, sadness, and a variety of other problematic symptoms.
Anxiety is a normal experience whenever we feel unsafe or uncertain about something that’s happening. We can feel anxious all on our own, remembering distressing things or worrying about the future, all of which is normal for most people. There is a significant difference between normal anxiety and the anxiety requiring treatment.
The hard truth is that, for many of us, life can entail periods of having to endure scary and overwhelming experiences like car accidents, assaults, and more. Not everyone who experiences danger of feels overwhelmed will become “traumatized”. Sometimes, however, when we lack adequate support, have a history of overwhelming experiences, or lack skill and resources to manage these overwhelming experiences we can develop trauma disorders.
The word “bipolar” is tossed around rather frequently. Most of us experience mood shifts when our life circumstances change, which is normal.
Another word people use often is “addict”. Many people regularly consume mind-altering substances like caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and more. Where is the line between regular substance use and problematic use? What’s the difference between regular substance abuse and problematic use? What’s the difference between problematic substance use and “addiction”. The last 20 years of neuroscience research has helped us differentiate between the different types of drug use behavior, how problematic the behavior can be, and its impact on the brain and body.
We all have a unique way of seeing and operating in the world. Moreover, we tend to operate in very patterned ways in relationships and across a variety of settings. Our “personality”, which is a mixture of genetic tendencies (e.g. temperment) and life experience shaping our natural response style across our childhood and young adult development, is complex. For some, their personality style is not adaptive for a variety of settings and relationships.
Wherever we go, whatever we do, without question other people are needed. Humans are social creatures. This is great because the more interpersonally connected we are the better our chances of thriving and being able to regulate our emotions. The problem, however, is that we often struggle in our relationships to the point where we become stuck in cycles of arguing and fighting that can often lead to significant distress. This intractable cycle of fighting and repairing might require professional therapy if things seems to be steadily worsening.
Another common relationship issue relates to addiction and mental health problems. Most of the time, when a loved one is sick we become caretakers in order to nurse them back to health. The problem with caretaking, however, is that excessive “caretaking” (i.e. versus caring) behavior with someone who is struggling with addiction or a mental health issue is that it can worsen their problems and create an unhealthy dynamic between people, and even infest entire families. When such unhealthy dynamics develop it’s important to seek out family counseling to break unhealthy fear-driven dynamics and learn new boundaries for everyone to heal and grow.
This phrase has become very common in the last few years. Many young adults (ages 18-28) are struggling with the “launch” from their family homes into a work or school environment where they can feel more independent and continue developing their identity. Part of becoming a healthy adult is a meaningful sense of individuality, which is impossible to develop if one cannot leave home.
The reasons why more and more young people are struggling to make the transition smoothly are complicated. Feel free to contact us if you’re feeling unsure about what to do next.