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Depression is not selfish. “Anxiety is not rude. Schizophrenia is not wrong. Mental illness isn’t self-centered, anymore than a broken leg or the the flue is self-centered.
If you mental illness makes you feel guilty, review the definition of “illness” and try to treat yourself with the same respect and concern you would show to a cancer patient or person with pneumonia.”
Let Mindful Works Counseling Services assist you in putting your mind at ease. Using psychotherapy to assist with sharing your own goals and opening your mind to reach its full potential. We provide a calm non-judgmental atmosphere for families, individuals, couples, adolescents and adults.
Specializing in Cognitive Behavior Therapy to assist with stress management , anger management, conflict resolution, depression, ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety and bipolar disorder.
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood.
Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity).
Conflict can happen when family members different views or beliefs clash. Issues of conflict not resolved can lead to arguments and resentment.
Sometimes conflict can occur when people misunderstand each other and jump to the wrong conclusion.Ongoing conflict can be stressful and damaging to relationships. Some people find it difficult to manage their feelings and become intentionally hurtful, aggressive or even violent.
We all know what anger is, and we’ve all felt it: as a fleeting annoyance or as full-fledged rage. Anger is a completely normal human emotion.
But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. And it can make you feel as though you’re at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion.
Though babies may look uncomplicated, infants require a significant level of attention and care in order to grow up into a healthy person.
Raising a human being can be a daunting task. On top of the day-to-day needs that young infants and children have, each child has their own unique personality–these personalities are in part encoded within their genes, and in part shaped by their caregivers and living environment. It is the parent’s task to work with each child–and the unique personality of that child–to develop appropriate behaviors and social skills, learn life skills, and create healthy relationships.
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness in which common emotions become intensely and often unpredictably magnified.
Individuals with bipolar disorder can quickly swing from extremes of happiness, energy and clarity to sadness, fatigue and confusion. These shifts can be so devastating that individuals may choose suicide.
There are times in all relationships when things don’t run smoothly. Often, this is because people have conflicting expectations.
Sometimes they are distracted with other issues, or have difficulty expressing what is on their minds in ways that other people can really hear and understand what is being said. Sometimes they just don’t know what to do to make a good relationship.
Depression is more than just sadness. People with depression may experience a lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities.
They may also experience significant weight loss or gain, insomnia or excessive sleeping, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
Trauma and PTSD
After a traumatic experience, it’s normal to feel frightened, sad, anxious, and disconnected. It can seem like you’ll never get over what happened.
But if the upset doesn’t fade and you feel stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But by seeking treatment, reaching out for support, and developing new coping skills, you can overcome PTSD and move on with your life.
Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. It can cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying.
There are many types of anxiety disorders including panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. Many people feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life.
Possessing little self-regard can lead people to become depressed, to fall short of their potential, or to tolerate abusive situations and relationships.
Too much self-love, on the other hand, results in an off-putting sense of entitlement and an inability to learn from failures. (It can also be a sign of clinical narcissism.) Perhaps no other self-help topic has spawned so much advice and so many (often conflicting) theories.
Mindful Works Counseling Services will help you to move your life forward and to find fulfillment, success, well-being and happiness.
We will help you to pinpoint the blocks or obstacles that are making you feel “stuck” and help you to move through them. Guide you through a life transition, such as finding a new career, or looking to start a new relationship.
We all develop defense mechanisms to avoid or lessen psychological pain. Coping skills are ways in which we learn to deal with various stressors.
Each person copes with stress differently. Over time, we all construct coping strategies that are “right” for us as thinking and feeling individuals. “Right” is in quotes because many people often do not realize that how they deal with life stressors is not only unhelpful, but also destructive, negative, and painful for not only themselves but those around them. Coping strategies can be both constructive/adaptive or destructive/ maladaptive. Maladaptive coping skills are ways of dealing with stress that usually make things worse. These types of coping strategies can hurt your social relationships, make preexisting problems worse, and even result in new symptoms of a stress-related injury. Many of us have known someone who has overreacted to something which resulted in them losing touch with a friend or loved one. Maladaptive coping strategies put pressure on your relationships with friends, family, comrades, and coworkers. They can damage your body or create more emotional pain in the long term, even when they seem helpful in the short term. In extreme cases, maladaptive coping skills can ruin lives. Through the information in this booklet, and psychological activism, we can lessen the impact of negativity in our lives, including that which we inflict on ourselves through learned maladaptive coping skills.
Friends—they are really important to teens. And as teens grow, parents recognize that friends play bigger and bigger roles in their lives.
They become romantic partners. They help teens develop social skills, try new activities, and provide them with lots of support and encouragement. Through their friends, teens figure out a lot about themselves and who they are becoming. Teens who have trouble forming positive friendship relationships can struggle in many areas of their life. On the other hand, parents often worry that teens’ friends aren’t always good influences. They may isolate, tease, or bully each other. They may promote attitudes and behaviors that parents don’t like. And they can put a lot of pressure on each other to be sexually active; use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; and engage in other risky behaviors. Even though parents can’t control teen relationships, they have a lot of influence on their teens’ friendship choices and the quality of those relationships, including romantic relationships.
Even the best-behaved children can be difficult and challenging at times.
But if your child or teen has a persistent pattern of tantrums, arguing, and angry or disruptive behavior toward you and other authority figures, he or she may have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). As a parent, you don’t have to go it alone in trying to manage a child with oppositional defiant disorder.
Losing someone or something you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience all kinds of difficult emotions.
It may feel like the pain and sadness you’re experiencing will never let up. These are normal reactions to a significant loss. But while there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can renew you and permit you to move on.
Academic Underachievement is extremely complex and extremely frustrating. Causes are often complex and may be difficult to determine.
It’s defined simply as a mismatch between competence and performance and involves an interplay of intellect, attitude/effort, and skills. Underachievement in school is damaging because it affects students’ self-esteem, can lead to school failure and keep students from reaching their full potential in school and later in life.
Teen violence refers to harmful behaviors that can start early and continue into young adulthood. A Teen can be a victim, an offender, or a witness.
Some violent acts can cause more emotional harm than physical harm.
Violent acts can include:
Fighting, including punching, kicking, slapping, or hitting
Use of weapons such as guns or knives
The fact is, many mental disorders have their beginnings in childhood or adolescence, yet may go undiagnosed and untreated for years.
We refer to mental disorders using different “umbrella” terms such as emotional disturbance, behavioral disorders, or mental illness.
Beneath these umbrella terms, there is actually a wide range of specific conditions that differ from one another in their characteristics and treatment. These include:
bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic-depression);
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); and
Impulse Control Disorder
As humans, the ability to control our impulses-or urges-helps distinguish us from other species and marks our psychological maturity.
Most of us take our ability to think before we act for granted. But this isn’t easy for people who have problems controlling their impulses. People with an impulse control disorder can’t resist the urge to do something harmful to themselves or others. Impulse control disorders include addictions to alcohol r drugs, eating disorders, compulsive gambling, paraphilias sexual fantasies and behaviors involving non-human objects, suffering, humiliation or children, compulsive hair pulling, stealing, fire setting and intermittent explosive attacks of rage.
Mood Disorder affects a person’s everyday emotional state. Nearly one in ten people aged 18 and older have mood disorders.
Most people feel sad or irritable from time to time. They may say they’re in a bad mood. A mood disorder is different.
Major depressive disorder
Dysthymic disorder (a chronic, mild depression)
Bipolar disorder (also called manic depression)
Mood disorders can increase a person’s risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases. Treatments include medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. With treatment, most people with mood disorders can lead productive lives.
Family / Maritial
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)