Specializations

Understanding Mental Health

Addiction

Recovery from addiction is possible and can be achieved with therapeutic support. Clients can acquire new skills to navigate everyday life and live without suffering from the consequences of addiction. Individuals may change unwanted behaviors, learn new ways of coping, and create healthier relationships. Therapy combined with a 12-step program promotes hope, health, and a new way of life.

Adjustment Disorders

Adjustment Disorder is an abnormal and excessive reaction to an identifiable life stressor. The reaction is more severe than would normally be expected, and can result in significant impairment in social, occupational or academic functioning. 

The response may be linked to a single event (a flood or fire, marriage, divorce, starting school, new job) or multiple events (marital problems or severe business difficulties). Stressors may be recurrent events (child witnessing parents constantly fighting, chemotherapy, financial difficulties) or continuous (living in a crime-ridden neighborhood).

Adjustment Disorder often occurs with one or more of the following: depressed mood; anxiety, disturbance of conduct (in which the patient violates rights of others or major age-appropriate societal norms or rules), and maladaptive reactions (problems related to job or school, physical complaints, social isolation).

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/adjustment-disorder

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions, and each with unique symptoms. However, all anxiety disorders have one thing in common: persistent, excessive fear or worry in situations that are not threatening. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Anxiety-Disorders#sthash.fHatETpg.dpuf

Depression

Depression can impact an individual and their ability to function on a daily basis. Symptoms such as fatigue, feeling a deep sadness, inability to focus, lack of interest and motivation can prevent a person from reaching their potential. Depression can improve with therapeutic treatment and support. 

Postpartum Mental Health

The symptoms of postpartum depression can appear at anytime within the first 12 months after pregnancy. Women may suffer from depression, anxiety, or obsessive compulsive disorder following the birth of their baby. Recent research found that 15 percent, or 1 in 7, of new moms experience postpartum depression.

Understanding your symptoms and realizing that you are not alone in your feelings plays an important role in your recovery.

Women who have recently adopted, had a miscarriage, or still birth are also at risk. More women suffer from increased symptoms of anxiety than symptoms of depression. Medication management may also be suggested in many cases to stabilize symptoms allowing for more effective mood management. Clinically supervised and peer to peer groups are also available in Monmouth County. 

Service Members: Military & Law Enforcement

Many law enforcement officers may feel need to protect and serve 24/7, which can affect their personal and family life. Individuals working in a high-demand environment can greatly benefit from speaking to someone about life and work stressors. This allows them to manage coping skills and become more efficient in the workplace.

Not all agencies provide Crisis Intervention Teams or Critical Event Counseling. It is important to create a safe and confidential place for service members to address the impact of serving in these fields and maintain mental health. All sessions are confidential.

Please note I conduct assessments and treatment only. I do not conduct FFD's (Fit For Duty forms).

Reintegration After Incarceration

Reintegration into the community is a process and takes time. Individuals moving from a highly-controlled environment into society where they are in control of their daily activities can be overwhelming. 

Rebuilding relationships and obtaining employment are crucial for success in maintaining freedom. Individuals can experience depression, feelings of isolation, anger, and self doubt as they adjust to a new lifestyle.

Therapeutic support helps to manage this experience, process emotions, and create a plan for successful transition.

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