Monira Philipp LMSW

 Adolescent, Adult, and Family Therapist

Areas of Treatment Addressed Through Counseling and Utilized Approaches to Therapy


I provide treatment in several specialty areas that include the following:  

Depression-this can often include feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness.  Depression often can effect your ability to enjoy previously enjoyable activties, you ability to concentrate or focus, you may feel more tearful, fatigued, irritable and often includes a change in appetite and/or sleep patterns.  Depression can also create feelings of apathy and even thoughts of suicide or being better of dead.  It can be very isolating and change your ability to function.

***If you are feeling any thoughts of suicide call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room immediately.  

Anxiety-can include feelings of restlessness, uneasiness,  a pending sense of doom, difficulties with sleep and appetite irritability, muscle tension, feeling easily fatigued, an inability to focus or make decisions, feeling fearful, and at times can lead to panic, phobia, or paranoia. 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-can result from any traumatic event.  This event could be a one time occurrence or could be  from an ongoing experience.  PTSD symptoms often include: flashbacks, night terrors, flooding of emotions when thinking of the trauma, hypervigelance, panic, and a threatened sense of safety.  PTSD causing indivuals to have feelings that create a sense of reliving their trauma and can cause a change in behaviors in attempts to avoid these triggers or cues.

Panic and Phobic Disorders-panic is a heightened or acute sense of anxiety.  Panic appears often as  a "panic attack" which can inlcudes heart palpitations, acute anxiety, changes in vision, sweating, shaking, a feeling of choking,numbness, tingling, fear of "going crazy", chest pain, feeling dizzy or fainting,  and hyperventilating.  During a panic attack it can even feel as though you are having a heart attack due to the physical response to heightened anxiety.  Phobic Disorders often are an irrational or excessive fear of a specific trigger, either current or anticipated,  that creates a consistant sense of fear and panic.   

Eating Disorders-include anorexia and bulimia, abuse of diuretics or laxatives, or overeating.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorders-involve the obsessive thought patterns, impulses or images surrounding usually a specific thing or event that is highly intrusive.  To neutralize this thought , a compulsion is devleoped and an attached meaning creates a belief that the compulsions will cause the intrusive obsessions to stop and extreme duress is experienced if the compulsion is not completed.  Compulsions can be and physical act, behavior, or mental act.  This process is often following by shame and self criticism for those suffering from OCD.

Personality Disorders-includes areas such as avoidant, codependent, narcissistic, histrionic, borderline, dependant, or paranoid.

Mood Disorders including Bipolar Disorder-this include struggles with unstable mood which can include periods of both depression and mania.  Depression is defined above.  Mania is a heightened level of mood.  This often includes a feeling of needing little to no sleep, rapid, pressured speech, an increase in risky behaviors, increased spending and/or substance use, an increase in sexual behaviors, a sense of feeling grandiose, and struggles with authority.     

ADHD-this can include frequent inattention to detail and careless mistakes, struggles with attention, often interrupting, poor executive functioning, struggles with time management, procrastination, struggles to complete tasks that have multiple steps, forgetful,  and easily distracted.  Some forms of attention issues include hyperactivity that contain symptoms of restlessness, excessive fidgeting, movements, and difficulty remaining seated.  There is also a combined type diagnosis.   


    I also treat struggles related to:

    Grief and bereavement:
    -this can follow a death, the anniversary of a death, or of a relationship and can occur immediately following the event or be a delayed onset.

    Survivors of abuse-this includes survivors of physial, emotional, and psychological abuse. It also includes witnesses to these types of abuse or domestic violence.

    **If you or someone you know is struggling with abuse or domestic violence please call 911, or Child or Adult Protective Services. Safe House provides safe, local, and confidential support to sufferers of Domestic Violence.

    Life transitions-this can include divorce, relocating, losses, maturation or development changes, or major changes affecting lifestyle.

    Self esteem-this can include struggles with self image, feelings of worth, difficulties in assertion of needs and wants in relationships, and overall sense of value.

    Career issues-difficulties in functioning in your career, fufillment in your career, or overall performance in your career.

    Relationship difficulties-struggles that include conflicts, undesired relationship patterns, struggles with engagement with others, or struggles keeping or maintaining relationships.

    Parenting struggles-feeling ineffective in parenting approaches, challenging children, or family conflict.

    Performance and academic issues-difficulties in functioning in leisure activities or academically.

    Self defeating behaviors-this can include procrastination, chronic disorganization, risky behaviors, struggles in decision making, and impulsivity.

    I utilize treatment modalities that include:

        Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

          Exposure Therapy

         Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

          Insight Oriented Therapy

    Treatment modalities are selected based on recommended parameters of practice for therapeutic interventions and are based on individual needs and symptoms. Clients receive a full assessment and evaluation and the treatment modality will be determined and discussed at that time.

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