Trauma can rob you of everyday joys; your body can get stuck in fight-or-flight mode, leaving you exhausted and unable to relax. It is not unusual for those who suffer the after effects of trauma to think there is something wrong with them; shame can make seeking help difficult. Therapy focuses on giving you control of your life back, and allowing you to live life according to your values and beliefs. Treatment is designed to address the consequences of your trauma and facilitate healing, allowing you to fully be with yourself and others. Skills are taught to allow you to gain control over the symptoms you developed in response to the trauma.
Oftentimes it is others who point out when individuals have a technology addiction; this is because technology dependence can severely interfere with relationships. Questions to ask yourself if you think you might be dependent on technology are: 1) Do I find myself pre-occupied with being on the internet or my devices? 2) Does time get away from me, or do I have the inability to control how much time I spend on technology? 3) Does my mood suffer if I do not get “enough” screen time in? 4) Do I spend time with my technology in spite of conflict I have with family or friends over it? 5) Has my social, work, or school life suffered as a result of my time spent with technology? Treatment focuses on reconnecting individuals with themselves and their significant others, while learning a healthier relationship with the technology that surrounds us in our everyday lives.
In the U.S., nearly 40% of the population is overweight or obese, greatly increasing the odds of health-related consequences (e.g. diabetes, stroke, certain types of cancer). The stakes are high for individuals to learn to control their weight. The good news is that there have been significant advances in behavioral management research, making psychotherapy a realistic tool to help you reach your goals. You are supported in your efforts to increase a healthy lifestyle, reconnecting with your true self as you begin to discover a different, achievable path to health. Weight loss in our food-centric society is very difficult; support in your efforts can help you gain mastery and control. Treatment occurs in conjunction with your physician when indicated; pre-bariatric counseling is also available. Learn more about our SHED weight loss program.
Individuals who suffer social anxiety may find their anxiety occurs in specific situations (e.g. public speaking) or is generalized to where they experience debilitating symptoms in nearly all social situations. Symptoms can be physical (e.g. sweating, increased heart rate, blushing) and emotional (e.g. feelings of anxiety, worry, panic). Typically individuals have a strong worry about being negatively judged by others, which in turn feeds into their anxiety and causes them to avoid social situations. Treatment involves examination of these thoughts, and learning techniques to calm one’s self in social situations, allowing you to feel empowered and in control of your life. Ultimately, individuals learn to connect with others in a more authentic and comfortable way.
Obsessive thoughts and rituals can cause you to feel out of control of your life, leaving you little time or energy for enjoyment. It can feel torturous and hopeless both for the individual, and for their family. But there is effective treatment for OCD--a form of cognitive behavioral therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention. We begin with an assessment of your symptoms, and how severe they are. Then we develop a specific treatment plan that will guide our work. There is homework is specifically designed to help you conquer your fears and put aside your OCD rituals. Exposure and Response Prevention therapy has been found to be very effective for OCD with one large study finding that 86% of people who completed rated themselves as "much improved" or "very much improved".
The LGBTQAI+ community suffers significant aggressions and micro-aggressions that can negatively impact mental health. Therapy offers support for individuals and their relationships focusing on building a haven of acceptance, support, and caring that each person deserves. Dr. Hecker is Safe-Zone trained and has long been an advocate for the LGBTQAI+ community.
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