Psychotherapy is a general term for treating emotional or stressful life problems by talking and working with a trained mental health provider. During the counseling process, you become more aware of your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors. You can use the opportunity to learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills.
Depression is a condition that interferes with concentration, motivation and many other aspects of everyday functioning.
Everyone experiences an occasional down mood; depression is a more pervasive experience of bleak outlook and lack of energy. You may have trouble engaging in normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn't worth living.
More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn't a weakness and you can't simply "snap out" of it. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away.
Depression is one of the most treatable of emotional problems.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. Stress and anxiety are not always bad. In the short term, they can help you overcome a challenge or dangerous situation. Examples of normal stress and anxiety include worrying about finding a job, feeling nervous before a big test, or being embarrassed in certain social situations. If we did not experience some anxiety we might not be motivated to do things that we need to do (for instance, studying for that big test!).
However, if stress and anxiety begin interfering with your daily life, it may indicate a more serious issue. Those suffering from this disorder often have repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks). If you are avoiding situations due to irrational fears, constantly worrying, or severe anxiety about a traumatic event even weeks after it happened, it may be time to get counseling.
Whatever the form of anxiety, treatment can help.
Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health. Users may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.
When referring to any kind of addiction, it is important to recognize that its cause is not simply a search for pleasure and that addiction has nothing to do with one's morality or strength of character. Competent treatment can be effective.
Abuse is a pattern of behaviors in a relationship that is used to gain and/or maintain power and control over another. Some of the types are:
Physical: Hitting, pushing, biting, punching, choking...
Emotional: cursing, attacks on self-esteem, blaming, criticizing your thoughts feelings….
Psychological: Threatening, throwing, breaking things, punching walls, hiding things, sabotaging your car.
Sexual: any non-consenting sexual act or behavior.
Both the abuser and the abused will need treatment to deal with these behaviors.
Parenting, although usually rewarding, often is one of the most difficult and time-consuming aspects of a person’s life. In addition to tending to an infant or child’s daily needs, parents are also generally responsible for helping each of their children develop life skills, social skills, and appropriate behaviors, while accounting for the unique personality of each child. This is often even more challenging in a single-parent home.
Despite their best efforts, parents may feel overwhelmed when their child exhibits significant behavioral problems. The support and guidance of an experienced counselor may be just what they need to help them get on the right track.
Marriage is the joining of two people in a bond that is intended to last until death, but in practice is increasingly cut short by divorce. Undoubtedly over the course of a relationship that can last as many as six or seven decades, a lot happens. Personalities change, bodies age, and romantic love waxes and wanes. And no marriage is free of conflict. What enables a couple to endure is how they handle that conflict. So how do you manage the problems that inevitably arise? And how can you keep the spark alive?
Marriage counseling can help you figure those things out.
We believe you will find our fees reasonable. You will not be turned away from Cornerstone because of limited funds.
We accept major credit cards, personal checks and cash. Some of our counselors are participating providers with various insurance companies.
Address: 8 Carvel Circle, Edgewater, Maryland 21037
Phone: (410) 266-1153 Fax: (410) 266-9740
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