Conditions Our Counselors Treat

Seattle - Tacoma Area Counseling Word Cloud Being in practice for over 29 years has allowed us to become well-acquainted with the range of mental health issues and concerns affecting individuals, couples and families in Tacoma, and the surrounding south Puget Sound region. At Allenmore Psychological Associates, PS (APA), our commitment to providing the highest quality, comprehensive mental health evaluation and treatment services to our clients lead to the decision to gather together a diverse group of therapists to treat this variety of mental health issues and concerns. Below we have categorized the most common issues and concerns that we treat. While we have written specific webpages describing each type of issue or concern we commonly treat, this list is not exhaustive. Our counselors regularly treat clients with other problems not listed in one of these categories. If you have questions about an issue or concern that you don’t see listed here, please call us at (253) 752-7320. Our trained front office personnel are very knowledgeable about the expertise and specialized areas of practice for each of our counselors. They would be glad to find the counselor best suited to work with you. In the rare event that one of our providers is not able to address the concern that you are calling about, our front office staff professional will do their best to provide you with referrals to other providers in our community.

Addiction

Addictive behaviors are repetitive patterns of behavior which cause impairment to an individual’s health, school or work functioning, and marriage, family or social relationships. Even with awareness of this negative impact, individuals on their own are typically unable to alter these patterns of behavior. While drug and alcohol addiction are commonly recognized, patterns of addictive behavior can also occur with eating, sex, gambling, spending and other behaviors. (To learn more about addiction and treatment available at APA, please click here.)

Anger

As with sad feelings, anger is another emotion that we all experience. But, when we are frequently angry, unable to “let go” of things, and have explosive or aggressive outbursts, our anger can have life damaging consequences. Mismanaged anger can seriously impact our health, friendships, work and family relationships. Fortunately, effective counseling for anger management problems is available at APA. (For more information about anger and treatment for anger problems at APA, please click click here.)
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Anxiety, Stress and Worry

Anxiety is an emotion that we all experience at times. However when anxiety remains intense, prolonged or frequent, it becomes a problem and may indicate that an individual has developed an Anxiety Disorder. There are many types of Anxiety Disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder that we frequently hear about occurring with military personnel who have experienced the trauma of combat. However, individuals often develop PTSD in response to a variety of non-combat traumas such as motor vehicle accidents, natural disasters and childhood neglect and abuse. (To learn more about Anxiety Disorders and treatment available at APA, please click here. For information on PTSD, please click here.)

Child and Adolescent Concerns

There is a wide range of issues and concerns which lead parents to seek help for their children or adolescents through APA. Some of the most common include excessive worry or fearfulness, aggressive behavior, difficulty paying attention or performing at school, and concerns that their child is not meeting social or developmental milestones. The counselors at APA are highly experienced in treating children and adolescents diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and many other conditions. (To learn more about Childhood Disorders that we treat at APA, please click here. For more information on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, please click here.) When problems in learning persist for a child or adolescent, parents often become concerned that their child may have some type of Learning Disorder. Psychological evaluation to establish if a Learning Disorder is present is available through APA. (To learn more about Learning Disorders, please click here.)

Cognitive, Learning and Memory Concerns

Allenmore Tacoma Counselors Treating Cognitive Disorders Brain with Question Mark While Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is often first recognized in childhood, it is not uncommon for this condition to go undiagnosed and persist into adulthood. Symptoms of ADHD include difficulty sustaining attention, disorganization, forgetfulness, impulsivity and hyperactive behavior. ADHD symptoms and behaviors may adversely impact an individual’s relationships, school and/or work functioning. (To learn more about evaluation and treatment of ADHD at APA, please click here.) Cognitive Disorders primarily affect an individual’s ability to perceive accurately, remember, learn and problem-solve. Amnesia, Dementia and Delirium are the major types of Cognitive Disorders. The symptoms of a Cognitive Disorder are often a result of a traumatic brain injury, concussion, drug or alcohol abuse, stroke or another medical condition. (To learn more about Cognitive Disorders, please click here. To learn more about Dementia, please click here.)

