miércoles, 7 de febrero de 2018

The life in a relationship is more than mesmerizing. But despite all the positive and fulfilling things, a relationship is also a challenge.

A challenge designed to be faced by two.

Although from time to time it is necessary to face these challenges with the advice of a third party. And better if that third party adviser is a qualified professional like a therapist, counselor or psychologist, trained to give to the relationships members the best advice, in order to solve the particular situation or give tips that will lead to improve the relationship connection.

How to know when relationship counseling is necessary?

Countless relationships struggle unnecessarily with some kind of issue for long times, without knowing what to do for solve the issue or disagreement. Sometimes even without knowing where the problem is of what is the main cause.
If you and your life partner are facing the dilemma of receive professional counseling that is the best indicator that you need it.

Remember that a relationship if was founded based on love, respect, common beliefs and commitments is something value and it deserves any effort to heal every inconvenience that disturb the peace of the involved. Is you need assistance from a relationship counselor we can help you.

Marriage is a major commitment. It implies that husband and wife should think and act as one, respecting their differences and particularities. 

While is true that each married couple goes through difficult times, the marriage it’s not at all a completely can of worms. 

One of the biggest inconveniences that marriages go through is that they do not recognize that they have a problem and in the other hand couples are rarely willing to seek professional help that can provide them a solution or can change the negative situation.

How to know is marriage counseling is necessary?

Something is hard to recognize or admit that some situations, habits, and responses are direct signals of problems and a clear need for marriage counseling.
We know, it is difficult admin our own mistakes and faults. That’s why we share a series of elements that will help you to identify the need for an intervention of marriage counseling.
If you often complain, blame each other and argue, to the point of losing control (yelling, breaking things). If confidence and intimacy has been affect for the constants issues.  If there is no warmth in the communication and it has been limited you need urgently marriage counseling.

 Contact us, we can provide you with our professional marriage counseling service. 

The families are the foundations were all our society is grounded. It is true that all families are different. There’s no exact pattern or established role model about how a family should be.

Despite the fact that all the families are diverse all have things on common:
In example all the family members are affiliated by a kind of connecting link that can be affinity or consanguinity. And together, the family members ensure that can achieve their realization projects, like a family. Those projects may include having (or not having) children or any kind of common goal.

Also it’s true that in our society, the families are under a constant pressure. This pressure can resent the link between members and cause crisis.
Those difficult moments of crisis test the equanimity of all members. And even those family members who lead sometimes do not know what to do.

If your family are struggling with difficult situations a good choice is find a family counselor.
A family counselor is a professional who can help in any familiar situations:
  1. Conflict between parents and child
  2. Marriage conflicts
  3. Difficulties between siblings
  4. The loss of a family member

Is you are looking for professional assistance (family counseling, family therapy) contact us.

Depression is an emotional disorder that people can surfer with very different ranges of affliction. It is considered one of the most popular mental afflictions.
 It’s not surprising that depression it is also known as the XXI century disease.

Nowadays the people, especially the adults, male and female are exposed to many big sources of emotional pressure. This mental pressure cause negative reactions in the behavior, mood and thoughts of the affected.

This disease is characterized with these symptoms:
      ·    Low mood (sadness and emptiness).
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Insomnia.
  • Irritable and intolerant behaviors.
  • Anxiety.

How to treat depression?

Considering that this emotional disorder has many symptomatic levels treatments may vary from patient to other.

So according to the complexity of the illness some people may required medication and other just therapy. But the good news is that no matter how complex is the depression case, even the most deep cases can be treatable.

The most common cases are treated with psychotherapy especially cognitive behavioral psychotherapy.

Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy is recommended before medications drugs.
Is important avoid self medication nothing replace the opinion of and expert. If you, a family member or a closed friend have a case of depression contact us we can provide the appropriate treatment.

Life as a couple it is not always a path paved with roses. Beyond romanticism and poetry, in a couple each fellow need more than love.
Don’t misunderstand us. Love is very important. And is one of the main elements in a good relationship recipe.

