Counseling Therapy & Treatments | Conditions Treated
Counseling Therapy & Treatments
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. By exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions and the beliefs that direct these thoughts, people with mental illness can modify their patterns of thinking to improve coping. Here at The C&G Group, our highly qualified therapist and the patient will actively work together to help the patient recover from their mental illness. Therapy is problem-focused and goal-directed. Because CBT is an active intervention, one can also expect to do homework or practice outside of sessions. CBT has been found to be useful for a wide variety of mental illnesses, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders sleep disorders and psychotic disorders. Studies have shown that CBT actually changes brain activity in people with mental illnesses who receive this treatment, suggesting that the brain is actually improving its functioning as a result of engaging in this form of therapy.
- Classical Homeopathy, Botanical Medicine & Nutrition
In classical homeopathy and botanical medicine, the individual is considered as a whole and symptoms from the body, mind and spirit are considered when making recommendation of a particular remedy. Also evaluated are a person's environment and lifestyle. Classical homeopathy most closely matches the totality of the individual's symptoms and personality with the homeopathic remedy in order to stimulate the body's own natural healing response. Homeopathic remedies have been approved by the FDA since 1939, and botanical medicine is one of the fastest growing areas of complementary healthcare.
- Clinical Hypnotherapy
Clinical hypnosis is an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used by specially trained and highly qualified mental health providers for treating a psychological or physical problem. It is a highly relaxed state.
Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention. Hypnosis is often used as an integrated psychological therapy employing clinical hypnosis and cognitive behavioral therapy. The use of CBT in conjunction with hypnotherapy may result in greater treatment effectiveness. One notable meta-analysis concluded "a 70% greater improvement" for patients undergoing an integrated treatment regimen.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectal behavior therapy (DBT) is a modification of traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for the treatment of chronically suicidal and self-injurious individuals. DBT differs from traditional CBT in its emphasis on validation – a powerful tool whereby the therapist and the patient work on "accepting" uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and behaviors rather than struggling with them. Once an identified thought, emotion or behavior has been validated, the process of change no longer appears impossible, and the goals of gradual transformation become reality. The term dialectics refers to the therapist's goal of establishing a balance between acceptance and change and effectively integrating these two fundamental principles of successful therapy. DBT also focuses on the development of coping skills – specific behavioral techniques used to combat the disabling symptoms of mental illness.
As part of the skills-based element of DBT, emphasis is often placed on the development of mindfulness practice and other relaxation techniques. Mindfulness teaches individuals to become increasingly conscious of their thoughts and feelings through observation of bodily sensations. Through this practice, an individual develops the ability to accept distressing thoughts without self-criticism and to tolerate self-destructive urges without acting upon them.
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. Complete treatment of the client's targeted issue involves a three-pronged protocol (1-past memories, 2-present disturbance, 3-future actions), that is needed to alleviate the client's symptoms and assure that the problem has been addressed fully in treatment. At The C&G Group, the goal of EMDR therapy is to process completely the experiences that are causing problems, as well as related ones that may be uncovered during the procedure in order to achieve full health.
- Marital & Relationship Counseling
The challenges that relationships face today are staggering: finances, employment, children, extended families and more. Research has shown that it usually takes six years from the first sign of trouble in a relationship to the commencement of relationship therapy. While help is available at any stage of the relationship, it is wise to intervene early. It's no secret that today nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce. Add to this the number of couples that find themselves in a state of "emotional divorce." With emotional divorce, you and your partner are still together – technically – but emotionally you couldn't be more separate. With relationship counseling at The C&G Group, once you identify the core and specific problems in your marital relationship, and also identify clearly what you want your marriage to be, it is often very possible to clearly outline how to achieve goals and relationship health.
- Sex Therapy; Male & Female Sexual Dysfunction
Sexual issues are a result of negative feelings or traumatic experiences that prevent a person from being able to fully participate during sexual intimacy. Sexual problems can also surface as a product of another mental health issue, such as depression or anxiety, or they may be derived from physical conditions, such as bowel or bladder issues, chemical imbalances resulting from certain medications or changing hormonal levels resulting from menopause or childbirth. Sex therapy works to address questions or concerns surrounding a person's sexuality, and our therapist is trained in helping clients to restore or enhance their enjoyment of sex.
- Tapas Acupressure Technique
Developed by Tapas Fleming in 1993, TAT is a technique that can help the body process the emotions, leaving your conscious experience freer. It is a combination of placing attention on a set of statements and applying pressure to specific acupuncture points on your face and at the back of your head.
