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Child Psychology is a key part of developmental psychology, focusing on the psychological processes of children from birth to adolescence. This includes how they develop physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. To understand a child’s mental development, we observe how a child interacts with themselves, their parents, and the world. Because childhood plays a big part in a person’s life, it is no wonder it has become a big topic in Psychology.
When it comes to the development and advancement of children you have to take into account genetics and personal characteristics. Environmental factors such as culture and social relationships also play key roles. When considering an analysis of a child the following are some of the major contexts to take into account:
Problems addressed in Child Psychology involve the study, assessment, and treatment of interrelated psychological, biological, and social issues experienced by children. The following are some of the problems addressed:
Child Psychology is an important branch of family health and a proactive measure. If you are are looking for beneficial treatment for your family please give us a call at (714) 584-9700 or contact us through our contact page.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a common type of talk psychotherapy that’s used to treat a wide range of issues. CBT takes a practical, task-based approach to solving problems, as the name suggests, CBT focuses on teaching a person to change their thoughts (cognition) and behaviors by becoming aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.
CBT has been successful in the treatment of many mental health issues and is helpful for anyone looking for a hands-on approach to treatment:
Although it is based on simple principles, it can have tremendous positive outcomes for individuals in learning practical self-help strategies. It is based on the theory that thinking negatively is a habit that can be broken.
Do you or someone you Love Suffer from an Eating Disorder?
Eating Disorders are serious illnesses in which people experience severe disturbances in their eating behaviors, related thoughts, social situations, self-image, and emotion, becoming an unhealthy preoccupation. A dangerous preoccupation with food and body weight. These disorders can be diﬃcult for family and friends to spot as the individual may go to great lengths to hide it. Many people whom suffer from this disorder are actually unaware themselves that they have a problem. Eating disorders interfere with a persons day to day life, in no way is it a cry for attention or simply falling off the diet wagon.
If you or someone you know is experiencing some of the following symptoms, it’s important to seek help immediately. Since shame and guilt are associated with having an eating disorder, it may be very difficult to detect. A professional evaluation is keen in these scenarios as it is possible for a person to demonstrate some of these signs and not have an eating disorder and please keep in mind that eating disorders don’t have to be exactly the same as another one. Seek a professional opinion in your specific case.
The following are the main types of Eating Disorders:
Anorexia Nervosa – Low body weight, food restriction, unhealthy fear of gaining weight or strong desire to be thin. Individuals may weigh themselves frequently because they may see themselves as overweight. Because of this they only eat small amounts of food and/or only certain kinds of foods. Some will use vomiting and abuse laxatives to reach their “normal weight”. Anorexia can result in unhealthy, often dangerous weight loss and a distorted body image.
Bulimia – Binge and Purging. Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder where a person develops an obsessive and harmful attitude with food and their body weight. People with Bulimia trap themselves in a cycle of binge eating and then purging. More than often individuals will go to great lengths to hide their condition from family and friends. Not only can bulimia cause serious complications to a person’s mental health but also their physical health. Because of the purging of stomach acid, this can damage the thorax and teeth. Purging can come in diﬀerent forms from self-induced vomiting, taking laxatives, or exercising obsessively as a way to counteract “weight gain”.
Binge Eating – Eating compulsively. Binge eating varies from Bulimia as the individuals do not purge. This disorder involves eating a lot of food in a short amount of time, eating until they are uncomfortably full, eating when not physically hungry, and feeling depressed afterward. More food is eaten than normal and the individual may feel out of control about how much they eat. The individual may have a history of weight gains and losses. Binge Eating can also cause serious complications to a person’s mental health. The physical dangers include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallbladder disease, etc..
Therapy can help the suﬀerer change unhealthy eating habits for healthy ones and normalize their eating patterns to achieve a healthy weight and most importantly, a healthy self-image. It’s very important to get the right support and tools to work on healthy ways to cope with stressful situations and avoiding negative thoughts of self-worth. There are many diﬀerent approaches and the best treatment depends on the particular eating disorder and the individual.
Our team of Licensed Therapists here at MindShift Psychological Services are here to help! Get in touch and schedule an appointment at 714-584-9700.
Aside from the everyday issues facing the population as a whole (anxiety, stress, depression, and so on). Being LGBTQ+, unfortunately, more times than not comes with a set of unique issues and challenges.
