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Many different situations may bring an individual to therapy. However, what is true in all is that we seek a change. That change may involve activating unrecognized internal resources, adding additional skills, or working through the steps needed external changes. Individual therapy is a relationship between therapist and client that aims to facilitate change and improve quality of life. While therapy can be brief (only a few sessions in some cases), after the initial adjustment many people find they enjoy the journey and may pursue ongoing psychotherapy as a means of self-growth.
Anxiety and Fear
While both are concerning and can be helped through psychotherapy, worry and anxiety disorders are very different. Typically, anxiety disorders include excessive fear and anxiety which impacts and affects daily living.
While fear can be a helpful emotion in the face of imminent threat, anxiety is often related to anticipated future threats. Sometimes the threat is not actually known but the fear response is experienced. This can result in hyper-vigilance, cautious or avoidant behaviors, and sometimes panic attacks.
Successfully working with anxiety often requires a mix of good strategies and and understanding of it's function. As such, distinguishing accurately the way anxiety is manifesting (generalized, social, obsessive, compulsive, or panic) is of particular importance.
We know that sometimes it's hard to make the phone call and that first appointment. Cruelly, depression can inflict a sense of discontent while simultaneously robbing us of the energy and blinding us to the needed changes. That's why having someone who understands and can create an individualized way out is so important.
Feeling depressed can cover a lot of different feelings, from feeling down or "blue" to what we would clinically diagnose as Major Depressive Disorder. Whatever the intensity we know that it can seriously affect the quality of your life and that as a society it is becoming more common.
In March of 2017 the World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement stating that depression is the “the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.” They estimate that more than 300 million people worldwide are now suffering a clinical depression. This reflects an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.
Unfortunately over the last decade Depression has been more and more described in medical terms. This has resulted in individuals simply treated as having a neurological disorder and prescribed medication. However, the latest research suggest that there are many different types of depression and at Stonetree Therapy we regularly see individuals who may have once fit the criteria for clinical depression no longer be eligible for that diagnosis.
Such results come from a comprehensive look at an individual's life, social ties and history.
For more information: Depression
Moving to another country is difficult. Even if it was for positive reasons (ie. job, love, family) the subtle cultural distinctions that go unnoticed because you are adjusting to fit into a new culture can be tiring, and in times of personal or cultural stress can result in carrying additional emotional weight in our busy lives. CJ has traveled they path and understands the mix of both joy and melancholy that comes with such a change.
Asylum, Domestic Violence and Extreme Hardship
CJ provides clinical assessments for immigration cases, including asylum, domestic violence (VAWA) and petitions for extreme hardship waivers. Having worked through the immigration process himself, he is very aware of the importance of solid and reliable documentation.
CJ generally meets with each client twice, for a total of about 3 hours. During these sessions he discusses psychological symptoms, as well as gathering information about their lives, relationships and any other pertinent information.
Unlike many other types of psychological immigration evaluations, CJ's assessments are relatively in-depth (generally projected to be around 15 pages in length). Not only does he document psychological symptoms, but also considers the lived experiences and personal situation of each client.
For each assessment, CJ's assessments also highlight the factors that make the case unique, such as country conditions, impact of medical issues when in a developing country, as well as impact on children of being separated from a parent.
Apart from his own immigration experience and standard psychological education, CJ has completed advanced formal training in Asylum, DV, and extreme hardship assessments.
Most people only think about mental health support in relation to mental illness, but that is only one end of the spectrum. An approach to self development that incorporates a thorough understanding of typical psychological health and development allows us to develop resources and skills that can be more effectively utilized during times of stress and adversity. Our therapists are trained in multi-generational, systemic, solution focused and generative approaches to consider who you are, how did you become that person, and where do you want to go next?
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