High Conflict Co-Parenting Class Starting October 8

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A Gottman Couples Educational Weekend

Being in a relationship can be hard. Do you get frustrated with your partner? Do you wish you or your partner did a better job communicating? Ever wonder how to have an easier or happier relationship? Do you think your partner doesn’t “get” you?

Then this workshop is a MUST for you! Based on the research and techniques of renowned couples therapist Dr. John Gottman, this workshop is for couples looking to strengthen their relationships. All couples are welcome, including non-married, same-sex, and transgender couples. You will experience

an in-depth interactive weekend, and will leave with many new tools for strengthening your bond with your partner. If your relationship is strong, this will give you the tools and insights to make it even better. If your relationship is distressed, this workshop will introduce you to some useful and evidence-based information yielded from John Gottman’s 40+ years of work.

marriage-bookJANUARY 23RD & 24TH, 2016

9 AM TO 4 PM BOTH DAYS
one hour lunch on your own

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Hatchett, Ph.D., LPC and Whitney Webb, PLPC.

REGISTRATION FEE: $500

able to be paid in installments prior to the event with a $200 deposit to reserve your spot

THE PRICE INCLUDES ALL MATERIALS TO BE USED IN THE CLASS

You must bring your own copy of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Dr. John Gottman

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CALL 985.624.2942 TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

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Anxiety Management Support Group for Mandeville and Covington Starting Jan 30 2016

We are offering an 8-week group for residents in the Mandeville and Covington areas to help you learn about anxiety, its causes, and how to handle it effectively so you can live more happily. You will have the opportunity to talk about your experience with anxiety and get helpful feedback from group members. You will leave the group with a new skill set for managing anxiety.

 

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Anxiety Management Psychoeducational and Support Group

Description of Group

This 8-week, closed, educational and support group will focus on the various aspects of anxiety and how one can begin to break down the symptoms and causes of this state of being. Simultaneously, the group will help the participants build a repertoire of skills to empower the individual and practice control.

Ideal candidates for this group are adults who are experiencing disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. This group may also be a fit for individuals experiencing physical ailments due to stress and anxiety such as insomnia, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, pain, and high blood pressure. The group is facilitated by Holly Perry, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Registration and Cost

Availability is limited. The cost of the group is $360 for 8 weeks (that’s $45 per 90 minute session). A worthwhile investment, as individual therapy can cost upwards of $80/hour for one 60 minute session. Although discounted rates are not available, participants may choose to utilize an installment plan with a valid credit card. Payment for the group as well as an installment plan agreement (if applicable) must be made prior to the start of the group. A 30 minute, $35 individual pre-screen session will be scheduled upon calling 985-624-2942 in order to gather intake information as well as to arrange payment for group.

Group Topic Schedule

Week 1

This group will focus on defining anxiety, and will include a discussion regarding group rules, expectations, and introductions.

Week 2

This group will explore the cognitive component of anxiety. Participants will learn how their own thoughts can begin the cycle of anxiousness and will begin to learn the process of hearing and responding differently to those thoughts.

Week 3

This session will center on processing the physiological components of anxiety and various coping mechanisms for dealing with such ailments.

Week 4

During this group, participants will learn and discuss the various behavioral components of anxiety and how it manifests for each participant. Techniques for creating awareness and change will be discussed and learned.

Week 5

This session will focus on the associated problems stemming from anxiety. Participants will learn and share experiences both mental and physical that are caused by anxiety.

Week 6

Effective treatment strategies will be the focus of week 6. Participants will be able to process and discuss various techniques for working through and minimizing the effects of anxiety in their lives.
Week 7

The focus of this session will be to process the activities, progress and phenomenological impact of the group on participants’ lives.

Week 8

This last group will focus on summarizing and reinforcing the lessons, pains, progress and triumphs made in the group. Members will leave the group feeling more knowledgeable and better equipped to deal with their every day experiences of anxiety.

Adolescent Substance Use Progression Prevention Group Starting September 2015

AdolescentV2What is the Adolescent Substance Use Progress Prevention Group?

This group will focus on preventing dependence and supporting adolescents (aged 13-17) who have experience using alcohol or other substances and/or who are at risk of becoming dependent. Mike McShan, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) developed this curriculum and will facilitate the seminar. All sessions except the intake session are 90 minutes in duration. All participants will be required to abstain from any form of substance use for the duration of the seminar. All participants must allow weekly drug screening by parents. The cost of the seminar is $500. Payment must be made in full prior to the beginning of the group or arrangements can be made for a payment plan.

