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Therapy Efficacy

Therapy Efficacy

One of the many benefits of therapy includes the identification of self perpetuated, unconscious themes and/or patterns causing the individual pain. Making the unconscious, conscious is the first step toward resolution.

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Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy

Therapy is essentially the process of reworking thwarted developmental processes (Nancy McWilliams) Posted via email from adinapsyd's posterous

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Weight gain?

Weight gain?

Why does it seem like I'm gaining weight in my stomach?  This may be a question posed by individuals in recovery from anorexia.  When one begins to refeed a malnourished body, weight will often distribute to the stomach first to protect vital organs.  As the body...

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Drug Addiction

Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is a brain disease because it leads to permanent changes in the structure and function of brain (NIDA, 2008). Alcohol Addiction Back <<<  Navigation  >>> Forward  Gambling Addiction

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Self-Esteem

Self-Esteem

Individuals commonly present in therapy for issues directly related to self-esteem or for symptoms that eventually are tied to and lead back to the exploration of one’s self-esteem.  There is a wealth of information and research devoted to this topic and self-help...

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Starvation is the Quickest Way to Slow Down Your Metabolism

Starvation is the Quickest Way to Slow Down Your Metabolism

Learn what you really lose when you starve yourself.  How it can actually make you gain weight. In an attempt to lose weight, people often think that by severely restricting their caloric intake they will achieve their goal. Initially, there is some weight loss, but...

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The Laxative Myth

The Laxative Myth

Many individuals abuse laxatives in the hopes of controlling or losing weight.  This is actually not an effective means for weight loss as laxatives stimulate the large intestine to release its contents, however, food passes first through the stomach and into the...

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Chemical Dependence

Drug Category Proportion Of Users That Ever Became Dependent Tobacco 32% Alcohol 15% Marijuana (including hashish) 9% Cocaine 17% Heroin 23% 2010 Marijuana Policy Project. Posted via email from adinapsyd's...

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Addiction

Addiction

"Addiction is a chronic and relapsing brain disease characterized by uncontrollable drug seeking behavior and use. It persists even with the knowledge of negative health consequences." Scott LucasSent from my iPhone Posted via email from adinapsyd's posterous

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Breakfast: Is it okay to skip?

Breakfast: Is it okay to skip?

In a nutshell, No, you should not skip breakfast.  The simple answer lies within the word “breakfast” itself.  It literally means to “break the fast”.  In other words, our bodies fast at night while we are sleeping, which means that our metabolism slows down to...

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Anorexia

Anorexia

There exists strong support for the idea that early indicators of reduced emotional resiliency and heightened stress reactivity along with compulsive habit tendencies may represent a vulnerability to the development of Anorexia.

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Self-destructive behaviors

"The ability to derive comfort from another human being is a strong predictor of whether self-destructive behavior can be regulated” (Van der Kolk) Posted via email from adinapsyd's posterous

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A Little Bit About My Therapeutic Orientation

A Little Bit About My Therapeutic Orientation

My orientation, as a Santa Barbara therapist is psychodynamic and therefore works on addressing the underlying, often unconscious, issues that are manifesting as symptoms or problematic behavior. Specifically, I utilize an object relations approach to therapy, which...

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Stress

Stress

Chronic stress accelerates the aging process and lowers immune functioning.

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Anorexia

Anorexia

Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder at 19%  

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Santa Barbara Counseling Center – 3 Elements to Consider

When you are looking for the best Santa Barbara counseling center for your needs, there are many different things to think about. You will need to determine which one is best for YOU, and not just best in general. Your specific needs are very important because the...

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Santa Barbara Psychology – Getting Therapy for Your Needs

Santa Barbara psychology resources can be very helpful to many people. There are plenty of resources throughout the city that can be used by the people who need them. Finding the best resources is going to be a personal journey for you, and no one can tell you what is...

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Santa Barbara Counseling – Finding the Right Resources

Santa Barbara counseling services are helpful to many different people. Being able to take the time to get the help that you need is going to give you a new chance at life. It doesn’t matter what type of therapists in Santa Barbara you are looking for because there is...

