When life stress or old emotional patterns cause serious problems with daily functioning, psychotherapy can help you discover the reasons why you are not thriving. Through talk therapy, one might learn more positive, effective and healthier ways of coping. Whether in an individual, couple, family or group setting, we create a safe space for you to explore your experienced issues and feelings.
All of our providers see clients for individual therapy.
Couples & Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling (psychotherapy) that can help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. Family therapy is usually provided by a psychologist, clinical social worker or licensed therapist. The goal of the therapy is to help family members identify how specific behaviors affect others, learn new ways of relating to each other, resolve conflicts, and open lines of communication between all family members. Even health couples can benefit from learning effective ways in resolving differences, properly identifying roles and responsibilities in the home, setting boundaries and communicating in the most effective way. Families and couples are a system and many factors are considered when working with them therapeutically.
In its ongoing attempts to define, understand, and categorize disorders, and determine the best treatments, the medical specialty of psychiatry is always concerned with the complexity of the human brain. Both biological factors and life circumstances contribute to symptoms of mental illness, and the role each plays varies from person to person. Both psychotherapy and psychiatric medication are effective for these disorders, and often a combination of the two works best. Psychiatrists are doctors with specialty training in diagnosing and treating mental illness with medication and coordinating other services when needed.
Spiritual wellness is an important part of full mind and body wellness. Though some people might relate spirituality to religion, the truth is that it isn’t necessary to be religious to connect with your spiritual self.
Spirituality can be defined in many ways, but a simple definition of spirituality is a sense of connection to something greater than the self. In the past, mental health professionals (other than pastoral counselors) often hesitated to include discussion of religious beliefs or spirituality in therapy. But more research shows spiritual or religious beliefs can support mental and emotional wellness, as well as physical health.
Christianity is one of the more common religions we have inquiries about here at Discover Yourself Wellness Center. Christian counseling focuses on your spiritual health, personal relationship with God, and the belief that, with therapy, personal problems, mental health issues, and emotional distress can be replaced with increased self-worth and spiritual fulfillment. We have several providers of the Christian faith that can help support this belief system.
Medical marijuana uses the marijuana plant or chemicals in it to treat diseases or conditions. It’s basically the same product as recreational marijuana, but it’s taken for medical purposes. The marijuana plant contains more than 100 different chemicals called cannabinoids. Each one has a different effect on the body. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the main chemicals used in medicine. It can be used as alternative for pain management and shows good effects in supporting better sleep habits for those that suffer insomnia, night terrors, vivid dreams and other disturbances. At DYWC, evaluations for the recommendation to use Medical Marijuana in Maryland can be be completed for clients currently seen for therapy services. We do not currently accept outside referrals.
Depression, Bipolar, PTSD and other persistent mood disorders can be tricky and painful to treat. Over one million sufferers committed suicide last year because they were desperate for alternative forms of treatment. Medication and talk therapy often facilitate healing for many who struggle with these debilitating conditions but for some these traditional forms of treatment are simply not enough. The community at-large often has a grave misunderstanding of mental illness. It’s not simply a struggle of willpower or emotions alone. Mental illness is biological, chemical, organic and medical in nature. Ketamine infusions offer a new source of hope for those that have tried medication and therapy but found little benefit.
For those that suffer severe forms of Depression, Bipolar, or PTSD life can feel like a maze one’s merely trapped in. For years mainstay standards of psychiatry have been giving you directions to get out in the form of psychopharmacology and therapy. Despite your best efforts to follow the directions to exit this horrible maze you’ve been stuck in, nothing seems to work for your escape. Ketamine offers an alternative. With infusions our anesthesiologists can formulate the correct dose and target the speed in which the drug should reach your brain to help aid in the healing process.
If you’re interested in learning more about Ketamine infusions to treat medication resistant forms of Depression, Bipolar and PTSD Disorders or for treatment regarding Chronic Pain, please contact our office. We offer complimentary phone consultations. Dr. Carlos Evering is our provider who specializes in using Ketamine.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. It is an effective treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
During EMDR therapy sessions, you relive traumatic or triggering experiences in brief doses while the therapist directs your eye movements. EMDR is thought to be effective because recalling distressing events is often less emotionally upsetting when your attention is diverted. This allows you to be exposed to the memories or thoughts without having a strong psychological response. Over time, this technique is believed to lessen the impact that the memories or thoughts have on you.
EMDR therapy requires certification. The providers who have trained in EMDR include: Shanna Evering, Jesse Ludwig, Carly Falk, Gloria Chiantella, Janel Cubbage, Sharnise Hendrick & Maggie McCleary.
Good mental health is as important as oxygen. You need it to survive. But there are many different reasons why men are less likely to speak up about mental health problems like depression. We know one too many men who have diagnosed mental health issues but do nothing about it because they think admitting it makes them weak. They don’t want to go to the pharmacy and pick up an anti-depressant because they are afraid they will be judged. They don’t want to go to a therapist because they don’t want to share with a stranger. But if they don’t talk about it, it can be tough for friends or family members to know something is wrong. Men don’t always show the signs we often associate with depression, like sadness and hopelessness. Instead, they might appear angry or aggressive, making it easier for doctors and loved ones to miss the signs that something is wrong. As a result, men might miss out on the treatment they need to feel better. At Discover Yourself Wellness Center we believe men’s mental health is important and should be highly prioritized.
We stand in solidarity with our clients of color in denouncing the historical legacy and destruction caused by institutionalized racism and violence against people of color, perpetuated at the hands of law enforcement, the hatred bred of White supremacy, the deafening silence of dehumanizing and complicit inaction to address these systemic ills within our society. As counselors, we listen, we empathize, and agree with protestors that when absolute justice is established, peace will follow. Our providers actively practice anti-racism and believe through sitting in on these difficult conversations change and healing is possible.
The counseling profession is built on enduring values and a mission that promotes: human dignity and diversity, respect, the attainment of a quality of life for all, empowerment, integrity, social justice advocacy, equity, and inclusion. If we remain silent, and do not promote racial justice, these words become harmful and meaningless for our members and the counseling community. Our stance is: Black Lives Matter.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others. It was originally intended for people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) but has since been adapted for other conditions where the person struggles with emotional regulation or exhibits self-destructive behavior, such as disordered eating and substance misuse. It is also sometimes used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Although a person’s sexual or romantic orientation or gender identity may not be a source of distress, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, or any other orientation or gender identity may find that the social stigma of living as a minority is a source of stress or anxiety.
When seeking therapy, whether for issues associated with one’s sexual, romantic, or gender identity or for concerns related to mental health, finding a qualified mental health professional who has experience and familiarity with the challenges members of the LGBTQIA community often face can be critical to successful therapy outcomes.
#Unheard: A Healing Space for Racial Trauma
Have recent events about police brutality and murders of Black men and women brought up distress for you? This therapy group aims to provide a safe place for Black people and other POC to process their thoughts and feelings about recent events and begin their healing journey.
Wednesdays at 7 pm beginning July 1, 2020 via Zoom – 8 Weeks – $15 per a group session
Lead by: Janel Cubbage, LGPC