Gambling Addiction Therapy

Note: Although some behavioral conditions that do not involve ingestion of substances have similarities to substance-related disorders, only one disorder-Gambling Disorder-has sufficient data to be included in this section. – DSM-V, Non-Substance-Related ctive86.lcohol DrugGambling Alcohol Drug Counseling–addictions of ALL kinds are on the rise. For many years, I have specialized in treating most addictions. Although men are still more likely to die from prescription pain killers, consider this:

1)Nearly 48,000 women died of prescription painkiller* overdoses between 1999 and 2010.
2)Deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses among women have increased more than 400% since 1999, compared to 265% among men.
3)For every woman who dies a prescription painkiller overdose, 30 go to the emergency department for painkiller misuse or abuse.
4)About 18 women die every day of a prescription painkiller overdose in the US, more than 6,600 deaths in 2010. Prescription painkiller overdoses are an under-recognized and growing problem for women. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Gambling is now the only other medically recognized addiction besides alcohol and drug addiction. Consider the following:

1)The rate of suicide for gambling addiction is twice higher than any other addiction. Suicide risk can be difficult to assess. With other addictions, the individual is often under the influence when they become suicidal. In contrast, a gambler may think, ‘If I don’t win back the money with this bet, I’m going to kill myself.’ It is an important element of gambling addiction therapy to assess often for suicide.

2) Giving control of all money to a family member is a standard of care for gambling addiction therapy. This includes credit cards and bank accounts.

3) 50% suffer with alcohol addiction.

4) 75% suffer with a mood disorder.

5) Couples and family therapy is essential when delivering gambling addiction therapy.

6) Medication Evaluation is often indicated.

Since 2002, I have delivered counseling to over 500 individuals seeking help specifically for Gambling Disorder. I have provided general addiction counseling to over 1000 clients and patients in hospital and office settings. If you or a family member need help with gambling alcohol drug counseling, you can make an instant appointment or call me at 404-985-6785.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column]
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Holiday Blues?

There is a quote from a famous therapist. “If you think you’ve heard it all before, you aren’t listening.” Each person is unique. Many clients feel lost. It is your role to talk in your sessions and my aim is not to fix you. It is not my role to find you. You seek counseling to find yourself.

Atlanta Depression Counseling with Eric

Thinking of getting a therapist? I work with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, life trauma, dissociative disorders and gambling addiction.

There are thousands of psychologists, professional counselors, social workers and marriage and family therapists in metro Atlanta eager to help you. Like clients, each professional is unique in their approach to provide counseling for depression.verified by Psychology Today

Depression is a broad term but it often manifests as feeling stressed, irritable, sleepless and even unexplained aches and pains. It is the first word that enters our mind when we think about our emotional pain. Depression may also be the “ball of confusion” we feel when we lose a family member, divorce or are struggling in a difficult relationship. Some of the red flags of depression are panic attacks, crying spells, social withdrawal. There are others. Therapy can be incredibly helpful for reducing or eliminating these effects. In fact, many are amazed with their ability to recover from depression and anxiety once they seek help. Therapy can help with many other forms of mental or psychological distress.

I am a therapist. I am also a part time musician. The skills required for both are surprisingly similar. They are equal parts science, art, and craft. When a therapist fuses these skills, clients feel empowered, that their feelings are real, that someone understands them. As a result, they feel less depressed and anxious. When we understand our feelings and beliefs, we learn what motivates our behavior. When we learn what drives our behavior, we can change it. And also change how we think and feel.

Therapy as Science

The science of therapy is learned in graduate school through coursework and research– textbooks on family therapy, play therapy, group therapy, diagnosis of schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses. Also, there are many theories and approaches to helping people improve their mental state and change behavior. Some are therapeutically confrontational; assertive approaches to helping you see irrational behavior. Some are homework based. Some are targeted at specific fears like spider phobia. My therapeutic approach is focused on growth, change, developing healthy relationships, finding peace and happiness. In textbooks, it is known as eclectic or blended therapy. I blend cognitive, interpersonal and experiential therapy.

Therapy as Art

There is a quote from a famous therapist. I don’t recall his name:

“If you think you’ve heard it all before, you aren’t listening.”

Each person is unique. Therefore, I do not perform therapy as a “procedure”. I do not aim to fix you. Since my life is not your life, I don’t tell you what is best for you. You have the ability to make the best choices in your life. My role is to listen and observe carefully and provide a different perspective. Many clients feel lost. As such, it is not my role to find you, but to help you find yourself.

You as an Artist: Making a Sketchbook of Your Life.

With The Art of Experiential Therapy, everything you experience in my office is an opportunity to help you understand yourself, grieve your losses, and allow yourself to feel and heal and grow and change. When you notice something on my desk has been moved a few inches. When I yawn (but that doesn’t happen often-honestly). When YOU yawn. When your eyes tear. When you suddenly change the topic…these are only examples.

Therapy is both scary and exciting, but that is how therapy should work. As they say, ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’. If you are taking risk and feeling emotion in your sessions with me, you will make progress and feel better.

Therapy as Craft

The seamstress, the carpenter, the brick mason. What do these occupations share in common? They all develop their skills through apprenticeship. As a therapist, you learn special techniques; means and methods and systems. Others teach you. As you collect tools, you place them in your tool box. Some you will use often. Some only occasionally. Nevertheless, all the tools have a purpose. One of these tools are the therapist’s own feelings; their compass. It is when the science moves out of the way and the art/craft moves forward that exciting things happen in therapy. You may come to a session thinking you have nothing to share or discuss. You may leave the same session feeling incredible relief and delight that you had a breakthrough!

