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

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

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

depression tehachapi therapy

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?

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

ADHD image tehachapi

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

PAIN OR PROZAC : Counselor Looks at Depression in Tehachapi

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiChristian Counseling, Depression, Guilt Shame, PTSD, Rejection, Seminar Handouts

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So many people in Tehachapi are just walking around in a daze – feeling like there is a black cloud over them every waking hour.  They don’t like it, and they are looking for a way out, but the thoughts of rejection or sadness, anger or depression, are just too much for them.  They search for hope, but hopelessness torments them.  They feel lonely, but they are certainly not alone in their journey. Sometimes it seems that the only choices … Read More

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiPAIN OR PROZAC : Counselor Looks at Depression in Tehachapi

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