Anxiety – Many people have complaints of anxious symptoms, best explained as “unexperienced fear.” Causes can include: over-thinking, medical issues, relationships, stress, nutrition, addiction, trauma, and the list goes on… Many therapists consider anxiety a sign or symptom that leads to other mental and physical health issues.
Depression – Most people experience some form of depression at some point during their life. Wellness plans focused on overcoming depression begin by addressing safety concerns, health issues, risk factors, and functioning.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Trauma comes from the Greek word meaning “wound” and can be caused both physically and/or psychologically. These mental injuries often go unaddressed due to their invisibility and difficulty to discuss. Usually traumatic events do not need to be retold in detail to recover – therapy is about healing.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – Clinically defined, Autism is a sensory integration disorder. Clients are diagnosed on a spectrum of severity regarding social isolation and/or withdrawal. Clients on the spectrum are sensitive to sight, sound, touch, smell, taste, and emotions. The most common symptoms include anxiety and difficulty communicating. This type of neuro-diverse client is best supported by specialists who individualize care to clients needs and goals.
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Research shows the best recommended treatment is a combination of psychiatric medication and psychotherapy. Many clients prefer one form of treatment or the other. An evaluation with a counselor and a medical doctor are recommended. However, pharmacotherapy is recommended as a last resort.
Adjustment Disorders – Practically anyone could be diagnosed with an adjustment disorder based on life circumstances and the nature of change. Transitions are not easy and typically come with shifting emotions and stress. This type of mental health issue can be accompanied by anxiety, depression, conduct issues, or a combination of these symptoms. Speaking with a counselor helps by processing thoughts AND feelings before mental health symptoms worsen.