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Achieve your wellness goals! Have you been told by a medical professional to change some lifestyle habits? Do you feel as if your emotional state is distorted, or inconsistent with your circumstances? Improve your motivation and set clear solution oriented goals. Ask yourself this question: What do you want? Find out how to arrive at a solution!
It begins with an initial assessment. Treatment planning will be mutually agreed upon. Find relief from emotional, behavioral, or health related issues and change unwanted habits. Focus on a solution as opposed to just analyzing why a problem exists. By blending a variety of treatment approaches, we can establish your goals and create a well formed commitment to change. Individual therapy and/or Hypnotherapy will be utilized to address any number of issues. A sample of services includes the following:
Working with Children and Adolescents - As children and adolescents mature, they face a wide variety of developmental challenges. Parents may begin to wonder, "Is my child's behavior normal?" or "Do we need help?" Oftentimes, the answer is yes to both questions. Through working with children in many settings including school, community, and private practice; we have been able to help them and their parents navigate a wide array of issues. These include attention and executive functioning concerns, behavioral difficulties, learning and school struggles, organizational improvement, depression, anxiety, and coping with life transitions. Because parents are the most important people in any child’s life, we work closely with them to provide strategies for managing behavior.  We also communicate treatment goals with parents so they can reinforce and provide reminders at home.  Finally, we incorporate parental feedback into regular evaluation of progress towards goals, while preserving the child’s confidentiality.
Couples Counseling - Sarah is certified as a Level 1 Gottman Couples therapist and utilizes this approach in counseling. The Gottman method of couple’s therapy is based on Dr. John Gottman’s research that began in the 1970s and continues to this day. The research has focused on what makes relationships succeed or fail. From this research, Dr. Gottman has created a method of therapy that emphasizes a “nuts and bolts” approach to improving client’s relationships. The method is designed to help teach specific tools to deepen friendship and intimacy while productively managing conflicts. We will also work together to help you appreciate your relationships strengths and to gently navigate through its vulnerabilities.
Depression - Symptoms of Depression include Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" feelings; Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism; Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness; Irritability, restlessness; Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex; Fatigue and decreased energy; Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions; Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping; Overeating, or appetite loss; Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts; Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment. If you would like an evaluation to explore these symptoms, or you would like counseling in conjunction with medication that is already being prescribed to you, please call for an appointment.
Anxiety - Generalized Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors, Specific Phobias, Social Anxieties, and Posttraumatic Stress are all different types of anxiety disorders. Anxiety is the body’s natural response to a perceived danger; to trigger an ‘alarm’ when we feel threatened. Sometimes a fear or worry is persistent or severe in situations where most people would not feel threatened. A cognitive-behavioral approach is useful to change the thinking patterns that support the fears, and change the way people react (behavior) to the anxiety-provoking situation. Also utilized are deep relaxation strategies are used to help alleviate these feelings and fears.
Stress Relief - Through guided meditation or guided imagery, mindfulness exercises, and proper breathing, experience a new form of relaxation to reduce stress. The mind and body are complementary with each other. By producing a state of tranquil inner peace, you will create a sense of calm, and balance. This may be indicated for sleep problems / insomnia, anxiety, depression, and can assist with managing mild to moderate pain, as well as other physical conditions that can be exacerbated by stress.
Alcohol and Substance Abuse - Alcohol and substance abuse is treatable with the right level of support. Learn the difference between misuse, abuse, and dependence. Addiction is much more complicated than a moral flaw or a lack of willpower, but rather a disease that affects both the brain and behavior .Understand that change is more of a process and not an event. Discover the stage of change you are in, and make movement toward taking action and learn how to regain control over your life. Modify your attitude and behaviors related to drug or alcohol abuse, learn coping skills to handle stressful situations or environmental triggers.
Quit Smoking - Smoking cessation can typically be achieved with three hours of hypnotherapy. Learn the physiology of smoking and addiction. Understand that smoking is a learned behavior and how habits form as part of our unconscious leaning patterns. Discover that the smoking habit originally started with some positive intention. Find new solutions and learn how to reframe your thoughts and challenge impulses in a way that is consistent with good health. You will learn self-hypnosis and a CD will be provided for you to listen to and practice with as often as you like.
Weight loss - Stay consistent with the proper exercise and nutritional plan that you have established with a medical professional! Research has demonstrated that hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for weight reduction when used in conjunction with a behavioral therapy, and when compared with control groups, hypnotherapy will help keep the weight off longer. Most studies recommend that an effective program for weight reduction should consist of at least 6 – 8 sessions of individual and/or group hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy helps people correct faulty thinking and emotional associations with food and it helps to remember and follow through with specific weight loss goals and behavioral recommendations.
I closely follow the Weight Hypnotherapy and You (WHY) program developed by Judith Pearson, Ph.D. for weight reduction that puts you in control. Get control over what you eat, how you eat, emotional eating, improving your motivation to exercise, and learn the power of self-hypnosis. Your goals can be achieved in 8 sessions. To participate in this program, you must be under a medically supervised dietary / nutrition plan with a suitable exercise regimen.
Session 1: Interview and Introductions
Session 2: Reframing compulsive eating
Session 3: Training in self hypnosis
Session 4: Stop emotional eating with stress management
After session 4, you will schedule each subsequent session when you have reduced your weight by at least four pounds. Once you have reduced your weight by four pounds, schedule the next session right away. You are in charge and can work at your own pace.
For each of the following sessions, you will receive a CD recording of the hypnotherapy session of that session. Listen to the recording as often as you wish to reinforce and enhance your progress.
Session 5: Making sensible food choices
Session 6: Creating an intelligent relationship with food
Session 7: Boosting motivation to exercise
Session 8: Pulling it all together for lasting result
Gambling Treatment - Gambling is a popular social and entertainment activity, and like many things, should be enjoyed with moderation and responsibility. The gaming industry is expanding in Maryland and research has demonstrated that the rate of Pathological Gambling will significantly increase within a 50 mile radius of a casino. Pathological Gambling is now classified as an addictive disease in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) and therefore, should not be viewed as simply a lack of self-control or a moral flaw. Treatment is available. Michael Spaulding is one of a small handful of clinicians in Maryland that is recognized as a National Certified Gambling Counselor (NCGC). When gambling is causing problems with mood, social, or vocational functioning and / or there are preoccupations with gambling, needing to bet more money to get the desired response, going back and “chasing” after losses, and feeling irritable when attempting to stop gambling, an assessment to discuss treatment options is highly recommended.