John 8 Teaching on the Woman Caught in Adultery

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiChristian Counseling, Guilt Shame, Rejection, Uncategorized

The Living Room is the name of the ministry that we lead in Tehachapi, CA. We often meet in our home, and once a month we meet at Central Park in Tehachapi. Not long ago I taught on the passage of The Woman Caught in Adultery, who was brought to Jesus. Since we were meeting at the Park I didn’t want to teach for a long time, so I have recorded my complete thoughts in a 55 minute teaching that … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiJohn 8 Teaching on the Woman Caught in Adultery

Two Types of ADHD : Simplified

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Anxiety, Christian Counseling, Seminar Handouts, Teenagers, Uncategorized

ADHD Infographic Two Types of ADHD

A simplified way to look at the different types of ADHD. From the ADHD Information Library at Newideas.net. If we reduce ADHD to its two simplest “types” we get a Hypo-Active type and a Hyper-Active type. I discuss six different types of ADHD at the ADHD Information Library website here, but to keep things as simple as possible let’s look at just two types. In general the HypoActive type is slower moving, often late, “hurry up and get ready,” passive, … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiTwo Types of ADHD : Simplified

Lies That We Believe

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Lies that we believe

Download and Print: Lies That We Believe Douglas Cowan is a Marriage and Family Therapist providing professional counseling to Tehachapi and Bakersfield, CA.

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiLies That We Believe

Anxiety, Worry, and Fear : Seminar Handout

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anxiety

Download and Print this Anxiety Seminar in PDF Format Here Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety, Worry, and Fear Sponsored by: of Dr. Jan Mensink, M.D. Douglas Cowan, Psy.D., M.S. Marriage and Family Counselor Director of Ministry at 88.3 “Life FM”       Anxiety, Worry, or Fear   Whenever there is stress, a certain amount of “anxiety” is expected. But for some people the anxiety can become excessive, and come at unpredictable times. When this anxiety becomes uncontrollable, and negatively impacts … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Worry, and Fear : Seminar Handout

Cutting and Self-Injury : Information Sheet

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAbandonment, Anxiety, Depression, Fear, Guilt Shame, Rejection, Seminar Handouts, Teenagers

depression and self-injury

Most common forms include: • Self-Cutting or “cutting” • Burning • Scratching • Hitting • Preventing Wounds from Healing Most commonly found among teenagers and young adults. 15% to 25% of adolescents and young adults have self-injured usually by cutting. 6% to 8% do so chronically. Most commonly females. Attempts to regulate emotions, often Anger, Guilt, Shame, Self-Loathing, Anxiety or Depression, Fear of Abandonment, Fear of Rejection. Some report “emotional numbness.” Deliberate self-harm “allows” them to express pain, release tension … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiCutting and Self-Injury : Information Sheet

ADHD Seminar Handouts

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Seminar Handouts

ADHD Seminar Handouts in PDF Format with Images, Ready to Print Out Douglas Cowan is a Marriage and Family Therapist providing professional counseling to Tehachapi and Bakersfield, CA. What is ADHD?   “What is ADHD ?” ADHD is the short abbreviation for “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”, which is one of the most common childhood behavior disorders.  It is estimated that somewhere between 5% and 9% of all children have ADHD. Of all children referred to mental health professionals, more are … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD Seminar Handouts

Internet Addiction : Technology Time Bomb

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiDepression, Guilt Shame, Internet Problems, PTSD, Teenagers

internet addictions

But there are some things that are new – and they are potentially dangerous.  And they are so new that often parents are unaware of their dangers, or unable to take action until it is “too late.”  Technology has completely raced past our wisdom or experiences as a culture or as families.  Parents are often stuck like deer in the headlights.  And our teenagers are often in serious trouble.   Just ten years ago the major problem from technology was … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiInternet Addiction : Technology Time Bomb

Teenagers

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Depression, Teenagers

Teenagers

The teenage years can be very difficult for some.  As our children become young adults they begin to ask questions like, “Who am I?” and “What is the purpose to life?”  One of the most common of these questions is, “Where do I belong?” or rather, “Who do I belong to?” All too often they try to find the answers to these questions in people or places that are not good for them.  As parents we may see this, but … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiTeenagers

Guilt and Shame

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAbandonment, Anxiety, Guilt Shame, Rejection, Worry

Guilt and Shame

Note to Pastors:  Whether as a pastor, or as a therapist, the most common condition that I have addressed in counseling has been helping people to overcome feelings of “guilt” or “shame” that they have carried for years.  These thoughts can be tormenting, and these feelings can influence both important life-decisions and everyday choices.  They distort the way that we see God, and ourselves.  It is painful to see people struggling through life without any sense of legitimacy or dignity.  … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiGuilt and Shame

Depression vs. Anxiety Disorders

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Depression, Fear, PTSD, Worry

depression anxiety differences

Depression vs. Anxiety Disorders What Are Some Similarities, and Differences? Here is some brief information for Pastors and Lay-Counselors to help in seeing the differences and similarities in Depression and Anxiety Disorders.  Here are some symptoms that are common to see in both Depression and Anxiety: Sleep Disturbances: often waking up early, normal sleep cycles don’t happen to one rarely wakes up refreshed, rarely deep sleep, often awake for hours. Poor Concentration:  trouble focusing, brain fog, scattered. Increased Fatigue: Cannot … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiDepression vs. Anxiety Disorders

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Fear, PTSD, Worry

PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an all too common result of being a service man or woman who has experienced combat.  When in combat, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this reaction is changed or damaged. People who have … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiPost Traumatic Stress Disorder

Anxiety, Worry, or Fear

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Fear, Worry

Anxiety, Worry, or Fear Note to Pastors:  Whenever there is stress, a certain amount of “anxiety” is expected.  But for some people the anxiety can become excessive, and come at unpredictable times.  When this anxiety becomes uncontrollable, and negatively impacts their day to day lives, we call this an “anxiety disorder.” For Christians, having an anxiety disorder is more than just disabling.  Because our Lord tells us “not to worry…” many Christians will also interpret their anxiety, or excessive worry, … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Worry, or Fear

Depression

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiDepression

Depression is one of the most pervasive and crippling of all diseases.  Fifteen-percent of all people world-wide will suffer from a Major Depressive Episode at some point in their lives.  That means that of the 35,000 people living in the zip code 93561, over 5,000 of them will suffer from a serious case of depression during their life-times.  How will you and your church minister to them? A Brief Description of Depression Depression is more common than cancer, diabetes, and … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiDepression

I Have No One… Abandonment, Rejection, Orphan Heart

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAbandonment, Rejection

Do You Want to Get Well

The Impact of the Fear of Abandonment or Rejection Looking through the first five chapters of the Gospel of John we meet four people who are each so very different from one another.  And yet Jesus spends time with each one. First is Nicodemus, an influential leader of the Jewish religion.  He comes representing a group of religious leaders to interview Jesus.  “We know that you have come from God…”  This leads to Jesus talking to this great teacher about … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiI Have No One… Abandonment, Rejection, Orphan Heart

ADHD : A Brief Introduction

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD

ADHD

A Brief Description of ADHD: ADHD is the abbreviation for a long medical term, “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”  It is very broad in scope and covers both “Hyperactive and Impulsive” and “Hypo-active (moves slowly) and Inattentive” types of ADHD. Yes, they need to rename this. ADHD is a neurological – biological disorder.  Yes, it is a real disorder.  There are hundreds of brain studies that demonstrate this.  There are both genetic factors and neurological differences.  Their brain simply is different, … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD : A Brief Introduction