- Medication Management
I specialize in finding ways for individuals and families to make difficult adjustments as they move into unfamiliar situations.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington, DC
Sleep medications don’t deliver the same restorative benefits as natural sleep, and even though people who take them often swear by them, research suggests that the drugs don’t tend to increase sleep quality beyond placebos. Currently, the best available treatment method for combating chronic sleeplessness is not pharmacological at all; it’s psychological.
I use a solution focused therapy that proposes the model that our thoughts, our emotions, and our behaviors are synchronized in such a way that our belief will be associated with emotions that we experience, and our behaviors will be aligned with those. If we make changes in the way that we think about something or the way that we feel about something or the way that we act, then those other components will be affected.
Experiencing many different specific emotions (anger, shame, sadness) may have more adaptive value than experiencing fewer states or more general ones (like just feeling bad), as these specific emotions provide richer information to guide our everyday decisions and help us deal with challenges.
The goals of grief counseling are to aide the individual through uncomplicated, normal grief to a healthy resolution of the tasks of grieving within a reasonable amount of time. Grief therapy entails talking about the loss and determining if there is minimal or exacerbated emotions surrounding the loss. Grief therapy is intended to allow the bereaved to see that negative, uncomfortable feelings and emotions do not preclude more positive ones, and vice versa.
If you are about to do something that makes you nervous — say, go for an interview for promotion at work, or speak out about a controversial topic at a public meeting — then there are two broad mindsets you can adopt, threat or challenge. A threat mindset focuses your mind on the possible downsides of the situation — making a fool of yourself, for example — while a challenge mindset turns your attention to the upsides — making your name, impressing others, or just doing a good job.