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Frequently Asked Questions 

General Counseling

What is a counseling/therapy session like?

How long does a therapy session last?

Is there a couch; talk of my mother/father? 

Is there a difference between therapy and counseling?  

Is Counseling right for me? How do I know?  

What type of therapy do you practice?    

What will we talk about in counseling?

How often do I need to come to therapy?

Which doctor will I see?

How long will it take before I feel better?

If I'm on medications, should I stop taking them before seeing you?

What is CBT? 

What is REBT?

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Does your office prescribe meds?

Do you take insurance?

How much are your rates/fees?

Are a counselor and a psychiatrist the same?

What type of payments do you take? 

Can you help save my marriage?  

Is free counseling available for depression, anger, or anxiety? 

Do you recommend any herbal treatments?   

Where are you located in Tampa?  

Is online counseling available? 

How do I start the process?

Depression

What is depression; how do I know if I have it?

Is depression really treatable without prescription drugs?

Will I have to keep coming back for months or even years?

Is it possible to have both depression AND anxiety?

Is there one type of counseling that's better for depression? 

 Is free counseling available for depression

If I'm on medications, should I stop taking them before seeing you?  

Do you also offer substance abuse services?

Does drinking/drugs make depression better?

 
Anxiety Disorders

I hear there are different types of anxiety. Do you treat all or some anxiety disorders?

Is anxiety curable?

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Can I get over anxiety without prescription drugs? 

Can you help with phobias? Are phobias related to anxiety?     

Can you stop my panic attacks?

Will I have to keep coming back for months or even years?

Are stress and anxiety really just the same thing?

What are the different types of anxiety disorders? What's the difference between GAD, SAD and others?

Is free anxiety counseling available?

 

Anger Management 

Can anger really be managed/does anger management really work? 

Why do people get so angry? What causes anger?  

How do I know whether it will work for ME?

How long does it take to complete anger management counseling?

What type of therapy do you practice for anger management?

Is anger genetic?

Are presciption meds or therapy better for anger?

Is there any free anger management available?

 

Marriage & Relationships 

How do we know if marriage counseling will work for us?

My spouse and I don't see eye to eye on anything. Are we beyond help?

How long do we have to go to marriage counseling before it works?

What if my spouse doesn't want to come? Will it help if I do?

What type of therapy do you practice for marriage and relationship counseling?

Do you also counsel un-married couples?

Do you have experience counseling gay couples? 

 

 


 

1. What is a counseling or therapy session like (and is there a difference between psychotherapy and counseling)?

A counseling session is not unlike one-on-one tutoring.  Therapy is an educational process where you are the student and the therapist is the teacher.

The first session will involve some inquiries so that the counselor can learn best how to help you.  Then it becomes an interactive process, where the counselor provides you with specific "lessons" that give you the knowledge to overcome your problems.

As seen above, therapy, psychotherapy, and counseling are interchangeable and all mean the same thing.

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2. How long does a therapy session last?

For individual sessions, the therapist will block off one hour; 50 minutes is for the session, and the counselor utilizes the additional 10 to add to and clarify his/her session notes.  Group sessions last one hour.

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3. Is there really a couch and talk of my mother and father?

No couch. Comfy chairs.  Sitting, not lying down. The emphasis on mother/father relationships is Freudian; Freud was a psychoanalyst; they typically do not provide any counseling, nor have they been trained to do so.

He was obessesed with the whole mother/father relationship thing.  In today's world of psychotherapy, that has no place.

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4. Is there a certain type of therapy that you practice?

Yes, there is: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).  REBT is the model by which all CBT was derived.  Together, they represent the most effective therapy around the world for depression, anxiety disorders, anger, substance abuse, and more.

Go here for more specific info on CBT and REBT.

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5. Is psychotherapy right for me? How do I know?

Therapy can help anyone, no matter what their problems. Even those who are living mentally healthy lives may benefit from the educational value of therapy. For those suffering from depression, anxiety disorders, stress, low self-worth, anger problems, and more, counseling can greatly diminish or even alleviate the problem. Learning where one's emotions come from, and how to keep them in line, is of great value to everyone.

