Archive for December, 2011
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
Caleb Mitchell, MA, MDiv, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Caleb received his Masters of Divinity and Masters in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been practicing for nine years. He has worked in the juvenile detention system, in two different intensive eating disorder settings, and in private practice. Therapeutically he has experience and special interests in expressive therapy, spiritual issues, eating disorders, sexual addiction, anxiety, and domestic violence.
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
Sarah VanHolland MC, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Sarah received her Master’s in Counseling from Arizona State University in 2007. She is bilingual in Spanish and has spent over four years providing counseling services to adolescents and families within Arizona’s Medicaid program. Sarah specializes in working with acculturation issues, depression, anxiety, parent-child relationships, and advocating for individual education rights within the public school system.
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
Sarah assists Trina in the office on Fridays and occasional evenings. She is studying for her Master’s in Social Work at Arizona State University and has experience working with adolescents through active participation in the Young Life ministry.
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
Ben Woodruff, LMSW, MDiv.
Ben received his Masters of Social Work degree from ASU in 2009. He also holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Phoenix Seminary with an emphasis in Counseling and Family. Ben has extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults in ministry, outpatient, and public mental health environments, and specializes in working with those struggling with depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, spiritual issues, and sexual addiction.
Monday, December 12th, 2011
Experts From Doorways, The Only Mental Health Treatment Center In Phoenix That Focuses Exclusively On Helping Teens And Young Adults, Have Earned The Highly Sought After Certified Eating Disorder Specialist Certification!
(Phoenix, Arizona) December 8th, 2011- Experts at Doorways LLC, a mental health treatment center that focuses exclusively on helping teens and young adults in Phoenix, Arizona, have earned the prestigious Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) certification from the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
Jan Hamilton, PMHNP-BC, Sam Lample, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Rachel Daberkow, MS., Registered Dietician, have all earned the CEDS certification. Less than 200 mental health providers in the US have earned this certification.
The certification can only be earned by “health care professionals who have met rigorous educational requirements, have accumulated a minimum number of hours of qualifying work experience, have successfully passed a written examination covering the eating disorders field, have made a commitment to stay abreast of current developments in the field through continuing education, and have agreed to comply with the association’s ethical principles.”
Go here for more information on the certification: http://www.iaedp.com/overview%204%20Certification%20Overview.htm
Doorways, and its experts, are one of the few mental health treatment centers in Arizona certified to help teens and young adults with eating disorders. They also specialize in treating teens and young adults with issues such as depression, cutting, sexual abuse, trauma, ADD/ADHD, substance abuse and more.
Please keep our certified experts in mind for upcoming stories involving eating disorders in teens and young adults. They are here to help!
About Doorways LLC.
Doorways LLC. is a faith-based counseling organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that provides comprehensive outpatient treatment focused exclusively on adolescents, young adults and their families. Therapists at Doorways specialize in treatment for eating disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse, depression, ADD/ADHD, self-harm, suicide and more. For more information, visit http://www.doorwaysarizona.com, or call 602-997-2880.
Wendy Kenney, Media Relations of 23 Kazoos
Monday, December 5th, 2011
Adolescent DBT Group Starts January 12th!
This group is recommended for male and female adolescents ages 13-17 to help them develop a balance between problem-focused and emotionally focused coping strategies.
What: This Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group is an interactive and educationally based group that explains the DBT coping skills to help young adults develop healthier coping skills to replace unhealthy and problematic behaviors
When: Thursdays, January 12 – March 1, 2012, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Led by: Sam Lample, MA, LPC and Chase Kerrey, MA, LAC
Where: Doorways, 1825 E. Northern Ave, Suite 200, Phoenix
Cost: $45 per session, $360 total. Pay only $300 if paid in full by 1/9/12.
How: To sign up or for more information call Trina at Doorways – 602-997-2880 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, December 5th, 2011
Is your teen exhibiting signs of holiday stress?
In the frenzy of planning, shopping, wrapping, decorating, entertaining, and visiting that often punctuates the holiday season, it is no wonder that many parents find the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day to be one of the most stressful of the entire year. Unfortunately, as our stress level increases, we often increase the stress level of those around us while also becoming less able to see the signs of stress the other members of our families’ exhibit. Without some blatant flashing sign like a school suspension, angry outburst, or emotional meltdown, we may be too wrapped up in our own holiday stress to notice that our teens are having a tough time too.
Teenagers have their own set of holiday stress, especially if they are part of a family that is struggling financially, dealing with a separation or divorce, or facing the holidays without a loved one for the first time. Stress impacts teens in many of the same ways it impacts adults. They can experience physical symptoms like headaches and insomnia. They can struggle emotionally and suddenly have a short fuse and be quick to anger. They may turn to unhealthy behaviors like binge eating as a way to cope with their stress.