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Drug Addiction Relapse – Helpful Resources are Out There

When you are dealing with a drug addiction relapse, you don’t have to go through it alone. If you are ready to get help and try a different path to recovery, there are Santa Barbara drug addiction resources that can help. Too often, people think that their drug...

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Connect

If you would like to keep abreast of updates about different mental health issues (eating disorders, depression, defenses, etc) please join me on Facebook and Twitter. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/santabarbarapsychotherapy?ref=ts http://twitter.com/adinapsyd

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Take The Quiz

Please feel free to copy and paste the quiz below, circle the appropriate response, and send it to amcgarrma@yahoo.com If you answer yes to any of the questions below, therapy may be right for you Do you suffer from feeling “blue” or “down in the dumps”?  yes  no Do...

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Press

Press

Juli- Hayes-Nadler, dietician, is starting a group for those with Anorexia, which will include eating a nutritious, well balanced  meal, while processing feelings and thoughts that arise as a result.

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Appointments & Forms

Appointments & Forms

Appointments are available Monday through Friday. You may schedule an appointment by calling me directly at (818) 518-6775 or by using the form under Contact, which will be sent to my email. Fees are due at the time of session, unless another arrangement has been...

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Expectations

Welcome to my Santa Barbara counseling website, servicing Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Montecito,  Thousand Oaks, Ojai & San Luis Obispo.   There is a wealth of information on this site, ranging from information on mental health issues,...

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Emotion

Emotion

Emotions cannot be permanent.  That's why they are called "emotions"--the word comes from "motion," movement.  They move; hence, they are "emotions".  From one to another you continually change. -Osho Intense emotions have been likened to an ocean wave.   They crash...

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Addiction

Family members of addicts experience tremendous pain and upheaval, as their loved one slips away to their addiction.  It is important for affected family members to undergo their own recovery process.

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Relationship Conflict

Relationship Conflict

With the stress of our fast-paced society, couples today are under more stress than ever before.  With the divorce rate hovering around 50% of all marriages, couples counseling may provide a way to work through conflicts that seem insurmountable, as well re-ignite...

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Neglect

Child neglect falls under the umbrella of child abuse and, not only, accounts for 60% of all reported child abuse cases it is also the most lethal.  The definition of neglect is failure to provide safety, shelter, supervision, and adequate nutritional needs.  There...

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Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is the second most common form of child maltreatment.  The definition of physical abuse may vary from state to state, but broadly speaking it is any physical act by a caregiver that results in a child being hurt or injured.  If you suspect that a child...

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Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse involves the occurrence of a child in any sexual situation with an adult.  This can include actual contact (e.g. fondling, rape), having the child watch sexual acts or material, using the child in any aspect of pornography, and making the child look at an...

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Santa Barbara Counseling Center

Santa Barbara Counseling Center

Sometimes, one of the hardest things individuals encounter when looking for a therapist is finding the right therapist for you.  A Santa Barbara Counseling Center is one option to consider when looking for a therapist.  A Santa Barbara Counseling Center generally has...

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can occur after an individual experiences an extreme traumatic event or an event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury to oneself or someone else.  Fear, helplessness, and/or horror are experienced as a result.  The...

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Excessive anxiety and worry, that occurs more days than not and persist for at least six months, constitute the core features of Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  The worry and anxiety feels difficult to control and is about a number of different things.  In addition,...

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by recurrent obsessions and/or compulsions that are incredibly time consuming or cause marked impairment and distress.  Individuals with OCD recognize that the obsessions or compulsions are beyond excess and...

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Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)

Individuals suffering from Persistent Depressive Disorder evidence a chronically depressed mood that occurs for most of the day, more days than not, for at least a two year period.  The impairment and depressed mood are usually not as severe as in Major...

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Major Depressive Disorder

Persons with Major Depressive Disorder experience, at least, a two week period of suffering either a depressed mood or the loss of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities.  In addition, at least four of the following must be met: • Change in appetite or weight...