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6. Do you take insurance?

Yes some of our therapists accept insurance, from most major providers.  Please call our office (813-872-8022) to see if your plan is on our list.

 

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7. How much are your rates/fees?

Your first appointment is free. This is a 30 minute consultation with Dr. David Thomas to discuss your situation and plan a course of action.  At that time he will discuss our fee options with you. To learn more, go here.

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8. What types of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check and all major credit cards.

 

 

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9.  How do I start the process--what do I do and what do you do?

Here's how to start: call or email our office.  Dr. Thomas will personally talk with you and set up an appointment for your free 30 minute consultation and talk to you about our rates.  813-872-8022  info@wtgtampa.com

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10. Where are you located in Tampa?

We're a "stone's throw" from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.  We're one block north of MLK Jr. Blvd. and one block west of Dale Mabry on Alva St.  See map

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11. Do you recommend any herbal-type treatments?

Nothing is a substitute for counseling. While there are herbal type substances that people find helpful, we recommend that people do their research before buying. These type of products are not regulated by the FDA. 

 

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 12. What exactly is depression and how do I know if I have it?

Depression is a disorder in which the subject feels no joy, has little to no hope of things getting better, combined with a feeling that there is nothing that will help them.  Further symptoms usually occuring with depression include: sleep problems (usually involving excessive sleep periods, although some people experience insomnia), fatigue, problems staying focused and concentrating, frustration, even thoughts of suicide.

Major depression involves at least five of the symptoms above for a two-week period. Such an episode is disabling and will interfere with the ability to work, study, eat, and sleep. Major depressive episodes may occur once or twice in a lifetime, or they may re-occur frequently. They may also take place spontaneously, during or after the death of a loved one, a romantic breakup, a medical illness, or other life event. Some people with major depression may feel that life is not worth living and some will attempt to end their lives.

Dysthymia is a less severe, long-term, and chronic form of depression. It involves the same symptoms as major depression, mainly low energy, poor appetite or overeating, and insomnia or oversleeping. It can manifest as stress, irritability, and mild anhedonia, which is the inability to derive pleasure from most activities. People with dysthymia might be thought of as always seeing the glass as half empty.

Bipolar disorder, once called manic-depression, is characterized by a mood cycle that shifts from severe highs (mania) or mild highs (hypomania) to severe lows (depression). During the manic phase, a person may experience abnormal or excessive elation, irritability, a decreased need for sleep, grandiose notions, increased talking, racing thoughts, increased sexual desire, markedly increased energy, poor judgment, and inappropriate social behavior. During the depressive phase, a person experiences the same symptoms as would a sufferer of major depression. Mood swings from manic to depressive are often gradual, although occasionally they can occur abruptly.

The best way to determine if you have depression is to speak with your family physician; they will ask some questions pertaining to symptoms so that they may make a diagnosis.

Those same questions are availabe in online depression tests.  Some people feel more comfortable taking a confidential online depression test than they do talking to their doctor.

If you'd like to do so, we recommend the Goldberg Depression Scale.  You do not provide any personal information, after you take the test you'll hit a button that grades it and gives you info to help you make a determination.

The Goldberg Mania Scale helps you to determine if you possibly have biploar disorder.

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13. Can I get over anxiety without the use of prescription drugs?

 Absolutely. While everyone is different, psychotherapy can have wondrous effects for those suffering from anxiety disorders, including GAD, SAD, panic disorder, and phobias.  Counseling is simply an educational process. We're the teacher, you are the student.  The sessions are like "going to class" (except with no tardy bell, no mean principal or dean, no bad lunches, and no math.)

As long as you "come to class," pay attention to the teacher, and do what little bit of homework that he gives you, you'll learn the methods to overcome a panic attack, the feelings of being anxious all time, phobias and fears.  All without the use of anti-anxiety medications.

 

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14. Can anger be really managed by counseling instead of prescription drugs?

Yes it can. While anger is one of the most volatile emotions, it is also one of the most receptive to psychotherapy.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy are the most widely and effective counseling methods for anger management in the world.

