Anxiety Seminar Notes

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Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety Seminar Notes

How To Battle Holiday-Related Stress And Depression

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

by guest author Jane Moore of FitWellTraveller.com The holidays can be a stressful time for most of us, but for those who battle depression or seasonal mood disorders, this time of year can be devastating. Anxiety can creep in at any time, from shopping trips in busy, crowded stores to traffic jams on packed highways. It’s important to remember to practice self-care, but it’s also imperative to change your way of thinking a bit when the holidays roll around and … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiHow To Battle Holiday-Related Stress And Depression

The Real Truth Behind the Lies That We Believe

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Christian Counseling, Tehachapi, Uncategorized, Worry

a list of lies

Improving Your Life Today, By Getting Rid of the Lies that We Believe From Our May 2016 Newsletter Having been a pastor and a professional therapist in Bear Valley Springs, Tehachapi, and Bakersfield for over 25 years, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some really great people. One of my favorites is Sherry Rose, a pastoral counselor in Bakersfield, and a good friend of mine. She has written a new book, a 30 day devotional titled … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiThe Real Truth Behind the Lies That We Believe

Relief for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Depression

Irritable Bowel Syndrome About 16 percent of adults suffer from the abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. My friend Dr. Jan Mensink MD, the senior physician at The Practice in Bakersfield, was recently on the Jaz McKay radio show in Bakersfield sharing the warning signs and red flags, but also some great foods to eat and other important tips to help control and relieve your Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Irritable Bowel Syndrome has been called a … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiRelief for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Emotions, Behaviors, and Beliefs

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAbandonment, Anxiety, Christian Counseling, Depression, Fear, Rejection, Uncategorized

Emotions are funny things. Sometimes it seems as if emotions have a life of their own. They sometimes nourish us, and refresh our hearts. And sometimes they act as our masters and have enslaved us to them. Some emotions are generated purely by the brain. People suffering from anxiety attacks, panic attacks, and major depressive episodes are well aware of this. Anxiety can cause feelings of dread, inner turmoil, fear of the future, and great worry. Depression is a pervasive … Read More

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Forgiveness : 10 Great Tips Counseling Handout

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forgiveness handout from Doug Cowan

Click Here to Get Your Free Copy of Our Forgiveness Counseling Handout – 15 pages – PDF Format.  This is the very same handout that we give to our private clients. FORGIVENESS : WHERE HEAVEN AND HELL MEET After nearly 30 years of counseling people of all ages, and in a variety of circumstances, I am convinced that this “F” word is the most powerful word in the English language – the word “Forgiveness.” Depending on the severity of the … Read More

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10 Power Tools to Overcome Stress | Counseling Tehachapi

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Stress at Work : Causes Customers, co-workers, and real life Can we do more with less and not break? When Stress Comes : What is Happening to Me? What is the “fight, flight, or freeze” response? Physical, emotional, and cognitive responses to stress, immediate and long-term Release of Adrenalin, Cortisol, and elevated Cholesterol Power Tools to Manage and Over-come Stress Seeking Peace : “All men desire peace, but very few desire those things that make for peace.” Breathing and relaxation … Read More

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8 Barriers to Counseling Even When You Know You Need It : Reason #1

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30% of all people could benefit from professional counseling today. There are 8 reasons main why they won’t come. The top 8 reasons are: The advice of friends and family members; The fear of being seen as either weak or crazy; The fear of the unknown – what actually takes place in a counseling session? The fear of having to actually express emotions; Concern that counseling won’t work, and will waste both money and time; Having been “burned” in the past … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling Tehachapi8 Barriers to Counseling Even When You Know You Need It : Reason #1

Depression Seminar : Updated 2015 Tehachapi Counseling Office

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Understanding-Depression-2015 in PDF Format to Click, Download, and Print Out Feel free to distribute to friends, or to use in any non-commercial form. Please keep credits to Douglas Cowan, Psy.D., MFT in Tehachapi, CA. Please do not use in any commercial form or commercial purposes without consent. Depression Seminar Notes are Posted Below for Quick Reading Douglas Cowan, Psy.D., MFT is a Marriage and Family therapist (M24381) and professional counselor with offices in Tehachapi, Bakersfield, and also meets with people … Read More

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Chronic Pain Treatment : “Back in Control”

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chronic pain treatment

I’m reading a fascinating book about Chronic Pain and how to treat it by a back surgeon named David Hanscom, M.D. You’d think that the first choice for a surgeon would be to perform surgery – and he certainly has a made a career of doing just that. But he has over the past few years come to see that surgeries only actually work at getting rid of the pain about 20-25% of the time. Most of the time the … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiChronic Pain Treatment : “Back in Control”

25 Years Living and Counseling in Tehachapi

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAbandonment, ADHD, Anxiety, Christian Counseling, Depression, Fear, Guilt Shame

view from deck in bear valley springs

I can’t think of anything better than this. I get to live in a beautiful town with family and good friends, and I get to spend most of my time helping people. My family and I have lived in Tehachapi for over 25 years now. We live in a very quiet and beautiful place in Bear Valley Springs overlooking the valley. It’s a place of peaceful reflection, and a place to get perspective on life. Over the years I have … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling Tehachapi25 Years Living and Counseling in Tehachapi

5 Great Reasons to Bring Your ADHD Child or Teen to Counseling

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Anxiety, Christian Counseling, Depression, Teenagers, Tehachapi, Uncategorized

I recently wrote about this on the ADHD Information Library at http://newideas.net and I thought I’d bring the article over here to my personal site for counseling in Tehachapi. I sat in my car waiting for my son to get out of his drama class in Tehachapi, and I read an article about ADHD kids and the treatments that they receive, or don’t receive. The point of the article was that even though most kids diagnosed with ADHD will receive … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling Tehachapi5 Great Reasons to Bring Your ADHD Child or Teen to Counseling

Two Types of ADHD : Simplified

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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

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

Teenagers

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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

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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

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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

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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