"Good Will Hunting". It was a fantastic model for therapy (other than introductory session in which Robin Williams' character lost his cool for a minute). It was not what many might see as orthodox therapy with lots of "how do you feel" statements, even though the therapist validated his client's feelings and thoughts. He knew his client was exceptionally intelligent, but so much emotional damage in his past having not been dealt with or processed, which could jeopardize his future. Unresolved trauma can be like a cancer, it must be addressed, but at client's pace.
It begins with basic introductions between therapist and client. It is about getting to know each other a little bit to establish rapport. It may include introduction into their presenting reason for coming to therapy.
I'm excited about the disintegrating stigma of mental health and mental illness, that people who seek counseling aren't "crazy" and that depression and anxiety, so prevalent now, makes up a large societal consensus. I'm not saying in any way that I'm glad people are experiencing depression anxiety. That would like a dentist being so happy that people get cavities. I'm saying I'm glad that people experiencing and struggling with depression and anxiety, as well as other mental health issues which surface, are coming forward and following through with the need to address what they're struggling with.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Mood disorder is a broad term used to include the different types of depressive and bipolar disorders, all of which affect mood. With a mood disorder, your moods may range from extremely low to extremely high or irritable.
Schizophrenia is diagnosed on a spectrum dependent upon the type, number, and severity of symptoms. Primary symptoms include delusions and hallucinations, disorganized behavior and speech, and negative symptoms. Individuals struggle to behave, feel, and think clearly. The condition is treatable but not curable.
Distress stems from a subjective perception of something being unwanted, undesirable, or detrimental to your wellbeing. Excessive stress significantly impairs mental and physical health and is associated with many diseases and conditions.
Designed to help people choose, change, or leave a career at any stage of life. Careers are often wrapped up in people’s perceived identity, therefore, any change can cause anxiety and/or depression.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
Regular involvement with a substance or activity in a compulsive, hard to control way that often has harmful consequences. Often refers to substance use, but can include compulsive behaviors such as sex, gambling, or shopping.
It's normal to experience anger at times, but for some, it becomes so frequent, intense, or difficult to control that it negatively affects their life. Anger management is a structured therapeutic approach toward reducing one’s anger to a point where more appropriate coping and/or conflict management skills are used. Beliefs and thoughts leading toward anger outbursts are explored while healthy coping and interpersonal skills are put into practice.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
IL, LCSW, 149010121
Master Of Social Work, Clinical, University Of Southern Indiana
I have 20 years of experience working with children, teens, incarcerated males, and senior adults dealing with many mental health issues. Primarily, it has been depression and anxiety, something rather prevalent in this day and time. I do have experience in working with clients who had disorders related to psychosis and dementia. My experience and skill in dealing with depression and anxiety has been building for as long as I've been in the field of mental health and social services.
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