Trauma & PTSD
PTSD is a negative emotion that is directly related to events such as an auto accident, violent personal assault, rape, combat, a terrorist act or other events. Symptoms of trauma and PTSD can often cause intrusive and uncontrollable thoughts, negative emotions, and negative actions. Those thoughts and emotions ultimately disrupt your ability to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. Anyone can develop PTSD. It’s also important to remember that trauma is relative and that everyone has a unique response. You may have a shared experience with others, but they may not respond the same way that you do.
Depression is typically described as persistent sadness and can significantly hinder a person’s motivation to engage in regular activities of life. Depression can lead a person to feeling disconnected and retreating from others as well as affecting physiological patterns of sleep, eating, and overall energy levels. Depression is debilitating in so many ways, but we strongly believe in the power of therapy to help you manage its symptoms and work towards building brighter days ahead.
Anxiety is experienced as an anticipation of future stressors. It typically includes physiological changes (e.g., elevated heart rate, muscle tension, and sleep problems), emotional components of fear, and mental components (e.g., “what-ifs” statements, dread, and constant worry). Anxiety can have crippling effects on quality of life and day-to-day functioning. We teach skills that address the cognitive, physical, and emotional aspects of anxiety and stress-related disorders that keep you from leading a fulfilling life.
The lack of anger management skills is unarguably one of the most common problems in recent times for all individuals irrespective of the age. Poor anger management inevitably results in a pattern of negative behavior which is capable of impairing your career, relationships, your overall quality of life and even your physical and mental health. The ability to manage anger well can be quite challenging but with time, dedication, practice anyone can achieve it.
Grief & Loss
After the death of someone special, it is common to experience a wide range of feelings, to have disconcerting thoughts, and to behave in ways that are different from usual. The period of mourning can be short or long. Each individual grieves in his or her own way-there is no “right way” to grieve. Some people are struck very deeply by the death of a loved one, and others seem to bounce back fairly readily. The length or intensity of your mourning does not reflect the depth of your love for the person who died. It is simply a reflection of how you as an individual process loss. Sometimes it helps to know that grief manifests in many different forms. At Dr. Adams and Associates were are trained to help to improve your emotions around grief and loss process.
People tend to think of addiction as a problem with alcohol or drugs. However, people can be addicted to other things such as work, sex, food, gambling pornography, or the internet. Addiction issues are hard to manage but with hard work we can help you to learn how to cope and manage this disease.
Relationships can be difficult to navigate, especially in today’s technological age. As humans, we inherently strive to feel connected to others and build intimacy; however, sometimes unhealthy behavioral patterns can get in the way and lead to dissatisfaction in relationships. At Dr. Adams and Associates, we can help you work towards building fulfilling relationships through setting healthy boundaries, improving communication patterns, and fostering more meaningful, authentic bonds with others.
Teenagers are trying to figure out who they are and where they belong among their peers and in society as a whole. It is a time riddled with insecurity, doubt and self-exploration. The pressures are no less than in the adult world, yet, teens can sometimes find themselves alone and isolated as they work through their problems. They may often feel alone and misunderstood by everyone.
With the social and academic demands of today’s world, many teens struggle to feel successful or even adequate to those around them. This can lead to parental concerns and increased conflicts at home when a teen falls behind or demonstrate changes in mood and behavior. Often teens will become depressed or anxious under the pressures they are experiencing. These issues may lead to isolation, acting out behaviors or self-harm gestures. It is difficult for parents to know how to manage these problems and often time efforts to intervene may seem to worsen symptoms.
You’re an involved parent, trying your hardest to use all the strategies you’ve found on the internet. But your kids still won’t brush their teeth, do their homework, take a bath without fighting you, put their own clothes or shoes on, sleep in their own beds–you name it. You don’t expect perfection, but would it be too much to ask for things to be easier?
Maybe you are going through a hard time and don’t know how to talk to your kids about it. Breaking bad news is extra painful when you know it will hurt your little ones. The struggle is real, but it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you or your kids. You just need a coach. In Parent Coaching, we start by finding out what’s happening, how you want it to change, and what you’ve already tried. You define your goals, and we help you reach them.
We give you practical, step-by-step ideas to make things work in your home. We give you tools to use, including limit-setting that fills the gap between no rules and constant punishment. After you’ve put strategies in motion, we track how things are going and adjust accordingly. Less fighting, more cooperation. Less yelling, more confidence. Less disappointment, more happiness. We can help you get there from here.
Stress is the way that we respond physically, emotionally, mentally, and behaviorally to both positive and negative change in our lives, imposed demands, or situations in which we feel we have no control. Even imagined change can cause stress. Stress by itself isn’t problematic as our bodies are designed to cope with stress.
Stress becomes problematic when it is persistent, or we don’t feel equipped to cope with the change. This can leave our body on overdrive without time to heal and move back to equilibrium. Over time, stress reactions can lead to premature aging, cognitive impairment, anxiety or depression, and drained energy and mental clarity, which is why it’s a good idea to talk with someone when you start feeling overstressed.
Consulting or Life Coaching
Consulting or Life Coaching has become one of the most common services for companies, agencies and clinics. It is a great opportunity for agencies to provide the services of a trained therapist for a fixed fee and not have to worry about paying employee benefits. Dr. Adams and Associates will consult with your agency and staff on a pre-determined schedule. Most Services suggested in the site are available with our consulting services.