Challenges that include:
In selecting a therapist, it is important to keep these unique challenges in mind.
Fortunately, with extensive studies and vast experience, our therapists are in a position to confidently help navigate through these challenges.
Such challenges include but are not limited to:
WE DON’T FORGET ABOUT OUR SOLDIERS
A military career is a life-changing experience with many unknowable factors that can cause trauma, stress, anxiety, depression and worry. Returning to civilian life can prove to be a tough transition and trauma is a personal thing that can often feel less of a significance to others. Do you need help with problems sleeping, readjusting to civilian life, or a specific mental health problem? Do you constantly feel on edge? Close to panicking or exploding?
Our goal is to help you live a full and meaningful life.
(PTSD) Post-traumatic stress disorder occurs after you experience severe trauma or a life threatening event. Many veterans suffer from PTSD and deserve proper care. There are numerous symptoms associated with PTSD including; paranoia, depression, reoccurring “Flashbacks” or “reliving” an event, nightmares, or memory of a traumatic event. This can cause stress and relationship issues as well as experiencing physical signs such as sweating and increased heart rate.
This can cause
Psychotherapy for Veterans can give you or your loved one the opportunity to share one’s feelings and have a therapist that offers support, understanding, and tools to live a happy life.
MindShift Psychological Services is here to help you if you are looking for affordable psychotherapy for veterans.
To schedule a consultation give us a call at (714) 584-9700 today
Do you feel as though you are not yourself?
Have you lost interest in hobbies or activities you used to enjoy?
Persistent sadness or feeling down?
Feeling tired and having little energy?
Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt?
Depression is one of the most common mental health issues in the United States today. Each year, our team treats hundreds of clients suffering from depression. Depression impacts millions of people around the world and affects many facets of a person’s life. It also affects people of all ages and from all walks of life.
Depression can manifest itself in many ways.
If you feel helpless or hopeless we are here to help
Psychotherapy is an effective way to treat depression.
The goal is to learn healthy coping mechanisms and effective ways of responding to depression. Our therapists come with years of experience treating depression. We also offer Telehealth Therapy Video sessions on line if you are not able to come into our office.
Psychotherapy for Depression can give you the opportunity to share your feelings and have a therapist offer a neutral perspective, support and guidance. Mind Shift Psychological Services is here to help you if you are looking for affordable psychotherapy.
To schedule a consultation give us a call at (714) 584-9700 today.
Group Therapy is a type of confidential counseling in which a group of people meets to discuss shared concerns and problems with a therapist leading the session. Group members listen to feedback from others in the group to reflect on their shared challenges. Group members can act as a support for each other and share a therapeutic experience. Group therapy can provide a safe setting to cope with many problems, including dealing with social anxieties, mood disorders, relationship issues, eating disorders, loss, grief, anger, personality disorders, surviving abuse, divorce, health issues, parenting needs, and general psychotherapy concerns.
Group therapy can provide a safe setting to cope with many problems, including but not limited to:
Some choose to join group therapy to supplement their primary therapy and gain additional support and balance. The simple act of listening can be beneficial as the person talking is dealing with similar problems, feelings, thoughts, and circumstances. Members of group therapy can relate to one another, support one another, and oﬀer ongoing encouragement. The therapist can see first-hand how each group member responds to other members and use this to provide feedback to each group member.
Group Therapy can give you the opportunity to share your feelings and have a therapist oﬀer an insightful neutral perspective. MindShift Psychological Services is here to help you if you are looking for aﬀordable Group Therapy on various issues and topics.
Drop a line to suggest your specific need for a group, we will do our best to try and accommodate your group therapy needs and topics.
To schedule a consultation give us a call at (714) 584-9700 today.
Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling that helps family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. Family therapy is often short term; often including all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Often clients ask “ How can we fix our family if someone won’t attend therapy”; we often tell our clients, that change begins in therapy with the participants and is brought home to the others who refuse to partake, one person can simply be the catalyst for change. Your specific treatment plan will depend on your family’s situation and we work hard to pair your family with the right therapist for your specific needs. Family therapy sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times, even after you’re done going to therapy sessions.
Family is composed of blood relatives, adopted parents, a close-knit neighborhood, chosen family through friends, a community, or a foster family. This family that we acquire when we are born or join in our youth influences every aspect of our lives, from our first moments to our last, affecting who we are and who we become, for better and for worse. We learn our habits, vocabulary, our morals, our customs and rituals, and how to view and observe the world around us.
