Frequently Asked Questions


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Can psychotherapy help with my anxiety and/or depression?

Psychotherapy is often useful in addressing symptoms and behaviors linked to anxiety and depression.  Medications are often used in conjunction with psychotherapy and the research shows a combination of psychotherapy and medication produces the best results.


I am self-harming and suicidal.

Please dial 9-1-1 and contact crisis support personnel and explain your thoughts.  Your immediate safety is important.  Crisis support personnel through the 9-1-1 system, emergency room staff, and mobile crisis teams can help you.  We are not able to ensure your safety and are not able to treat people who are actively suicidal.


I have been self-medicating with alcohol and street drugs.  Is this a problem?

Using alcohol and non-prescription drugs to moderate cognitive-emotional-behavioral symptoms is not advisable.  Self-medication will often lead to other problem behaviors.  Prescribed medications are generally more beneficial because of accurate dosage and monitoring by a physician or other prescriber.  We are able to refer to many highly qualified practitioners who can help with medication decisions as we address psychosocial issues.


My family has a history of alcoholism and it has been troubling me.  Is there help for a child of an alcoholic?

Counseling and psychotherapy to address COA issues can aid the person in gaining insight into how what is felt, what has led to complex interactions with others, and the person’s unique way of thinking.  Family dynamics, particularly a family with problematic alcohol use, is often confusing, as well as challenging, and may trap the member in a pattern of behaviors that limits happiness, interrupts promising opportunities, and promotes anger.


My relationship is in trouble.  What can be done?

Individual and couples counseling can be beneficial.  Many stressors can contribute to a couple’s uncertainty about the direction they are going.  A professional therapist can be helpful in pointing out the similarities of each partner’s goals and help identify differences that can be worked through. 


I have been in a domestic violence situation and need help.

Domestic violence tends to escalate.  Whether it is financial, social, physical, sexual, psychological, and/or emotional, safety is paramount.  We can refer you to specially trained domestic violence advocates who can assist you in becoming safe and then work with you on lingering issues.


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I have had a traumatic event in my life.  I tend to avoid people, places, and things.  Is there help?

Whether the event was an act of violence, act of war, man-made, or nature produced, we can help.  We have over fifty years of experience working with trauma survivors.  We use a variety of cutting edge therapies such as cognitive processing, eye movement desensitization reprocessing, in vivo desensitization, and other cognitive behavioral techniques.


What can psychological testing do for me? 

It can help clarify diagnosis; it can provide insight as to how to most effectively treat the presenting issues, and it enables other practitioners to institute and coordinate effective treatments.  


Neuropsychological assessment?  What can it be used for?  What is a neuropsychologist?

Neuropsychological assessment traditionally is used to provide clarification as to psychological and neurocognitive functioning.  Neurodevelopmental assessment also covers psychological and neurocognitive functioning but also can be useful in providing parents an understanding of how their child is progressing academically.  Developmental progress is often related to social and school performance and the sooner strengths are recognized and weaknesses addressed, the better for the child (and parents).  A neuropsychologist is a psychologist with specialized training in neuroscience, neurocognitive function, brain anatomy, and neurocognitive rehabilitation.


My daughter received a concussion during a sports event.  Should she have a neuropsychological assessment?

Yes.  She should be assessed.  Often a neuropsychological assessment is beneficial in determining the extent of the head trauma and a baseline can be useful in determining when she is ready to return to sports.  Also, she may require neurocognitive rehabilitation to speed her recovery process.


What is neurocognitive rehabilitation?

Neurocognitive rehabilitation is useful in helping people with brain injuries recover, or improve their neurocognitive skills such as memory, focus, learning, concentration, and decision making skills.  Brain injuries are events such as strokes, traumatic head injury, poisons with neurotoxins, and other head trauma.  We have the ability to formulate a program to help a person restore or compensate for such events.


My son has an attention deficit disorder.  Can a program be developed for him?

Depending upon the degree of attention deficit, a neurocognitive program can be useful and will often enhance learning.  If learning is improved than other skills may be developed.  Sometimes a combination of psychotherapy, neurocognitive development programs, and psychostimulants will improve your child’s performance.

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