Many of the clients who work with Dr. de Jong come to therapy feeling really stuck. They often tell him that no matter how many positive changes they've made it still feels like, deep inside, something is wrong. Over time, the methods he uses will help you change your unwanted thoughts, feelings and memories choose a meaningful direction and move in that direction without having to continue to 'fight' with the past and present or struggle with worries about the future.
Sometimes just a few sessions are all that is needed to clarify the issues that have been holding you back or keeping you stuck. A big part of making progress in therapy, however, is having a good client/therapist relationship, so he encourages you to call him so you can discuss your situation before meeting.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and a very useful one. It helps us deal with a tense situation in the office, helps us study harder for an exam or keep focused on an important speech. In general, it helps us cope. However, when anxiety becomes excessive, the worry is constant and there is a dread of everyday situations.
In any given year about 18% of the population suffer from an anxiety disorder, filling them with worry and fear. Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety associated with giving a presentation or writing an exam, anxiety disorders can last many months or sometimes years. Fortunately, there are a variety of very effective Psychological Treatments for the anxiety disorders such as Acceptance and Committment Therapy.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Disorder
- Derealization/Depersonalization Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is one of the five major types of anxiety disorders and the one that has been receiving a lot of attention over the last decade. It develops after a situation that involves physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may be the one who was actually harmed or may be a witness of a harmful event, e.g., seeing a motor vehicle accident or mugging, child sexual abuse or a natural catastrophe, such as a fire.
Some of the symptoms of PTSD include:
There is hope! Dr. de Jong is trained to deal with the after effects of a trauma.