We also learn how to communicate, how to act, what to expect, and how to love others from these first important relationships.
Milan therapy: Milan treatment is comparable to Structural Therapy in that it sees family as a single framework. Family individuals are empowered to tune in and react carefully to one another.
Strategic Therapy: As the title implies, it permits therapists and family members to use a more hands-on approach to conflict by identifying patterns inside the family.
Narrative Therapy: Treats the family as individuals and encourages, empowers each family member, and improves self-esteem. This is the most individualistic form of Family therapy.
Transgenerational Therapy: Concentrates on the conflicts that emerge between distinctive generations. This modality states that the familial clashes are due to contrasts between generational behaviors and desires.
Bowen’s Family Therapy: BFT is best suited for situations in which individuals cannot or do not want to involve other family members in the treatment. Bowenian therapy is built on two core concepts: differentiation (learning to become less emotionally reactive in family relationships) and triangulation (the natural tendency to vent or distress by talking to a third party).
Structural Family Therapy: Focuses on adjusting and strengthening the family system to ensure that the parents are in control and that both children and adults set appropriate boundaries. In Structural Family Therapy, the therapist “joins” the family in order to observe, learn, and enhance their ability to help the family strengthen their relationships.
Systemic Family Therapy: The Systemic model focuses on the unconscious communications and meanings behind family members’ behaviors. The therapist in this form of treatment is neutral and distant, allowing the family members to dive deeper into their problems and issues as a family.
Strategic Family Therapy: If you’re looking for homework, this is the treatment for you! This form of therapy is more direct and hence brief than the others. This homework is intended to change the way family members interact by assessing and adjusting the way the family communicates and makes decisions. The therapist takes the position of power in this type of therapy, which allows other family members who may not usually hold as much power to communicate more effectively.
The focus is for family members to improve the interactions and communication between the family. Your therapist is there to support the family as they work through their challenges and reach their goal. Also your therapist will encourage each family member to talk about their experiences and to listen to each other. If you would like to improve your family relationship please give us a call. We are here to help and support.Anger Management Counseling Service
For many people, anger can become a serious problem. When you have a hard time dealing with your anger, your relationships can suffer. Here at Mindshift Psychological Services, you can find personalized professional help with anger management counseling. As licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, we can help you overcome this obstacle and learn to cope with feelings of frustration, shame, regret, fear, pain, anxiety, and anger in a healthy, productive way.
Therapists offer you professional, experienced help. While some people may believe they don’t need this professional help, counseling is beneficial for everyone. When you come to us for anger management counseling, you will gain a wide range of benefits in your life, including:
All of these benefits can result in improved relationships, as your friends and family recognize your shifting relationship with anger and do not fear anger-based responses from you. When you give in to anger, you may do or say something you’ll regret. When you control your anger, you better facilitate relationships.
Your family and friends will all appreciate your efforts in anger management counseling, and you’ll be proud of your improvement as well.
We are licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in Counseling Psychology. We have years of experience in anger management that you can learn from during sessions.
At Mindshift Psychological services, We focus on our clients. Personalized treatment plans allow us to honor the different needs of different patients. We know that every person who calls or walks through our doors is unique and has different circumstances. We’ll treat you like an individual, a real person, with the undivided attention you deserve.
If you’re unable to come into the office, we also offer Teletherapy through online chat, video or phone, so you can get help with your anger remotely. Call today at (714) 584-9700 to set up a consultation or appointment.Expert in EMDR Treatment
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a unique type of therapy. If you have a traumatic or painful experience in your past that prohibits you from achieving a happy, full mental state, EMDR services from MindShift Psychological services can help. If you live in the Corona, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, or Riverside areas, come to us today to see how we can help you.
Many people suffer from psychological trauma. Whether you’ve had a death in the family, suffered abuse, or lived through any other type of traumatic experience, EMDR therapy can help. One of our therapists will sit down with you and discuss your past. Once we determine which memory to focus on, we’ll start EMDR therapy.
Essentially, our therapist will ask you to keep certain aspects of the troublesome memory in your mind and use your eyes to follow their hand’s movements. This eye-centric therapy will transform the painful events on an emotional level. Through multiple sessions, you will start to see the traumatic experience and memory in a different light, and your mind will realize its strength.