Yes, each healthy and functional couple is fueled with something more than love. Therefore, for a great live in couple, values such: the commitment, dedication, sacrifices, communication and all the things and actions that lead and contribute to create trust and loyalty between the peers are very important too.

But we know. Nothing is totally wonderful. Even those perfect couples sometimes deal with inner crisis and negative situations that distort the main goal of living in a relationship:
The happiness and realization of two people.

The fulfillment of two depends in many ways from the communication.

So couples counseling for what?

A couple counseling therapy can help to improve the communication between couples. And can bring to the relationships new opportunities and even the reestablishment of goals and projects.  
An expert in couples counseling can help to heal wounds, also open new channels of communication more effectives for the couple and the happiness of those involved in it.
Are you looking for a professional service of couple counseling? You can contact us. We are here for help you.

Despite all the things you may think about CBT based on the apparently complexity of their cocky name, the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is in fact an effective psychological treatment founded on pretty simple premises.

CBT is based on the fact that the feelings and behavior of individuals are directly related to theirs mindset, that is to say, all the thought patterns and all the things that people says to themselves (this inner conversation that people have in their minds discovered by Aaron Beck) affect theirs moods and the responses that they can give to the environment and to their peers.
In short and simplifying explanations: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy deal with the erroneous patterns of thoughts of a patient, that trigger emotional and behavioral problems and other related issues, like addictions or substances abuse.

So with CBT it’s possible to treat emotional and behavioral disorders with a strong mind root such as:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar and related personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia, orthorexia nervosa)
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
  • Tics
  • Traumas.
A competent therapist applying CBT can save a patient from deal with prescription drugs and other invasive ways of treatment. If you need psychological treatment we can offer the best specialized assistance.

Also know as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of psychotherapy or psychological intervention with a psychosocial approach. Ergo CBT studies at individuals taking into consideration the environment and the social aspects that exert big influence in the psyche and behaviors.
CBT therapy aims solve specific problems associated with specific mental disorders. Such as: 
·         Depression
·         Anxiety
·         Addictions
·         Eating disorders
·         Post-traumatic stress
·         Tics

CBT therapy – History and principle

An American psychiatrist named Aaron Beck invented the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the 60’s. Beck combined principles from the behavioral psychology and the cognitive psychology.  

One of most powerful principles that Beck discovered and is an essential guide for the CBT was the link that exists between thoughts and feelings.    

This thoughts and feelings links help the therapist to finds the thoughts responsible of difficulties and issues in the reality of client.

Automatic thoughts

A very important concept for the CBT is the automatic thoughts concept.

According to Beck automatic thoughts are a kind of thinking patterns. The automatic thoughts usually were wired in the mind of the person so many years ago (in the childhood) and are the source of the behavioral problems in the adulthood.  

Free your mind of automatic thoughts contact a expert. Contact us.

Anxiety is an emotional state. An alteration of the emotional fluxes where the patient lost the control of their well-being related directly to their feelings.               
Anxious states are related to the high levels of stress and may be considered a directly response to stressful situations.
After all the things that we can read about it, stress is not all bad. Stress in little portions in determined moments —just like the stress we can experiment driving under a rainy night— make us capable of doing things like drive more carefully or stay awake and watchful.
The problem resides when those stressful situations become constants triggering a cumulus of negative reactions and anxiety starts.   

How is a treatment for an anxiety patient?

The anxiety disorders can be treated with different therapeutic options, according directly with the deep of anxiety that the patient is suffering.
So there´s less invasive therapies like Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) focuses on the thoughts, belief and patient´s attitudes and how all those mental patterns affects the behavior and feelings.
On the other hand chronic cases of anxiety and panic attacks can be treated with prescriptions drugs and a rigorous psychological supervision of the experts.  Regardless of the level of anxiety it is important always have the opinion of professionals. Contact us, we can provide you specialized help.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a kind of psychological intervention or therapy that helps people to deal with all the problems related to the complexities of life and the human mind.
Consequently, the acceptance and commitment therapy is used to treat cases of people with terminal diseases, childhood traumas, or persons who suffered any kind of abuse. But ACT also may help adolescents deal with age-related conflicts and can be a good support to face the adversities and problems of adult life.
The ACT was founded by Steven Hayes a clinical psychologist who studied the clinical application of Behavior Analysis to different psychological and behavioral disorders such the anxiety and post-traumatic stress.

