Children, Teens, and Adults

Anger, Anxiety, Grief/Loss, Life Transitions, and Mood Disorders

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Anger

Anger is one of many human emotions that conveys a message. If your reaction to anger is to explode, however, that message never has a chance to be conveyed. Anger becomes a very real problem when you express it in ways that harm yourself or others.

Anxiety

Anxiety can cause intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Sometimes this includes sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear that can reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).

These feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control. Symptoms may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood.

Life Transitions

These include major changes in a person’s life as they grow, such as from childhood to adulthood, from school to work, from single life to married life, and from working to retirement. Life transitions can also includes times of crisis. For example, divorce, death, being let go from a job, having to move to new home, and many other scenarios.

Mood Disorders

If you have a mood disorder, your general emotional state or mood is distorted or does not match your current circumstances and interferes with your ability to function. You may be extremely sad, empty or irritable (depressed), or you may have periods of depression alternating with being excessively happy (mania).

Treatment Modalities

While exploring these presenting issues, coping skills and techniques will be derived primarily from the following theoretical orientations: 

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy – patterns of thinking and beliefs that have led to self destructive behaviors in order to modify cognitive distortions to cope with life stressors in a healthy manner;
  • Dialectical-behavioral therapy – skills are taught that encompass mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance;
  • Solution-focused therapy – focus is on developing solutions and identifying strengths and resources within the client to create a healthier future. 

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