What Can Parents Do to Help?
The first and most important thing is to notice if your teenager is stressed. According to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in Americastudy(http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/national-report.pdf) , while almost half of teens report being more stressed out from one year to the next not even 30% of parents noticed. Pay attention for the signs that your teen is worried and then work together to determine the source of their stress. Sometimes, just knowing that they aren’t alone can make a huge difference in how much stress they are experiencing.
Here are some other strategies parents can use to put the whole family on a stress-reduction diet for the holidays.
Be honest, but be reassuring. It may be tempting to take this opportunity to over share with your teen and unload all your adult problems, worries, and concerns onto your teens. Resist that temptation by remembering that even if they are taller than you or have a moustache, they aren’t adults yet and don’t need to be burdened with adult issues.
Institute a 2 minute breathing break a couple times a day where the whole family gets together and focuses on breathing. Just a couple minutes of deliberate, mindful breathing can wash away worry and alleviate accumulated stress.
With all the holiday hustle and bustle, it is easy for everyone to get out of the habit of exercising. Since exercise is great for soothing stress, get everyone moving by turning on their favorite music and daring them to dance. Get off the couch and go for a walk or rearrange the living room, just get everyone moving and burning off some of their stress.
The holidays are a time of giving, but often that means giving presents. Holiday stress over how many presents they will get, who will get the most, what they want that they won’t get, and feeling guilty for wanting things the family cannot afford can be soothed with a simple shift in priorities. Take time out of shopping and shipping to volunteer as a family at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, nursing home, or any other venue that allows everyone in your family to give some of themselves and change their outlook on the holiday season.
Thursday, December 1st, 2011
Do the change in seasons affect your teen?
It isn’t uncommon for people of all ages to get a little down as fall changes to winter, the days get shorter, and the temperatures drop. In most places around the country, the long, fun, sunny days of summer are gone and the bleak, cold days of winter loom ahead for months. But for some people, the transition from season to season can cause a type of depression that is much more serious than being bummed out that summer is over. This condition is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is a type of depression and it affects more people, of all ages, than you might think. Current estimates indicate that about 6% of people, including adults, teens, and children, have Seasonal Affective Disorder.
For parents of teenagers, it can be enough of a challenge to figure out what is natural teenage moodiness and what is a mental health concern. When the source of the moody behavior is Seasonal Affective Disorder, it can be even more challenging because the condition is rare in children and teens. The average age for onset of the illness is 20 and more females than males are affected.
The main thing that differentiates Seasonal Affective Disorder from depression is the seasonal pattern. A teenager with this condition will only experience symptoms for the same few months every year. The most common form of the disorder is winter depression which affects people as the seasons shift from fall to winter. There is also a form of the disorder called summer depression that begins in the late spring and runs through the summer.
What Causes Seasonal Affective Disorder?
The cause of SAD is unclear but lack of access to sunlight is suspected to play a part in the disorder. When the amount of sunlight decreases or increases, it may affect the way our body and brain produces chemicals. People with SAD may be more sensitive to these chemical and hormonal shifts. These theories are supported by research that shows a person inNew Hampshireis seven times more likely to have SAD than a person inFlorida. Anecdotal evidence that people with SAD who spend the winter months in a place with more access to sunlight do not experience symptoms.
Who is at Risk for Developing SAD?
While anyone can get this disorder, there are some factors that increase the risk of developing it including:
- Family history – If you have a close relative with SAD you may be more likely to develop it.
- Gender – More women have been diagnosed with the disorder than men.
- Location – People who live far from the equator, either north or south, are more likely to have SAD.
- Mental Health – Those people with depression or bipolar disorder may find that their symptoms are worse depending on the season.
What are the Signs and Symptoms?
The signs and symptoms of SAD are the same as those for depression but are only experienced during a specific season. These symptoms include:
- Mood changes
- Loss of enjoyment in activities, socializing, and pastimes
- Lack of energy
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Problems with concentration
- Changes in eating habits that includes craving high sugar foods
How is it Treated?
There are several ways to treat SAD in teenagers. The first type of treatment involves increasing the person’s exposure to full spectrum lights during the months when they experience symptoms. These types of light bulbs mimic daylight and can relieve symptoms. If simple exposure to more light isn’t sufficient to alleviate symptoms, light therapy may be used. This approach uses special lights as well but concentrates the light in a light box or light panel. The person with SAD sits in front of the lights for a specific amount of time each day until the seasons change again. Psychotherapy and medication may also be used to treat teens with SAD.