Acceptance and mindfulness

ACT is also related to all those philosophies that are based in the premise of “stay present”. So is easy find commons points with the Buddhism and the oriental philosophy. Especially in the in the insistence of total acceptance, detachment and the general belief that thoughts, memories and even more the feelings and attitudes derived from these are the cause of negative situations.
Mindfulness also have many similarities with the ACT, both are pragmatic and non intrusive methods of treat mental and behavioral issues. If you have a problem this may be treat with acceptance and commitment therapy and we can help you.

lunes, 5 de febrero de 2018

Hi, I am  Janet, I am a qualified psychotherapist and registered rehabilitation counsellor with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology  graduating with honours and Specialising in the Prevention and Treatment of Addictions and Master in Human Resources Management. I have eleven years of experience offering psychotherapy and treatment for problems relating to mental health, gambling, alcohol and others drugs. In addition, I am experienced in the following areas:
  • Provide treatment and support to people with extremely complex life issues and who present with at risk behaviours. 
  • Provide a range of counselling/ psychotherapy interventions to families and clients.
  • Increase their capacity to effectively manage the problems clients are experiencing associated with AOD and gambling.
  • Facilitate family support programs
  • Couple therapy,group therapy, individual counselling
  • Conduct assessments and high level written reporting.
  • Planning, coordinating and monitoring implementation of programs including complex case management same and new employer, avocation and job seeking programs
  • Knowledge and relevant experience in family casework
My work gives me great personal satisfaction,  during our sessions I promote safety, trust, empathy and confidentiality between myself and the patient. I am a results driven professional who's experience and knowledge lets me help you achieve your goals, or just helps you to find direction in your life.
I have worked with many people just like you, helped them deal with issues such as depression, addictions, disabilities, sexual abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, panic disorders, phobias, relationship problems, panic attack, eating disorders, parenting struggles and more.

I have experience working with adults and children with problems relating to mental health in Australia and overseas. I use therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy, rational emotive behaviour therapy,  acceptance and commitment therapy and solution-focused therapy. My treatment methods are tailored to each individual and my personal and professional experience shows me that they work.

I appreciate and understand the dynamic and impact of having an addiction, disability, experiencing injury or social disadvantage. I have worked with adults and teenagers, helping them to achieve occupational, personal and social goals.

I am passionate about animal welfare, human rights and the environment.  I am fluent in both English and Spanish.
  • My qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Psychology with honours  (UCSM - Peru)
  • Post Graduate Diploma focusing on the intervention of alcohol and other drugs. (UNAM - Mexico)
  • Addiction Specialty specialising in the treatment and prevention of addictions.  (CIJ CONADIC - Mexico)
  • Masters in  Management Human Resources. (CQU - Australia)
My overseas studies are recognised by The Australia Psychological Society (APS) Comparable to five years of study in Psychology completed in Australia and registration as rehabilitation counsellor with ASORC.​

domingo, 4 de febrero de 2018

When you’re depressed, it can feel like you’ll never get out from under a dark shadow. However, even the most severe depression is treatable. So, if your depression is keeping you from living the life you want to, don’t hesitate to seek help. Learning about your depression treatment options will help you decide which approach is right for you. From therapy to medication to healthy lifestyle changes, there are many effective treatments that can help you overcome depression, feel happy and hopeful again, and reclaim your life.

