General Practice

I treat adolescents and adults with a range of presenting problems and mental health issues. These can include issues related to stress and coping, relationship problems (i.e., with friends, family, break-ups), self-esteem and assertiveness, communication skills, stages of life/changes, job stress, grief, and academic concerns.

Anxiety disorders: Do you know the signs of an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety disorders can affect anyone. Many anxiety disorders develop in childhood and can continue into adulthood if not treated. The signs of an anxiety disorder can include:

  • Panic attacks.
  • A constant and unrealistic worry about everyday occurrences and activities.
  • Fear and anxiety that appear for no apparent reason.

Common anxiety disorders include:

  • Panic Disorder: a sudden, uncontrollable attack of terror that can manifest itself with heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, and an out of control or terribly frightening feeling;
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: excessive anxiety and worry that last for at least six months accompanied by other physical and behavioral problems;
  • Social Anxiety Disorder: a persistent fear of one or more situations in which the person is exposed to possible (negative) scrutiny by others; avoidance of social situations;

Although Obsessive-Compulsive and related disorders and trauma- and stressor-related disorders are not anxiety disorders, they can share similar symptoms of anxiety and fear. However, many individuals exposed to trauma and stressful events have a varied presentation.

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: repeated, intrusive and unwanted thoughts that cause anxiety, often accompanied by ritualized behavior that relieves this anxiety; obsessions or compulsions are time consuming
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: caused when someone experiences a severely distressing or traumatic event. Recurring nightmares and/or flashbacks and unprovoked anger are common symptoms.

By contacting a psychologist, those who suffer from mental disorders can take the first step on the road to recovery. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, 90 percent of people with emotional illnesses will improve or recover if they get treatment.

Couples Counseling

I provide marital and relationship counseling to couples.

Coping Skills

Often at the heart of recovery from a mental health disorder, is developing and expanding clients’ coping skills. I try to help clients incorporate new skills to see which ones are a fit for them. For instance, journaling is a common, helpful coping strategy. However, journaling is not for everyone. Some clients don’t like to journal, and having them do so week after week, just creates frustration. Coping skills can range from varied activities, such as exercise or calling a friend, to (new) ways of thinking about one’s self or world.