Anger management methods are learned skills.  While some people have problems with anger, and others don't, anyone can learn and benefit from anger counseling.

Prescription drugs do nothing to solve anger issues. Though they may sometimes brief physical relief, they do not address the core reasons for why we get angry and what to do in order to overcome it.

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 15. Are a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist the same? What is the difference between a psychologist,a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist?

A psychologist is one who has studied the science of the mind, essentially. They have observed the various states of the human condition and orders and mental disorders. Psychologists may or may not provide therapy services.

A psychotherapist may also possess the same or various degrees of the same knowledge, but particular training in communicating specific ways to combat mental health disorders and upsets has been obtained. The role of the psychotherapist is to provide therapy, which is an educational process. Psychotherapists are educators - teachers.

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (M.D.). Psychiatrists study the chemical aspects of the brain and focus their studies more intently on such. They may prescribe medications where a psychotherapist or counselor may not. Some may provide therapy services, but most often do not.

Counselors are trained the same as psychotherapists although the training that a counselor has received may or may not be as intense or as long as that of a psychotherapist. Counseling and psychotherapy are essentially the same thing.

To practice psychotherapy and counseling in Florida, an individual must have a minimum of a Masters degree in Counseling and completed a State of Florida Examination to obtain required licensure.

All counselors and psychotherapists at Whitford-Thomas Group (WTG) are Licensed Mental Health Counselors.

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16.  What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is form of psychotherapy based on cognitions, assumptions, behaviors, and beliefs. In general, people have a tendency to create negative emotions due to inaccurate perceptions. 

CBT was developed out of behavior modification, Cognitive Therapy and Rational Emotive-Behavior Therapy. It is widely used to treat mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders. It is also effectively used in the areas of marriage and relationship counseling, anger management, substance abuse, and more.

CBT is widely accepted as an evidence- and empiricism-based, cost-effective psychotherapy for many disorders and psychological problems. It is sometimes used with groups of people as well as individuals, and the techniques are also commonly adapted for self-help manuals and, increasingly, for self-help software packages. (Source: wikipedia)

Additional CBT info here 

 

 

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17. What is Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)?

Albert Ellis, Ph.D., was an author and psychologist who developed Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) in the early 1950's. REBT is a therapeutic approach that stimulates emotional growth and teaches people to replace self-defeating thoughts and actions with more effective ones. REBT gives individuals the power to change the unhealthy behaviors that interfere with their ability to enjoy life.  (Source Albert Ellis Institute)

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) was developed from the tenets of REBT. Thus, CBT and REBT are related; their methodologies differ somewhat and we have found REBT to be the superior therapy treatment for the areas in which we specialize.

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18. Is free counseling available for depression, anger management, or anxiety?

While we don't offering any free services we do recommend some sites which some people find helpful. The website 'psychforum' has an anxiety forum where you can go and lurk for info, or sign up and ask questions and receive answers from professionals and anger sufferers alike.   See the free psychforum here. 

There is a list of other free chat rooms, discussion boards and the like at the Stress Group.

You may also want to try calling 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 program is an easy-to-remember three-digit telephone number that is currently available to about 75% of the U.S. population.

The 2-1-1 program was created in the early 2000's to provide quick information and rererrals to health services and human service organizations. The cost is free; it is partially funded by the state and county, and by United Way.  You simply need dial 2-1-1 on your phone.

If you'd like to learn more about the overall 2-1-1 program, go here.  If you would like to view the resources available in the Tampa Bay area, visit the Tampa Bay 2-1-1 website.

You may also consider Meetup.com. It is a website that brings people together to have face-to-face discussions about various mental health issues. Meetups are available in many areas of the country. To see if there is one in your area go here: www.meetup.com

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19. Is online counseling available?

WTG has an affiliation with LivePerson, a well respected online counseling service. We have given a thorough review of their procedures, types of psychotherapy, and many of the counselors themselves.

For everyday people, LivePerson is an online destination, community and marketplace where individuals can chat live with experts in a broad range of categories.

They have counselors available 24/7 that specialize in specific areas including depression, anxiety disorders, anger management, marriage and relationships, substance abuse, OCD, ADHD, and much more.

