Therapy for Teens and Adults

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Online Video Therapy Coming Soon!

Are you feeling overwhelmed or depressed  but find it difficult to make time for traditional therapy? I am excited to announce that beginning June 12, 2017, I will begin to offer online video therapy to new clients throughout the State of Kansas.  It’s simple and private.

What is online therapy?

It’s a mode of therapy utilizing a HIPAA approved internet platform to conduct therapy in the comfort of your own home or office.

Reasons why some prefer clients might prefer online therapy:

  • Convenient when clients cannot go to an office.
  • Weekend appointments in the comfort of your own home.
  • It’s private; you do not have to worry about running into someone you know in the waiting room.
  • It’s effective; you still receive the same professional services from a licensed therapist.
  • Save’s time and costs due to less travel time.
  • It’s confidential!

When would online therapy not be an appropriate option:

  • If you have experienced suicidal ideation within the last three months.
  • If you were discharged with inpatient status of a behavioral health hospital within the last six months.
  • If you are in the mist of an emergency requiring immediate attention (instead call 911).

Other important information:

Online therapy sessions are offered in 30 min increments at a self-pay rate of $40 for a 30 minute session or $75 for a 60 minute session.  Invoice for the session will be sent 48 hours prior to session and will need to be remitted prior to session.

Currently, appointments are offered on Saturdays and Sundays.  If you would like to see if online therapy is right for you,  you may contact me here to set up a free 10 minute online consultation appointment.

 

 

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Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy

The Conscious and Subconscious Mind

The mind is comprised of two parts: the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The conscious mind, which uses only 10% of our potential, is where we analyze, think, process, and plan. This is where our short-term memory is housed. The other 90% is the subconscious mind, where all the memories are stored. Everything you have ever experienced is recorded in the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is the place of long-term memory, emotions and feelings, habit patterns, relationship patterns, addictions, creativity, spiritual connections, and intuition.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnotic trance is the simple shifting back and forth between the conscious and subconscious mind. This is a natural process that occurs 80% of every day for most people. Hypnosis works by using this natural state of the mind to access the sub-coconscious mind, where a deeper state of consciousness can resolve many internal conflicts, fears and phobias.

What is the difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis consists of the therapists giving suggestions to the client while in a trance state. Hypnotherapy works by resolving inner conflicts and dissolving inner trauma to emerge as a transformed person.

How Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy Works

Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy or regression therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which you are placed in a hypnotic, altered state of consciousness. This process can allow for deep healing to take place because of the energetic or emotional release and the level of insight that can be attained.

Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy allows you to get in touch with your core issues more rapidly than conventional talk therapy. It helps to purge the body of pain, sadness, old anger, grief or any negative feelings you may be holding onto and would like to get rid of. It leaves you feeling lighter and freer. It helps you to open your heart to yourself and approach your difficulties from a place of love and self-acceptance.

Common Issues Addressed with Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
  • Weight Issues
  • Fears & Phobias
  • Sleeplessness such as insomnia
  • Smoking & other Addictions
  • And More

If you feel you would benefit from Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy or have other questions, please feel free to contact me to schedule your initial consultation. Click here for other FAQ regarding hypnotherapy.

 

 

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Does Your Teen Need Counseling?

Adolescent/teen years is a time which seems to cause parents or caregivers the most concerns and frustration.  Teenagers are trying to express their independence while figuring out their place with their peers and the world.  It’s during this time teenagers and parents may clash and parents are asking themselves if these changes are normal. When behaviors and moods are causing difficulties in the home, school, or community, it may be time to seek help for your adolescent/teen.  Below are some common issues to look for:

Academic Underachievement – Teens may struggle with recurrent patterns of acting out, disruptive, and negative attention seeking behaviors which interferes with their school performance and grades. Teens may begin skipping classes and verbalizing a dislike of school.

Anger Control Problems – Teens may demonstrate a pattern of episodic excessive anger and rationalizes or blames others for anger outbursts.  The teen  may yell excessively, swearing, and overreacts to perceived disapproval, rejection, or criticism. Teens may display aggressive behavior such as hitting walls, throwing objects, or destroying property.

Anxiety – Teens may struggle with excessive worry, or fear that markedly exceeds the normal level for the stage of development. The teen may struggle with difficulty concentrating, trouble falling or staying asleep, and a general state of irritability.

Depression – Teens may struggle with a change in mood such as irritability, lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities, expresses feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness and low energy.  The teen may expresses sadness and is tearful for more days than normal.

Delinquency – Teens may refuse to comply with rules or expectations in the home, school or community.  They may be fighting, intimidating people or animals, or have a history of stealing.  They may have a disregard for authority figures such as teachers, parents, etc.

Low Self-Esteem – Teens may verbalize self-disparaging remarks, see themselves as unattractive, worthless, stupid, a loser, a burden or unimportant.  They may not be able to accept compliments, or able to identify or accept positive traits or talents about self. They may act out in negative, attention-seeking ways or have difficulty saying no to others.