EMDR services with us can fundamentally change how you view yourself, your past, and your future. To find out if this treatment is right for you or learn more about how it works, come into MindShift Psychological services today, and let us help you get your mind on the right track to healing.
We have years of experience in our field, and we’ve helped dozens of people heal from traumatic experiences. Our team of qualified therapists also specialize in relationship and family therapy. When you come in to see us, we treat you as a human, not as a source of income. Because of that, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan that will be most effective for you.
If you want to try EMDR therapy, call us today at (714) 584-9700. We serve Riverside, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and Corona, CA.Psychotherapy for Couples
Are you struggling to communicate with your partner? Do you find that your romantic relationship no longer has the spark it once did? Help from a therapist may be just what you need. At MindShift Psychological services, we offer psychotherapy for couples in the Corona, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, and Riverside areas.
Our team has offered psychotherapy and counseling for many years in hospital and private practice settings and in 2018 was able to open the doors to our practice offering affordable psychotherapy for couples in four locations: Corona, Newport Beach, Riverside, and Los Angeles.
When you need counseling or therapy, reach out to MindShift Psychological services for help. Our multi-pronged approach can give you the tools you need to boost your mental and emotional health.
When relationship troubles arise, a lack of communication is often the heart of the trouble. A psychotherapist can help by facilitating an open conversation between both partners. Open, honest communication in a safe space, such as a therapy office, can help you and your partner work through difficult issues.
Long-term, committed relationships can be scary because you have to allow yourself to be vulnerable with your partner. Psychotherapy for couples can give you the chance to be honest about your feelings and desires, and the therapist offers a neutral perspective to help both partners clearly communicate their wishes.
When you are feeling out of sync in your romantic relationship, or if you and your partner have been through a trying experience together, a psychotherapist can help you two get back on the same page and can facilitate healing.
If you are looking for affordable psychotherapy for couples in the Corona, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, and Riverside areas, call MindShift Psychological services today and let our highly skilled therapists guide you and your partner to a better understanding of one another.
To schedule a consultation and find out if we’re a good fit for you and your partner, give us a call at (714) 584-9700 today.Psychotherapy for Individuals
Do you feel overwhelmed with all your stress and responsibility? Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or an eating disorder? Relief is possible. At Mindshift Psychological services, we provide caring, comfortable psychotherapy for individuals across Southern California.
When you picture therapy, you may imagine two individuals sitting across from each other and talking about the problems one of them faces. This form of therapy is psychotherapy, and it’s a form of talk therapy.
Psychotherapy can help you figure out your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in a way similar to talking with a friend. However, with psychotherapy, your friend has the training and experience to help you deal with and manage your troubles.
Psychotherapy is used for issues that many people experience. You should consider psychotherapy if you have:
If you have, or suspect you have, a condition that interferes with your ability to function in life, one of our therapists at Mindshift Psychological services can help.
In addition, psychotherapy can also help you cope with stressful situations or behaviors like:
Psychotherapy for individuals can help you develop and maintain healthy behaviors, thoughts, and feelings so you can enjoy your life to the fullest.
If you would like to learn how psychotherapy can specifically benefit your life, call our office at (714) 584-9700. We’ll help you set up an appointment so you can get back control of your life.Expert Teletherapy Services
Therapy can help you overcome the issues you face and give the courage to move forward in your life, but if you have a busy schedule, you might struggle to find an appointment that works for you. At MindShift Psychological services, we want to make accessing professional mental health services easier with our Teletherapy services available wherever an internet connection is available.
MindShift Psychological services seeks to be a safe space for individuals, couples, and families as they receive compassionate treatment, and we extend that safe space to your own home or office with our affordable Teletherapy services. Contact us today about scheduling an appointment.
Perhaps you have a demanding job, or maybe you don’t have the time to make the drive to the therapy office. No matter your reasons, Teletherapy can be a significant benefit. You can schedule a private appointment with a therapist and experience it in your own home or even office, which means not only are you comfortable, but the appointment is also convenient for your schedule.
Teletherapy sessions with the professionals at MindShift Psychological services are every bit as beneficial as in-person appointments. We use Telehealth technology to reach you and conduct a helpful session focused on your mental health needs and goals.
We want everyone to have access to the mental health strategies they need to have meaningful, healthy lives and relationships. That’s why we offer affordable services geared for individuals who need help managing conditions like the following:
Whether you’re an adult, parent, child or teen, we can help. We also offer couples counseling and family therapy.