The chat is live and the service very easy to use. Learn more about LivePerson here.

 

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20. Is Depression really treatable without the use of prescription drugs.

Yes it is. We have helped scores of people with depression to dispose of their prescrption meds once and for all.

While there are some people who may need to continue with medications, many others do not once they have received counseling. Depression may take on many forms. Some people get little relief from anti-depressants while others feel better.

Anyone with depression--using meds or not--can benefit from psychotherapy. The tools that are taught in counseling provide true relief.  We show people how to ward off their depression, and further, how to become your own self-help therapist for life.

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21. Is there a difference between therapy, psychotherapy, and counseling?

 No. They are interchangable terms.  That's what sometimes creates the confusion--not everyone uses the same term so it may seem that they are different, but they are not.

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22. How long will it take before I feel better?

Most often, after the first session. While it varies from person to person, usually people leave our office after their first full visit and feel better not only because they learned some new ways of thinking, but also because they have a renewed sense of hope that things are going to get much better.

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23. Which doctor will I see?

Dr. David Thomas or one of his highly qualified therapists.  Dr. Thomas is currently expanding his client base so he's accepting new patients. We have additional therapists with specific areas of expertise that you may benefit from also.

 

 

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24. Does your office prescribe meds?

No, we don't. We are a psychotherapy practice; psychotherapists are not M.D.'s. Only physicians and psychiatrists are allowed by law to prescribe medications.  To see the difference between a psychologist, a psychotherapist, and a psychiatrist, go here.  We do have a recommendation regarding all natural and homeopathic herbs here.

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25. What will we talk about in therapy?

The first session is most likely the only one where you'll talk more than the therapist.  He needs to know more about you, what's bothering you, why you're there.

It's not about laying on a couch (there is no couch) and talking about your childhood and your relationship with your parents.  Nor do you do all the talking while the therapist just takes notes and utters an ocassional "uh-huh."  Unfortunately, for the sake of entertainment Hollywood has mis-represented psychotherapy for many years.

First off, the whole couch/love your mother/hate your father stuff is Freudian in basis, and is not counseling--it is psychoanalysis.  Problem is, it does little to help you feel better.  Psychotherapy is much more beneficial because you learn how to deal with your emotions on your own, and overall how to live a more fulfilling life.

Bottom line is that psychotherapy is a lot like one-on-one tutoring. The subject matter is catered to what it takes to get you feeeling better. You and the therapist set the course agenda. It is an educational process that involves interaction between both parties.

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26.  How often do I need to come to therapy?

There is no set time on how long someone should be in therapy. It truly depends upon the person, their situation, the severity of it, as well as the person's willingness to participate with their counselor in the process and learn.

Generally, it is difficult to learn what you need to in less than 4 sessions.  It is recommended that they be done in subsequent weeks because you will retain the information better.  For some people, the time period may involve several weeks, and in some instances even several months.

This will all be discussed during the initial assessment meeting with the doctor.

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27. I hear that there are different types of anxiety. Do you treat some or all?

There are 5 basic types of anxiety:

Specific Phobias
Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Panic Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

We are highly trained and experienced in counseling for all of the above. While each has its own distinct set of symptoms, the root causes are very similar. We use a particular form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) called Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). REBT is renowned around the globe as possibly the most effective form of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders.

The treatment is interactive, you take part, we teach you step-by-step how to oversome not only your symptoms, but also the cause of your anxiety. We show you how you can overcome your symptoms before they take over.  Upon completion of your therapy, your fully prepared to then be your own self-help counselor for life.  But we're always here if you need a refresher.

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29. Can you help save my marriage?

Does your marriage need saved?? If you consider it to be beyond hope, maybe not. But if both of you are willing to meet in the middle and learn some new ways of living together, then perhaps yes.

We can't magically put your marriage back together. We can, however, give you all the tools to do so yourself.  By utilizing these tools, you can not only patch your marriage back together, you can also discover a caring, loving, and lively relationship that did not exist before.

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30. If I'm on prescription medications, do I need to stop taking them before I see you?

