What We Address and How We Treat
Our team at McLean Counseling Center addresses wide range of problems in children, adolescents and adults. Each of us has developed expertise further in certain areas.
Please review the list and scroll down to see our treatment modalities.
(Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and issues related to initiating and finishing tasks and projects
Range of ADHD symptoms such as
- Easy distractibility/difficulty concentrating
- Impulsive behaviors (making hasty actions that occur in the moment without first thinking about them, which may have high potential for harm)
- Problems initiating and finishing projects
- Learning Disorders
Family and relationship problems
- Parent -adolescent disruptive relationships
- Dealing with your teen’s mood swings
- Handling teens with high risk behaviors
- Limited social life/feeling isolated
- Difficulties in dating and having a healthy romantic life
- Couples and marriage
- Frequent arguing/ disagreements
- Breakdown in communication
- Angry outbursts
- Avoidance behaviors
Physical symptoms resistant to medical treatments or without an explanation
- Chronic headaches and stomachaches
- Diffuse muscle tension and joint pain
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Functional neurological symptoms such as muscle weakness without an explanation, paralysis, loss of a sensation or vision without an explanation
- Irritable bowel syndrome and other issues related to gastrointestinal system
Mood and Anxiety Disorders
These can be depressive symptoms due to biological factors, life stresses, post-partum depression, or other reasons; overly elevated mood due to bipolar disorder or a variant; or anxiety due to biological reasons or life stresses.
Depressive symptoms can include
- Low energy
- Lack of interest in formerly pleasurable activities
- Suicidal thoughts
Anxiety symptoms can include
- Excessive worry
- Feeling on edge
- Having phobias
- Fear of social settings
- Obsessive thoughts and rituals that interfere with daily living
Immigration and its emotional burdens
- The struggles of leaving and arriving
- Issues related to finances and marriage in a new setting
- Acculturation and family adjustment to a new environment and potentially different set of values
Work life balance
Addressing dysfunctional work environments
Emotional conflicts in the work environment
Work stagnation or un-fulfillment
Handling difficult bosses or coworkers
Autism Spectrum Disorder
This includes a wide range of developmental delays that can lead to limitations in a variety of areas.
- Early childhood behavioral and developmental issues
- Ongoing social problems that include difficulty communicating and interacting with others
- Repetitive behaviors as well as limited interests or activities
- Symptoms that hurt the individual’s ability to function socially, at school or work, or other areas of life
Issues around acute stress or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder that includes being involved in or witnessing a traumatic event.
Incidents of trauma can include
- A car accident
- Child Abuse
- Witnessing or being the victim of a ctime
- Witnessing or being the victim of domestic violence
- Military combat
- Being involved in a natural disaster
- Being diagnosed with a life-threatening condition
These all can cause nightmares, irritability, avoiding situation that reminds the person and daily living can get affected
Going off to college
Starting a new job
Births of children
Empty Nest Syndrome
Return home of an adult child
How We Treat
The first step is a comprehensive evaluation and assessment of our patients to understand the issues the patient is facing. This evaluation includes reviewing a history of treatment failures, successes, and treatment options that may not have been tried in the past.
We start with getting a thorough history of the difficulty, and considering psychological testing as an option to shed light on the details of certain disorders if necessary.
Our psychiatrists will discuss medication intervention if necessary and recommend therapeutic modalities to be considered. Either our psychiatrist will take over the full treatment, which entails medication management and therapy, or the psychiatrist will coordinate therapy with one of our psychologists.
Regular team meeting allow consistent coordination of care, benefiting our patients.
Treatments are tailored to the individual’s schedule and urgency of need.
Some psychotherapeutic modalities we use at McLean Counseling Center are:
Getting to the bottom of what’s going on by understanding an individual’s underlying issues.
- Psychodynamic therapists believe in understanding the underlying roots and causes of emotional struggle. He or she looks to historical events and relationship in your life to better understand where certain psychological difficulties come from. By doing so, the therapist can better help the individual cope with stressful lifes challenges.
- Early in life, patterns of relating to thoers, coping with stress, and how we understand the world are set based on early interactions and relationships. Many patterns, useful in helping us handle maladaptive situations, can become counterproductive later in life as out situations changes. Detecting and understanding these patterns helps an individual gain insight and develop the ability to bring about positive change in their life.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This is a common type of psychotherapy for addressing certain issues. CBT helps retrain your alarm systems to better match up with the reality of your life stresses. This modality is designed to tackle a specific struggle directly using behavioral strategies and manuals to reach goals.
Every client who completes psychological testing at McLean Counseling Center will receive unbiased and unprejudiced information that can be used to provide a clearer picture of you or a loved one. Furthermore, you will receive tangible information on what you can do to improve your life. Some things you may gain from testing:
- Make an accurate diagnosis (ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Personality Disorders, and more)
- Determine approximate IQ
- Screen for possible neuropsychological issues, such as dementia
- Admissions testing for Independent Schools
- Verify accommodations needed for ADHD and other disorders
- Identify strengths and weaknesses
- Discern problem solving and learning tendencies
- Provide a direction for treatment
- Assist parents, spouses, children, and/or friends how to best help their loved one
Medication Intervention And Management
Treatment has to be customized for each individual. Our particular expertise is to combine effective therapy with necessary medication intervention.
Three Critical Factors must be right:
- Choosing the right medication
- Everyone is built differently
- We must find the right key to fit your lock
- Discovering the right dosage
- Psychiatric medications vary more than other medications
- Too little or too much just won’t work
- Dosage must be optimized
- Waiting the right length of time
- The brain is a slow responder
- It takes a week or so, or even longer, even assuming we’re using the right medication at the optimal dosage
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
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