Counseling for those who have experienced physical, emotional and abuse comprises trauma specific counseling, a focused type of therapy that concentrates on the abuse that occurred and the effects it has on life after the abuse.
This counseling issue is accompanied by learning and attention deficits in children and adults, sometimes accompanied by hyperactivity.
Counseling or therapy can be helpful when a person is having special difficulty adjusting to one or more highly stressful circumstances such as divorce or death of a loved one.
Adolescents and teens ages 13-18 define a particular developmental stage with many social and family challenges. Specialists with adolescent and teen counseling experience and training often work with the adolescent and with the adolescent’s family members to make the transition through this stage of life go more smoothly.
We provide caring, CO certified (CAC III) alcohol therapists and counselors across Denver and surrounding areas.
Anger management describes a host of conditions from authority problems to spouse abuse, often exacerbated by drug or alcohol abuse or circumstances reminiscent of early childhood experiences.
When anxiety becomes too intense (e.g., panic attacks), lasts longer, (for months after a stressful situation has passed) or leads to phobias that interfere with your life and daily functioning (i.e., inability to leave the house), it is time to seek the help of a trained professional.
Also called manic depression, Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness caused by problematic psychophysiology and can be treated first with medication followed by counseling.
Blended family is a term used to describe when parents with children from a former marriage get remarried. Blended families commonly have problems with adjustment and child rearing and often benefit from counseling specially adapted to these problems.
Small children are subject to various conditions relevant to their age group; e.g., noncompliance with parental requests, various eating problems, anxiety, tantrums, depression, and fears or phobias.
Small children are subject to various conditions relevant to their age group; e.g., behavioral problems, school phobia or school anxiety, various eating problems, other phobias, tantrums, and depression.
This is therapy provided by a counselor who has an active, Christian faith and who places an emphasis on counseling from a Christian perspective.
Mental health therapists can help patients find resources, manage emotional pain, and develop coping strategies.
Although acute pain is normal and warns us of possible injury, chronic pain persists for weeks, months, or years.
Spouses or significant others of those dependent upon drugs or alcohol may themselves be dependent upon the addict remaining addicted. This usually is an unconscious motivation which becomes apparent in a counseling context.
This therapy attempts to change clients' negative thoughts causing painful emotions like depression, trauma, fear, anxiety, and anger.
Many of our therapists also practice a variation of this therapy, called Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
By changing self-destructive cognition, one may become much less unhappy.
A very serious behavioral difficulty among adolescents, especially those with histories of abuse, lack of parental discipline, and/or neglect. The primary symptom is a tendency toward lawlessness and disrespect for authority.
This is a counseling intervention for bereavement and loss.
Severe depression can cause disruption of social and occupational activities, sadness, feeling hopeless, loss of interest or pleasure, loss of appetite, insomnia or oversleeping and suicidal thoughts or attempts.
This is not a disorder but rather a highly specialized form of intervention originally designed to help a severe psychological condition known as Borderline Personality Disorder. Therapists with this specialty have undergone special training in order to gain competence with this form of therapy.
Divorce is one of the most common triggers for seeking professional counseling and therapy from licensed clinicians.
Drugs most often associated with substance abuse include marijuana (cannabis), amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines (particularly Valium and Xanax), cocaine, methaqualone, alcohol, and opioids. Use of these drugs may lead to criminal penalty in addition to possible physical, social, and psychological harm.
The three main categories of Adult Eating Disorders are: Bulimia, Anorexia, and Binge or Compulsive Eating and Overeating.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a therapy developed to help clients process traumatic memories and events, depression, anxiety, and other problems associated with difficult circumstances. EMDR is primarily utilized to treat post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD but has been used to treat other problems such as anxiety and depression.
Family therapists and family counselors specializing in this area often know quite a bit about issues specific to children, adolescents, couples, and the elderly.
Therapists who treat LGBT issues have additional clinical training and specific expertise that is essential in addressing difficulties experienced by this population.
Aging can present challenges for the elderly and their families. Older adults may have difficulty transitioning to retirement, facing mortality, dealing with medical conditions, adjusting to loss, and finding enjoyable, meaningful activities.
Grief can encompass a range of feelings from deep sadness to anger, and the process of adapting to a significant loss can vary from one person to another. Grief counseling may significantly reduce the period of suffering after a loss and surround it with meaning and understanding.
These issues comprise some of the main reasons people seek therapy, and many of Westside's licensed therapists are trained to intervene in this area.
Issues related to those especially faced by gay women and the LGBT population.
Marriage counseling, or couples therapy, helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationship.
Dr. Phan provides mental health evaluations.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder often responds to highly specialized counseling interventions such as a type of behavior therapy that includes exposure to the very things that clients with OCD try to avoid.
This disorder is most prevalent in children but is also very common among adolescents. It is characterized by aggressiveness, including abnormal resistance to authority and a tendency to purposefully trouble other people.
Some psychotherapeutic and stress management interventions have been shown by outcome research to help people manage chronic pain more effectively.
Panic Disorder and anxiety attacks tend to benefit from highly specialized therapy, most typically developed and utilized by cognitive and behavior therapists (using exposure and attitude retraining, among many other techniques).
Parents with oppositional children, children with ADD or ADHD, children with emotional problems, children in blended families, and children who are coping with divorce or other stressful, family circumstances often benefit from parenting skills classes or therapy.
This can range from debilitating fears of specific things, such as snakes, insects, public speaking, to fears of multiple situations or stimuli such as those found in panic disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder.
Play therapy is a form of intervention used with young children.
Postpartum depression (PPD), also known as postnatal depression, is a serious mood disorder. It affects women predominantly but not exclusively.
PTSD is a term describing a cluster of symptoms that occur after and as a result of trauma such as that experienced through combat, assault, and abuse.
This specialty refers to any of a number of problems that affect sexual functioning in both sexes.
Westside has a number of Christian counselors and other clinicians who specialize in spiritual issues and questions and who approach counseling from a spiritual, Christian, or contemplative perspective.
Stress is a biological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral response to upsetting or very demanding circumstances.
Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is very common in this area.
Drugs most often associated with substance abuse include marijuana (cannabis), amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines (such as Valium and Xanax), cocaine, alcohol, methaqualone and opioids. Use of these drugs may lead to criminal penalty in addition to possible physical, social, and psychological harm.
Patients suffering from terminal illness – and their families – often benefit from therapy addressed to end-of-life concerns.
Women’s issues cover a wide range of topics in the field of psychotherapy that relate to the way women are treated in our society.
Pronounced stress at work can cause mental health issues including anxiety, depression and irritability, which can in turn impact marital, family and social relationships.