Continue to take your medications as prescribed by your doctor.  After you have completed your counseling sessions, we will talk about the need to continue the medications or not.  At that point, many people do discontinue their medications. But never stop taking prescriptions for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and others without being under a doctor's supervision. 

 

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31. Can you help with drinking or drug abuse?

 Yes we can. At WTG, we have utilized an alternative program to AA since the early 1980s.   Ours is a more rational approach to alcoholism and drug abuse. Dr. Thomas was the first to introduce an alternative to the traditional AA/NA community based self-help program in West Central Florida in 1986.

Our experience in alcohol and drug counseling is vast. In addition to private clients and groups, we have had contracts with the Florida Department of Corrections in Manatee, Pinellas, and Hillsborough Counties, as well as the Federal Government in Hillsborough County. 

We continue to service referrals from DUI Counterattack in Hillsborough and Suncoast Safety Council in Pinellas County.  Over the years we have reached thousands of people and helped them to overcome addictions and abuse.

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32. What are the symptoms of anxiety?

The symptoms of anxeity, sometimes severe, may include:

Hyperventilation
Dizziness
Cold sweats
Disorientation
Chest tightness
Muscle fatigue
Sleep problems
Nausea
Stomach discomfort or diarrhea
Cold, clammy hands
Difficulty swallowing
Jumpiness

Cold, clammy hands
Sweating 

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34. How do I know whether anger management will work for ME?

Everyone can benefit from anger management counseling. In addition to dealing with anger, it also helps people to be more effective at work and home because they experience less frustration and impatience.

For those with moderate to severe anger issues, our methodology is somewhat unique to the Tampa Bay area, but widely accepted around the world as the most effective anger counseling.

We're confident that our anger management program will work for you, as it has for literally hundreds of others we have helped over the past 20+ years.

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35. How long does it take to complete anger management counseling?

That depends upon a lot of factors. There is no "set-date" for when counseling will break-through and work for you.  In general the minimum would be 4 weeks. It is up to us to be good "teachers."  If we do our job and provide you with all of the ways to deal with your anger, then half of the job is done. The rest is up to you to learn and act upon.  It's akin to learning a foreign language.  If you just simply sit in class, listen to lectures and take notes then chances are you will not be able to do much more than say a few words.

But if you do your homework, study, and practice, then you will be fluent.  Not only that, if you review the materials from time to time, you will stay fluent.

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36. Do you do phone or internet counseling for anger?

WTG has an affiliation with LivePerson, a well respected online counseling service. We have given a thorough review of their procedures, types of psychotherapy, and many of the counselors themselves.

For everyday people, LivePerson is an online destination, community and marketplace where individuals can chat live with experts in a broad range of categories.

They have counselors available 24/7 that specialize in specific areas including depression, anxiety disorders, anger management, marriage and relationships, substance abuse, OCD, ADHD, and much more.

The chat is live and the service very easy to use. Learn more about LivePerson here.

 

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37. Why do people get so angry?

Good question. The answer is much more simple than the solution.  People get angry because they want things their way.

That's an oversimplification, but fact.  Call it ego, or self-centered, or selfish--those are the underlying causes of anger.

When someone says "...they made me so mad!..." that is not what actually happens. For if someone had the ability to make you mad, then they could then turn the tide and make you happy.

No, fact is we each create our own emotions like anxiety and anger.  The anger comes from your belief system that everything should go your way.  Your thoughts and self-talk reaches a level of demanding things go your way and that creates the anger inside you.

What we do is show you where those demanding thoughts are. We help you to see them.  Then, we teach you how to deal with them, turn them into thoughts that instead will keep you calm in situations that used to push your buttons. Anyone can learn this...it's not hard.

Go here for a more detailed version of the above.  Go here to learn more about the origins of anger and where it comes from.

 

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38. What type of therapy do you practice for anger management?

Our therapeutic approach to anger management is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Specifically, we practice Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), which is much simpler than it sounds. 

