At Live Well Therapy, we treat a variety of conditions. The list below includes our areas of specialization. If you do not see your specific concern, we encourage you to reach out to see if we might be a good fit for your needs.
Maintaining and deepening connections with loved ones is often one of the most important aspects of leading a fulfilling and satisfying life. However, the stressors of life often begin to wear on our relationships, causing problems between partners or even exacerbating underlying differences or tensions which had been previously manageable or unnoticed. Couple therapy provides the additional support to explore and repair these relationship difficulties, strengthening the bond between partners. Common issues that frequently bring couples in to work with me include:
- Difficulty with communication
- Managing conflict and frequent arguments
- Sexual or intimacy issues
- Facing a medical illness of one or both partners
- Concerns about parenting
- Managing family stressors
- Working through major life changes
- Preparing for marriage
Couple therapy can help you strengthen your relationship with your partner. Please visit our Treatments page for information on how we can treat these difficulties.
Anxiety typically involves suffering from persistent and excessive fears and worries. Anxiety can also lead us to avoid people, places, things, or situations, and to engage in behaviors to relieve anxiety in the short term, which may actually worsen anxiety in the long term. The fear and constant worry associated with anxiety can be paralyzing. At Live Well Therapy, we treat the following Anxiety Disorders:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
- Specific Phobias
You don’t need to be controlled by anxiety. Please visit our Treatments page for more information.
A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening. Panic Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by persistent fear about having future panic attacks. Left untreated, panic attacks and panic disorder can affect almost every area of your life. For some people, panic disorder may include agoraphobia—avoiding places or situations that cause you anxiety because you fear being unable to escape or get help if you have a panic attack.
If you believe you may be suffering from this condition, you do not need to be controlled by your anxiety. Panic Disorder is treatable and you can break free from your anxiety. Please visit our Treatments page for more information.
The fear of specific situations, people, places, and objects is quite common. Although adults with phobias may realize that these fears are disproportionate, even thinking about the object or situation they fear brings on severe anxiety symptoms. Dr. Hughes has experience treating common phobias, such as crowds, needles, animals, insects, heights, enclosed spaces, and airplanes.
You can take back control of your life and recover from anxiety. Please visit our Treatments page for more information on how we treat this treatable issue.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & Trauma
PTSD is a condition that is triggered in some individuals by a life threatening or extremely terrifying event—either experiencing it or witnessing it. While most but not all people experience short-term symptoms after a traumatic event, the majority do not develop ongoing (chronic) PTSD. However, some do go on to experience symptoms of PTSD. Learn more about PTSD here.
- Re-experiencing symptoms such as recurring and intrusive distressing memories, which can include flashbacks of the trauma, bad dreams, and unwanted thoughts.
- Avoidance symptoms which can include staying away from certain places or objects that are reminders of the traumatic event.
- Cognition & mood symptoms can include trouble recalling the event, negative thoughts about one self, feeling numb, guilty, angry, depressed, or disconnected from others, and having difficulty concentrating.
- Arousal symptoms such as being intensely startled by loud noises, trouble sleeping, being overly alert or on edge, or outbursts of anger.
You can recover from PTSD! Learn more about treatments for trauma.
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