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Anxiety Therapist and Counseling Child, teens, adults Phoenix, Ahwatuke, Scottsdale, Chandler AZ

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Children and teens have stress daily. Many children have anxiety and the real question is if your child is missing out on life’s opportunities due to one’s anxiety. Anxiety can be managed and there are many tools your child can learn to regulate stress, anxiety, as well as behaviors. There are a few causes of anxiety that we know: genetics are a big component, traumatic or upsetting events can trigger anxiety, how one was raised and past events that are impacting your child today.

One research and evidence based therapy I use that has great results is cognitive behavioral counseling or therapy. I work with each individual child and help them understand the connection between our  thoughts, feelings, and our behavior that we act upon daily.Automatic unconscious thoughts that evolve can spark anxiety. Learning to become aware of unhealthy and twisted thoughts that do not have validity or truth is taught in a manner that is easy for your child to understand. As we learn to question these unhealthy thoughts we can then change them to healthy positive thoughts and overcome our anxiety.

There are two ways of looking at our thoughts. The first is to find out if our thoughts are accurate? The second way is to to see if the way we are thinking is leading us toward avoidance or toward a value system of ours. After your child learns to identify distorted thoughts he or she can learn alternative  ways to help move through the anxiety and face the situation that is: scary, fearful etc.

There are a number of research based tools that I use including behavior modification, dot, EMDR, exposure therapy, imagery, mindfulness and more that each child can learn and can feel safe and secure and at peace when anxiety arises. These tools can be used for: panic, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias and more.

Facing your child’s fear head on is vital to help him or her feel confident and master anxiety.Learning these skills and more will help build self esteem and will free our chip up to embrace his or her life and create a happy and healthy life.

Child teen counseling Aspergers, Autism Spectrum Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

A child or adolescent teen with present symptoms of Asperger syndrome would fall in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder based on the new DSM the bible used by psychiatrists and other mental health providers used to diagnose mental health disorders.(2013)

There are NO medications that directly treat the corse symptoms of Aspergers syndrome ( Autism Spectrum). Behavioral interventions and Environmental accommodations combined with parenting skills and family and individual counseling have shown great success. Learning to identify emotions in self and others is a big part of Aspergers however many children and adults also have difficulty identifying emotions in general. It is important to merge thinking and feeling and find a balance for health and success.

Aspergers children respond best with a great deal of structure in the home. Parents can create boundaries and a social contract as well as a daily schedule to assist with Asperger’s children to create success. Parent’s can facilitate social activities for their child with peers or friends however it works best if the parent is involved and their is structured activities and a plan to follow.

Breaking down appropriate and specific social behaviors into small steps that can be practiced daily is helpful for social interactions and communication. Learning to maneuver in anxiety producing situations through progressive relaxation, mindfulness, visualization and other skills is extremely helpful. Building self esteem through the child’s strength’s is helpful as well.

Depression, anxiety, inattention, and aggression can be addressed in counseling through a therapist that has skills to address these behaviors. LifeworksAZ has worked with thousands of youth and families that struggle with: social skills, anger management, mood regulation, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, ADD, and ADHD. Behavior modification tools for the family combined with a variety of tools in therapy will help your child with mood and social skills.CBT therapy an evidence based therapy has shown excellent results in children and teens relating to anger management, explosive emotions, anxiety and depression. Children can learn how to improve on their communication skills as well as breaking unhealthy repetitive routines or behaviors.Working on perceptual social challenges with non verbal communication and problems with the ability to draw social inferences is important.

Marijuana induced Anxiety, Panic Attacks Teens and Children

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Overall, based on available research, it does appear that marijuana can cause anxiety, and isn’t a great treatment for anxiety. Should you decide to continue (or start) using marijuana, remember that you absolutely need to combine it with non-medical, non-medicinal treatments.

The most common unpleasant side-effects of occasional marijuana use are anxiety and panic reactions. These effects may be reported by users, and they are a common reason for discontinuation of use; more experienced users may occasionally report these effects after receiving a much larger than usual dose of THC.

Marijuana smoking or ingestion of THC increases the heart rate by 20-50% within a few minutes to a quarter-of-an-hour; this effect lasts for up to 3 hours. Blood pressure is increased while the person is sitting, and decreased while standing.

The majority of all adverse responses to marijuana are panic reactions in which people begin to fear that they are dying or losing their minds. Panic reactions, or “bad trips”, may become so severe as to be incapacitating. Experts reports that roughly 50% of marijuana smokers in the United States have on some occasion experienced this adverse reaction.The most common disturbing reaction to marijuana is acute anxiety. The user becomes fearful of dying or going insane. Mounting anxiety may lead to panic.

