What is Integrative Therapy?

Emmanuel L. Rock

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Posted: August 31, 2022

Integrative therapy is clinical approach to counseling and psychotherapy that accepts and uses multiple different psychological approaches in talk therapy depending on the patient or client's needs. Integrative therapy takes the approach of accepting multiple other psychological approaches, or talk therapy techniques and practices, and uses them in different ways. This approach is more flexible and inclusive than other approaches that tend to be limited to the rigid boundaries of their theoretical models.

Who Can Provide Integrative Therapy?

Mental health professionals have the training and expereince to provide integrative therapy. These professionals include psychiatrists and licensed clinical psychologists. Other professionals, such as licensed professional counselors or licensed clinical social workers, may also practice integrative therapy. Integrative therapy providers may work in hospital systems, private healthcare practices, or specialized facilities. This type of therapy also provides services in environments such as school systems and community settings.

How Does It Work in Counseling?

The specific process of integrative therapy depends on the mental health provider and how they work, the setting of the care, the situation, and the person receiving the support and their individual needs.

For example, integrative therapy may be delivered in a hospital setting, clinic, or other specialized facilities, or virtually with tele-therapy. It can be provided to an individual one-on-one, couples, children, adolescents, or even in group settings.

What to Look Forward in Session?

A session for a clinician using integrative therapy is similar to general counseling principles. The first session is typically referred to as an initial assessment because it’s an opportunity for the clinician to gather information. For example, the clinician may ask what led you to counseling, relationships, trauma, and medication history.

To prepare for your first session, your therapist will likely ask you to complete some paperwork. They will ask some demographic questions and take down your insurance information. At the end of the initial session, the clinician will allow you to ask questions or make comments. Afterward, you and the clinician will also have a chance to talk about treatment goals, meeting times, and the duration of the counseling experience.





Seven Signs You Need A Break From Work

Vincent Foster

Editor - Copy Factor US and Marketing

Posted: November, 1 2022

Every person on the planet is unique, but all of us react in the same way to being overworked and overstressed - with tremendous dissatisfaction. This response is your body summing up all the signs you need a break from work and ringing your internal alarm. So, let's translate this universal body language to help you on your voyage to self-realization and recovery.

Seven is Your Lucky Number

Do you know what a syndrome is? It is best described as a group of symptoms or signs pointing out to a specific condition. Whether you have some of the symptoms or all of them, still, the signs point you in the same direction.

When it comes to an occupational phenomenon such as burnout, it is, too, considered a syndrome. And it stems from chronic workplace stress you haven't adequately addressed for too long. What happens next?

Being so distinctive as we all are, we react to stressors in our specific ways. They add up to the seven most common responses to pressures in the workplace. Learning about them may be the best thing you've done for yourself in a long time.

Feeling Happy and Motivated Is A Chore?

Overachievers and workaholics know it best; there's no way to stop working if you've got the need to succeed burning intensely. The thrill of accomplishment and pride of success are both worthy goals. But when it takes an extra effort to feel as happy as they used to make you, when you neesdnomer

The expression seems to cover the real victim here. Reaching out to depressants like alcohol to calm your work-induced anxiety or meds to lift your low spirits is an ugly and dangerous crutch. It doesn't fix the source of the problem, nor does it give you the strength to overcome it.

It does provide an illusion of power and depletes what little energy remained. And it is undoubtedly among the most severe signs you need a break from work. On a positive note, work-related stress recovery helps people replenish this energy, so if you are going through this, know there's a way out of the vicious circle.

You're Regularly On Sick Leave and Looking Forward To It.

A true sign that you're running on fumes is looking forward to something we normally dreaded as kids. What's the difference? Simply put, your basic needs are not satisfied anymore.

You eat poorly or seldom, don't get sufficient sleep, spend too much time indoors, don't indulge in any social activities, and find excuses to avoid exercise. This kind of lifestyle has a detrimental effect on your immune system. It makes you respond intensely even to the most common stressors in the workplace, like dust or noise.

Too often, allergies and infections, mental, physical, and emotional fatigue are consequences of being overworked. Most work-related illnesses are in their origin psychosomatic. Remove the foot you're keeping on the scale, and it will return to balance. And keep your sick leave days where they're meant to be, in reserve.

You've Grown Distant

I don't have the energy to socialize after working long hours. Oh, no time today, perhaps tomorrow. What's your excuse for not socializing? True, overworked people don't have the bare minimum of strength to sit in another person's company, nor do they have the concentration needed to make a meaningful conversation. It is easier to flop onto your sofa, zombie through cat videos and stories of people who have a life after work.

As a result, you're growing more and more distant from those you love the most and whose company you usually enjoy very much. If you notice the growing unsatisfied urge to participate in social activities with loved ones but can't squeeze out the willpower to make it happen, you've stumbled upon one of the signs you need a break from work.

Your Eating and Sleeping Habits Have Changed - For the Worse

Eating habits change even if everything is alright, but your body raises a red alert when they become drastic. Skipping meals due to loss of appetite is one part of the coin. The other is increased food craving even if you're not hungry. These changes in eating habits are a call to take action and address the real issue - being overstressed at work.

