Licensed Professional Counselor & Registered Play Therapist
 Conroe, Texas   936-827-9544

Behavioral and Counseling Services, PLLC

  Susan Good, L.P.C., R.P.T 

 

   

Disorders

 Depression and Mood Disorders

Depression is a prolonged or deep emotional sensation of sadness, being "blue", or "down."  Depressive feelings such as discouragement or sadness are perfectly normal if they do not become too severe or last too long.  Depression becomes a clinical problem if a person’s mood becomes too depressed or if the episode lasts more than two weeks.  If there is any question about the severity of a person’s depression, he/she should have an immediate evaluation by a mental health professional or a physician in order to rule out suicidal intent. 

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, which is commonly referred to as PTSD, is a condition which some people develop after they experience a very traumatic, sometimes life threatening, event.   For instance, a person might develop PTSD after observing another person or group of people being seriously injured or killed.   Natural disasters and wars are likely to cause some of its victims to experience post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Grief/Loss

Grief is a normal and natural, though often deeply painful, response to loss.   The death of a loved one is the most common way we think of loss, but many other significant changes in one's life can involve loss and therefore grief.   Everyone experiences loss and grief at some time.   The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief is likely to be.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of tension associated with a sense of threat of danger when the source of the danger is not known.   In contrast, fear is a feeling of tension that is associated with a known source of danger.   It is normal for us to have some mild anxiety present in our daily lives.   Anxiety warns us and enables us to get ready for the ‘fight or flight’ response.    However, heightened anxiety is emotionally painful.   It disrupts a person's daily functioning.

Substance Abuse and Addictions

Often the abuse of substances involves addiction, which is defined as a persistent and intense involvement with and stress upon a single behavior pattern.    This is exhibited with a minimization or even exclusion of other behaviors.    A primary characteristic of addiction is occupation with one object that controls behaviors, thus limiting their actions over time.     Addictive behaviors such as, gambling, work, sex, food, money, internet and co-dependency may be addressed in therapy.