We can diagnose, treat and promote your mental health
One of the toughest issues in providing mental health services is the frequent battles against the stigma of mental illness. After all, many of these illnesses are problems with the workings of the brain. Most people do not hesitate to go to their physician and get (sometimes lifelong) treatment when they are sick. Receiving treatment for depression, autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and so many other illnesses should be no different than going to a physician and being treated for heart disease, diabetes, flu or even an infection.
Just as you look for someone with extensive training and experience to diagnose, educate you about and treat your illness, so should you seek a psychiatrist or other mental health clinician to treat your mental health.
In an ongoing effort to make psychiatric services available to all patients, CCNC also utilizes telecommunication modalities to increase provider’s ability to reach patients who may be separated by distance. Our offices are equipped with HIPAA compliant telecommunication equipment, allowing patients at one office to see another provider in one of our other office locations, thus bringing the provider to the patient and improving access, appointment availability, and patient satisfaction.
Therapies we offer:
Family therapy is mainly used when a problem involves some form of family conflict. This form of therapy is often augmented with individual therapy. When family therapy is used, it is often understood at the outset that a child will blame the parents for the problems.
Interpersonal therapy is a form of short-term psychotherapy, usually consisting of 45-50 minute weekly sessions lasting for three to four months. The most common use of interpersonal therapy is in treating depressive disorders.
Individual therapy is frequently done in combination with family or group therapy and when needed psycho-pharmacology. It may take the actual form of play therapy, art therapy, or several other applicable forms depending on the child’s age, development and diagnosis. There are four theories on which individual therapy for children and adolescents are based: psychoanalytic, behavioral, family systems, and developmental theories.
Behavioral therapy tries to change behavior without worrying about a person’s inner conflicts; it strives to unlearn problem behaviors and teach new, more adaptive behaviors. This therapy is usually used as a treatment for phobias, separation anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, alcohol dependence, eating disorders (anorexia nervous or bulimia nervosa), hyperventilation, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and conduct problems.
Cognitive therapy as it is practiced today was developed by Aaron Beck in the 1970’s and was based on underlying theoretical assumptions that a person’s feelings and behavior are shaped by the way that he/she thinks about the world. Disorders in which cognitive therapy may play a role include obsessive-compulsive disorder, paranoid personality disorder, major depressive disorder and somatoform disorders.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive FDA-cleared non-drug treatment for patients with chronic treatment resistant Major Depressive Disorder. TMS uses a targeted magnetic pulse similar to an MRI to stimulate areas of the brain that are underactive in patients experiencing depression. Treatment takes place 5 days a week for 6 weeks then decreases over the final 3 weeks of treatment and each treatment lasts for 20 minutes. Patients remain awake and alert during treatment and are able to resume normal activity immediately following treatment.
The ideal TMS patient has not had a good response to traditional medication for treatment of Depression. TMS has been proven to have long term durability over 12 months and most people see improvement in symptoms over 4-6 weeks. TMS is free from typical side effects with antidepressants; most common side effects from TMS is scalp pain or discomfort early in treatment.
Our treatment and support services also include:
- Couples/Marital Therapy
- Parenting Skills Education
- Medication Assessment and Management
- Diagnosis of Mental Disorders (autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression)