Mental Health Counseling:
The intent behind all mental health counseling is to achieve emotional wellness and being able to function at your best, being able to cope with whatever stressor(s) life throws at you. As we work together, building on your psychological reservoirs such as hope, optimism, coping, appraisals, resilience becomes our prime goal. The range of clinical issues could include but are not restricted to mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders.
Enhancing Health and Living Well:
Stress is a fact of life, but it depends on you and how you let it affect your life, and how you deal with it. Stress not only causes but also worsens health conditions (e.g., diseases related to the heart, diabetes, depression & anxiety, obesity, headaches to name a few). And yet, the mind has a vast and rich potential for self-healing which is what leads us to the path of wellness, often with a preventive approach in mind. The focus of the wellness initiative is to enable you to identify the warning signs of stress, the sources of stress, how to boost resilience and happiness, and using strategies to change the way you look at things, and deal with them. The wellness programs are customized based on individual needs and styles of learning.
Couple, Relationships, & Family Therapy:
The behaviors of family members affect not only individuals within the family, but also relationships between family members and a family as a whole. Working with families include individual sessions and joint sessions, depending on the presenting issue, which could range from marital and couple conflict, parent and child conflict, children’s behavior problems, work and interpersonal stress, mental illness that impacts a person and the family. The therapy is always active, goal-oriented and work towards an established end result.
Chronic pain is often accompanied with disruptions in mood, activities of life, relationships, and how people perceive and process the pain. I work in discussing emotional health and how it influences your physical health, the pain you experience, where and when it occurs, and what factors may affect it. Stress and worries are often addressed, particularly in relation to the pain, and interventions are customized for each individual, ranging from psychoeducation about pain, changing old beliefs about pain, building new coping skills, addressing any anxiety or depression that accompanies pain, teaching relaxation techniques, and enabling individuals to engage in life proactively.
Often the elderly face difficult transitions such as retirement, experience increased frailty due to medical conditions, loss of spouse and/or lifelong friends, and may also struggle to find enjoyable meaningful activities which often results in mental health concerns. Neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia may also pose significant challenges. Therapy can help older adults manage their emotions, cope with transitions, find new sources of bringing meaning to their lives, and enable them to learn compensatory strategies to deal with cognitive difficulties such as memory loss, concentration etc. Family therapy for caregivers of the elderly is also recommended for people to understand and cope with emotional distress, communication, and behavioral difficulties.
Recovering From Sports Injuries:
Getting injured particularly if you are an athlete affects both the body and the mind. For you to return to your sport healed and better than before, you need to do everything to facilitate your recovery, including both physical and mental rehabilitation. I work with people with injuries in dealing with the emotional disruption that comes with being out of the sport because of the injury, enabling them to keep perspective and work on short term and long term goals, building motivation, encouraging them to become better at their game, redirecting energies, staying involved in sports, and using mental imagery to travel the path of recovery.
Sports Performance Enhancement:
Psychologists can help athletes function at their peak performance using mental game skills to improve their function and learning while engaging in the sport and also in developing pre-game routines, and by increasing practice efficiency. Anxieties related to fear of failure, fear of embarrassment at non-performance, and overall worries due to perfectionism are addressed. In addition to supporting recovery after injuries, support is also provided to improve mental skills for enhanced performance such as concentration, confidence, composure, focus, flow, and trust in self.
People with Disabilities:
I strongly encourage optimal functioning, self-reliance, and participation of people with disabilities (for e.g., spinal cord injuries, stroke) holistically in their communities and environments of choice. This is attained through enhancing a sense of personal control by helping them identify the needs they have, the goals they seek to achieve, resources at their disposal, and by learning effective self-management skills.