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Piper Walsh, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist
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Therapy for Children, Adolescents, Adults in South Orange County

Marriage Crisis? Heal Marital Concerns Now

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Every married couple will go through difficult times together. Making a commitment to work through problems together helps heal marital concerns. The next step is working with an experienced therapist. If you and your spouse are fighting more, experiencing negative feelings, disagreeing constantly, or going through a crisis, counseling can help. Counseling can help in a variety of situations.

When Is Marriage Counseling Necessary?

Even if a problem seems small, such as a continual disagreement on a parenting issue, it is beneficial to work with a therapist. Small problems can escalate into bigger ones if they are not addressed in the right manner. Even when a relationship is new and everything seems great, counseling can help. For example, newlyweds often feel like life is blissful. In such a case, it helps to seek counseling to learn ways to deal with common problems that all married couples will face. By learning these strategies in advance, couples can have a better chance of avoiding a crisis.

Counseling can also help when there is a marriage crisis. Everything from an affair to a problem that has been ignored for years can lead to a crisis. With patience, professional therapy, and a sincere commitment from both partners to work toward healing, it is possible to get through a marital crisis. If the crisis is not addressed, it will only worsen. Marital crises can negatively affect children and their mental health as well. If children develop issues as a result, those can turn into persistent problems in adulthood if they are not addressed.

Heal Marital Concerns With Counseling in Orange County

Dr. Piper Walsh has experience helping couples with all types of issues. She helps them get to know one another better and recognize emotional calls. These are ways that people attempt to communicate with one another. Knowing when the other person wants to communicate is part of the equation, and another important part is knowing how to respond. Dr. Walsh helps couples identify and understand any unhealthy communication patterns. She helps them learn how to communicate in more effective ways. By helping couples build a foundation of mutual respect and empathy, she assists them in working toward healing solutions.

Dr. Walsh also provides counseling for teens and children. When marital issues have been causing rifts in the family for a long time, family counseling is often helpful. Dr. Walsh works to help married couples and their families heal together and live fuller, happier lives. If you and your spouse are experiencing difficulties that you need help facing, the compassionate team at South Orange County Counseling is here to help. Please contact us to learn more about marriage counseling with Dr. Walsh.

Parenting Counseling, Be Authoritative, Not Authoritarian

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Parenting can be both a trying and rewarding journey. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, there are some methods to avoid. Many parents desire consistency, and they use a strict approach to maintain their rules, boundaries and other limitations. While this can be helpful for a child’s development, it can be harmful with the wrong method. Parenting counseling is beneficial for developing the right parenting strategies. The key to successfully being a strict and helpful parent is to know the difference between being authoritative and authoritarian. With children of any age, be authoritative not authoritarian.

Understanding Authoritarian Parenting

Authoritarian parents have very little responsiveness and lofty demands for their children. For example, an authoritarian parent may have a long list of strict rules. There may be minimal rewards and no emotional support for following the rules. Instead, the child may feel fearful if she or he does not follow them. An authoritarian parent uses harsher punishments, and there are often punishments for many things. For example, a child may be punished for not finishing dinner, not doing a task correctly or even smaller things. There are many rules, and failure to follow them all results in punishment. Authoritarian parents tend to lack proper nurturing abilities.

While it may look like the technique is successful to the parent, it harms the child. Children who have authoritarian parents are often shy or fearful around others and have low self-esteem. Some may instead behave aggressively. They can develop a lack of self-control in the future. Also, they often associate love with success or obedience.

Understanding Authoritative Parenting

Authoritative parents are still strict. However, they offer plenty of affirmation, support, nurturing and encouragement to children. An authoritative parent may still consistently punish a child for breaking reasonable rules. There may also be high standards and clear-cut boundaries. Balancing those with a high level of responsiveness is the key to protecting the child’s mental and emotional wellbeing. A child who lives in an authoritative environment still learns to follow rules or succeed. However, the child does not live in fear of punishment for every shortcoming. An authoritarian parent may threaten a child who refuses to eat with punishment instead of finding out why the child is not hungry. Alternately, an authoritative parent will figure out why the child will not eat. If the child is being picky, there may be no dessert. The child may be feeling unwell or may have a sensitivity to the food. In an authoritative structure, a child should not be afraid to talk, and the parent must be considerate enough to listen.

Be Authoritative Not Authoritarian with Parenting Counseling

Parents can learn how to maintain authority and gain better nurturing skills through counseling. Even if a parent has neglected emotional support at home, it is possible to turn it into a more positive structure. Parenting counseling with South O.C. Counseling shows parents how to use a positive approach to being strict. Since Dr. Piper Walsh is also experienced in counseling children, she can help them as well. Children who have been raised in an authoritarian environment may need help transitioning into a healthier one and dealing with any other issues. Dr. Walsh can help parents and children foster healthy relationships together.

Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with Therapy

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a debilitating and common type of anxiety disorder. TheĀ Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that one out of every 40 adults in the U.S. is affected by OCD. People who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder may engage in repetitive behaviors to ease anxiety or suppress intrusive thoughts. While this disorder can feel overwhelming, it is treatable. Successfully treating obsessive compulsive disorder with therapy is possible with the right therapeutic approaches.

