Often there are events that occur in our lives which can cause us to feel extremely distressed.
While anxiety can be a natural short-lived response to an unfamiliar or difficult situation, sometimes the stressful events occurring in our life can seem overwhelming and give rise to our feeling helpless, depressed or anxious.
Generally these situations can be categorized by the area of life in which they occur, such as occupational and school, social relationships, or health issues.
Relationship Issues for which people seek therapy include:
- Dating or marital issues including separation, infidelity or divorce
- Parent-child interactions, sibling relationships or other family concerns
- Peer problems or bullying often experienced by children
- Dealing with a loss or death of a family member or loss of a pet
- Some people experience the loss of a job, forced retirement, demotions or even promotions, as extremely distressing, potentially resulting in incapacitating feelings of anxiety or depression.
- Acclimating to a first job can be a challenge for some.
- Contending with a difficult co-worker or boss can be problematic.
- Many are concerned with pressure to perform or produce, as well as their inability to balance work and family demands.
Natural Life Transitions
- Examples of potentially distressing transitions may include separations involving a child’s sleepover, attending an overnight camp or an adolescent’s transitioning to college or living alone outside of the family home. These events may require additional support or the acquisition of new skills for coping with such unfamiliar situations.
Changes in Health
Sudden changes in health such as experiencing a concussion, a new medical diagnosis or chronic illness (like Multiple Sclerosis) or the new physical limitations that result can trigger a wide range of distressing emotions.
CBT Can Help You to Better Cope with Relationship, Occupational, and Health Issues
Because the process of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on current problems and the interpretation of and reactions to those problems, its treatment techniques are easily adapted to help us improve how we respond to distressing situations. CBT can provide new ways of viewing formerly troubling situations and teach new methods of interpreting and responding to these situations.
Is there an area in your life with which you need assistance? You can arrange for a consultation with Dr. Schonberg. Please first read the Office Policies page on this site.