Individual Counseling

Individual Counseling

In our practice, we provide counseling for individuals. Our approach is psychodynamic with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral, treatment, DBT treatment and practical problem solving techniques. Furthermore, Dr. Christine Kerr is a Clinical art therapist. With some clients, creative approaches may bypass what is difficult to express in words. Although verbal therapy is our main approach, this alternative dynamically -oriented process is routinely requested.

In our practice, we believe we can help our clients to begin to sort out their feelings and then communicate their new insights into effective problem-solving plans of action.

When the client feels safe to express their feelings, they can then break down often overwhelming issues into manageable sections. Having a supportive and active therapist helps our clients to face their issues directly. As experienced therapists we encourage each client to develop manageable goals, and an action plan. Most importantly, we are committed to helping you meet your goals. We are with you on this journey.

Both Christine and Gary have over 39 years of experience in treating the following emotional difficulties:

Depression

At one time or another, all of us have felt sad or depressed. Feeling depressed can be a normal reaction to loss or life’s struggles. What are different in a true depression are feelings of helpless, hopeless, and worthless, which last for many weeks. These strong emotions affect your day. These sad feelings drain you of energy; you often feel indecisive and cannot concentrate. Pleasurable activities loose interest. Some individuals experience sleep disturbance and an increase or decrease in appetite.

Your depression may be something more than sadness. It may very well be clinical depression — a treatable medical condition.

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Anxiety

People often experience worry or fear before confronting something challenging such as a test, examination, or interview. Feelings anxious is clearly justified and considered normal. However, Anxiety is considered a problem when symptoms interfere with a person’s ability to function. Anxiety Disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older (about 18% of American).

Anxiety often causes people to be fearful and worry. People often become irritable. Anxiety may affect how you behave, and this may manifest into real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life. Some individuals have social anxiety, or phobias. Other may have obsessive thoughts that lead to compulsive behaviors.

PTSD is an anxiety that results from previous trauma such as military combat, rape, hostage situations, or a serious accident. PTSD often leads to flashbacks and behavioral changes in order to avoid certain stimuli. In treating Anxiety, our cognitive behavioral approach is very successful and comprehensive approach.

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Parenting Skills

Learning to communicate more effectively with your children is the key to effective parenting. In an effort to open up lines of communication amongst parents and child, we offer family counseling.

In a family counseling we help your family in identifying conflicts and anxieties as well as help you to develop strategies to resolve them.

Our goal is to strengthen all family members so they can work on their problems together, while simultaneously teaching you ways to handle conflicts and changes differently.

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Work & School Problems

Managing daily life stress, in the workplace and at school can be overwhelming.

Learning how to manage overwhelming feelings and continuous stress is critical. Having an objective person to help you strategize about issues and solutions can make dealing with stressful situations at work and at school less daunting.

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Senior Concerns

Role transitions and losses heighten the vulnerability of the older person–children leaving, career change, retirement, death of a spouse, isolation, and institutionalization. Lack of coping skills may mean a need for counseling services.

The needs of the elderly are different than other adults. Often the older person is very isolated and needs a supportive person to share their thoughts with. Our counseling focuses on helping older individuals overcome feelings of sadness and depression.

Gary Kerr, LCSW-BC makes nursing home appointments for interested clients.

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