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ANGER MANAGEMENT -  Learning to control anger is a practiced skill. Techniques for managing emotionally charged subjects can improve outlook, attitude and personal health.

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ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION - When alcohol and other drugs are misused, dependency often occurs. Addiction can cause a multitude of problems and can be fatal. The emotional roller coaster of the cycle of addiction affects all of those close to the addicted person. Family members and loved ones need and deserve to get help for themselves.

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE RELATED ISSUES - Many lives are affected when one person abuses alcohol or drugs. Family members. loved ones, friends, and co-workers are all affected by this "family diseases".

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ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS - Anxiety attacks are among the most frightening and debilitating disorders. Learn to identify what triggers your anxiety and how to decrease and prevent episodes.

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ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER - ADD/ADHD is a disorder that affects both children and adults. Like other problems, ADD presents problems for family members, and other relationships. Parenting can be especially demanding. Learn the facts about ADD/ADHD and get the help you need and deserve. (Proven strategies for work, school, and improved personal relationships are available.)

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CODEPENDENCY - This mental and emotional problem has been named the disease for living with addiction. Codependency also complicates romantic relationships and how one relates to family members. Obsessive thinking about others, and how to be helpful can become painful and exhausting. Learn more about limits, boundaries, detachment and yourself.

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DEPRESSION -  Depression is said to be the "common cold of mental health". Most everyone experiences depression at one time or another. Ask yourself how severely your life is being affected. Symptoms of depression include change in appetite, sleep patterns, mood, loss of interest, and long lasting feelings of sadness. Whether Situational or Clinical, Depression is a serious matter which should not be left untreated.

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GRIEF -  Grief is a painful experience which can last for a long time if not treated. Although common to all people, grief is uniquely different for individuals as well as situations. No two people react or work through the grieving process the same way. From the anguish of losing a child to dealing with the death of a spouse, grief varies in severity as well as longevity. Death is not the only experience which brings about grief. Ending meaningful relationships, loss of employment, or health problems are other forms of grief. Grief is prevalent among individuals coping with the aging and illness of a once capable healthy parent, family member, or close friend. Many typical life changes, such as changing careers or relocating to another city are accompanied by a sense of loss and sadness. Divorce and other substantial family matters are often associated with the grieving process. Because grief work is so very personal and unique for each individual: individual help is necessary.

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MARRIAGE -  Even the seemingly happiest marriages experience difficulties and challenges. Willingness to both identify and address anger, and disappointment marks for a hopeful beginning. When both partners have a sincere desire to improve relations and communicate with one and other respectfully, many a troubled marriage can transform into happy, fulfilling futures. Learn how to develop the skills necessary to openly discuss feelings that may have caused bitterness and resentment for long periods of time.

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DIVORCE - If differences among couples are beyond reasonable expectation for reconciliation then divorce often becomes an option for consideration. When couples view the marriage as having become increasingly more painful, with little hope of finding renewal in mutual interests, or the chance for happiness together, it is generally explored further. At times couples grow apart, thus leading to one or both partners unwillingness or inability to communicate wants and needs on an intimate level; making the commitment to stay in the marriage may shift toward receiving additional information and insight into other areas.

Divorce exploration, Preparation, as well as Divorce Recovery generally becomes the next series of the counseling process. Divorce is always painful, but life can be productive and pleasurable after divorce. "Divorce without Disaster" has become the most accurate and positive way to look at ending a marriage with as little controversy as possible. While willingness and work are key ingredients, a good counselor can provide the logical guidance needed to work through the process. Certainly, more complicated than marriage, Divorce Recovery takes place with a sincere desire to bring closure to a once meaningful relationship.

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BLENDING FAMILIES - This phrase of personal growth is almost always more challenging than expected. Even mature rational adults whose life-styles require "new" family settings find blending families challenging. Of course all situations have their own unique set of issues.  Much depends on attitude, relationships with an ex-spouse, for example; whose role has specifically been altered and generally reduced largely to that of co-parenting. Pre-martial counseling, specifically designed for couples bringing  children, and other significant family members to a new marriage, is essential. Just as each family unit has its own unique style for integrating  new, extended families, too have to be considered. Working together, primarily for the benefit of children has to be considered.

 

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