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We will create comprehensive treatment programs for the following concerns:
Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health. Users may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a behavioral condition that makes focusing on everyday requests and routines challenging. People with ADHD typically have trouble getting organized, staying focused, making realistic plans and thinking before acting. They may be fidgety, noisy and unable to adapt to changing situations. Children with ADHD can be defiant, socially inept or aggressive. Families considering treatment options should consult a qualified mental health professional for a complete review of their child’s behavioral issues and a treatment plan.
Anger is an emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone or something you feel has deliberately done you wrong. Anger can be a good thing. It can give you a way to express negative feelings, for example, or motivate you to find solutions to problems. But excessive anger can cause problems. Increased blood pressure and other physical changes associated with anger make it difficult to think straight and harm your physical and mental health.
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.
- Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear or worry (obsessions), repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety (compulsions), or a combination of such obsessions and compulsions. These symptoms are time-consuming, might result in loss of relationships with others, and often cause severe emotional and financial distress.
- Phobias – The term “phobia” refers to a group of anxiety symptoms brought on by certain objects or situations. A specific phobia, formerly called a simple phobia, is a lasting and unreasonable fear caused by the presence or thought of a specific object or situation that usually poses little or no actual danger.
Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism
Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger disorder (AD) or simply Asperger’s, is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and non-verbal communication, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other Autism Spectrum Disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development.
A chronic illness is prolonged in duration, does not often resolve spontaneously, and is rarely cured completely. Chronic diseases are complex and varied in terms of their nature, how they are caused, and the extent of their impact on the community.
Depression and Mood Disorders
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depression, major depressive disorder, or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think, and behave, and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and depression may make you feel as if life isn’t worth living.
- Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness in which common emotions become intensely and often unpredictably magnified. Individuals with bipolar disorder can quickly swing from extremes of happiness, energy and clarity to sadness, fatigue and confusion. All people with bipolar disorder have manic episodes — abnormally elevated or irritable moods that last at least a week and impair functioning. But not all become depressed.
Many behaviors exhibited by children or adolescents concern parents or other adults. Behaviors or behavioral patterns become clinically significant if they are frequent or persistent and maladaptive (e.g., interfere with emotional maturation or social and cognitive functioning).
Social Skills Difficulties
A social skill is any skill facilitating interaction and communication with others. Healthy social and emotional skills are among the most consistent indicators of success for people, even more so than academic factors. Your child’s ability to develop self-awareness, self-esteem, and coping skills, and to build meaningful friendships, will have a positive impact now and throughout his or her life.
School Fear and Refusal
What child hasn’t dreaded September, the end of summer and the return to school? But for some kids, the prospect of school produces a level of fear so intense that it is immobilizing. Anywhere from 5% to 28% of children will exhibit some degree of school-refusal behavior at some point, including truancy. In about two-thirds of cases, a psychiatric problem, most commonly an anxiety disorder, is the cause.
Eating disorders are abnormal eating habits that can threaten your health or even your life. They include:
- Anorexia nervosa: Individuals believe they’re fat even when they’re dangerously thin and restrict their eating to the point of starvation.
- Bulimia nervosa: Individuals eat excessive amounts of food, then purge by making themselves vomit or using laxatives.
- Binge eating: Individuals have out-of-control eating patterns, but don’t purge.
- Parent-Child Conflict: Parent and child conflicts can occur for many reasons. When conflict occurs, the entire family can be thrown into emotional turmoil. Resolving a parent and child conflict requires the participation of everyone involved. As children grow up, they begin to assert their own independence. Sometimes conflict occurs due to generational clashes
- Marriage and Divorce Issues: Marital problems don’t always lead to divorce. Marriage is work; a great deal of work. The stress and strain of everyday life can distract us at times and cause us to lose focus on the work that needs to be done in the marriage.
- Blended Family Issues: The reason so many partners in blended families feel frustrated and begin looking for help, or a way out, is because no one is taught how to deal with the complexities, challenges, and frustrations of step-family life. People who marry again, or people who are in a relationship with someone who has children, are typically not prepared.
Sleep is essential for health and well-being. But millions of people don’t get enough, resulting in such problems as daytime sleepiness, poor decision-making, interference with learning and accidents. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps people identify and change their thoughts and behaviors, can help. In fact, according to one study, cognitive-behavioral therapy does a better job of reducing insomnia than sleeping pills.
- Stress: Stress can be a reaction to a short-lived situation, such as being stuck in traffic. Or it can last a long time if you’re dealing with relationship problems, a spouse’s death or other serious situations. Stress becomes dangerous when it interferes with your ability to live a normal life over an extended period. You may feel tired, unable to concentrate or irritable. Stress can also damage your physical body.
- Trauma: Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Psychologists can help these individuals find constructive ways of managing their emotions.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may develop after a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events, such as sexual assault, warfare, serious injury, or threats of imminent death. The diagnosis may be given when a group of symptoms, such as disturbing recurring flashbacks, avoidance, numbing of the event’s memories, or hyperarousal, continue for more than a month after the traumatic event’s occurrence.
Work-related stress has many causes, including long hours, heavy workload, job insecurity, the threat of redundancy or job loss, and conflicts with other workers or bosses. Symptoms of work-related stress may include depression, anxiety, a drop in work performance, feelings of being overwhelmed, fatigue, headaches, and an increase in sick days or absenteeism.