Albert Ellis, Ph.D., was an author and psychologist who developed Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) in the early 1950's. REBT is a therapeutic approach that stimulates emotional growth and teaches people to replace self-defeating thoughts and actions with more effective ones. REBT gives individuals the power to change the unhealthy behaviors that interfere with their ability to enjoy life.  (Source Albert Ellis Institute)

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) was developed from the tenets of REBT. Thus, CBT and REBT are related; their methodologies differ somewhat and we have found REBT to be the superior therapy treatment for the areas in which we specialize.

Go here for more info on CBT

 

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39. Is anger genetic?

No, it's not, but it is a good question.  Some people who have anger issues have a parent that does as well. But it is not a genetic trait, instead it is a learned behavior.  So, those who grew up around angry people may have a higher tendency toward anger issues themselves.  And even more so, they grew up witnessing what triggers anger in some people. 

If they grew up around a parent with a lot of impatience, a low tolerance for frustration, always feeling things should go their way, always feeling like people should think like they do--all of those high trigger for anger problems--then there is a higher chance that impressionable people in the household will pick up the traits.

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40. Are presciption meds or therapy better for anger?

Therapy, without a doubt.  Medications for anger are limited to depressants and sedative type drugs.  They do nothing to address the core reasons for the anger.  They may even mask emotions to the point where the person becomes even more irrational and angrier.  Therapy addresses the reasons why someone is getting angry, and more-over teaches them to deal more appropriately when emotional issues arise.  Therapy teaches one to become their own self-help counselor for life.

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41. Is anxiety curable?

Yes.  No one has to live with anxiety.  Either with therapy, or a combination of therapy and prescription medication, anxiety can be rendered nil in most people. According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America the best treatment for anxiety disorders is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). 

Many people who suffer from an anxiety disorder do not receive treatment. This may be for financial reasons, or because they do not know where to get help, or they do not realize what the problem is.

Anxiety disorders may develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults age 18 and older (18.1% of U.S. population). Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering from an anxiety disorder receive treatment.

Through an interactive approach, we show you how to overcome your anxiety by identifying triggers for your anxiety and changing your "self-talk" so that the symptoms recede and eventually subside.

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43. Can you stop my panic attacks?

Absolutely. While we can't guarantee you that you're panic attacks will stop, the overwhelming majority of those seeking our help with their panic attacks complete their therapy with their panic under control.  You actually have everything that it takes to stop your panic attacks; it's just that no one has pointed them out before. We will, in a way that you can understand and act upon.

To learn more about how rational thinking helps with panic attacks, go here.

 

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44. Can you help with phobias? Are phobias related to anxiety?

Yes we can, and yes they are.  Phobias are anxiety in disguise.  We are well versed in all types of anxiety counseling, and have helped many, many people over the years overcome their phobias.

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45. How do we know if marriage counseling will work for us?

You won’t, but you’ll know within the first session whether you’re confident and comfortable with your counselor, and whether you feel we can help you to achieve your marital goals. The vast majority see a value in our techniques and continue to come.  There are a few who decide to take a different route--such as pastoral counseling or community counseling--and we fully respect that.

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46. My spouse and I don't see eye to eye on anything. Are we beyond help?

Why are you together?  Let’s assume that there are some areas where you’re compatible. There must've been an attraction at some time, a "spark" that was felt between both parties.  That’s the best place to start, we'll look at those issues first and build from there.  It won't take long to determine whether or not your compatability issues can be mended, and if the spark can be re-lit.  If they can't, then we can help you plan for a divorce devoid of angst, anger, selfishness and guilt.

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47. How long do we have to go to marriage counseling before it works?

Insight into your marital concerns can happen almost immediately, but long term marital satisfaction will take more time. There is no magical quick fix for a marriage in need of help and change. It takes effort from both parties to learn and practice what we teach you in counseling.  While some people start to see solid results in as few as 8 sessions, you can usually see significant results in 12 sessions; it may take up to up to twice that many for marriage problems that are more intensive.   

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48. What if my spouse doesn't want to come? Will it help if I do?

Yes, and often we can get your spouse to come a session to talk about you.  Often, that feels less threatening. 

