Everyone needs some extra support from time to time. Many people can get the support they need from family and friends but sometimes it helps to talk to an objective professional who can help you discern how to move forward in a way that is emotionally and psychologically healthy for you.
Your trusted loved ones mean well when they try to give advice or direct you to do what they think you should do.
However, their love for you destroys their ability to be objective as they are personally invested in your decisions.
Consider that your decisions may affect their lives as well as your own.
When it is time to seek non-biased help from a professional therapist, it is important to find someone who is:
- Compassionate and Non-judgmental
who can also provide:
- Objective Honesty and Reality-based Counseling.
For over 20 years, Barbara Jaurequi has earned her reputation as an excellent therapist who has the skills and experience individuals need when navigating their way through:
- Depression – Different from merely feeling depressed as most people do from time to time, Major Depressive Disorder is a psychiatric, i.e., medical, disorder characterized by a persistent depressed mood or loss of interest in activities that causes measurable impairment in day-to-day functioning. Other symptoms of depression may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, or self-esteem. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide.
- Anxiety – Feeling anxious about a specific upcoming event or challenging situation is normal if the anxiety passes when the event or situation has been resolved. But Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things, sometimes all at once. People with GAD may anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. Individuals with GAD find it difficult to control their worry.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Lots of people have “quirks” or unique aspects of their personalities that cause them to have particular preferences for ways of doing things that do not necessarily interfere in their lives or functioning in any meaningful way. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is far more disruptive. It can involve behaviors around numbers, words, actions, items or just about anything that can be repeated, organized, performed, or collected. It is a disorder that involves obsessive thoughts that can only be relieved by engaging in compulsions associated with the obsessive thoughts. OCD can take over a person’s life or at least make it exceedingly difficult to manage.
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – Also known as PTSD, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is an extreme form of anxiety brought on by traumatic events that were either witnessed or experienced. Those events may have been horrific, tragic, shocking, or catastrophic to the individual and immediately, or long after the event has passed, the person may experience a collection of symptoms and reactions that can feel extremely overwhelming and disruptive.
- Alcoholism – Lots of people like to overindulge with alcohol on special occasions. They may overdrink on an empty stomach, for example, and become more intoxicated than they had intended. They may even deliberately plan to get drunk at a party to blow off steam or to just celebrate for a birthday, wedding, or holiday. But Alcoholism is addictive behavior characterized by excessive use of alcohol to cope with ordinary life. The person with alcoholism, otherwise referred to as an alcoholic, may actually be dependent on alcohol to function or may simply drink once in a while. The similarities between these two types of drinkers are that they both lose control while drinking, their tolerance increases (i.e., they need more alcohol to produce the same kind of result that they used to get with less alcohol), and they both tend to have significantly negative consequences for their drinking that could include medical problems, legal problems, relationship problems, occupational problems, and many other problems as well.
- Drug Addiction – The clinical description of drug addiction is the same as the clinical description of alcoholism. The difference between them is merely a matter of choice between drugs. Opiates (Oxycodone, Norco, Vicodin, Heroin, Methadone), Cannabis (marijuana edibles or inhalants), Hallucinogenics (Psilocybin mushrooms, Ecstasy, LSD, PCP, etc.), Amphetamines (meth, speed, cocaine, Adderall, Ritalin, caffeine), and alcohol are all drugs that people use and abuse.
- Eating Disorders – Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, Compulsive Overeating, Binge Eating Disorder, and Orthorexia are all eating disorders. The most basic definitions of these disorders are as follows. Anorexia Nervosa – compulsive undereating, Bulimia – bingeing on large quantities of food and then engaging in a compensatory behavior such as vomiting, use of laxatives, starving, or over-exercising to prevent the consequences of the binge (usually weight gain), Compulsive Overeating – loss of control over how much one has consumed; grazing or eating all day; obsessive thoughts about food; secretive behavior around food and eating; weight gain, and Orthorexia – scrupulosity around food choices with an obsessive fear of “unhealthy” foods.
- Relationship Problems – These would include problematic aspects of relationships between husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, parents and children, sisters and brothers, bosses and employees, neighbors and friends, customers and vendors, clients and professionals, etc. Some common problems may include arguing, physical fighting or abuse, betrayals, financial differences, jealousy, rivalries, incompatibility, unforgiveness, and irreconcilable differences.
- Career Issues – These could include problems with the boss, a coworker, job dissatisfaction, fear of advancement, career interfering in relationships, career transitions, etc.
- Grief and Loss – Grief and loss can refer to the death of a loved one, the death of a pet, the loss of a friendship, a divorce, job loss, or a relocation that forces a person to adjust to a whole new life.
- Or other psychological and emotional challenges.
Barbara’s Style is:
Client-centered, and Highly directive.
She wants her clients to succeed in reaching their treatment goals and she
will help you identify and capitalize on your strengths to help you do just that.
Barbara’s Therapeutic Approach:
- Barbara utilizes a variety of psychological interventions with her clients drawing from the most effective and well-known therapeutic modalities.
- Her treatment plans are tailored to each individual client.
- Barbara does not see therapy as a one-size-fits-all method.
- Her counseling strategy includes consideration of each client’s personality, their background, and their temperament before she implements any specific therapeutic intervention.
- Her philosophy is that each client is unique, and their treatment plans should reflect that.
- Barbara believes that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important factors in successful outcomes with her clients. That is why Barbara spends a lot of time building rapport with her clients, earning their trust by first seeing them as people with challenges rather than as patients with diseases.
- You will never be treated like a specimen at Barbara Jaurequi Counseling.
- You will always be treated with respect, dignity, and kindness while maintaining a firm focus on achieving your treatment goals.
Whether You Are Grappling With:
or you are just having difficulty adjusting to life’s challenges,
do not wait to get the support and guidance you need to move forward into a happier, healthier way of being in the world.