Therapy Services

+Anxiety or Fears
Symptoms of Anxiety:

  • Feelings of panic, fear and uneasiness
  • Uncontrollable, obsessive thoughts
  • Repeated thoughts or flashbacks of traumatic experiences
  • Nightmares
  • Ritualistic behaviors, such as repeated hand washing
  • Problems sleeping
  • Cold or sweaty hands
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations
  • An inability to be still and calm
  • Dry mouth
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Nausea
  • Muscle tension
+Depression
Symptoms of depression include:

  • Loss of interest in normal daily activities
  • Feeling sad or down
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Crying spells for no apparent reason
  • Problems sleeping
  • Trouble focusing or concentrating
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Unintentional weight gain or loss
  • Irritability
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
  • Restlessness
  • Being easily annoyed
  • Feeling fatigued or weak
  • Feeling worthless
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicidal behavior
+Eating Disorders*
Eating disorders — such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder – include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for females and males.
+Obsessive Compulsive
Obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms include both obsessions and compulsions.

Obsession symptoms

OCD obsessions are repeated, persistent and unwanted ideas, thoughts, images or impulses that you have involuntarily and that seem to make no sense. These obsessions typically intrude when you’re trying to think of or do other things.

Compulsion symptoms

OCD compulsions are repetitive behaviors that you feel driven to perform. These repetitive behaviors are meant to prevent or reduce anxiety related to your obsessions. For instance, if you believe you hit someone with your car, you may return to the apparent scene over and over because you just can’t shake your doubts. You may also make up rules or rituals to follow that help control the anxiety you feel when having obsessive thoughts.

+Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): PTSD is a condition that can develop following a traumatic and/or terrifying event. People with PTSD often have lasting and frightening thoughts, dreams, and memories of a traumatic and/or terrifying event.
+Career Counseling
Career Counseling is a process that will help you to know and understand yourself and the world of work in order to make career, educational, and life decisions. The focus of career counseling is generally on issues such as career exploration, career change, personal career development and other career related issues.
+Challenging Transitions
Life is a process of beginnings and endings. Life can be unpredictable, challenging, and difficult. Life transitions are challenging because they force us to let go of the familiar and face the future with a feeling of vulnerability. Most life transitions begin with a string of losses:

  • The loss of a role
  • The loss of a person
  • The loss of a place
  • The loss of your sense of where you fit in the world

Life transitions are often difficult, but they have a positive side, too. They provide us with an opportunity to assess the direction our lives are taking. Life transitions give’s one a chance to grow and learn.

+Coping Skills
Coping skills are abilities or talents employed to effectively respond to issues that result in disadvantage or adversity. Coping is a response to physical, cognitive, and psychological stressors. If one’s coping skills are not able to effectively address the stressor, there can be an increase in impaired functioning. Looking at how we cope, and what we want the outcome to be are important steps to improving overall functioning.
+Food Addictions
Food addiction manifests itself in the uncontrollable craving for excess food that follows the ingestion of refined carbohydrates, primarily sugar and flour substances that are quickly metabolized and turned into sugar in the bloodstream.

Due to those uncontrollable cravings, a food addict’s quality of life deteriorates when he or she eats sugar, flour or wheat. It can deteriorate physically, emotionally, socially and/or spiritually.

+Life Coaching
A life coach helps you get from where you are in your life now, to where you want to go. It is someone who supports you, motivates you, and holds you accountable to achieving your vision for yourself. Whatever it is that you want in your life, they will help you get it.

A life coach helps you:

  • Get crystal clear on what you really what in your life
  • Uncover what’s holding you back from achieving your vision for yourself
  • Take action steps to achieve your vision by supporting you and keeping you accountable
+Loss or Grief
Life after Loss: Dealing with Grief and Loss is an inevitable part of life, and grief is a natural part of the healing process. Everyone grieves differently and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. People are different in how long their grief lasts and their reactions to the loss. Some typical reactions include:

  • Feeling sad or down, frequent crying
  • Shock, denial or feeling “numb”
  • Feeling stressed, anxious, exhausted or confused
  • Anger, guilt, shame, blame or relief
  • Feeling lonely, isolated or withdrawn
  • Not feeling yourself or acting differently than usual
  • Physical health problems – headaches, change in eating habits or sleeping patterns
  • Difficulties concentrating, making mistakes at work or school
  • Not enjoying your normal activities or hobbies
  • Difficulties or tension in personal relationships – loved ones may cope differently with the loss
  • Increased alcohol, smoking or drug use
  • Feeling hopeless or like you can’t go on, thoughts of suicide or self-harm.

All these reactions to grief are common and you may experience different emotions and reactions at different times

+Low Self-Esteem
Low self-esteem is a person’s overall negative emotional evaluation of his or her own self-worth. Having low self-esteem is not just a global sense of being worthless; it manifests itself in action and later a behavior. That person feels inadequate in social situations, including dating, and incapable of accomplishing any demanding (and desirable) work. When these behaviors/feelings are severe, that individual becomes a failure. Feeling profoundly pessimistic, he/she will not try to accomplish anything worthwhile. Anything challenging will seem to be too difficult. Expectations of failure become self-fulfilling.
+Peer Relationships
Peer relationships is the friendship that is based on mutual respect, appreciation and liking. This kind of relation exists where people share common interest and grew up together. There are important as they lead to a sense of belonging and avoid loneliness.
+Obesity
Obesity is a condition that is associated with having an excess of body fat, defined by genetic and environmental factors that are difficult to control when dieting. Obesity is classified as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater. BMI is a tool used to measure obesity. Obesity increases your risk of developing related conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea, to name a few. Many individuals are affected by obesity and are not aware of it.
+Weight Loss
Weight loss, in the context of medicine, health or physical fitness, is a reduction of the total body mass, due to a mean loss of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue and/or lean mass, namely bone mineral deposits, muscle, tendon and other connective tissue. It can occur unintentionally due to an underlying disease or can arise from a conscious effort to improve an actual or perceived overweight or obese state.

WELCOME

Making a change in ones life is often one of the hardest steps to take in starting a new lifestyle. Healthy Beginnings Psychotherapy is design to meet individuals life challenges in dealing with Anxiety or Fears, Depression, and Obesity. Healthy Beginnings Therapy is a collaborative process where you are allowed to express your thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental safe environment. My therapeutic practice will assist you in discovering your own tools for transforming your mind, body and soul to a healthier lifestyle. I can be that supportive person in assisting you in gaining a stronger sense of self and coping with daily life obstacles or challenges.

My therapeutic practice is centered around Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is an approach to treatment that helps clients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. In many cases, research has shown CBT to be as effective or more effective than drug therapy or other approaches to psychotherapy. It is a collaborative, goal-oriented, and generally time-limited treatment approach.

“Change is within an instance”. Make the first step in taking control of your life and start a Healthy Beginning. Call Healthy Beginnings Psychotherapy (415) 225-4128 or Email IfeyNzerem@gmail.com

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