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Westport Family Counseling


Our specialties include:

Depression – There are times you may feel sad, lonely, or hopeless for a few days. However, major depression or clinical depression lasts longer and is more intense. It often interferes with normal daily functioning and is characterized by a combination of symptoms.

Anxiety – Anxiety can be more serious when it doesn’t pass after a reasonable period of time, if it feels overwhelming, if it occurs too frequently, or if it causes debilitating or unhealthy symptoms.

Trauma –  A person’s response to trauma can be immediate or delayed. The effects of a traumatic experience can be so overwhelming that they can cause long-term changes in our physical and psychological responses to stress.

PTSD – Symptoms can start soon after the traumatic event, but they may not appear until months or years later. They also may come and go over many years. If the symptoms last longer than four weeks, cause you significant distress, or interfere with your daily functioning, you may have PTSD.

Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Issues – Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between clinical depression or anxiety and the normal stress and exhaustion of new parenthood. However, if your feelings of sadness or despair are so powerful that they prevent you from being able to do your daily tasks – such as caring for yourself and others, it may be a sign of something more serious.  Perinatal mood issues are treatable with the right intervention.

Miscarriage, Child Loss, & Infertility – These are issues that are often clouded with secrecy and people often feel they are suffering alone.  Grief is not a linear process and it is not an illness…it is a normal response to a tragic experience.

ADD & ADHD – Children and adults with ADHD may have a difficult time regulating their emotional and behavioral responses to situations. The therapeutic process is focused on learning effective coping skills to help the client gain control over their symptoms.

Life Transitions – Transitions and change may open new possibilities, but they can also involve loss, confusion, fear, and a shift in how we perceive ourselves. These feelings are natural, but sometimes we may have difficulty coping with them effectively.

Compulsive behaviors such as OCD – OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and repetitive, ritualized behaviors that you feel compelled to perform. When these feelings or behaviors get out of control, they can keep a person from working or from carrying out normal responsibilities at home.

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