recovery of life



At Recovery of Life we can help you manage and overcome many of life’s struggles. Some examples of issues we treat are:

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.

People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.

Depression is more than just sadness. People with depression may experience a lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities, significant weight loss or gain, insomnia or excessive sleeping, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

Depression is the most common mental disorder. Fortunately, depression is treatable. A combination of therapy and antidepressant medication can help ensure recovery.

People experience grief in many different ways, and sometimes the feelings can seem unbearable. Grief is typically associated with a relationship loss, such as having to say goodbye to a loved one or going through the process of letting go of a relationship that has otherwise ended or changed. It can also be the result of a personal injury or change of status. Grief encompasses more than sadness because some type of loss has occurred. People grieve the end of journeys; the loss of dreams; unexpected changes in life; and a variety of other things. Counseling can help people navigate these paths and understand their feelings throughout the process.

Grief and loss are not cut-and-dried issues; they tend to move forward and change shape, but learning to live in new realities often takes time and means going back and forth between the past and the present in a meaningful way. Our counselors are here to help assist people with this.

The therapeutic approach to behavioral issues and emotional struggles among adolescents is as varied as the individual experiencing the issues. Emotional and behavioral issues of adolescence are influenced by a myriad of sources, includeing the personality traits of the individual, the unique characteristics of the family, and the school setting in which the adolescent functions.. Counseling works to increase awareness of the issues and pinpoint problems and well as potential solutions within these various area. Using the most current research, our therapist will apply tried and true processes that seek to return our adolescent clients to a healthy and vibrant state of life. At Recovery of Life, we work with clients individually as well as including significant others in the process of healing. However, treatment goals will primarily reflect the expressed needs of the adolescent, as the ultimate goal is for that individual to be able to move forward with the amazing experience of becoming who he or she was created to be.

Relationships are woven tightly into the fabric of mankind. Our relationships teach us about love and belonging, or the lack thereof. We learn who we are in relationship to others and we constantly redefine ourselves in relationship to others. 

All relationships involve some degree of struggle and effort to make them work.  In order to achieve a healthy marriage or family dynamic, someone must be intentionally working in that direction. If you are not satisfied with your current level of marital or family health, you can take a step towards a more positive future right now by scheduling an appointment for counseling.

Couples who are more proactive in seeking help have better results from therapy. If you can tell your marriage or family is under fire, please reach out and allow us to help you.  Our therapists are equipped to help couples with emotional struggles, communication issues, parenting challenges, extramarital affairs, traumatic experiences, boundary issues with extended family members, and a variety of other issues. We also offer counseling to entire families who are undergoing stressors of various types. Research shows that family goals are often more effective than individual goals because everyone is facing the same direction and working as a team. If we can help you in any way with the needs of your marriage or family, please contact us now.

Childhood behavioral issues are unique to individual families and often depend on the larger context of the community as well. Children speak through behaviors to tell adults about their world and to try and process their feelings about things. Child behavior is sometimes considered to be either “good and “appropriate” or “bad” and “inappropriate”, but there is actually a large continuum between the two. Very rarely can any person’s sum total of behaviors be squeezed into either category. Rather than thinking in terms of labels or categorizations, our counselors see children’s behaviors as clues as to what’s going on inside of them and/or what they have experienced.  Behaviors are considered to be problematic when they impair a child’s functioning, when they cause the child (or the adult caretaker) distress, or when they put someone in danger. Common behavioral issues in children include the following: tantrums, excessive crying, school trouble, acting out in anger, hurting others without appropriate empathy, unexplained crying, night terrors, inability to control bladder, anxiety issues, worries and inattention. These and many other things can cause difficulty between parents, hurt between siblings, and general disruption in the family.  You can depend on our counselors to consider the latest treatments for your child and for supporting you as a parent.

Issues in relationships can become overwhelming. Often those closest to us know how to hurt us the most. Common relationship issues include poor boundaries, lack of intimacy, passive aggressive or aggressive behavior, lack of communication, dealing with the effects of substance abuse, abuse, etc. If you have a history of trauma from family or past relationships, this can create relational issues in the present. Our clinical therapists help clients begin to heal from the wounds caused by these issues while helping create environments where change is possible. Individual counseling can focus on how to respond and cope, while couples counseling can focus on the whole environment of your relationship. 
Research shows that preventive counseling is highly effective. Don’t wait until your relationship is “on the rocks” to seek help. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. 
We also offer pre-marital counseling to help couples discuss and think through issues and questions that often arise in marriage and to lay the groundwork to better prepare for those. 
Stress can be the underlying cause of numerous mental, physical, and spiritual health issues. Signs of stress often include physical symptoms, such as neck pain or light headedness, as well as emotional symptoms, such as feeling overwhelmed or helpless. Stress often comes when we feel we have “too much on our plate”. This causes us to believe we have to rush and overreact to deal with our normal responsibilities. Stress often is felt by those whose “driven” personality has wandered into perfectionism. Although no human is perfect, those who struggle with perfectionistic thinking feel let down when they don’t reach this unattainable level. This causes stress and anxiety. Stress can also be felt by those who have trouble saying “no”. Being “servant-hearted” can become an unhealthy desire to please everyone. Pleasing everyone is stressful. 
If you constantly feel “stressed out” we would love to hear your story. Our clinical therapists practice research-based interventions that can help you find the freedom of stepping of the treadmill-high stress levels. 

Eating disorders are abnormal eating habits that can threaten your health or even your life. They include:

  • Anorexia nervosa: Individuals believe they’re fat even when they’re dangerously thin and restrict their eating to the point of starvation.     

  • Bulimia nervosa: Individuals eat excessive amounts of food, then purge by making themselves vomit or using laxatives.  

  • Binge eating: Individuals have out-of-control eating patterns, but don’t purge. 

The state of crisis occurs when you feel overwhelmed by life’s events and are in need of immediate intervention. There is a heightened sense of urgency during crisis situations, and this is intensified by the inability to use effective problem solving and coping skills. 
Crisis intervention is implemented to decrease the intensity of a person’s- or a group’s- emotional, physical, mental, and behavioral reactions to crisis. Crisis intervention progresses through several stages, and lengths of therapy sessions can vary. Sessions may occur one time or several times, depending on the type of crisis. People are often more receptive to receiving help during a time of crisis. 
Our clinical therapists would love to provide effective crisis intervention to help you achieve emotional and mental stability. Crisis-centered therapeutic interventions are utilized immediately, at the onset of crisis, in an effort to decrease the use of maladaptive coping mechanisms and increase the use of positive ones.
Change is an inevitable and often necessary part of life. Sometimes, however, major changes or life stage transitions (especially the unexpected) can become overwhelming and stressful. The inability to cope and adjust to life stage transitions can have a serious impact on an individual’s general health and well-being and can result in emotional instability. The ability to cope during each difficult time is an important tool to learn and can be gained through therapy. 
Examples of Life Stage Transitions 
* Starting middle, high school, or college 
* Moving to a new area or different country 
* Divorce 
* Starting employment
* Losing employment 
* Birth of a new family member
* Death of a family member
* Menopause
* Empty nest