Treating obsessive compulsive disorder with therapy

Health care providers use psychological therapy as an effective method to reduce the intensity and frequency of the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Therapy can help people to change their thoughts and/or behaviors to provide relief from the symptoms they experience.

Behavioral and cognitive therapeutic approaches for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder may be more effective than medication alone. When doing so is appropriate, cognitive and behavioral therapy may be combined with anxiety medications to achieve the best result.

Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

An effective therapeutic approach for obsessive compulsive disorder is cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT helps people to change the thought or cognitive distortions that initiate harmful compulsions and obsessions.

If you have OCD, you might overestimate your responsibility for a potentially negative event and believe that you must take steps to prevent it from happening. For example, you might feel compelled to count to prevent a car accident even though doing so will not have any effect on whether a car accident occurs or not.

When you undergo CBT, your negative thought patterns will be identified and examined. Your therapist will help you to come up with alternatives that are less threatening and more realistic. CBT also incorporates elements of behavioral therapy. Your therapist might ask you to try some of the alternatives you have identified by using exposure therapy.

Behavioral therapy for treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Most behavioral therapies that are used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder focus on exposing people to the things that they most fear. By being exposed to what you are afraid of, you will have the opportunity to learn new information to help you to disconfirm your fears.

Exposure and response prevention therapy is a highly effective type of behavioral therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder. When your therapist incorporates ERP into her therapeutic approach, you will be exposed to the anxiety producing experience underlying your obsessions. You will then be prevented from using rituals to lessen your anxiety. The cycle of exposure followed by response prevention will be repeated until you no longer experience your obsessions and compulsions.

ERP may be performed over multiple sessions in your therapist’s office. You might also be asked to practice it at home. Your therapist may use a gradual approach to introduce the event or object incrementally before increasing your exposure. The goal of ERP is to help you to extinguish your obsession and the compulsive behaviors that accompany it.

Get help from a psychologist at South Orange County Counseling

Obsessive-compulsive disorder can be highly disruptive to your life. However, you do not have to suffer alone. Treating obsessive compulsive disorder with therapy is effective and can help you break free from your OCD symptoms. Dr. Piper Walsh, Ph.D. is a compassionate and dedicated clinical psychologist who is prepared to help you. Contact Orange County Counseling today to schedule an appointment and learn about the help we can provide by calling us at (949)370-4726.

Cope with a Pandemic Through Therapy

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Many people are experiencing stress because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and therapy can be the answer to this situation. We have never had to contend with this particular disease before, so it is causing some people to be extremely fearful. No one is immune to the difficulties that COVID-19 is creating these days. Dr. Piper can help you cope with a pandemic through therapy.

In addition to the fears and anxieties that people are experiencing, the suggestions for how we can remain safe from the disease are also contributing to our emotional problems. For example, the advice to be socially distant from other people is causing many of us to feel isolated, and isolation increases the stress and anxiety that we are experiencing.

The result of social isolation can be the following:

  • An increase in the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • A worsening of any pre-existing mental health conditions.
  • A worsening of pre-existing health conditions.
  • Difficulties concentrating.
  • Difficulties sleeping.
  • Eating too much or too little.
  • Worrying about financial stresses or a loved one’s health.

Children also experience anxiety, and this may manifest itself in several ways. For example, some kids begin to wet the bed, cry incessantly or appear to be very worried or sad.

At South Orange County Counseling, we are aware that you are suffering through a difficult time right now. You are concerned about your own health, but you would also like to protect the health of the people around you. For that reason, we understand if you are reluctant to come into our office for the therapy that you need.

If you are going to cope with a pandemic through therapy, you need to be able to visit Dr. Walsh in her office, but this may be too frightening for you. To be able to help you cope with a pandemic through therapy, we will treat you over the phone or on a video platform.

Pre-Existing Conditions

If you have a pre-existing mental health condition, it may be especially important for you to continue to attend your counseling sessions. If you fit this description, it may be even more difficult for you to live through an emergency if one presents itself.

Mental health conditions can make it so that you cannot adequately communicate with the people around you; they also make it hard for you to function throughout the day. Your symptoms may even be worsening. If this is what is happening, it is imperative that you contact us for a continuation of your therapy.

You may not have a pre-existing condition, but you are noticing that you are having trouble coping during the pandemic. If your thoughts and feelings have been getting in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row, you are a candidate for counseling with Dr. Walsh at South Orange County Counseling.

The COVID Pandemic & Therapy

The COVID-19 pandemic & therapy go together because the pandemic is the reason that people feel depressed, isolated, anxious and financially destroyed. These are all reasons that people begin to think negative thoughts. If this has been happening to you, we recommend that you contact us so that we can help you cope better with the current climate. It isn’t unusual that the COVID-19 pandemic and mental health struggles are presenting themselves at the same time, so you must not feel embarrassed that you are having difficulties coping with the stress now.