Although the topics I address are wide ranging and unique, the list below covers some of the most common issues I address with my clients. I draw upon a number of evidence-based best practices including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Narrative Therapy Psychodynamic Therapy Family Systems Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Christian Counseling (upon request) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Motivational Interviewing (MI) Depression Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you’re depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They’re wrong – it is a real illness with real symptoms. Depression isn’t a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of” by “pulling yourself together”. The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people with depression can make a full recovery. Anxiety Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life – for example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview. During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal. However, some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives. Addiction Substance abuse refers to the habitual use of a mind altering substance, whether it’s alcohol or drugs. Although most substance abusers may find that they are seemingly blessed with a number of positive side effects of these substances, the reality is that these substances are ultimately very harmful. For instance, these substances not only harm a person’s body, but they can also fracture their soul. Abusing substances such as alcohol or drugs will often inflict a person’s mind as well. A person suffering from substance abuse will usually not act like himself. For instance, a person that is normally mild tempered could possibly become violent under the influence of drugs or alcohol. ADD/ADHD Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when a child’s circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most cases are diagnosed when children are 6 to 12 years old. The symptoms of ADHD usually improve with age, but many adults who are diagnosed with the condition at a young age continue to experience problems. Marriage Couples come to counseling for many reasons and at different stages in their relationship. Some couples need new tools to resolve ongoing conflict or make an important decision about the relationship. Others want to deepen intimacy, clarify values or renegotiate roles. Couples therapy is not just for couples in crisis. I welcome couples at all points on the commitment, gender, and sexuality spectrums. Families Family therapy or family counseling is designed to address specific issues that affect the psychological health of the family, such as major life transitions or mental health conditions. It may be used as the primary mode of treatment or as a complementary approach. Families can benefit from therapy when they experience any stressful event that may strain family relationships, such as financial hardship, divorce, or the death of a loved one. In addition, it can be effective in treating mental health concerns that impact the family as a whole, such as depression, substance abuse, chronic illness, and food issues, or everyday concerns, like communication problems, interpersonal conflict, or behavioral problems in children and adolescents. Children Professional child counseling and the delivery of expert child therapy has enjoyed a long if somewhat chaotic history, as human understanding of the mind and the conscious self has changed and evolved over time. From facing periods of stigmatization to incorporating potentially harmful treatments or ideas about why some children benefit from counseling and therapy, the practice has emerged in its modern form to provide valuable and practical services for improving quality of life and experience at home, in school, and in social situations. Whether counselors and therapists are encountered in a traditional community setting or in a private practice capacity, the growth of the field in recent years is bound to help bring relief to children and their loved ones.