Depression counseling, group therapy for depression, psychotherapy in Metairie, LA

Medication Management – Helping You Get Better Faster

Optimize Treatment Efficacy

medication-management-metairie-therapyPsychotherapy in combination with medication is the most effective treatment for the majority of children and adults with a variety of disorders.

Be Your “Normal Self” Sooner

Our in-house Medical Psychologist can provide both therapy and medication, thus optimizing treatment efficacy without you having to pay two doctors. Medication can reduce symptoms of distress more rapidly. Not only are you likely to feel more like your “normal self” sooner, but to sleep better, think more clearly, handle normal frustrations more easily, be less irritable, and make faster progress in therapy.

In-house Medical Psychologist

Our Medical Psychologist can prescribe your medications, even if you already have another therapist.

Find out more about our Medication Management services today.

Overcoming Depression

Of all mental health problems, depression is the most common, so much so that it has been referred to as the “common cold” of mental disorders. As common as it is, depression can have a devastating effect on individuals and their families, as well as having a major impact on society.  It is estimated that about 5 percent of the population are clinically depressed but it is estimated that as many as one person in three may experience an episode of depression during the course of their lifetime.

Of all mental health problems, depression is the most common 

Depressed mood is usually the central feature although a number of other symptoms are common in depression.  These include a loss of enjoyment, interest and energy; disturbed appetite, sleep and libido; agitation or slowing of movement; poor concentration and mental slowing; negative thinking and hopelessness; feelings of guilt or worthlessness; and thoughts of death or suicide. Depressive disorders are categorized in terms of severity and duration of symptoms, and the psychological causes of depression are far from straightforward.  Stress that will trigger depression in one individual may have barely any impact on another.

The biological aspects regarding depression can range from physical illnesses to genetic predispositions, as well as a strong genetic component associated with the more severe mood disorders. Theories also exist concerning the involvement the neurotransmitters of the brain itself, so it is therefore imperative to consult with a physician.  It is the role of the mental health professional to identify and restructure maladaptive behavior patterns.  By client’s identifying and alleviating negative beliefs and perceptions they can develop new abilities to increase self-efficacy when faced with difficult life situations.

Contributed by Kristen UnKauf, PhD

If you would like more specific information regarding your happiness and healthy relationships, please call our office for an appointment. We’re located in Metairie (504) 717-4043 or Mandeville (985) 624-2942