“There is no substitute for experience.” – Eric Groh LPC GA Licensed

My Background

Now that you know my science, art and craft for providing therapy, please feel free to book an instant appointment.

Professional Specialties

Professional Ethics Training Specialist

Atlanta EMDR Therapist

Atlanta EMDR Therapist

EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a therapy that accelerates the resolution of traumatic events and flashbacks. I usually experience a good success rate with clients for whom it is appropriate. Wiki EMDR is an excellent source of information and describes the process clearly and simply.

 

Grief Counseling

Grief Counseling

Most people initially seek counseling for help coping with a recent traumatic event or loss. If in the area, they may seek out Grief Counseling Atlanta based therapists. Grief comes in many forms:

1) Death of a family member or loved one.2) Living with a chronic or terminal illness.3) Grief Counseling Atlanta for job loss.4) Divorce.5) Abrupt ending of a relationship.6) Near death experiences such as an automobile accident.7) Children and divorce.8) Adult Children of Alcoholics.9) Adult children of parental abandonment.

I have heard there are stages of grief. What does this mean?

You may be acquainted with the Kubler-Ross Model of the stages of grief. This model applies in many situations in Grief Counseling. Many of my clients come from the Metropolitan Atlanta and surroundings areas in Georgia. This has allowed me to specialize in work with a wide variety of cultures and ethnic groups. Grief Counseling Atlanta based then can manifest differently across cultural groups. Following is the Kubler-Ross model from Wiki:

Denial

— The first reaction is denial. In this stage individuals believe the diagnosis is somehow mistaken, and cling to a false, preferable reality.

Anger

— When the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue, it becomes frustrated, especially at proximate individuals. Certain psychological responses of a person undergoing this phase would be: “Why me? It’s not fair!”; “How can this happen to me?”; ‘”Who is to blame?”; “Why would this happen?”.

Bargaining

— The third stage involves the hope that the individual can avoid a cause of grief. Usually, the negotiation for an extended life is made in exchange for a reformed lifestyle. People facing less serious trauma can bargain or seek compromise.

Depression

— “I’m so sad, why bother with anything?”; “I’m going to die soon so what’s the point?”; “I miss my loved one, why go on?” During the fourth stage, the individual becomes saddened by the mathematical probability of death. In this state, the individual may become silent, refuse visitors and spend much of the time mournful and sullen.

Acceptance

— “It’s going to be okay.”; “I can’t fight it, I may as well prepare for it.”; “Nothing is impossible.”In this last stage, individuals embrace mortality or inevitable future, or that of a loved one, or other tragic event. People dying may precede the survivors in this state.

The stages of grief don’t happen in this order. For example, one doesn’t move through the 5 stages then is done grieving. For example, as people struggle with denial they may alternate. Reach the bargaining stage, then become in denial again. Noteworthy is that this process is normal and natural. Depression often is not problematic unless it persists for many months.

Does Counseling Help PTSD

…we often learn of tragedies and this can trigger PTSD. For example, the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings created a trauma that spiraled here through Atlanta GA and throughout the nation with Manhatten as it’s epicenter.

Does Counseling Help PTSD

Does counseling help PTSD and it’s related symptoms? Indeed it does. Counseling is one of the most effective treatments for PTSD. It is one of few mental disorders that can develop even in the absence of genetics or family history. PTSD is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

What is PTSD?

1) Experienced a horrific or terrifying event. In the aftermath:
2) Easily Startled.
3) Hypervigilance.
4) Nightmares or flashbacks.

How Do I Know If I Suffer With PTSD

You will only know for sure through assessment by a mental health professional. Many of the symptoms can be part of a different diagnosis. Still, there are ways of determining whether you need to rule out a diagnosis of PTSD.

Examples of Horrific and Terrifying Events

There are three categories of horrific events:

1) Victim of the Event
2) Witnessing the Event
3) Second Hand Knowledge of the Event

Victims are rape survivors, near death experiences such as auto accidents and natural disasters, surviving a terminal illness, surviving child abuse, combat survivors and other. Notice all are first hand experiences. Also impacting are events that are witnessed such as death or assault. Finally, we often learn of tragedies and this can trigger PTSD. For example, the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings created a trauma that spiraled here to Atlanta GA and throughout the nation with Manhatten at it’s epicenter. I have treating individuals with PTSD in my Atlanta practice who formerly worked in the WTC towers.

Easily Startled

This symptom occurs more frequently with survivors of assault. Loud noises, being approached from behind- these are common triggers for a startle reaction.

Hypervigilance

Hypervigilance is defined as a state of being overly watchful of one’s surroundings. Sometimes even to the point of exhaustion. Again, hypervigilance is most frequently observed with assault survivors. In the case of automobile accidents, hypervigilance usually only occurs while driving a car.

Nightmares and Flashbacks

Sometimes the traumatic event is relived or can replay like a video in one’s mind. This can be a disorienting experience. Sometimes nightmares of the event can be so vivid the individual awakens needing to orient themselves to their surroundings.

Summary

A diagnosis of PTSD must be made by a professional. The symptoms need to be considered together as they could be related to a different diagnosis such as depression. If you are concerned about anxiety related to PTSD, you may call me to schedule or make an instant appointment through my web scheduler.