anxiety depressionCounseling provides an opportunity for client and therapist to come together and build a trusting relationship where confidence and understanding  develop over the course of the sessions.  This can become a fertile ground for setting goals and implementing change but all at the direction of the client.  Adversity can lead to opportunity and change for the better but building rapport to accomplish goals may take time.  Information and ideas will be provided but it will be left up to the client to choose the direction taken.  The client, better than anyone else, knows what it is that is they want to happen for them.  


Individual Counseling can be something that is no more difficult than buying a candy bar at a convenience store; that is if buying a candy bar for you is not difficult.  So many have feared any idea or thought of Counseling.  Over the years, these two words have been given meanings that for some bring up feelings of being separate from everyone else, as though the person is different from the general population.  The truth is that today most people come in for some form of Counseling at some point in their lives.  Counseling is now more or less normalized within the general population.  The stigma associated with Counseling is not what it used to be because society has learned from the benefits of getting help.  Modern, cutting edge therapy techniques help people get up and running in their lives quicker than ever before.  So please consider coming in for Counseling if you are experiencing some kind of problem in your life.  It could be the best thing that you ever do for yourself.  It is now common to hear a client say, “I’m so glad I came in” and that “I’m so glad I didn’t stop coming,” “I feel so much better now.”


Mental Health Counseling is generally focused on a large number of possible diagnoses and dual diagnoses that are associated with a lack of adaptive functioning. A professional engaging in Mental Health Treatment and being able to competently work with these diagnoses can be very helpful to the individual in need.  If you happen to have a Mental Health Diagnosis, are seeing a physician for medications, and are looking for a Counselor to augment treatment in the form of “talk therapy;” then setting up an appointment may be of benefit to you.  I have worked in mental health for a long time and spent years with the Department of Health and Hospitals, Department of Mental/Behavioral Health, with the State of Louisiana.  I have worked extensively with Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia, along with the other commonly seen diagnoses.  I would be happy to provide insight and help you to remain compliant with treatment, while also helping you to more consistently enjoy your life.  There are many different life experiences and situations that bring about a need for help.  


Often times people begin to feel like something is going on inside their body that is beyond their control.  Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Worry, etc., can lead to psychological discomfort; and even to depressed mood due to feeling that it is un-controllable.  For many, the feeling of having a body that does what it seems to want to do and not what you want it to do, can be disheartening.  The unconscious mind and the autonomic nervous system can sometimes work hard to protect the individual from a perceived threat that doesn’t exist; and this is experienced as anxiety / panic.  Counseling for anxiety / panic can ease the suffering and bring about feelings of confidence and relief; reducing any associated depressed mood.  If you have been experiencing any form of anxiety within your body and it has affected your daily life in a negative way; then, Counseling may benefit you.


When something traumatic happens which threatens life, safety, or ability to reproduce; often the unconscious mind takes that experience and turns it into a repetitive loop of vigilance in order to continue to protect the individual.  The main program running at the biological level is to keep the organism alive. That organism is you.  Trauma Counseling can help in these situations.  The unconscious doesn’t want that experience to happen again, if possible.  Generally, the traumatic experience is no longer happening but the individual feels compelled to get up and stop it again and again even though it may not have ever happened again and it has been years since. All the unconscious understands is the present; therefore, Counseling works toward helping the individual connect with the unconscious, helping it (the unconscious) to see that the trauma is no longer happening.  Surprisingly, this can happen and the feelings of vigilance can be eased to where the trauma may not bother the individual any longer, even though it may have affected the individual so negatively for such a long time.  It is possible to clear trauma and make life enjoyable again and the only way to know what therapy could do for you is to give it a try.


More often than we would like to admit, a person can begin to find themselves with a downward trending mood.  Sometimes it follows a life crisis, job change or loss of job, tension in a relationship, intrusive anxiety, or other difficulties impinging upon daily life.  Depression is something that should be taken seriously.  One cannot simply snap a finger and it’s gone. It may take Counseling focused on mood to ease the situation. Waking up in the morning can become difficult; and getting up and dressed becomes a chore, if it happens that day at all.  Talking to someone about these feeling can help and sometimes new ways of thinking can be implemented that may help you to feel better.  When we wash our car, for some reason it seems to drive better right after coming out of the carwash.  The car hasn’t changed mechanically in any way, yet it seems to drive better. What changed was how we’re thinking about the car.  In Counseling, as you learn to think differently you will find that you may begin to behave differently or engage in new activities; and then you may find that you begin to feel differently, such as finding yourself with an improved mood.


