‘Depression’ Category

  1. Emotional Transformational Therapy

    January 10, 2014 by admin

    What is ETT?


    Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT) as a therapeutic technique designed to reduce psychological and physical distress. This noninvasive, non-pharmaceutical approach combines traditional talk therapy with the use of colored light to achieve faster results. By stimulating the brain with lights and colors, the neural impulses that affect the nervous system and brain can be reshaped. As the observer and the facilitator, the therapist can recognize emotional responses and influence proper regulation through verbal cues that ultimately lead to behavioral and emotional transformation. The therapist determines what images are presented to the client to target the recovery.

    After a therapist establishes a strong, supportive relationship with the client, formal ETT begins. The therapist shines a small light directly into the client’s eyes, with the client seated very close to both the light and the therapist, in a dark room. An ETT practitioner will select specific colors to stimulate different parts of the brain that are associated with the client’s concerns. Normal therapy proceeds as the light is projected into the client’s eye. That combination of verbal and visual processing can speed healing time.

    Light can make people feel more comfortable, because clients don’t have to make direct eye contact with therapists. Olga Wingood’s approach of unconditional positive regard during therapy, and the therapist is encouraged to provide a comfortable, safe environment for the client.

    ETT is currently used for various psychological problems as well as it can be used to reduce symptoms of pain.

    You will benefit from Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT) if you are experiencing:

    * Anxiety, Panic, or Chronic Stress
    * Depression or Unresolved Loss
    * Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)

    Benefits of ETT

    * Rapidly changes negative emotional states, often in a few sessions

    * Quickly resolves emotional blocks
    * Brings forth deep insights and creative solutions to problems
    * Creates long lasting changes that lead to improvements in many life areas

    There is no need to suffer if you are experiencing emotional upset..

  2. Seasonal Affective Disorder

    April 15, 2013 by admin

    Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is estimated to affect 11 million people in the United States every year. Women are four times more likely to suffer from SAD than men. Children also have a higher prevalence to SAD than men. It tends to run in families, though and as a person ages, their risk of developing the condition increases. People in the northern geographical region are eight times more likely to experience seasonal affective disorder than those living in the southern part of the country.

    What is SAD?

    Seasonal affective disorder is a condition that is characterized by depressive symptoms that are significant or severe. These symptoms will appear with the onset of the winter season, or more specifically, when the days become shorter during the winter months. It is because of this that SAD is often referred to as the “winter blues” or “winter depression.” The official diagnosis for SAD is Major Depressive Disorder with a seasonal pattern.

    While SAD was only recently recognized as a disorder (in the early 1980’s), doctors and patients have been aware of this condition for more than 150 years.

    Symptoms of Sad

    The symptoms for seasonal affective disorder are very similar to the symptoms of depression. These include anxiety, sadness, feelings of hopelessness, loss of interest in favorite activities, lack of focus, inability to concentrate, withdrawal from social activities and irritability. The difference between symptoms of SAD and symptoms of depression is that the symptoms of sad appear in late fall and continue through winter and disappearing in the spring. While people suffering from depression tend to have sleep problems, people with SAD usually sleep more, somewhere around 2.5 hours more, during the winter months than during the summer months.


    There are several treatments for seasonal affective disorder. Light therapy is a very popular treatment for SAD. A patient using light therapy will keep special lights on during key times of the day, reducing the production of melatonin, which is believed to be a factor in the condition. Medication is also often used to alleviate symptoms. Finally, psychotherapy is commonly used to help patients who are suffering from SAD.

    Through psychotherapy, patients are encouraged to take and work through their depression. They are given valuable tools to help them manage their condition and feel better. An Irvine therapist can help patients who suffer from SAD and they can help them get to a point where the condition is not as severe or debilitating.

    If you are suffering from SAD:

    If you suffer from SAD or believe that you do, it is important that you talk to your doctor. You can feel better. A therapist in Irvine, Orange County CA can put you on a treatment plan and help you get back to your life, regardless of the season. It is OK to seek help. You own it to yourself to get help and feel better. Seasonal affective disorder does not have to dominate your life. You can get help and you can get better.


  3. Coping With Depression

    October 17, 2011 by admin

    How Therapy Can  Help You Cope  with Depression

    Depression, whether it is a mild case of anxiety or a prolonged and  deep period of sadness, can be really troublesome because you tend to shut down during the period it attacks you. Depression can drain your energy, drive, and hope making it extremely difficult for you to complete any activities – even those which you normally enjoy doing. Depression is one of the most common psychological problems in recent times, and each year over 17 million American people experience a period of clinical depression.

    Depression is a psychological condition, which alters your normal way of thinking, and also affects your sense of physical well being and social behavior. Everyone feels sad at one time or another, but you cannot call this depression. Sometimes you may feel tired after hard work, or discouraged when facing some serious problems. This is also quite normal and happens to everybody. You typically stay with these feelings for a few days or weeks and then get adjusted to the stress. But, if these feelings intensify, linger and begin to interfere with your relationships, responsibilities, or work, they may be the warning signs of depression.

    Consult with an Orange County Therapist to Cope with Depression

    Treatment Options

    With the right approach, depression can be treated. People are affected by depression in different ways and so there is no general treatment option that can work well with all patients. What may work for one person may not work for another. The first step in fighting your depression is to acknowledge the fact that you are suffering from it. Not recognizing this fact often acts as the biggest hurdle in treatment of depression. At times, depression may also be caused as a side effect of some medicines you are taking. However, if your depression is not related to any medicines, a licensed Orange County depression therapist can be of great help. There are different types of mental health therapy available for people suffering from depression. Some of the common therapies include cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy and interpersonal therapy. A combination of these approaches is often used by therapists for an effective treatment.

    How Therapies Help

    Through intensive therapy sessions, the therapist tries to get to the root cause of your depression. Sometimes, depression is caused by an unhealthy attitude to life, relationships, career and because you have set certain unrealistic goals in your life. Through these sessions, you learn if you need to make any changes in your behavior or thoughts, find better ways to solve and cope with your problems, explore experiences and relationships and set realistic goals for your life. Such sessions not only help ease depression symptoms, such as frequent outburst of anger and a sense of hopelessness, but can also help you regain a sense of happiness as well as control of your life.

    Call Olga Wingood, licensed MFT, at (949)231-8778 if you are suffering from depression and it is affecting your life. . By working with you during intensive therapy sessions, she can help you regain control of your life.

    Providing Counseling Services in Orange County: Irvine, Tustin, Orange, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Laguna, Santa Ana, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladero Ranch, Dana Point and San Clemente, California


  4. Chronic Depression

    October 17, 2011 by admin

    Seeing The Light Again With Therapy

    Chronic Depression Help from Orange County Depression Counselor

    Image: Salvatore Vuonot

    Chronic depression, also known as dysthymia is a condition continuing for a long period of time, ranging anywhere from one to two years or longer. . People suffering from this may function normally in their routine life but constantly feel unhappy and dissatisfied. Experts are not sure about the factors responsible for chronic depression. It is thought to be linked with some changes in the brain involving serotonin, a neurotransmitter or chemical that helps the brain to cope with emotions. Chronic illness, major life stresses, work or relationship problems,  and even medication can also sometimes lead to chronic depression.


    Chronic depression is an illness that is most likely to develop early in a person’s life, but most people delay seeking treatment for a considerable period of time. . In fact, many times they don’t even realize that they are suffering from chronic depression. People with chronic depression may become alcoholics or start using drugs in order to try to relieve their despondency as well as other unpleasant symptoms. There are also chances that a person suffering from chronic depression may experience major depression at the same time. He may swing into a major depressive state and then back to a milder state of dysthymia. This state is known as double depression. So it is very important to get the chronic depression treated as early as possible to avoid this.


    Chronic depression can cause changes in thinking, behaviors, feelings, and physical well-being. Its symptoms are the same as those of major depression but are not as intense. These symptoms include loss of energy, insomnia, guilt, empty feeling, sluggishness, helplessness and persistent pain and body aches.

    Treatment Options

    Chronic depression is a serious illness but it can be treated. The most common treatment for this is psychotherapy. However, in some cases, antidepressant medications are also recommended due to the chronic nature of the depression. Psychotherapy is used in different ways to treat the illness. Supportive counseling sessions can help to ease the pain of the individual, and can address the issue of hopelessness. Cognitive therapy can change the unrealistic expectations, pessimistic ideas, and overly critical self-evaluations. Cognitive therapy helps the individual to recognize which problems are critical and which are minor. It also educates a person on how to accept the problems of life that cannot be changed. Interpersonal therapy can assist in solving relationship conflicts and behavioral therapy can help the individual develop better coping skills.

    Call Olga Wingood, licensed MFT, at (949)231-8778 if you or anyone in your family is suffering from chronic depression. Through intensive Orange County therapy sessions, you can get over this problem and develop a positive attitude towards life to help you cope with its various challenges.


    Providing Counseling Services in Orange County: Irvine, Tustin, Orange, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Laguna, Santa Ana, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladero Ranch, Dana Point and San Clemente, California


  5. Bipolar or Manic Depression

    October 17, 2011 by admin

    The Extreme Highs And Lows of Bipolar or Manic Depression

    Bipolar or manic depression is associated with serious shifts in behavior pattern, mood, thinking and energy levels of persons. Everybody experiences mood swings – there are days when you feel high, in good spirit, and there are days when you are feeling low, somewhat depressed because of various reasons related to work, family, etc. But if it happens to the extent that it starts affecting your normal activities, then there is reason to worry, and that is why it needs attention by a licensed therapist.

    A person suffering from bipolar disorder swings from a high of mania at one end to the extremes of depression on the other end. This state of mind may continue for days, weeks and even months. His behavior during a manic phase becomes quite impulsive and he may take extreme decisions, without giving them proper thought, such as  quitting his job, going on a spending spree using credit cards, etc.

    Manic Depression Therapy in Orange County

    Signs and Symptoms

    The symptoms of bipolar depression vary greatly in intensity, frequency and pattern among different people suffering from it. There are basically four different kinds of mood episodes people go through, when they are found to be suffering from this disorder. These are mania, hypomania, depression and mixed episodes. During manic phase, people may have a feeling of excessive or heightened energy levels. They feel that they are destined for greatness, are extremely powerful and suffer from a sense of excessive optimism. They might take certain very bold decisions during this phase of bipolar disorder. Hypomania is a less severe form of mania where people still remain in touch with reality, even though they are suffering from heightened energy levels.

    The phase of depression involves feelings of guilt, irritability, unpredictable mood swings and restlessness. They may feel sad, lonely and fatigued, and may also have sleep problems, memory and concentration problems with thoughts of death or suicide occupying their mind. In mixed episodes of bipolar depression, a person may suffer from a combination of symptoms associated with mania, hypomania or depression phases of bipolar depression.

    Get in Touch with a Therapist

    Bipolar depression is significantly different from the regular depression that most of us experience from time to time.   Left untreated, the symptoms may get worse creating problems in career, health and relationships. It is best to seek the help of a professional therapist, as the treatment for bipolar depression is long term. The treatment is not really simple requiring just a few medications.  It involves the expertise of a qualified therapist who can keep a watch on the person while the therapy is going on, in order  to observe various twists and turns in his behavior patter

    If you have anyone in your family or in your friends’ circle, who you think might be suffering from bipolar/manic depression or any type of depression in Orange County, call us immediately for expert advice.  You can reach Olga Wingood, licensed MFT, at (949)231-8778.


    Providing Depression Counseling Services in Orange County: Irvine, Tustin, Orange, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Laguna, Santa Ana, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladero Ranch, Dana Point and San Clemente, California



  6. Grief and Loss

    October 17, 2011 by admin

    Orange County Grief and Loss Counselling Therapist


    Grief Therapy in Orange CountyGrief is a natural state of mind that everyone experiences in life. It is an emotional response to a great loss. Mostly people face intense grief as a response to the loss of a dear one or a major destabilizing event in life, such as divorce, financial loss, loss of a friendship, job, a pet, etc. Significant changes in life may also lead to feelings of grief and mourning. Grief can shatter the sense of order in people’s life and change their attitude towards life forever.

    Grief brings feelings of extreme sadness mixed with other emotions such as anger, shock, and guilt. Every individual grieves in different ways, but going through the process of experiencing grief is a healthy and important part of the healing process. If you are in grief, you require taking some action for its effective healing. Some people can do it by themselves but many may find it difficult and seek additional support from psychiatrists or psychologists to speed up the healing process.


    Grief is multi-faceted with physical, emotional, behavioral, social, and spiritual aspects. It can manifest itself differently in every person depending on his or her personality, culture, family values and religious beliefs. Experts do not agree with the conventional view that states the grief moves through predictable and orderly stages. They believe that there is no typical response to a loss or a usual timeline for grieving a particular loss. However, some symptoms such as shock and disbelief, guilt, sadness, anger, fear and some physical symptoms are common.

    Grief Therapy

    Grief counseling can be a tremendous help for developing a greater ability to control and understand your emotions, or simply finding peace of mind. Grief therapy is aimed at assisting individuals in coping with their grief. Contrary to traditional counseling, the behavior of the person suffering from grief does not need to be changed. Instead, the therapist acts more like a guide who assists people suffering from grief in exploring the intensity of their feelings and helps them in detaching themselves from the negative aspects of the loss. A grief counselor cannot numb your pain, but encourages building a healthy positive association with the loved one you have lost. If your grief is caused by some other adverse developments in life, then he can help you come to terms with reality and develop a positive attitude further ahead.

    Come and visit us if you have been overwhelmed with grief caused by some major events in your life and you are finding it difficult to manage. Call Olga Wingood, licensed MFT, at (949) 231-8778.

    Providing Counseling Services in Orange County: Irvine, Tustin, Orange, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Laguna, Santa Ana, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladero Ranch, Dana Point and San Clemente, California



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