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Piper Walsh, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist
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Manage Grief and Reclaim Yourself

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After the death of a loved one,  it can be difficult to know how to manage grief and reclaim yourself. You must know that it is possible to do. Dr. Piper Walsh’s grief counselling is for anyone having trouble moving forward after a loved one passes away.

The people around us can make this process harder for us even though they don’t have that intention. You may have lost a grandparent you were particularly close to and cannot find a way to accept the loss. You may have lost a sibling after a long illness that didn’t have a cure. When you are experiencing loss, the people around you may not understand what is going on in your world. Even if they themselves are experiencing the loss, each one of us has a unique experience, so it’s likely they are ill- equipped to help you manage grief.

When You Need Grief Counseling

Grief counselling doesn’t always have to be something you undertake in response to a death. People grieve for all kinds of reasons other than death. For example, you may be grieving because you lost your job. This is entirely understandable because the loss of a job can mean several unpleasant things to you. Your friends and family may not be able to give you any helpful advice about it. This the time when you need grief counseling.

Adult and minor children of divorced parents also experience grief when one parent moves out of the home. The absent parent appears to move out of your life. This is very painful for you and may require that you entertain the idea of getting counseling for this issue.

In other cases, you aren’t just experiencing one loss. You can lose a loved one and then your job and then a beloved friend all in the course of one year. You must not feel as if you should be able to take all of these losses without any help. This is exactly what Dr. Piper Walsh is here to help you confront.

There may be particular difficulties accepting the death of a loved one if the person died under tragic, traumatic, or violent circumstances. Well-meaning friends may lend an ear and want to help for a time, but in time they want to see you “get over it.,” and hearing such statements from loved ones can be frustrating. There are no set rules as to the length of a grief process. Every experience is unique. Your friends cannot be your therapists in this situation. You do have Dr. Piper Walsh to take you to the next level of your grief.

The grief that you are experiencing may be so overwhelming that you are unable to feel like yourself.  You may feel as if you need counseling for this issue. If you avoid addressing your grief, the consequences could be compounded. Continued suffering may make it feel as if you are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder or a deep depression. If this is the case, the best way to address the issue is by seeking help from a clinical psychologist.

Whatever reason you have for experiencing grief, Dr. Piper Walsh can help you. If you are stuck in one of the stages of grief, Dr. Walsh will help you find your way out of it. If you are ready to learn to manage grief and reclaim yourself, do yourself a favor. Give Dr. Piper Walsh a call, and set up an appointment today.

Signs of Depression

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Most people occasionally feel sad or down from time to time. Knowing the signs of depression is important so that you can get the help that you need. When your feelings are overwhelming, ongoing, and cause you to suffer physical and emotional symptoms, they can prevent you from enjoying your life. Untreated depression can worsen and last for months or years, causing pain and increasing the potential for suicide. When you are experiencing overwhelming feelings of depression, getting depression counselling can help. Recognizing the signs of depression is the first step to getting better.

What are the symptoms of depression?

There are numerous symptoms of depression, including the following:

  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Memory problems
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling pessimistic and hopeless
  • Irritability
  • Sleep problems
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Chronic aches and pains
  • Persistent sadness
  • Digestive problems
  • Suicidal ideations or attempts

How is depression diagnosed?

Doctors and therapists ask people questions about their symptoms and the severity of them. You might also be asked how long the symptoms have lasted and if you have a history of depression in your family or of alcohol or drug abuse. You may be asked to complete a clinical questionnaire about depression. The information that you provide will be used to determine whether your symptoms amount to clinical depression.

How is depression treated?

Depression may be treated with antidepressants combined with depression counselling. Your doctor may refer you to a psychologist at South Orange County Counseling. A combination of antidepressants and therapy is an effective way to treat depression. With help, your symptoms can improve so that you can enjoy your life again.

Warning signs of suicide risk

Suicide is a serious risk of depression. If you experience suicidal thoughts, you need to seek immediate help. Some warning signs that a loved one may be experiencing suicidal thoughts include the following:

  • Sudden change from deep, ongoing sadness to appearing overly calm
  • Constantly talking about death
  • Depression that grows worse
  • Engaging in very risky behaviors
  • Talking about feeling worthless or hopeless
  • Putting his or her affairs in order
  • Contacting all of his or her close friends
  • Making comments about suicide

If you experience these types of warning signs, you should immediately call a suicide hotline or mental health professional for help.

When to seek help for depression

If you have been experiencing ongoing depression that is interfering with your work and relationships, talking to a professional can help. Meeting with a psychologist at South Orange County Counseling can help to keep your symptoms from worsening.

You should understand that feeling sad doesn’t always mean that you are depressed. Clinical depression involves more than a change in your mood. It also involves changes in your energy level, sleep patterns, motivation, and ability to concentrate. If you are experiencing both physical and/pr emotional symptoms that are overwhelming, contact South Orange County Counseling today by calling  949.370.4246.


