I am a clinical social worker with 19 years of extensive experience in clinical settings.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ithaca, NY
Stress that accompanies issues around existing or past relationships, as well as difficulties in forming or maintaining them can be a source of worry that affects or triggers mental health conditions, low self-esteem, and other areas of functioning. Learning what is best for you and how to take better control of your relationships will help you to improve, not only this area of your life, but will also have a positive effect on your functioning in other areas as well.
Am I depressed or am I "just" moody? The key aspect in getting the right treatment is to learn to identify what depression is in general, its different presentation in different people, if this condition fits your symptoms, and if not, what does your moodiness look like and where it stems from. Exploring these issues will lead to the tailoring of the best interventions to address your symptoms and to enhance your well-being.
Many people use the terms anxiety and stress interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two terms. In therapy we will address both conditions, talk about how to tell them apart and how to cope with the symptoms to achieve better control of your life and make you stronger and more resilient.
Learning about your background, even briefly, is almost always needed in getting a fuller picture of your struggles as well as your strengths. This approach will help us to explore the possible connection between your past experiences and your current mindset.
Using CBT will help you to identify maladaptive thinking patterns that often lead to behaviors that stand in the way of achieving your goals in many areas of life and to enhance your well-being. Learning how to change certain thinking patterns will help in exploring and trying new adaptive behaviors that match the new and healthier ways of thinking and in developing coping skills to further address problematic emotions and behaviors.
Eclectic therapy is a flexible approach that draws on multiple theoretical orientations and techniques. This approach allows me to use the most effective methods available to address your unique needs.