ADHD Evaluations
ADHD Evaluations

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly called ADHD, is a disorder that affects approximately 7% of the population. ADHD first appears in childhood, usually before the age of 7. ADHD is characterized by difficulty initiating and maintaining attention as well as hyperactivity and impulsivity. Most children display some level of these symptoms, which makes an accurate diagnosis difficult yet essential. Improper diagnosis can lead to ineffective and, occasionally, harmful treatments.

 

We use a battery of tests that allow for the most complete picture possible. We look for specific AHDA symptoms as well as disorders that are frequently mistaken for ADHD. For children, some of the assessment will be based on a parent’s or teacher’s observations. We also evaluate each individual by performing an IQ test a computerized performance test.

 

ADHD is a common disorder that can be treated successfully. Let the team at Strongsville Family Counseling help determine if you or your child has ADHD.

Family Therapy
FAMILY THERAPY SOLUTIONS

Our family is the foundation of our lives. They are the first and most important relationships we have. As we grow up, we establish and build on those relationships and often add new people to the family.   When something happens to one member for the family, it can affect the entire family.

When it feels like the issues in your family are too big for you to handle, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and frustrated. This is when a family therapist can help. Family counselors can help you find new ways to manage struggles, conflicts, and challenges.

Your therapist will help family members communicate better, solve problems, and find new ways to work together. Family therapy can’t always make a problem go away. But it can give family members new skills to get through difficult situations in healthier ways. At Strongsville Family Counseling, we believe a healthy family improves the quality of life. After all, our motto is Helping Families Flourish.


Anxiety Treatment
ANXIETY TREATMENT

Anxiety can show up in many different ways. Some may become very restless and talkative, while others become more quite and reserved. Sometimes anxiety is experienced internally, but a person is able to “fake it” so well that no one has any idea of the struggle within the person.

 

A person experiencing anxiety can be surprised to learn how many different diagnoses have anxiety as the primary symptom.  Some common diagnoses are Agoraphobia, OCD, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Separation Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and Specific Phobias.

 

Anxiety disorders typically respond very well to treatment. The specific treatment approach used will depend on the type of anxiety disorder, its severity, and personal preferences. It is important that the person gets the right diagnosis so that the best treatment interventions can be use. In general, most anxiety disorders are treated with behavioral therapy or counseling, medication, or some combination of the two. At Strongsville Family Counseling, our staff is well trained in determining the appropriate diagnosis and treatment options. Most people find that they are able to manage their anxiety and continue to function well in their personal lives.

Child Adolescent Issues
Child & Adolescent Issues
Child Adolescent Issues
Child Adolescent Issues
CHILD THERAPY

We often imagine childhood as an idyllic, worry free time of life. In reality, childhood is normally filled with challenges and obstacles. These difficulties are needed to help children develop into competent adults. However, some problems are too big for kids to handle alone. Additionally, parents can feel overwhelmed and at a loss for how to best help. This is where counseling can provide the family with support and education to minimize the impact of these difficulties and help children develop resiliency.

Therapist who specialize in child and teen issues are trained in understanding the developmental abilities and needs of children. Child and teen therapy usually involve the family. In fact, there may be sessions with just the parents to develop interventions to use at home. Therapy may include drawing, playing, as well as talking. We have staff members specifically trained in play therapy, sand tray therapy, behavior modification, and other child appropriate treatment strategies.

Common child and teen problems include family problems, school problems, bullying, health problems and emotional problems, such as anxiety, trauma and depression. By developing healthy coping skills while young, many children find themselves to be much more confident and resilient adults.


Depression Treatment
DEPRESSION MANAGEMENT

Depression is a common and treatable condition. Depression has been studied for many years and treatment providers have excellent resources available for helping people feel better. Treatment starts with a clinical interview to determine not just the presence of depression, but from which type of depression a person is suffering. Generally, people see improvements in their symptoms when treated with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two.

Treatment should be individualized. Each person is different, and the type of depression can determine which interventions will be most successful. It’s important to discuss the appropriate treatment approach with your provider.

Treatment approaches that have been proven effective include Behavioral Activation Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Supportive Therapy. Additionally, many people find incorporating medication for depression effective in reducing their symptoms. Treatment can be primarily individual, but can also include family members.

Couple upset with doctor
Couples Counseling
COUPLE COUNSELING

It’s often difficult to view our relationships objectively. Furthermore, the longer we spend in a relationship the easier it is for small problems to grow and develop into major difficulties. This is even more complicated with a couple is raising children together. Couples counseling is aimed at helping a couple highlight their conflicts while working together to find healthy solutions. Communication skills, conflict resolution, and understanding oneself and one’s partner are all part of couples sessions. The therapist acts as a neutral third party in the role of teacher, mediator, and cheerleader.

Stress Management
Stress Management
STRESS MANAGEMENT

We all find ourselves thinking about and discussing with others our level of stress. We often use phrases such as “stressed out” “burned out” and “wore out”. We also discuss trying to handle the causes of our stress as well as trying to manage our ways of coping with stress in our lives. Additionally there are many emotional, cognitive and physical consequences of unmanaged stress.

  • 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
  • 75 to 90 percent of all physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
  • Stress is linked to the six leading causes of death–heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has declared stress a hazard of the workplace.

 

While difficult to manage, stress can also be exciting and motivating. Stress can push us to study harder, work better, improve our lives through changing jobs, relationships and even adding children to our families. However when the negative impact of stress begins to taint too much of our lives, counseling can help to decompress and develop stress management skills.

Treatment

Stress management primarily involves cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT looks at the connection between our thoughts, feelings, physical reactions, and behaviors. By understanding these connections, a person can learn to better manage their stress. Counseling help identify coping skills for each of these different areas. Coping skills often include breathing exercises, observing and challenging our automatic thoughts, and identifying healthy reactions. While many helpful coping skills can be found by reading books or online articles, working with a counselor can help identify which skills work best for each individual as well as address underlying issues that may be contributing to a person’s overall stress.