Counseling for Parents can help you be a Better Parent

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From the moment you find out that you’re going to become a parent, you are likely overwhelmed with information about the health and needs of your new arrival. Pediatricians, family members, friends, parent groups, schools and even the media all have opinions and conflicting information. Sifting through it all can be exhausting and demoralizing.  Keep reading to learn more about how counseling for parents can help you be a better parent.

How Counseling Can Help You Be a Better Parent

Parenting can be among the most rewarding and the most complex jobs a person can tackle. Few relationships have the potential to be as intense, as close, as powerful or as emotionally charged as the one between parent and child. Unfortunately, the normal growing pains of life can lead to strain on these relationships as well as marriages and families. Dr. Walsh works with parents to ensure each family member has the space they need to grow and develop to their fullest.

From birth, parents are among the most influential people in children’s lives. Even after adulthood, children often reach out to their parents with questions and concerns. As parents, we know that our choices can have far-reaching effects on our kids, and we want to make sure those effects are as positive as possible. That effect can limit your child’s worldview and opportunities, or it can prepare your child to be open to new ideas, experiences and people. Counseling helps you tackle the tough issues that have been holding you back in your own life and gives you the confidence to be the best parent you can be.

Parenting Counseling at All Ages

Counseling for parents can be beneficial at all stages of parenthood and can help you address a wide range of issues, including:

  • Managing new responsibilities
  • Meeting the needs of multiple children
  • Maintaining healthy work-life balance
  • Struggling to set boundaries or limits
  • Scheduling personal time or family time
  • Bringing work home
  • Arguing or fighting with siblings or family members
  • Blending two families
  • Transitioning through major life changes, such as cross-country moves or losses
  • Adjusting and reconnecting after the children have moved out
  • Inter-generational conflicts with adult children

Growing Pains and New Challenges

Growing up is hard work for parents and kids alike. All the learning, growing, experimenting and developing that children need to do is hard work. Sometimes, the process can even be painful or difficult. Children struggle, make mistakes and feel frustrated, and so do parents. Overcoming challenges is a part of becoming a healthy, well-adjusted adult. However, parents often want to step in and fix things, especially if we’re carrying our own history of trauma or defeat.

With counseling, you can focus on your development and growth; your kids can have the space they need to work on theirs. You can parent your kids the way they need instead of falling back into unhelpful and potentially self-defeating coping mechanisms. You can learn new ways to manage those inevitable parenting challenges. This is even more important if your children are dealing with their turmoil or turbulence.

South Orange County Counseling

Kids don’t come with instruction manuals, and that means that, for many of us, parenting is a series of trials and errors. Some of the biggest decisions we’ll ever make are made on the spur of the moment. With parenting counseling, we can work through those challenges together by developing healthy boundaries, appropriate goals and positive relationship dynamics in your family.

At South Orange County Counseling, counseling for parents can help you deal with your toughest parenting challenges so that you can move forward with your family into deeper, more rewarding relationships. Contact us today to learn more about how counseling can help you be a better parent or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Piper Walsh.

Worried? Stressed? Counseling Can Help

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Have you been feeling irritable and stressed? You aren’t alone. Have you noticed changes in how you handle everyday frustrations? Counseling can help. When stress and worry become overwhelming, you need a professional counselor to help you. Counseling can help you to gain control of your thoughts and actions, so you can effectively navigate life’s challenges.

Are You Feeling Frustrated?

When you feel unappreciated or overwhelmed at home or at work, it’s easy to become frustrated. Feelings of frustration can quickly spiral into resentment and anger. If you find yourself reacting to others with outbursts of anger, it’s time to take a deeper look at how to manage your thoughts and feelings. A professional counselor can help you to proactively address the sources of your frustration and avoid the destructive slide into anger or resentment.

How Counseling Can Help

While you may not be able to eliminate stress from your life, there are ways to minimize the negative effects of stress. For example, if you are experiencing stress due to family issues, both family counseling and individual counseling can help you to work through each issue. If you and your spouse are having trouble communicating, marriage, couples and family counseling can benefit you both. If you have a stressful job, if you are feeling pressure from your family, or judgement your friends, Dr. Walsh can help you work through these issues and others.

Dr. Piper Walsh can help you find solutions to curb negative reactions to stress and frustration. She has experience with complex family issues and takes every current and past issue into consideration. Dr. Walsh can help you discover effective strategies to cope with frustration, lower stress, and improve quality of life.

Dr. Walsh serves San Clemente, Laguna Beach, Irvine and several other South Orange County areas. She treats each client with the utmost respect and compassion. Her goal is to be a personal advocate for each client’s long-term success and happiness. If you want to learn how counseling can help you, please call Dr. Walsh’s office today.