Substance Use – Teens may change peer groups to one that is noticeably oriented toward regular use of alcohol or drugs. Teens’s behavior may dramatically changed such os isolation, drop in grades and sleeping more.  Drug paraphernalia and/or alcohol may be found in the teen’s possession.  The teen may be observed intoxicated and/or high on two or more occasions.

Suicidal Ideation – Teens may be preoccupied with thoughts of death or have recurrent suicidal thoughts.  The teen may express a bleak, hopeless regarding life. The teen may be demonstrating self-destructive behavior such as cutting, dangerous drug or alcohol use which may indicate a disregard for personal safety or an attempt from emotional distress.

If your teen struggles with any of the issues above, it is time to schedule an appointment for therapy.  If you have questions, or would like to schedule an appointment with Christina Romero, click here.

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Signs of Depression

Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad but these feelings are short-lived and pass within a few days.  When you have depression, it will normally last longer than a few days and interfere with daily life. Grief, losing a job, major illness, chronic stress or major life issues such as divorce (to name a few) can cause depression.  Many people with a depression never seek treatment. But the majority who do, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with proper treatment.  

Signs and symptoms of depression: 

  • Sad or irritable mood
  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • Diminished interest in or enjoyment of activities
  • Lack of energy
  • Problems concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts or gestures
  • Social withdrawal
  • Sleeplessness or hypersomnia
  • Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or guilt
  • Frequent crying episodes

If you believe you (or someone you know) is experiencing depression the most important thing you can do is seek.  A family physician or licensed therapist will be able assess if you have depression and provide available treatment recommendations.  For questions or to schedule an appointment with Christina Romero, click here.

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Quick Tips for Finding a Therapist

Once you’ve decided that therapy is right for you, the next step is to find a therapist with whom you can connect; someone who makes you feel understood and someone you can trust. Chances are, if you and your therapist do not have a connection, you may not make progress. Choosing the right therapist takes a little more effort, but does not have to be daunting and confusing. Here are a few quick tips to help you find the right therapist.

Determine what type of issues you are facing.

Are you dealing with depression, stress or anxiety; relationship conflicts; a traumatic event; grief or loss; or just everyday stressors? Therapists work with clients on a variety of issues and can also specialize their focus on specific issues such as trauma and P.T.S.D (post-traumatic stress disorder) grief, marriage and family, etc. There are also therapists who work not only with specific issues, but also with specific populations, such as young children, teens, adults or geriatrics. It is important to find a therapist who has experience with the specific issues you are facing.

Don’t be afraid to ask around.

One of the best ways to find a licensed therapist is to ask someone whom you trust and who has had experience working with a therapist. Family and friends, teachers, school counselors and family doctors are great resources to help you find a therapist. Ask them about their experience with their therapist, if they felt comfortable with him or her and if they felt as though the therapy was beneficial.

Another way to find a therapist in your area is by searching online. Psychology Today is a great place to start. Psychology Today has a national database of therapists, as well as feature columns on relationships, mental health education and work-related interests. As you look through the list of therapists in your area, be sure to consider the gender you prefer to work with, whether or not the therapist has experience with the issues you are facing, if the therapist accepts your insurance, if he or she offers a free phone consultation and where he or she is located. Don’t forget to read their biography and check out their website if they have one. This will give you more insight into the therapist.

Check Licensing and Insurance Eligibility.

For mental health issues, it important to find a therapist who has been board certified to practice in his or her state to practice. Having a license helps ensure that the therapist or counselor you might be working with has met the education and qualifications to practice. In most states, a master’s level education is the minimum requirement. You can visit your state’s behavioral science regulatory board to verify if the therapist has a current license or if they have had any disciplinary action taken against them.

If you have insurance, you will need to check with your insurance company about any requirements they may have. Some insurance companies may require a co-pay and may have deductibles that will need to be met before the insurance covers the services. You will also want to verify that your therapist accepts your insurance.

Get connected.

Once you have created your list of therapists, it’s time to connect with them. If the therapists that you have selected offer a phone consultation, this is a great way to discuss your needs, answer any questions you might and get a “feel” for the therapist before making an appointment. Common questions could include their level of experience, types of treatment modalities they use and whether or not they have worked with others who have similar issues to yours. Remember, this is a great way to see if you and the therapist have a connection.  Even if the therapist does not offer a phone consultation, chances are you will be able to speak to someone in their office (such as an intake coordinator) who can answer questions regarding the therapist.  Yes, it’s okay to ask the office staff if you could speak with the therapist briefly before you schedule your appointment.

Finding a therapist does not have to be overwhelming, but taking the time to find the therapist to suite your needs will save you frustration in the long run. Don’t get discouraged if the therapist you choose turns out not to be the right fit. It may take meeting a few therapists to find the right one for you. Take your time; consider your options and most of all trust your instincts.

 

 

 

 

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Is Therapy Right for Me?

Have you been considering therapy but unsure if it is right for you?  There are many reasons why people seek therapy.  Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times, it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a counselor as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth.

Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges in a safe place.   Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions.

Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

Take the next step by scheduling an appointment.

 

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