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FAMILY COUNSELING

Star Point Counseling Center in Brandon Florida and Tampa Florida is widely known for offering an unmatched level of care to families. Our masters level family systems specialists expertly treat spouses, children, parents, siblings, and other close friends and colleagues for a range of emotional and psychological issues, including:

  • Lack of intimacy
  • Emotional neglect
  • Poor communication
  • Co-dependence
  • Trauma related to abuse or neglect
  • Anxiety
  • Uncertainty
  • Trust issues
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Marriage Counseling

Marriage counseling, also known as couples counseling, relationship counseling, or couples therapy, is a form of therapy that supports people in intimate relationships. Therapy may be helpful for partners considering separation or seeking improved intimacy and understanding. While the relationship itself is the focus in marital counseling, each partner is expected to pay attention to self-improvement and self-awareness.

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Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are a normal part of life, but anxiety disorders, which affect 40 million adults, are the most common psychiatric illnesses in the United States. Anxiety is a constant “loop” of negative thoughts that circulate in your mind. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school, work, and relationships. There are several different types of anxiety disorders. Examples include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

Signs & Symptoms


  • Difficulty with controlling the worry
  • Fearfulness or panic
  • Compulsion or obsession
  • Easily fatigued
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches, lightheadedness or dizziness
  • A tendency to be overly cautious

Here are some strategies you can take to help manage your anxiety:

  • List and evaluate your fears – This will allow you to think about them and determine if there is anything constructive that you can do about your fears. Brainstorm on ideas for how you could make things better.
  • Review and decide – Once you’ve faced your fears and brainstormed ideas, you will feel much more in charge of yourself and your situation. Review what you’ve discovered and make some decisions.
  • Engage in physical activity – Exercise may improve mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress. There is also evidence that physically active people have lower rates of anxiety and depression than sedentary people.

If you find your anxiety is still disrupting your life, there are treatments than can help.  Marriage and Family Counseling can help you manage your feelings and learn techniques to help you live a more satisfying and productive life.

 

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Couples Therapy How Can It Help?

Couples therapy can help you with to see through devensive posturing and
game playing. Defenses that keep both of you from seeing who you really are and what you need emotionally from each other in order to have true intimacy. Express deeper fears, shame, and helplessness. Only in these vulnerable moments can lovers truly begin to see one another and glimpse what’s in each others hearts.

It can help you work through pain and despair.  In the worst moments, when you feel everything good is slipping away, in these moments therapy can help.

After you’ve shown each other your deeper dreams, fears and passions, and stopped hiding emotionally, walk out in the sunlight together.

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Living by Scripts

A script can be understood as a sort of underlying principle, or as a set of rules utilized by the person. When scripts are activated, possibilities arise to get to know the underlying dynamics of the person. In short, self psychology, script theory, and the theory of affect–consciousness offer a consistent theoretical approach to work with GIM as music therapy as well as an adjunct to the verbal modality.

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How Often Do You Argue?

So how do couples know if there’s too much fighting in their relationship? That depends entirely on the couple. Some people have a high tolerance for confrontation. However, others are uncomfortable with any amount of arguing, so even a moderately disagreeable partner can be difficult for them to live with. Some couples may not argue much at all, but the one or two arguments they have might be so intense that as to threaten the entire marriage. Nevertheless, for most of us, we’re probably within acceptable limits if we’re able to keep our disagreements in perspective. We don’t allow them to interfere with other aspects of our relationship. Our overall thoughts about our marriage stay positive, we don’t harbor bad feelings long afterwards, and we enjoy our partner’s company during times of peace. Additionally, if we’re able to hammer out workable solutions as a result of our arguments, then we’re probably fighting with our partner as often as we need to.

More important than how often couples argue is how they behave when they do. Specifically, we’re referring to partners’ treatment towards each other in the heat of an argument. That in large part determines whether or not our communication is effective, and by that we mean it achieves the straightforward objectives of a problem and we do it efficiently. We’re efficient when our disagreements are not drawn out longer than necessary, they don’t move on to topics that have nothing to do with the original problem, they don’t escalate to personal attacks or a rehashing of past disappointments and resentments, and both partners feel better about each other when they’ve ended.

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Distinguishing what Oppositional Defiant Disorder is….

It is normal for children to be oppositional and defiant at least some of the time. In fact, it’s a sign of healthy development. So when does a child have oppositional defiant disorder? The diagnosis should not be given, for example, to a toddler who has just discovered that her new favorite word is “no.”

ODD is typically diagnosed around early elementary school ages and stops being diagnosed around adolescence. Kids who have ODD have a well-established pattern of behavior problems. Symptoms include:

  • Being unusually angry and irritable
  • Frequently losing their temper
  • Being easily annoyed
  • Arguing with authority figures
  • Refusing to follow rules
  • Deliberately annoying people
  • Blaming others for mistakes
  • Being vindictive

All children can have these symptoms from time to time. What distinguishes ODD from normal oppositional behavior is how severe it is, and how long it has been going on for. A child with ODD will have had extreme behavior issues for at least six months.

Another hallmark of ODD is the toll it takes on family relationships. Regular daily frustrations — ignored commands, arguments, explosive outbursts — build up over time, and these negative interactions damage the parent-child bond and reinforce hostile patterns of behavior.

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How to Value Yourself

You are likely to find that specific outward appearances automatically trigger a need within you to compare yourself to others, whether it is how much money someone else has or is making, how physically attractive they are, their relationship status or what material possessions they own and so on. Dig a little deeper and you will find that you have unwittingly placed an undue value on these outward appearances and are using them to determine your own self worth. In other words, how much money you have, how attractive you are and so on, have become the determining function of your self worth, and usually in isolation of all your other qualities and achievements. Such specific comparisons leave you temporarily feeling either better or worse about yourself, depending on where you ranked yourself on society’s scale of success.

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