What is counseling and what happens during therapy?
During counseling your therapist listens to your concerns and together you identify the causes and make a plan for change.
Everything about us is rooted in our brain s’ hard wiring and our experiences. Counseling provides opportunities to understand our “wiring” and our experiences, how they interact together. Each counselor works within their education and framework to offer us new tools and strategies to make changes that support our dreams.
Research indicates that a combination of therapy and medication is the most beneficial treatment for depression, anxiety, the effects of trauma and abuse as well as other related issues. Whether you come in alone or with a partner or family, counseling helps you say your feelings out loud, express your needs and ask for help from those around you. You can identify behavioral, emotional or psychiatric symptoms and develop the plans and skills to treat or cope with those symptoms. Here are some of the symptoms we frequently hear our clients describe:
depression is described as:
- feeling persistently sad
- feeling no pleasure in activities that were once enjoyable
- experiencing sleep problems, loss of appetite, inability to concentrate, memory problems, and physical ailments
- persons with depression may feel worthless, helpless, and hopeless about their ability to get well. No matter how hard they try to “snap out of it”, they feel as though they are falling into an abyss of despair.
When people suffering from anxiety disorders talk about their symptoms, they often include these words:
- unrealistic or excessive worry
- unrealistic fears concerning objects or situations
- sleep disturbance, shakiness, sweating, cold/clammy hands
- jitteriness, racing or pounding heart
- rapid pulse and/or breathing
- confused or excessive thoughts
Children with exceptional challenges are often described as:
- not listening, lazy, angry or rageful . They might be in trouble at school, won’t do chores or follow instructions, daydream, never sit still, are mean, sullen or disrespectful. Children also suffer anxiety. They have worries that appear irrationally and change frequently.
Hidden communication problems as well as conflicting values may create tension and stress for couples and families. Several of the therapists at Desert View Counseling are trained to help families and couples identify and change the patterns that lead to anger, depression, and unhappiness.
It is the combination of these symptoms, which leads people to feel overwhelmed and seek help. Counseling at Desert View starts with helping define symptoms and feelings, identify difficult life situations, plan treatment goals, developing tools and strategies to cope with the symptoms leads to a healthier life.
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Who does counseling help?
Desert View Counseling Therapists are experienced and trained in a wide array of general and specialty services.
Does your child have difficulty getting along at school? Do you have problems with discipline or “listening?” -We help you not only implement better discipline, but to develop a deeper and more loving relationship with your child.
Children may experience reactions as they adapt to life changes such as: divorce, traumatic events, school, death, moving, etc.
At DVCC there are several therapists who are trained in utilizing Play Therapy techniques. For children as young as 4 years old, this technique allows the therapist to guide the child and family to more successful behaviors and relationships. Kids don’t have all the language skills in order to verbally work towards successful resolution of challenges, but expressive techniques such as Play Therapy are demonstrated to provide an avenue for children to resolve problems that may cause them unmanageable feelings or behaviors. Play and Art therapies are successful in helping children as young as 4 years old express feeling - and resolve problems.
Does your relationship consist of excessive conflict, emotional distance, or the inability to respectfully and lovingly live together? Several of the therapists at Desert View Counseling have specialties in providing couples and family therapy. Enhanced communication is needed to change relationship patterns & create intimacy for fulfilling relationships. Emotionally Focused Family Therapy as well as other modalities has been used to help family members.
- Reduce conflict, find common ground, resolve persistent problems, come together around discipline and children issues and heal broken relationships.
3. People who have had traumatic experiences
Do you experience anxiety or depression or other mood or behavioral problems that may be related to trauma, abuse, neglect, or painful experiences in your life? Do you experience anxiety, depression, behavioral or relationship problems? They may be related to current or past trauma, abuse, neglect or painful experience in your life.
Do you have difficulties communicating with your teenager? Do you see changes that worry you? Are they struggling in school? Does your son or daughter seem withdrawn or angry? Our Therapists and your teenager can increase your ability to communicate and problem solve. Understanding an adolescent’s language, and social challenges can help you increase your parenting skills to deal with the challenges of raising teenagers.
5. People with Substance Abuse or Addictive Disorder Problems
Are you looking for help with addictions such as:
- Prescription medications
Several clinicians at DVCC are qualified to provide, assessment, treatment and referral for people suffering with addictions or related problems.
6. Employee Assistance Program Referrals (EAP)
Therapists at Desert View Counseling are authorized counselors via many different employment benefit programs. Call us or check with your employment benefit manager or personnel manager to see if you have one of these benefits. Counseling is usually short term and often at no cost to the individual employee.
Your EAP can provide counseling for not only work related problems but also for many issues of living, including many of the situations listed above.
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