Intake Session
All participants and a parent are required to attend a 30 minute intake session with Mr. McShan wherein the client will be given a short assessment (the SASSI-A2) and questionnaire to determine the scope and depth of their substance use issues. Parent(s) can complete intake paperwork at this time. This session will be scheduled one week before the start date of the group.

Drug Screening
The parents of all participants will be given UDS kits at the intake session to test their child on a weekly basis. The cost of these kits are included in the total cost of the seminar. Mr. McShan will instruct the parents on the proper usage of the kits and will discuss a plan of action should one come up positive.

Week 1
Introduction: In this session, participants will engage in activities and discussions geared towards getting to know the other members of the group. A discussion about the rules of the group as well as a collaborative discussion about the expectations that group members will have of each other will take place in this session. Other activities and discussions will center on individual histories.

Week 2
Substance Use and the Brain: This session will focus on educating and discussing the concept of addiction and how it affects the brain. Participants will learn specifically about the effects of alcohol, Cannabis, and synthetic forms (Spice, K2, etc.) of Cannabis as well. Activities and discussions will follow.

Week 3
Marijuana: A Gateway Drug: This group will focus on defining and discussing the concept of marijuana as a gateway drug. In this group, participants will learn the results of their intake assessment and their level of risk in developing a substance use disorder. Activities to trace patterns of substance use in family history will be utilized as well.

Week 4
“The Truth About Drugs” Video: Participants will watch and discuss this informative and thought provoking video.

Week 5
Goals and Aspirations: This group will center on a discussion about how continued substance use can negatively impact future. Criminal consequences and the real-life cost of use will be emphasized.

Week 6
Peer Influence: During this session, participants will discuss specific and tangible refusal skills to work through peer pressures without feeling ostracized. Activities and discussions regarding how to enhance one’s social network and recreational interests will also take place.

Week 7
Life Coping Skills: As the seminar starts to wind down, more practical discussions like how to work through difficult emotions will be discussed. Topics such as anger management, effective communication, problem solving will all be addressed. Also addressed will be issues related to depression, anxiety, and improving self-esteem.

Week 8
Family Relapse Prevention Plan: This group will focus on how all members of the family can be involved in providing a sober and stable environment.

How to Register
Call 985-624-2942 to register by phone, or email info@northshorecounselingandwellness.com with your name and phone number if you would like to have us call you. At that time you will be asked to provide your contact information and will be assigned a time for the initial 30 minute intake session.

Northshore & Southshore Counseling and Wellness offering Counseling and Therapy in Mandeville and Metairie

Northshore & Southshore Counseling and Wellness has a second location in Metairie to provide individual, family and group therapy for New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner and the surrounding areas. Our office on Metairie Road is easy to reach from Uptown, Downtown, or Metairie.

Appointments are available for new clients as well as for the convenience of existing clients from our Mandeville location who work or are frequently in the Metro New Orleans area.

If you are a resident of the Greater New Orleans area seeking counseling for marriage, family, relationships, addiction, bipolor disorder, collaborative divorce, medication management, assessment for ADHD, ADD or PTSD, schedule an appointment by calling or contacting our therapy office today.

Northshore and Southshore Counseling & Wellness, Metairie Location:

433 Metairie Road
Suite 309
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 717-4043
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Dr. Andre, Why do I have a quick temper?

Why do i get mad so quickly?

A quick temper is often a result of being parented by one or both parents who had a quick temper.

In order to be more level in one’s response there would have to have been models of that behavior in your early environment. If both of your parents were able to handle their anger in a healthy way and you still find your self with a quick temper then there is probably some kind of trauma that caused the temper. If something happened in your life that was a great injustice or extremely frightening and you didn’t have help to handle it, then anything that reminds you of the incident could trigger an anger response. It might seem irrational to you but there is always an underlying cause that can be tracked down.

Does group therapy help anger management? Groups are very helpful. First you get to meet other people who are dealing with the same problem and it helps the feeling of being alone with the problem and you have people who understand what you are going through and who you can talk about your issues with. Hearing a lot of different people talk about their anger helps you to understand more about your own anger and having a lot of people giving how they deal with their anger gives you different things to try in your own life.

-Submitted by Counselor Chris DesJardins, M.Ed., CI

Contact us today in Metairie or Mandeville for help with anger management therapy.

Do I have a Dissociative Disorder?