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Bipolar I Disorder

Individuals with Bipolar I Disorder have experienced one or more Manic or Mixed Episodes and often have had one or more Depressive Episodes, though a Depressive Episode is not necessary to meet diagnosis criteria.  A Manic Episode is marked by a significant period of...

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Bipolar II Disorder

Bipolar II Disorder is defined by the presence of a Major Depressive Episode and at least one Hypomanic Episode (a distinct period of elevated., expansive, or irritable mood lasting, at least, 4 days)  The criteria for a Hypomanic Episode are as follows and include at...

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Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia

Panic Disorder can be defined as the presence of recurrent, unexpected Panic Attacks (at least 2), followed by significant concern over having another attack.  A Panic Attack is marked by a discrete period of intense fear or distress in the absence of any real...

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Social Phobia

Social Phobia, aka Social Anxiety Disorder, is defined by a marked and persistent fear of social or performance situations in which embarrassment or humiliation may occur.  The individual feels acutely aware of the perceived scrutiny of others.  When exposed to a...

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Self-harm

Self-injury (self-inflicted violence, self-injurious behavior or self-mutilation) can be defined as deliberate, intentional injury to one’s own body that causes damage to the skin and/or underlying tissue.  This behavior is usually engaged in to cope with overwhelming...

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Cutting

Cutting is the most common form of self-injury.  It involves making cuts or scratches on one’s body with any sharp object, such as knives, needles, blades, scissors, etc.  If no such object is available, individuals will often resort to using their own fingernails. ...

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Burning

Burning can occur via an actual flame to the skin or by heating something metal and pressing it to the skin (branding).  Burning can also be done with a cigarette or other similar object.  A friction burn occurs by rubbing something, such as a pencil eraser, on one’s...

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Sex Addiction

Sex Addiction

Sexual addiction describes the phenomenon in which individuals report being unable to manage their sexual behavior.  Individuals with a sexual addiction have an unusually intense sex drive and thoughts of sex dominate the individual’s thoughts and experience.  The...

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Gambling Addiction

Ludomania, more commonly known as, compulsive or problem gambling is an addictive behavior, in which an individual is preoccupied with gambling and continues to engage in this behavior, despite a desire to stop and/or adverse, negative consequences.  As with other...

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Shopping Addiction

Compulsive shopping, lesser known as omniomania, is a behavioral addiction, where shopping becomes the individual’s primary coping mechanism, pursued to excess, despite negative associated consequences.  Social, financial, and occupational functioning is significantly...

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Video Game Addiction

Video Game Addiction

While video game addiction does not have nearly the physical health consequences of many of the other addictions, it is debilitating none the less.  If you or your loved one spend an excessive amount of time playing video games, to the exclusion of one's social,...

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Santa Barbara Therapist

Individuals seek a Santa Barbara therapist for many different reasons.  Often they are in distress, experiencing a crisis, or devoid of feeling altogether.  Some just want to learn more about themselves and improve their well being, while others find themselves...

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Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder is characterized as recurrent episodes of binge eating that, on average, occur at least 2 days a week for 6 months. Persons with binge eating disorder feel the compulsion to eat large amounts of food and often feel out of control to stop.  Even...

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Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa

Individuals suffering from bulimia find themselves caught in the devastating and addictive binge-purge cycle.  Bulimia is characterized by binge eating followed by harmful compensatory behaviors in an effort to prevent weight gain.  A binge episode is defined as the...

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Eating Disorders: Overview

Eating disorders are characterized by severe disturbances in eating behavior.  Statistics show that 80% of individuals who develop an eating disorder began their dysfunctional relationship with food through dieting.   For many individuals, there first attempts at...

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Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight, severe restriction of caloric intake, and the refusal to maintain a minimum normal body weight.  People suffering from anorexia experience a severe distortion in their body image.  Obsessive thoughts and...

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD): When normal appearance concerns are no longer normal. While similar to behaviors and obsessions seen in eating disorders, BDD is actually classified under obsessive compulsive and related disorders.  Individuals diagnosed with body...

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