Although I treat many other mental health conditions in my general psychotherapy practice, I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the following mood and anxiety disorders, owing to my training and Ph.D. degree in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. Not sure "just talking" will help? Read 10 reasons why the talking cure may be the right choice for you.  To make an appointment for psychotherapy, call (678) 554-5632 or fill out the online appointment request.

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Adjustment Disorders

An adjustment disorder is characterized by:

  • An identifiable stressor to which adjustment is necessary. Which stressors cause adjustment difficulties?
  • Marked distress that is out of proportion to the severity or intensity of the stressor.
  • Significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

For an accurate diagnosis, these and other symptoms must be considered. See the complete diagnostic criteria.

Stress Disorders

The most prevalent types of stress disorder are:

  • Acute Stress Disorder, usually preceded by a significant, traumatic event or circumstance.
  • Chronic Stress Disorder, after prolonged stress, usually over months or years.
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), develops after severe emotional trauma.

For an accurate diagnosis, these and other symptoms must be considered. See the complete diagnostic criteria.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are characterized by:

  • Excessive worry, fear and anxiety with related behavioral disturbances.
  • Surges of panic and impulses toward fight, flight or freeze.
  • Muscle tension and vigilance in preparation for real or perceived danger.
  • May progress to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • May include Social Anxiety Disorder
  • May consist of a Specific Phobia (snakes, flying, heights, open spaces, crowds, etc.)

For an accurate diagnosis, these and other symptoms must be considered. See the complete diagnostic criteria.

Depressive Disorders

Clinical depression is characterized by:

  • Depressive feelings present every day, for most of the day.
  • Insomnia and other sleep disturbances.
  • Sadness and loss of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities.
  • May progress to Bipolar Depression (formerly know as, Manic-Depressive Disorder)
  • May be among the causes of Chronic Pain
  • May be due to a Personality Disorder

For an accurate diagnosis, these and other symptoms must be considered. See the complete diagnostic criteria.

Other Conditions Treatable with Psychotherapy

  1. Bipolar Disorder (formerly known as Manic Depression)
  2. Chronic Pain (psychological, non-medical aspects)
  3. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (part of the anxiety disorder spectrum)
  4. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (part of the stress disorder spectrum)
  5. Personality Disorders (paranoia, codependence, among others)
  6. Social Anxiety (part of the anxiety disorder spectrum)
  7. Specific Phobias (part of the anxiety disorder spectrum)

What is a mental disorder?

A mental disorder is a syndrome characterized by clinically significant disturbance in an individual’s cognition, emotion regulation, or behavior that reflects a dysfunction in the psychological, biological, or developmental processes underlying mental functioning. Mental disorders are usually associated with significant distress or disability in social, occupational, or other important activities. An expected or culturally approved response to a common stressor or loss, such as the death of a loved one, is not a mental disorder. Socially deviant behavior (e.g., political, religious, or sexual) and conflicts that are primarily between the individual and society are not mental disorders unless the deviance or conflict results from a dysfunction in the individual, as described above.--American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5. Washington, D.C: American Psychiatric Association.