Chronic Medical and Pain Concerns

A chronic medical condition is one of long duration, which progresses slowly and is frequently not curable. Diabetes, heart disease, stroke and inflammatory bowel disease are examples of chronic medical conditions. Being diagnosed with a medical condition that may not be curable, which adversely impacts many areas of an individual’s life can be overwhelming and very distressing. Counseling at APA can help clients learn to accept and develop tools to cope with the impact of this type of condition (To learn more about Chronic Medical Conditions and help available through APA, please click here.) Chronic pain is a common feature of many chronic health conditions. Arthritis, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s Disease and many other medical problems can lead to chronic pain problems. Working with a counselor at APA can help you develop an individualized program to manage pain and achieve the highest quality of life possible. (To learn more about counseling at APA for Chronic Pain Conditions, please click here.)

Relationship Concerns

Romantic relationships are primary love relationships between individuals of similar ages. Common romantic relationship issues bringing people to APA for counseling include how to develop and sustain a romantic relationship. Learning how to communicate and negotiate solutions to conflicts Tacoma Marriage Family Counselors Couple Concerned Over Dinner are common goals for counseling. Counseling can also provide opportunities to explore how one’s personal issues create obstacles to intimacy in relationships. For married couples, financial problems, work issues, health challenges and changes in family structure (e.g., the arrival of the first child, children leaving and “empty nest” feelings, having an aging parent move into the home) can all stress the marriage. Feeling at odds over money and spending, parenting children, sex and extended family relationships are common concerns bringing married couples into counseling at APA. The counselors at APA have extensive experience helping couples work through these kinds of issues resulting in increased emotional intimacy and satisfaction in the marriage. (To read more about Romantic Relationship Concerns, please click here. For more information about Marital Problems, please click here.)

Eating Disorders

While it is natural to want to stay slim and maintain our fitness, when an individual becomes obsessed with body image, food and exercise, they may have developed an Eating Disorder. There are different kinds of eating disorders, with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating Disorder being the most common. Eating disorders are associated with low self-esteem, lack of self-worth, and anxiety and mood problems. Often physical health, and romantic and family relationships are negatively impacted. At APA, we have counselors who specialize in providing effective treatment for individuals suffering from Eating Disorders. (To learn more about Eating Disorders, click here.)Depression Counseling at APA in Tacoma

Depression

Everyone feels sad or blue at times. However, when a low mood persists and is accompanied by reduced involvement in social and recreational activities and feelings of hopelessness, a clinical level of Depression may be present. Lack of appetite, weight loss, disrupted sleep, fatigue and suicidal thoughts are all symptoms of Depression. Evaluation and effective treatment is available through APA to help individuals overcome Depression and regain a sense of wellbeing. (To learn more about Depression and treatment at APA, click here.)

Mood Disorders

It is common for us all to feel a wide range of emotions from happiness to sadness, and even frustration and discouragement. These emotions are typically of short duration and appropriate to the situation. When our emotional reactions are intense, long lasting and not appropriate to the situation, we may be experiencing a Mood Disorder. Bipolar Disorder is a common type of Mood Disorder, characterized by Depressive, as well as Manic Episodes. Manic Episodes occur when an individual experiences excessive energy, decreased need for sleep and an intensely euphoric or hostile mood. The mood instability and associated impairments in judgment and functioning have a destructive effect on an individual’s ability to work and to sustain relationships with family and friends. Comprehensive treatment for Bipolar Disorders is available at APA. (To learn more about Bipolar Disorder treatment at APA, please click here.)

The Counselors at Allenmore Are Here to Help

The above listed groups of issues and concerns are the most common that bring individuals to APA for evaluation and treatment. Again, this list is not exhaustive, and there are many other issues and concerns treated by our counselors at APA. If you have any further questions, please call us. One of our front office staff professionals will be there to answer the telephone and do their best to help you to find the right counselor on our staff to work with you. We can be reached at (253) 752-7320.