Adam Hamilton, MA, LPC, LLMFT, NCC
Counselor | Professional414 S. Main Street 201 Rochester MI, 48307
Education and Training
Oakland University MA 2008
Adam Hamilton, MA, LPC, LLMFT, NCC's Expert Contributions
Without more information it would be impossible to know why your sister is struggling with anger. I would recommend that she consider meeting with a counselor/therapist/psychologist if she is interested in developing an understanding of this for herself. Family therapy may also be useful. READ MORE
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (often abbreviated 'GAD') involves an individual experiencing several symptoms of anxiety for more days than not over a 6 month (or greater) period of time. These symptoms include: feeling nervous/keyed up; tension; worry that is difficult to control; problems with concentration; sleep disturbance; and fatigue. These symptoms can also co-occur with depression. I recommend meeting with a mental health professional for a more comprehensive assessment. SSRIs and similar antidepressants along with psychotherapy are common treatments. READ MORE
Exposure and Response/Ritual Prevention is the gold-standard treatment for OCD, in my opinion. The research supports this. A good outcome depends on the skill of the clinician AND the patient's willingness to complete exposures in session and outside of session (independent of the therapist) as homework. READ MORE
It would be best to consult a psychiatrist who can conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms to determine if medication will help you. READ MORE
The passage of time per se is not always sufficient when it comes to resolving the grieving process. I usually recommend counseling when someone presents as 'stuck' in grief and they are finding it difficult to actually process the loss, related thoughts and feelings, and the loss is monopolizing an inordinate amount of their time and energy. If someone is working through the grieving process, even if it is taking a long time, I expect to see a general trend of one's focus gradually returning to typical activities. READ MORE
It may! Behaviorally-oriented couples counseling can be helpful if both members of the couple are willing and active participants in the treatment and are willing to try new approaches to engaging with one another outside of the counseling sessions. READ MORE
If both you and your husband are willing to engage in the counseling, it certainly can be fruitful. Even if you divorce, counseling can help couples sort out unresolved matters and things such as co-parenting issues. READ MORE
It may be helpful, though it would depend on the circumstances. Your counselor will likely be able to guide you through the pros and cons of bringing your child in and help you to decide on a good time to do so. READ MORE
I recommend seeking the professional advice of a mental health clinician who knows your daughter. We certainly want to take all suicidal thoughts and behaviors very seriously and a well-trained clinician can likely work with your daughter and your family to develop a plan to keep her safe. If that is not possible, then hospitalization may be necessary. READ MORE
I would recommend discussing the depression symptoms with your grandmother's primary care physician. In older adults, some medical conditions may get mistaken as depression. That said, if it is the primary care physician's opinion that the symptoms are not caused by another medical condition and likely attributable to depression, psychotherapy can certainly be helpful in multiple ways. READ MORE
I recommend finding a cognitive behavioral therapist who can work with you to address your social anxiety. The intervention of choice would be a formal exposure protocol that increasingly helps you to confront rather than avoid social situations. It is likely a pervasive pattern of avoidance that has led to your social anxiety worsening; exposure helps to break the pattern of avoidance and retrain the brain to understand that social situations are not inherently dangerous. READ MORE
It sounds like a useful resource. If you think it could be helpful, you should certainly go. READ MORE
No! In fact, I think that couples who are considering getting married can really benefit from couples counseling. Additionally, non-married couples can still share many of the same struggles that married couples have. READ MORE
Family therapy can certainly be a tremendous asset in the treatment of eating disorders. In some instances, the individual suffering from the eating disorder may also want to have their own individual therapist where issues can be addressed openly without the presence of others. In situations such as this, family therapy can be an ancillary treatment to primary individual therapy. In situations where individual therapy is not desired (or no therapy is desired), family therapy can certainly be effective and is far, far better than no therapy at all. Please note: Family therapy is not the family observing the 'identified patient' as they undergo treatment. Family therapy will address problems in the family system that are contributing to the struggles that the identified patient is having. Therefore, all participant in family therapy should be prepared to participate in own some responsibility for the problems at hand. READ MORE
Finding a skilled therapist is going to be very helpful in addressing your depression. I generally recommend that someone seek a therapist who utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to start. Once symptoms lessen, a more supportive, less structured type of therapy may be useful. READ MORE
It is likely that you and your partner could benefit from relationship counseling. It's often the case there are problematic patterns of interaction that plague couples; however, these patterns can be very difficult to recognize when you're part of the couple. A skilled marriage therapist can help couples understand what these patterns are and how can be changed. READ MORE
Definitely. Talk therapy can be very helpful; however, for most folks, the combination of medication and therapy is the most effective approach. READ MORE
It might be helpful to start tracking your symptoms - make notes or keep a journal about how your feeling each day for several days prior to the appointment. Note any fluctuations in mood, energy level, sleep regularity, and appetite. Pay special attention to any particular thoughts that seem to be more prevalent since you started feeling depressed. And get ready to work! Therapy is most effective when the patient takes an active role. READ MORE
I do not know about dating groups for individuals with anxiety. That said, a good cognitive-behavioral therapist can certainly help address social anxiety by helping a patient 'practice' being in social situations that are safe without avoiding. When we avoid things that actually aren't dangerous, our brain still responds as though we are in danger. Breaking this pattern of avoidance to non-dangerous situations is key. READ MORE
Yes - there are many behavioral interventions that can assist individuals with AD/HD. READ MORE
- Board Certified Counselor - National Board for Certified Counselors
What do you attribute your success to?
- Love of the field, realized as he grew up how much work and help is needed in so many areas of psychotherapy. He wants his patients and their families to get better and healthier and lead happier lives.
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