The point of change concerned with improved mood could be located squarely within how / what you’re thinking at the time.  When you begin to think differently you may find that you begin to behave differently and it follows that you may then begin to feel differently.  When you experience something negative externally (outside yourself) and it changes something inside, you may begin to feel some of the feelings that I just mentioned.  Feeling down, depressed, lethargic, unenthusiastic, unmotivated, fatigued, empty, numb, disconnected, etc., possibly crying easily, are all possibilities.  These can represent a wide spectrum of negative experiences that can bring you down; and potentially contribute to an experience of depressed mood.  Note that this typically begins from something “outside” that has an effect “inside.”  Counseling, can have an effect “inside” of you, on how you think and the associated feelings that you may experience when you think that way.  When you begin to think differently “inside;” then the effects can shift to a change “outside.”  In effect, you begin to become causative in your life and you have an effect on what goes on “outside” of you. This drive/momentum from “inside” that has an effect “outside,” is a change that may come through Counseling.


Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior can be a problem for some.  If you have had difficulty with repeated thoughts about doing something, that have felt so strong, that a tension has built itself up to a degree that you felt compelled to take action to do something to make that feeling stop; then talking about what is going on in your life with a professional may help.  Counseling can provide ways of coping with the obsessions and compulsions.  Things such as checking, cleaning, worrying, doubting, feeling a tension build, and the like, can lead to seemingly forced behaviors.  Checking the door or stove, turning around when driving to check the road again, worrying about your safety while driving, washing hands till raw, not being able to go to sleep due to intrusive thoughts, checking the internet over and over again; can all be signs that Counseling may be able to help you enjoy your life and free up some of your time.


When someone has passed either naturally or accidentally it can be a difficult time for anyone.  Grieving is a process that typically takes place at these times.  Most people are generally able to grieve, and share their grief with family and friends during get-togethers, wakes, funeral services and the like but sometimes it takes more processing to move forward.  Sometimes there are those that are still grieving a year later and this grieving process may begin to affect daily life, relationships, work, responsibility, and health, among other things.  Sometimes there is just an emotional hole seeking to be filled or feelings of emptiness. Sometimes there is blame, resentment or even regret or remorse.  Other times there is anger.  Having a professional to come in and talk with can ease the transition and aid the individual in moving forward and accepting things as they are.


Sometimes there are other problems, behavior issues, addictions, dependencies, fears and many other issues that people suffer with.  In many of these cases, Hypnotherapy could be a wonderful treatment modality that could possibly help.  Examples and/or practical uses for hypnotherapy or clinical hypnosis could be: Smoking cessation, weight loss, weight adjustment, reduction of chronic pain, abstinence from alcohol or drugs, improved public speaking, reduction of test anxiety, discontinuance of nail biting, migraine headaches, gastrointestinal problems, clearing of traumatic events (war, rape, sexual abuse, auto accident), improvement of depressed mood, stabilization of mood fluctuations, reduction of anxiety, improvement of sleep problems, improved concentration, improvement of sexual dysfunctions, behavior modification, help with internet addictions, improved performance in sports or the workplace, along with all sorts of other uses.  Clinical hypnosis is utilized by professionals in various fields as a treatment modality to improve the health and wellbeing of the individual client.  In collaboration, the healthcare professional and client utilize this wonderful and effective tool to move closer to the individual’s goals. Call and make an appointment today and experience for yourself whether Hypnotherapy can be of benefit to you.  


Counseling can help with so many of life’s ups and downs. Talking to a professional, processing the issues of the day, looking at things from a different perspective, avoiding assumptions, not taking things personal any longer, elevating self-esteem, building adaptive coping strategies, strengthening relationships, and other adaptive solutions can help one move forward with their life in positive ways.  As you visit with a professional and progress is underway, you will begin to notice that sleep improves, mood improves, and you begin to enjoy life more.  The problems that you once had may not seem so problematic any longer.  Things will begin to change and you will begin to change accordingly.  It is worth giving Counseling a try and see what it may do for you.

Walter Camos, MS, LPC, NBCCH Providing Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy and Counseling Services to adolescents, adults, and the elderly, (Children under age 12 in special cases). Welcome to all races, religions and world views, male and female alike.