Dissociative Disorders are those psychological disorders characterized by a person’s tendency to dissociate, or “check out” mentally.  Of course, we all dissociate in small ways, such as when read something and then don’t remember what we just read, or when we drive somewhere without remembering getting there.  While this level of dissociation is normal, the frequency and intensity of dissociation is much higher in that group of disorders.  Conditions such as Multiple Personality Disorder, now called Dissociative Identity Disorder, are real.  The ability of the brain to dissociate is a coping mechanism, a way of blocking out or sectioning off certain information to attend to other information.  When someone has a dissociative disorder, they have a need to block out such an overwhelming amount of information that dissociation is their primary coping skill in life.  People who have undergone severe trauma have a higher likelihood of dissociative disorders.

…characterized by a person’s tendency to “check out” mentally

In everyday life, a common place to see problematic dissociation (although not at the level of being a disorder) is in rage and domestic violence.  Sometimes people become so angry that they are physiologically and/or psychologically overwhelmed, and the mind dissociates.  This creates a situation where the angry person “blacks out” or does not remember what occurred.  In another example, people experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety might say or do something they don’t remember.

…a common place to see problematic dissociation is in rage and domestic violence.

Therapy can be effective when dissociation is problematic, such as in the anger example, and when there is an actual dissociative disorder.  In therapy, we help clients learn to handle the stress or anger (or other trigger) without actually blocking information from consciousness.

We are located in Metairie (504) 717-4043 or Mandeville (985) 624-2942. Call us for information on how to deal with dissociative disorders.

Dr. Andre Sagrera Judice, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, DCEP

Does group therapy help anger management?

Dr. Andre, Will group therapy help me with my anger issues?

Group therapy can be helpful for many different problematic areas in one’s life including anger management.  Anger is a normal emotional response, but it’s what we do with it that can lead to problems.  What aspects of your life are being affected by your angry responses, relationships, work, etc?  Do you ever feel the need to “hold-in” your anger?  What are the typical physical responses when angry?  It’s important to consider these questions to determine your need for group or individual anger management therapy.

Group anger management has some benefits that individual therapy does not offer.

Group anger management has some benefits that individual therapy does not offer.  Being involved in a group allows you to see others coping with the same challenges.  It can be helpful to hear other personal stories of failures and successes.  Either way, effective therapy will help you to learn ways of approaching anger and expressing it in a healthy fashion.

If you would like to join our monthly anger management group therapy session, please call our office for an appointment. We’re located in Metairie (504) 717-4043 or Mandeville (985) 624-2942

Dr. Andre Sagrera Judice, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, DCEP

Anger Management Group Therapy

Managing Anger, Group therapy helps you live a better life

We offer therapy groups designed to help you learn:

  • Where problems with your anger may come from
  • How you can benefit from “sensible” anger
  • What tools are available to help you deal with anger

These groups are designed to be informative AND supportive!

Topics will run in 8 week cycles.

  • Groups will meet every Friday from 6-8 p.m.
  • Groups are scheduled on demand, please call to confirm
  • Each group is 2 hours long
  • Can’t commit to all 8 groups at once? No problem! There is no obligation to attend all 8 groups in a row
  • Cost $50.00 per 2 hour session (those who pay for all 8 weeks will receive a 10% discount!)
  • Attendance letters given out at the end of each session if needed
  • Participation in the group is required to receive letter of attendance

How do I sign up?

Please call Northshore Counseling and Wellness at 985-624-2942 or 504-717-4043 or sign up for the anger management group here. Credit/debit card payments may be taken over the phone at the time of registration. Payment is required for the group before the session either over the phone or with a check or cash upon arrival. Please arrive to the clinic at least 5 minutes before the meeting time if you are bringing a payment.

Group Therapy: How it works for you

How group therapy can help you improve with others:

  •  Safety and comfort in commonality
  • Increased speed of healing breakthroughs
  • Support of others
  • Involvement in positive change for others

Group counseling is a very powerful and effective way to engage in personal change.  While some people are initially hesitant to share their struggles or concerns with a group of strangers, participants in group counseling soon understand that the group is intentionally set up so that all members of the group are accountable to being respectful and keeping all information confidential.  This allows members to quickly become comfortable within the safety of the group, and therefore gain tremendous benefit from the support of not just a therapist but an entire group of people.  Common benefits of group therapy include the speed with which breakthroughs and change can happen, the knowledge for each member that he/she is not alone in their struggles, the growth that comes from being able to receive support as well as from being part of a change process for others.

Read more about Group Therapy services and how you can benefit from them here.