The same cause affects your sleeping pattern, too. Not being able to fall asleep, sleeping fitfully, and waking up exhausted are common signs that you have too much going on. The mind is processing the stimuli you receive during the day, so the more stress you experience, the more it has to sort out and repair.

Feeling Irritable and Aggressive

What starts as mild irritability progresses over time into outbursts of frustration and anger. You may not even know what made you furious, and these sudden flares of temper will most likely surprise you.

What isn't so surprising is that they are a sign of a creeping burnout. You will know that something is wrong if the intensity of your response to even the ordinary oversights or mistakes is excessive.

When It Gets Physical: Headaches, Chest, Neck, and Back Pain

It's when it comes to this that most people decide to take action and change life for the better. Living with chronic pain that you could prevent or heal would be irresponsible to yourself. It means that you have neglected your body to the point when it is desperately trying to get your attention. However, this is often the moment when the natural self-preservation instinct kicks in and leads us to the doctor's office. Diagnosis? QD85 - burnout.

To finish with an optimistic tone, don't neglect the signs you need a break from work, and you'll soon enough get control over your life again. What is more, you will have more energy to work on your skills and become better. Remember, you can’t be a complete player if you won’t work on your mind and wellbeing.


Signs of Depression to Look For In Your Teenager

Emmanuel L. Rock

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Posted: November 2, 2022

You can ask any parent what their most significant job is in this world, and they will respond with "protecting their child". But as your children get older, you need to adapt to their changing needs. For example, learning how to spot the signs of depression in a teenager is a skill that parents should possess. Suicide rates are on the rise, the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading, and teenagers have been isolated from the real world because of a virtual world that is rapidly changing.

No matter how much parents work to keep their kids safe, it’s almost impossible to protect children against mental health issues such as depression. If you want to know how to recognize the signs of depression, here are a few to understand.

Mood Swings

Let’s face it, teenagers can get moody at times. But there is a huge difference between being moody and having depression. Teenagers who are suffering from depression will show more frequent mood swings, coming mostly out of the blue. They may also experience anger outbursts, sadness, and irritability.

Academic Problems

Problems in your teenager’s academic performance may show signs of depression. This could be a drop in their grades or low-test scores. Teachers may send you emails or letters regarding your child's behavior. Sometimes your teenager may skip school entirely or arrive late for class. Being in touch and asking questions about their school life helps you recognize patterns.

Lost of Interest

Lost of interest in things that they used to enjoy is another sign. They make have played a particular sport and may have decided to quit the team or not play the upcoming season. They may have enjoyed gaming and they are no longer interested. If you see this, this is a major indicator of possible depression.

No Motivation or Energy

If your teenager lacks motivation or energy, this may look like laziness when in fact it is depression. Those suffering will show a significant decline in motivation or lack of energy. They may sleep more than usual and not want to get out of bed. They may constantly forget tasks such as house chores and homework assignments. They may also have a hard time putting words and sentences together coherently.

Importantly, if you, as a parent, suffer from depression, there is a good chance that your teenager will experience it as well. If you notice one or more of these signs of depression, it’s important to seek help from a mental health professional. This professional should be a person that your teen should trust. Depression is not anything to take likely. It needs attention and a plan of action. Remember, life is short, parenting is not. Parenting teenagers can feel like an eternity. However, the more knowledge and skills you learn about your teenager, the easier it will be.



A Positive Message When You Feel Left Behind Everyone Else

Emmanuel L. Rock

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Posted: November 2, 2022

There are times when we feel like life is whizzing by and we can't keep up with the day-to-day events. We feel like we're just going through the motions and not living. Many of your friends have started their own careers. You look on social media to see that one is announcing the due date of their first child. As these changes happen, you may think they are getting around the so-called “Game of Life” quicker than you, but that is not the case. Most of us have been in this similar situation. We don’t like admitting it, but it happens. You feel inadequate compared to everyone else, and feel like they are all doing better than you in every way possible, and that they are all moving forward in life while you are stuck in the same place. As a result, you are currently sitting down and thinking about your next move.

However, at these moments, you feel you can't maintain the same level of speed and productivity as before. So you decide to catch up. You find yourself getting worked up and start planning about how you can change those dreadful moments in life, even though you know it's impossible. As you slow down, you may lose confidence in your ability to move forward and make progress. You start to notice that people around you are moving past you and that you're not keeping up with the pace. You feel like you're falling further and further behind, and can't seem to keep up no matter how hard you try. You feel so overwhelmed that you feel like you're about to lose control...

And within those brief moments, you feel more alive than ever before, yet you're still going through life completely alone.

Take a deep breath. Inhale and exhale. It is important to remember that everyone in this world has their own time zone, which can impact how they live their lives. For example, if you live in New York but have family in London, you will have to account for the time difference when arranging video calls or planning visits. The people around you might seem ahead of you, but everyone is on their own journey. It seems like they have their life figured out. That's okay! Just as you feel like those people are ahead of you, working harder and achieving more, there are also people behind you, who look up to you and your accomplishments. Everyone is running their own race, in their own time zone. You’re not early, and you're not late. You're exactly on time, and you're exactly where you're supposed to be.

Your goals, dreams, and aspirations will largely be based on the time zone you are in. You have the time to do so. It's important to remember that you shouldn't compare your life on Chapter 3 to someone else on Chapter 30, because everyone progresses at their own pace.