Depression, or major depressive disorder, is a mental health condition marked by an overwhelming feeling of sadness, isolation and despair that affects how a person thinks, feels and functions. The condition may significantly interfere with a person's daily life and may prompt thoughts of suicide. Depression isn't the same as sadness, loneliness or grief caused by a challenging life experience, such as the death of a loved one.

In 2015, an estimated 16.1 million U.S. adults (aged 18 or older), or 6.7 percent of the adult population, had at least one major depressive episode, or experienced depressive symptoms, in the past year, making this condition one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Depression can affect people of all ages, races and socioeconomic classes, and can strike at any time. The condition is found in twice as many women as men, according to the NIMH.

In a recently published report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found that women between 40 and 59 have the highest rate of depression (12.3 percent) of any group based on age and gender in the United States.

People with depression may experience a variety of symptoms, but most commonly, "a deep feeling of sadness or a marked loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities," according to the American Psychiatric Association. Other symptoms of depression may include:

  1. Irritability, agitation or restlessness
  2. Lower sex drive
  3. Inability to focus, concentrate or make decisions
  4. Insomnia or sleeping too much
  5. Change in appetite and/or weight, eating too much or too little
  6. Tiredness and lack of energy
  7. Unexplainable crying spells
  8. Unexplainable physical symptoms such as headaches or body aches
  9. Feeling hopeless or worthless
  10. Withdrawal from social situations and normal activities
  11. Thoughts of death or suicide

The causes of depression are not fully understood, but scientists think that an imbalance in the brain's signaling chemicals may be responsible for the condition in many patients. However, there are several theories about what this imbalance actually is and which signaling chemicals are involved. Moreover, a variety of distressing life situations are also associated, including early childhood trauma, a job loss, the death of a loved one, financial troubles or a divorce.

Most likely, depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors, according to the NIMH.

Certain medical conditions may also trigger depression, including an underactive thyroid gland, cancer, heart disease, prolonged pain and other significant illnesses. Hormonally induced depression can arise after childbirth or at menopause as well.

Additionally, some sedatives, such as sleeping pills, and high blood pressure medications are linked to depression, according to the NIH.

I have been anxious for as long as I can remember. I grew from an awkward and anxious child to an awkward and anxious adult. As a teenager I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, but it was only as an adult that I learned more about what it actually means to be anxious.

Having anxiety doesn’t just mean being nervous or worrying. When my mind starts racing and I can’t decide which thing to think about, that’s anxiety. When my chest feels like it’s going to explode from pressure, that’s anxiety. When I snap at a co-worker for no reason at all, or I am inexplicably moody, that’s anxiety. When I spend the entire weekend wondering if I’ll be fired for something I said on Friday, that’s anxiety. When I randomly start crying, or laughing, or jumping up and down, that’s anxiety. When I flake on plans at the last minute, you can bet it’s because of anxiety.

Anxiety presents in lots of ways that may not be obvious. Unfortunately for me, most of the time mine presents as anger. What does that mean? It means when I feel anxious on the inside, it manifests itself on the outside as me being pissed off. So when I was a kid and my sister was comforted for being upset, I was scolded for losing my temper. Not that I hold anything against my parents, because I really was a little shit. Back then my anger-anxiety looked like me losing my temper all the time. When I lost a video game, I would throw the controller. When my sister teased me, I would hit her. Tiny triggers were huge triggers, and my level of anger-anxiety varied from moment to moment.

Now, with the help of medication, my anger-anxiety is more subtle, but still debilitating at times. Anxiety makes me snap a response without thinking and what I say sounds way different in my head than it did coming out of my mouth so I think about it constantly for several days, but I am also too anxious to correct what I said in the first place. It’s a snowball effect that can get out of control. When I talk negatively, complain, or rant, that’s usually anxiety. Even as I type this, my chest feels like it is being stepped on by a stiletto heel. That’s anxiety.

I don’t want to be irritable, or mean, or moody. I do everything I can to control it, but sometimes that’s not good enough. Sometimes I still snap, for seemingly no reason. The reason is anxiety. Please try to be patient.