Request an appointment for Teletherapy today. You can also call us at (714) 584-9700 to ask questions about appointments or Teletherapy, or fill out our online form.Expert Trauma Therapy
Many people who undergo traumatic experiences are unaware that their experiences qualify as trauma or that they could benefit from trauma therapy services. Loosely defined, trauma is any incident that triggers a strong emotional or psychological reaction in someone.
Many life circumstances can be classified as traumatic. For some, trauma may stem from acute negative events, such as:
For others, trauma could be rooted in chronically difficult situations, such as:
Trauma can also originate in the death of a child or a difficult divorce.
If you have been through a difficult experience — whether it’s officially defined as traumatic or not — trauma therapy services can help. For trauma therapy in Corona, Newport Beach, Riverside, and Los Angeles, turn to MindShift Psychological services. We can help you work through your traumatic experience so that you can grow as a person and move forward in life.
We know that talking about your pain can be difficult, so our therapists aim to create an environment where you can build and feel trust. An environment of trust leads to vocalizing, reframing, and clearing traumatic memories, opening up mental space for positive self-thinking and new memories.
Mindshift Psychological services employs several therapy techniques specifically designed to heal trauma. One such therapy is EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. EMDR is unique because it uses neither medication nor talk therapy to deal with trauma. Rather, the goal is to weaken the negative emotions associated with a traumatic event by taking advantage of the desensitizing to emotion that occurs with rapid, guided eye movements. Other techniques we utilize include, trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) and Structured Play Therapy, Emotional Freedom Therapy and Somatic Experiencing.
At MindShift Psychological services, we want you to not only heal from your experience but also to gain lifelong skills that will continue to help you as you move forward in life. During your counseling sessions, we provide you with these tools and give you opportunities to practice using them.
To help you in your journey of healing and growth, we strive to accommodate your schedule and are easy to get in touch with.
To schedule a session at one of our many locations, call (714) 584-9700 and let us know which location you are closest to. You can also contact us using our online form.Expert in teen Therapy
Everyone Deserves Help to Deal with Problems
Therapy geared toward teenagers concentrates on the problems teens experience on a daily basis. Most of life’s experiences as a child allows them to pass through adolescence unscathed, often leading to a healthy and happy life. While other experiences teenagers have disrupted their well being, causing irritability and behavioral changes, school issues, and mental health concerns. If left untreated, these issues could grow into much bigger problems in adulthood.
Here at MindShift Psychological Services, we know the importance of the bonding experience between the therapist and client. We all have problems we can’t cope with alone and therapy is that outlet that helps people talk about their feelings. Therapy helps teenagers learn to trust, learn to work through problems in a healthy manner, communicate better, and learn new skills for success in life.
The following are events that may impact teens mental health:
Conditions our Therapist’s can help with:
Therapy will help teenagers with painful feelings like:
And what they may cause:
Depression: Depressed teens often experience emotional pain, but may not know how to cope or what to do. This might cause symptoms of negative self-talk, fatigue, anger, irritability, withdrawal from friends and family, and sleeping too much or not enough. The causes can include trauma, bullying, stress, biochemical imbalances, or genetic predisposition to depression. Untreated depression can lead to other serious problems, such as substance use, behavior problems, and medical issues.
Behavior Problems: Aggressive behavior, problems at school, problems with peers, easily getting annoyed or nervous, refusing to follow rules or questioning authority, having diﬃculty in handling frustration may be symptoms of more serious problems.
Stress: Whether it’s the pressures of a social life or concerns about school exams, stress can take a toll on our teenagers. All teens experience some amount of stress, but many teens suﬀer significant levels that might start to aﬀect their relationships, learning, and other areas.
Emotional, physical, behavioral, and cognitive changes can develop.
Substance Abuse Issues: Regrettably, teens might be introduced to alcohol and drugs at this stage of life. Teens who abuse alcohol and drugs may have a greater risk of developing an issue when they are adults. Common drugs that teenagers abuse include Marijuana, Synthetic Marijuana, prescription drugs RX (Adderall, Opioids, and Benzodiazepines), or over the counter medications, Inhalants, Methamphetamines, Cocaine, Ecstacy and Anabolic Steroids.
1 in 5 Teenagers Admit to Recreational Drug Use for the Following Reasons: