The Wheel of Wellbeing’s Psychotherapy program is as diverse and impactful as the issues that create anxiety, depression and stress in your life. Even the healthiest body cannot thrive with a troubled and confused outlook on life. We offer a full spectrum of psychological treatments. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness; it is the first step towards the rest of your life. Even the most severe depression is treatable. With the right support, one can feel better and re-gain joy. We advise seeking a trusting psychotherapist when 5 or more of the following symptoms are present for most of the day, every day for 2 weeks: Constant sadness, irritability, hopelessness, trouble sleeping, low energy or fatigue, feeling worthless or guilty for no reason, significant weight change, difficulty concentrating, loss of interest in favorite activities.
Psychotherapy is a scientifically researched and confirmed series of techniques for treating emotional, mental, relational, and critically traumatizing situations in a person’s life. Pursuit of psychotherapeutic healing helps the person improve current conditions and understand what helps them feel positive by identifying their strength or weak points. By learning how to communicate feelings and practicing better coping skills in difficult situations, treatment of emotional, behavioral, and personality disorders under care of a seasoned psychotherapist becomes possible. Psychological interventions are necessary since medicating the symptoms cannot resolve the core issues by itself.
Among life’s most challenging tasks is respectfully resolving conflict without breaking connection with the other. Most couples experience conflict; it is a common and healthy aspect of any relationship. The issue, however, is how couples resolve conflict, which cannot only be problematic, but reflective of deeper issues troubling the relationship, such as trust, dependency, or fear of abandonment.
Most marriages aren’t perfect. Each person brings his or her own ideas, values, opinions and personal history into a relationship, and they don’t always match their partner’s. Differences don’t necessarily mean your relationship is bound for failure. To the contrary, differences can be complementary if understood correctly. Differences or habits that you once found attractive may irritate you after time together, especially during challenging times. Whatever the cause, conflicts in a relationship can create stress, tension, sadness, worry, fear and insecurity. Ignoring the problem or just getting use to the situation not only will not help your marriage, it may worsen the relationship. Staying in a bad relationship can eventually lead to physical pain and emotional suffering.
Remember, you are not the only one suffering from your failing marriage; the suffering ultimately takes a toll on your kids, family, friends and your career.
With the support of a couples’ counselor, the interpersonal dynamics are explored and the impediments to intimacy and connection are identified and worked through in a safe, honest space. Both sides’ perceptions of the relationship are evaluated in therapy and effective communication skills are practiced. Marriage counseling can help one understand and resolve conflicts and improve relationships. It gives couples the tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, problem solve and even argue in a healthier way. In some cases it may even clarify that going separate ways is the best solution.
Giving your marriage the best possible start is the key to a long lasting, healthy marriage. Pre-marriage counseling helps you to understand your responsibilities as two individuals, and as partners in life.
Most couples spend more time planning their weddings than their marriages! With divorce rates at an all-time high, a marriage needs stable foundations. By having the foresight to examine relationships before going through the mental, emotional, and financial investments of a failed marriage personal happiness and success is secured. In Dr. Sadigh’s six weeks of educational and experiential sessions, romantic partners learn about themselves, each-other, and how to develop a long-lasting relationship.
Learn effective communication skills
Learn how to listen emphatically
Understand and discuss role expectations
Learn conflict resolution skills
Explore and understand each other’s spiritual and religious beliefs
Identify and address any family issues
Set personal, couple, and family goals
Individuals are best understood through their relationships to their entire family. The problematic relationships in a household are seen in the context of the family members’ expressions in that unit, as any change in one member can affect the whole family. An individual’s symptoms are just an indication of relational patterns and by using a systemic perspective I change the system in order to change the individual’s issues. By the way that each family functions, subconsciously, certain roles get assigned to each member and each individual acts accordingly to fulfill the part. Through changing the dysfunctional patterns and releasing the individual from the assigned role I promote more functional interactions, which results in more personal freedom and peace. A healthy family is the core of our community and every child deserves a stable emotional environment.
Stop suffering; free yourself from traumas.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences. EMDR is a gentle procedure which involves rapid eyes movements in the client while a traumatic memory is recalled and processed. This technique lessens the amount of therapeutic time needed to process and resolve traumatic memories.
Psychological Trauma is the effect of a devastating emotional or physical experience on the psychological stability of a person. Such events may involve physical changes inside the brain and to brain chemistry, which disturb the person’s ability to adequately cope with stress. This can be as a result of a traumatic event. Trauma can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or an ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred, or was threatening to you or someone close to you. Traumatic events include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, military combat, witnessing a violent or alarming event, or some illness or attack that appears life threatening or frightening. Those who are seriously affected by an event or witnessing an event, and who do not receive treatment, may go on to develop a condition known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is determined to be an effective treatment of trauma. After successful treatment with EMDR, affective distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and physiological arousal is reduced.
EMDR uses specific psychotherapeutic procedures to:
Guided imagery is based on the concept that your body and mind are connected. By using a program that engages all your senses, the therapist’s directed thoughts and suggestions guide you toward a peaceful, relaxed, and focused meditative state.
You can achieve a relaxed state when you focus only the details of a safe, comfortable place, such as a beach or a garden. This relaxed state may aid healing, learning, creativity, and performance. It may help you feel more in control of your emotions and thought processes, which may improve your overall attitude, consideration of your health, and a sense of wellbeing or joy.
Visualizing, healing & transforming the inner journey through art.
Art can be an effective tool in mental health treatment. As an expressive medium, art can be used to help clients communicate, overcome stress, and explore different aspects of their own personalities. Art therapy is the use of artistic methods to treat psychological disorders and enhance mental health. Art therapy improves the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of individuals of all ages. It is based on the principle that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
Art Therapy can be used to determine a client’s level of functioning; formulate treatment objectives; assess a client’s strengths; gain a deeper understanding of a client’s presenting problems; and evaluate client progress.
Art Therapy may consist of a variety of art methods including drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage for clients of all ages. Clients who have experienced emotional trauma, physical abuse domestic violence, anxiety, depression, and other psychological issues can benefit from expressing themselves creatively. The severity of an event may stop the client from easily expressing feelings verbally; art therapy allows the client to dive deep into the subconscious and re-surface the hidden emotions.
Art therapy clients need no prior experience, in art therapy, your inner world of images, feelings, thoughts, and ideas are always of primary importance to the experience.”
Somatic therapy is a holistically oriented therapy which integrates the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of the client. Somatic Psychotherapy is a gentle, effective short term therapy that allows the nervous system to release stress and trauma by helping us become aware of our bodies and the sensation we experience through them.
When our mind is busy with worries, schedules and concerns, our body’s awareness and breathing can help us to focus on what we are experiencing in the moment. It is so easy for our mind to get lost in what has happened in the past or what will happen in the future. When we take the time to focus, we can become aware of those places where we are tight, sore or uncomfortable in our bodies.
While participating in SP the patient is able to release negative trapped energy, old emotions, disturbing thoughts and images. By accessing the body’s inner wisdom, old coping patterns and habits are transformed into fresh, positive behaviors allowing for a more balanced and healthy life.
Group Therapy is one of the most effective yet least costly ways of healing emotional suffering. A group consists of less than 8 people who are dealing with similar challenges and cared for by Dr. Sadigh who attends to the emotional safety of all participants. Maintaining confidentiality is a major part of this process and creating healthy boundaries is a great outcome.
Interpersonal concerns such as intimacy, anger, assertiveness, trust, isolation, and loss can be worked through a group that provides opportunities for personal growth. The reactions to each other in a group replicate the real life experiences and under the watchful eye of an experienced group therapist the group members learn new ways of interaction and dealing with people in their life. Since group is a social microcosm, the group members learn to communicate in a more open and authentic way, and become less fearful about the impact on other people when they are honest — even with expression of angry emotions. When a member witnesses the impact of his/her behavior on others and gets feedback from the group, the relationships become more intimate or assertive. In a group setting experiences of loss, envy, longing, and desire for intimacy can be identified. At the same time group therapy reaffirms that you are not alone in the world; you feel connected and get support, empathy and validation from people who have shared similar experiences. Dr. Daniel Sadigh is a clinical mental health professional who has met nationally accepted criteria of education, training and experience in group psychotherapy.
His cross cultural background and his respect for every individual’s unique experiences make his group’s a safe, trusting, supportive and comfortable environment to resolve difficulties and learn alternative behaviors.