10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION : COUNSELING TEHACHAPI NOTES

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiChristian Counseling, Depression, Teenagers, Tehachapi, Uncategorized

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HERE ARE 10 IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION 1. Depression is a pervasive and persistent sadness or low mood, causing feelings of low self-esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in enjoyable activities. It is disabling to people. It impacts one’s sleeping, eating, work, school work, mood – everything. Anti-depressants alone help 33% of people, but 67% also require counseling with a professional therapist, counselor, or psychologist. About 20 million people suffer from some form of Depression … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling Tehachapi10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION : COUNSELING TEHACHAPI NOTES

Child Development Workshop at Local Tehachapi School

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiSeminar Handouts, Teenagers, Tehachapi

I recently had a great time with about 25 parents and teachers at Valley Oaks Charter School in Tehachapi presenting information on Child Development, Teenage behaviors, and Strategies for Success as we raise the next generation. Thank you to Tom Karnes, and Margo Hayes, for allowing me to help out and present at the VOCS “Winter Camp” for parents. The topics that I covered were: Developmental Stages Adolescent Brain Growth and Social Development Tips for Parents National Longitudinal Study of … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiChild Development Workshop at Local Tehachapi School

Improve Your Child’s Sleep, Focus, Concentration with This Digital Fast

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

Sometimes in order to get healthy we need to fast. Fasting can include foods, or a number of other things that we like. In the section to follow I am going to suggest that part of getting our children and teenagers with ADHD healthy is going to require that they fast from their Digital world for a few weeks. For our children, teenagers, and young adults the digital world is almost as important to them as food and sleep. In … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiImprove Your Child’s Sleep, Focus, Concentration with This Digital Fast

ADHD and Alternative Treatments : Do They Work?

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Teenagers, Tehachapi

When Laura’s son was diagnosed by their pediatrician with ADHD, she didn’t know what to do.  As a nurse she was aware of both the benefits and the potential problems with medications – any medications – and she didn’t want her 8 year old son to have to take a stimulant medication like Ritalin for the next several years.  So she called and asked for some advice. Nearly 10% of children and teenagers in the United States meet the diagnostic … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD and Alternative Treatments : Do They Work?

Is My Husband Depressed?

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAbandonment, Christian Counseling, Depression, PTSD, Teenagers

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We all seek for the meaning and purpose in our lives.  Why are we here?  What gives you a sense of legitimacy in your life? Many men have lived their lives deriving their sense of purpose – their feelings of legitimacy – from their jobs, or professions, or work related status.  But once retirement comes to them, instead of retirement being a time of relaxation and recreation, it becomes a dark time of life without meaning or purpose. The same … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiIs My Husband Depressed?

Forgiveness : 10 Great Tips Counseling Handout

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Christian Counseling, Depression, Forgiveness, Guilt Shame, Rejection, Seminar Handouts, Teenagers, Worry

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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

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiForgiveness : 10 Great Tips Counseling Handout

10 Power Tools to Overcome Stress | Counseling Tehachapi

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Anxiety, Christian Counseling, Depression, Fear, Seminar Handouts, Teenagers, Tehachapi, Uncategorized, Worry

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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

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling Tehachapi10 Power Tools to Overcome Stress | Counseling Tehachapi

Can ADHD Medications be Used for Eating Disorders? Tehachapi Counselor Questions

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Christian Counseling, Teenagers, Tehachapi, Worry

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I have a new client coming in to my office for counseling in Tehachapi tomorrow.  She called for an appointment because she said that she “was addicted to eating,” and this concerned her.  I had met her at an event in Stallion Springs before, and in that brief conversation she had mentioned that she knew I was a counselor in Tehachapi for those with ADHD, and that she had always wondered if ADHD was a part of her life. So … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiCan ADHD Medications be Used for Eating Disorders? Tehachapi Counselor Questions

ADHD and Making Good Decisions for Your Child

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Teenagers, Tehachapi

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I just saw my 950th client who has ADHD.  I’ve been counseling people with ADHD for a lot of years here in Tehachapi, and Bakersfield. Like so many others he is twelve years old, nice and friendly, but struggling at home and at school because paying attention and staying focused eludes him sometimes.  He and his parents are looking for some way to improve his life – his grades, his impulsive behaviors, his relationships.  ADHD is pretty common, and it’s … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD and Making Good Decisions for Your Child

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

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAbandonment, ADHD, Anxiety, Christian Counseling, Depression, Fear, Guilt Shame, Internet Problems, PTSD, Rejection, Teenagers, Tehachapi, Worry

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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

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

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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

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiDepression Seminar : Updated 2015 Tehachapi Counseling Office

Does a Child’s Diet Impact Their ADHD Symptoms?

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Christian Counseling, Teenagers

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There is a dynamic conversation within “ADHD circles” on whether what our children eat actually impacts their ADHD symptoms. Does consuming sugar make a kid “hyper”? or does consuming a soda make a youngster “impulsive”? Our Original article is here at the ADHD Information Library: http://newideas.net/does-your-childs-diet-impact-their-adhd-symptoms Of course, after helping children, teenagers, and adults with ADHD for over 25 years to be more effective at school, at home, and in relationships, I have no doubt that “Yes” – what somebody eats … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiDoes a Child’s Diet Impact Their ADHD Symptoms?

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

500 Classroom Interventions for ADHD

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD, Teenagers, Uncategorized

The new school year is beginning, and I want to connect you with a great resource for parents and teachers to help your ADHD students to be more successful this year. http://ADDinSchool.com has been online for years with over 500 classroom interventions contributed from classroom teachers, school psychologists, and from my own folders and files collected over the years. There are separate sections for Elementary School classrooms and Secondary School classrooms. We’ve just recently re-done the website so it is … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling Tehachapi500 Classroom Interventions for ADHD

Two Types of ADHD : Simplified

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

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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

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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

Internet Addiction : Technology Time Bomb

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

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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

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