It is said to be especially effective for ending stress, especially traumatic stress; releasing limiting beliefs; freeing a person of allergic reactions; gaining self-confidence and a positive outlook on life; relaxation and better health
- Trauma & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
When in danger, it's natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This "fight-or-flight" response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this reaction is changed or damaged. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they're no longer in danger. Using a variety of therapeutic techniques, our providers work with patients to minimize this response and enable them to react more appropriately and comfortably to triggering encounters in everyday life.
ADHD and ADD symptoms, such as hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattentiveness, can cause problems at home, school, work, or in relationships. Identifying the right treatment, including medicines and behavioral therapies, is essential to managing symptoms.
- Anxiety (Social Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorders)
When panic and anxiety symptoms worsen into anxiety attacks and panic attacks, it may be an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety disorder. Anxiety and panic attack symptoms can be successfully managed using medication and psychotherapy.
- Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder causes extreme mood swings, from depression to mania. This condition used to be known as manic depressive disorder. People with this disorder may engage in risky behaviors, and even self-harm. Bipolar disorder is a very serious illness that can be treated with therapy and medication.
- Chronic Pain
Although acute pain generally resolves on its own with little need for extensive intervention, for some people pain persists past the point where it is considered a reaction to injury. The type of pain that persists for longer than three months, that accompanies a disease process, or that is associated with an injury that does not resolve over time may be referred to as chronic pain. Examples of chronic pain conditions include Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bursitis, back pain, migraines, IBD, Neuropathy, Multiple Sclerosis, and more.
The prevalence of chronic pain sufferers has been estimated to be as high as 30%. People who experience chronic pain need comprehensive care. Although interdisciplinary methods are often recommended, the exact role of mental health care in chronic pain is often misunderstood. Therapists and medication management providers should be involved in the care of patients with chronic pain as early as possible to maximize the outcome of treatment. Our mental health providers are experienced with a wide variety of modalities of treatment, and are dedicated to helping clients minimize the way their pain conditions impact their daily lives.
Depression is a mental illness, but it can affect the body as well as the mind. The symptoms commonly associated with depression can make work and daily life difficult. Generally, nearly 14 million adults in the U.S. or around 6.7% of the population, experience major depression each year. Depression can be characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, irritability, and loss of interest. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options available.
- Grief & Loss
Those who have suffered loss often move through their grief in a cycle referred to as the Kübler-Ross Model. Commonly referred to as the five stages of grief, those grieving may find themselves experiencing symptoms including:
- Mental health providers often see people who find themselves stuck in this cycle, and work to help by breaking through the first stages in order to reach the fifth and final stage of acceptance.
Dealing with grief can be difficult for even the strongest among us, and once in a grief cycle it can be very difficult to break free. Our therapists are experienced with helping clients move through these stages and move forward in a positive and productive way.
- Nutrition and Mental Health
Our providers offer insight and information regarding the benefits of balanced eating in relation to mental health. They are experienced in topics such as disordered eating patterns, the role of food sensitivities and allergies in relation to mental health, toxins and chemicals in the food supply, and wellness through nutrition.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD is a mental condition that causes recurring unwanted thoughts. To get rid of the thoughts, people with OCD complete the same tasks over and over again. Medical professionals don't know what causes OCD. Studies suggest that there could be a problem with the way one part of the brain sends information to another part. Treatment includes medicines and counseling. Using both tends to works best.
- Premature Ejaculation
Premature ejaculation is ejaculation that happens just after penetration and before the person wishes. This can cause both partners to be dissatisfied, which in turn leads to anxiety and tension that can make the condition worse. Many conditions can cause premature ejaculation, including anxiety and depression. Premature ejaculation may not require treatment, but if necessary, your doctor can suggest lifestyle changes, medicines and techniques to help treat the problem.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a severe form of PMS – it causes symptoms which interfere with work, relationships, and more. PMDD is likely caused, at least in part, by hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle. Many of the same methods used to treat PMS may also help relieve symptoms of PMDD. There are four main facets of treatment: counseling, medications or supplements, nutrition, and exercise.
Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a mental illness that is triggered by a disturbing event. Many people experience traumatic events, such as car and airplane accidents, sexual assault or domestic violence. Other traumatic experiences include natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes. These events affect multiple people at the same time. PTSD causes you to constantly remember traumatic events. In 1 out of 10 Americans, the traumatic incident causes a cascade of biological and psychological changes or PTSD. Mental health professionals treat PTSD by attempting to understand the patient's response to the traumatic event(s) and help them recover from the effects of the trauma.
- Sexual Dysfunction/Low Libido
A low libido is a common problem and can be a symptom of many conditions. Whether it's normal aging, depression, stress, fatigue, hormonal changes, or a combination of factors, there is help. The answers may be simple, such as using a lubricant to make sex easier, getting more rest, or changing diet. Medications may be recommended to treat any underlying conditions.