Most studies contribute a panic attack to THC, the psychoactive part of the plant. Strains that are higher in cannabidiol (CBD) tend to counter THC. This would mean medical strains or an indica, which has a higher ratio of cannabidiol to THC than a sativa, which is mainly THC. Cannabidiol has anti-anxiety properties that counter the effect of THC. This is probably because it decreases the rate of THC to clear from the body, perhaps by interfering with the metabolism of THC in the liver. It is also responsible for a majority of the medicinal properties of cannabis and relieves things like convulsions, inflammation, anxiety, and nausea.

A substance-induced anxiety disorder is  categorized based on whether the prominent feature is generalized anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, or phobia symptoms. In addition, the disorder is  based on whether it began during intoxication on a substance or during withdrawal from a substance. A substance-induced anxiety disorder that begins during substance use can last as long as the drug is used. A substance-induced anxiety disorder that begins during withdrawal may first manifest up to four weeks after an individual stops using the substance.

Child adolescent adult caffeine mental health

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Quitting caffeine is now listed as a mental health disorder . Many people that try to quit caffeine have excruciating headaches that can last 2-10 days .

Caffeine is now becoming an official mental health disorder in the American Psychiatric Association’s Statistical manual of mental health disorders . The two new diagnosis include : caffeine intoxication as well as caffeine withdrawal . These two conditions are considered mental health disorders when they interfere or impair a persons ability to function in daily life . Caffeine intoxication and withdrawal both happen quite often however it is rare that it becomes a significant impairment such that it is considered a mental health diagnosis that requires counseling or treatment . Critics believe we should not be labeling every activity that on turn will turn everyone into a patient that needs treatment either therapy , counseling , and or medication .

Advocates state that many children teens and adults go to their doctor for headaches thinking they have the flu and the reality is that it was from caffeine withdrawal .

Some experts suggest individuals that have : anxiety , high blood pressure , diabetes , insomnia , and those that feel jittery should avoid or scale back on caffeine intake .

Caffeine intoxication is defined as having five out of 12 symptoms: restlessness , flushed face , insomnia , nervousness , muscle twitching , irregular heart beating, rambling speech or flow of thoughts .

Caffeine withdrawal diagnosis as a mental health diagnosis states a client must have five symptoms within twenty four hours of stopping or a reduction in caffeine consumption . The symptoms for withdrawal : headache , fatigue , drowsiness , depressed mood , irritability , difficulty concentrating , muscle pain , flu like symptoms , and nausea .

Caffeine withdrawal typically begin within twelve hours after consumption at peaks at twenty four hours after consumption . Symptoms typically disappear in one week .

Counseling helps clients track their consumption and track the frequency as well as how many milligrams they are consuming . Counseling can then get the client to gradually reduce the amount they are consuming .

Limiting caffeine intake to 100 mg can help as well as drinking at irregular intervals .

Anxiety Disorder Counseling Child Adolescents Phoenix, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, AZ

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Child anxiety disorders in adolescents. , teens , and children should be addressed so the child can receive treatment . Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence based therapy that shows positive results however there are other therapies that are beneficial . Rapport is a vital piece in the therapeutic alliance to create desired change in children .

Twenty three percent of youth, kids, teens suffer from anxiety disorders including: separation anxiety , obsessive compulsive disorder , generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, post traumatic stress disorders and more . Children that have been exposed to trauma and abuse can have a number of anxiety conditions .

Child anxiety disorders that go untreated can often bloom into : substance abuse , depression, other anxiety disorders and poor social skills and low self esteem .

Anxiety disorders can lead to a negative pattern of avoiding situations socially that are essential to success in relationships, work, education , and other areas in life . Many children and teens today stay in their rooms and play video games. The child enjoys the video games because they have a lot of stimuli and reinforce playing with many psychological research tools that keep a child wanting to play the games. Many adolescents and children are playing: Call of duty, World of War Craft, Zelda, Black Ops, Mind Craft, Grand Theft Auto, and more. It is comfortable for many youth to play these games because they can avoid human interactions and can avoid dealing with emotional issues.

Children in the USA are losing social skills because they are: playing games online, video games, watching you tube, watching tv, on social network sites, and they simply are not interacting face to face with peers. It is important to help your child break the technology addiction or comfort zone. Many children need to work on their negative thought process that is keeping them stuck in their rooms . Building self esteem and confidence is vital to healthy social skills. Learning communication tools is also very important to build a strong foundation for success. Social anxiety can be the root of avoiding social interactions and playing video games and technology to an excess. teaches children a variety of evidence based tools to overcome and manage social anxiety, Panic , Phobias, General anxiety, as well as other types of anxiety. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy skills, DBT skills, Progressive relaxatiion skills, mindfulness, and many more tools will help your child socially. Testimonials can be found at .

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