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49.What type of therapy do you practice for marriage and relationship counseling?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a very effective form of counseling for couples.  Most marital issues are either practical or emotional.  Most couples can handle the practical issues, but the emotional response to the practical problems becomes more difficult.  At WTG, we focus on helping couples to become less emotionally wrought about their practical problems so they can become much more creative and problem solving in tackling the often tough task of maintaining a healthy and satisfying relationship. 

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50. Do you also counsel un-married couples?

Yes we do. The challenges of an un-married couple are very similar to those who are married. But the extra challenges of not being married sometimes present themselves.  Our counseling, in this regard, would be better named "Couples counseling."

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51. Do you have experience counseling gay couples? 

Yes, gay couples are not uniquely different than heterosexual couples, other than some of their practical issues are unique to their lifestyle. 

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52. Will I have to keep coming back for months or even years?

Not likely. While there are some people who may need to continue counseling for a few months, many others find the relief they need in as little as 4 weeks. It depends, somewhat, on what you are seeking counseling for, how good of a job we do, and how receptive you are, as well as willing to put the needed extra time into what we teach you.

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55. Do you also offer substance abuse services?

Yes we do.  At WTG, we have utilized an alternative program to AA since the early 1980s.   Ours is a more rational approach to alcoholism and drug abuse. Dr. Thomas was the first to introduce an alternative to the traditional AA/NA community based self-help program in West Central Florida in 1986.

Our experience in alcohol and drug counseling is vast. In addition to private clients and groups, we have had contracts with the Florida Department of Corrections in Manatee, Pinellas, and Hillsborough Counties, as well as the Federal Government in Hillsborough County. 

We continue to service referrals from DUI Counterattack in Hillsborough and Suncoast Safety Council in Pinellas County.  Over the years we have reached thousands of people and helped them to overcome addictions and abuse.

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56. Does drinking/drugs make depression better?

No, they make it worse.  Alcohol is a depressant, as are many prescription medications. While they may seem to make the moment easier to take, their effects actually depress you even more. Some studies have shown that alchol and some drugs decrease the levels and/or production of serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain. These naturally produced chemicals directly affect mood. 

Prescription drugs that may contribute to depression include Ativan, Halcion, Librium, Valium, Xanax, Rohypnol, Tylox, OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, Hydrocodone, Demerol, Dilaudid, Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, Darvon, and Darvocet.

Heavy drug and/or alcohol use can make the decision to get help even more difficult. Indeed there are 2 issues that need to be dealt with simultaneously: the depression and the drinking/drugging.  At WTG, we specialize in both depression counseling and substance abuse therapy. Our methods have a proven effectiveness to overcome both issues.

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57. Are stress and anxiety really just the same thing?

Sometimes similar, but they are not the same thing. Stress is a danger alert that goes off in your head. The number of bells, sirens, and flashing lights – the intensity of the alert– depends upon how you perceive the pressure (the stressor.)  The stronger you see the pressure to be, the higher the alert.

Anxiety is a step beyond stress.  It is when the perceptions of future things in your life become overwhelming.  Anxiety is when you blow past the symptoms of stress and straight to the overwhelming feelings of anxiety. That's why it's important to have a professional evaluate your situation and make recommendations as to how you can feel better and improve your life, whether it be stress or anxiety that is the culprit.

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58. What are the different types of anxiety disorders? What's the difference between GAD, SAD and others?

According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (AADA) anxiety disorders are categorized as follows:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive, unrealistic worry that lasts six months or more; the anxiety may focus on issues such as health, money, or career. In addition to chronic worry, GAD symptoms include trembling, muscular aches, insomnia, abdominal upsets, dizziness, and irritability.

Panic Disorder: People with panic disorder suffer severe attacks of panic, which may make them feel as if they are having a heart attack or can't breathe, for no apparent reason. Symptoms include heart palpitations, chest pain or discomfort, sweating, trembling, tingling sensations, feeling of choking, fear of dying, fear of losing control, and feelings of unreality.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Posttraumatic stress disorder can follow an exposure to a traumatic event such as a sexual or physical assault, witnessing a death, the unexpected death of a loved one, or natural disaster. Three main symptoms are associated with PTSD: "reliving" of the traumatic event through flashbacks or nightmares; avoidance behaviors (avoiding places related to the trauma) and emotional numbing (detachment from others); and physiological arousal such difficulty sleeping, irritability, or poor concentration.

Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia): Social anxiety disorder is also called social phobia. It is characterized by extreme anxiety about being judged by others or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or ridicule. This intense anxiety may lead to avoidance behavior. Physical symptoms associated with this disorder include heart palpitations, faintness, blushing, and profuse sweating.

Specific Phobias: People with specific phobias suffer from an intense fear reaction to a specific object or situation (examples: spiders, dogs, heights). The level of fear is usually inappropriate to the situation and it is recognized by the sufferer as being irrational. This inordinate fear can lead to the avoidance of common, everyday situations.

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59. Is free anxiety counseling available?

There are a couple of services which some people find helpful. The website 'psychforum' has an anxiety forum where you can go and read other's posts for info, or sign up and ask questions and receive answers from professionals and anger sufferers alike.   See the free anxiety psychforum here. 

You may also want to try calling 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 program is an easy-to-remember three-digit telephone number that is currently available to about 75% of the U.S. population.

The 2-1-1 program was created in the early 2000's to provide quick information and rererrals to health services and human service organizations. The cost is free; it is partially funded by the state and county, and by United Way.  You simply need dial 2-1-1 on your phone.

If you'd like to learn more about the overall 2-1-1 program, go here.  If you would like to view the resources available in the Tampa Bay area, visit the Tampa Bay 2-1-1 website.

You may also consider Meetup.com. It is a website that brings people together to have face-to-face discussions about various mental health issues. Anxiety meetups are available in many areas of the country. To see if there is one in your area go here: Anxiety Meetups

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60. Is it possible to have both depression AND anxiety?

Yes it is. In fact, it's not all that uncommon for someone to suffer from depression and an anxiety disorder.  We see this fairly often and have a comprehensive counseling plan of action when it's the case.

Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with major depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The good news is that these disorders are both treatable, separately and together.

Three main types of depressive disorders—major depression, dysthymia, and bipolar disorder—can occur with any of the anxiety disorders.

Often depression and an anxiety disorder can be treated the same way. In many cases, therapy can be tailored to an individual so that it works to reduce the symptoms of both disorders. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (which works to replace negative and unproductive thought patterns with positive ones), is often effectively used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. Other therapies are targeted to specific anxiety disorders that may not apply to depression.
 

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61. Is there one type of counseling that's better for depression? 

Yes there is. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been recognized worldwide as the most recommended form of psychotherapy for depression.  We utilize a specific type of CBT called REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy) to treat those with mood disorders. You can learm more about CBT here, and REBT here

 

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 64. Is there any free anger management available?

There are a couple of services which some people find helpful. The website 'psychforum' has an anger forum where you can go and lurk for info, or sign up and ask questions and receive answers from professionals and anger sufferers alike.   See the free anger psychforum here. 

Additional forums and free support groups that you may find helpful can be found at the StressGroup website.

You may also want to try calling 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 program is an easy-to-remember three-digit telephone number that is currently available to about 75% of the U.S. population.

The 2-1-1 program was created in the early 2000's to provide quick information and rererrals to health services and human service organizations. The cost is free; it is partially funded by the state and county, and by United Way.  You simply need dial 2-1-1 on your phone.

If you'd like to learn more about the overall 2-1-1 program, go here.  If you would like to view the resources available in the Tampa Bay area, visit the Tampa Bay 2-1-1 website.

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Call today, 813-872-8022 or email info@wtgtampa.com. 

 

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Group and individual counseling

Specializing in therapy for
-anxiety
-anger management
-depression
-marriages
-relationships
- substance abuse

Effective and affordable counseling.
Non-judgmental.
Confidential.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Rational Emotive-Behavior Therapy

Providing help and changing lives for the better in the Tampa Bay area for 25 years

Rates: your first appointment is free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group and individual counseling

Specializing in therapy for
-anxiety
-anger management
-depression
-marriages
-relationships
-online counseling
- substance abuse

Effective and affordable counseling.
Non-judgmental.
Confidential.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Rational Emotive-Behavior Therapy

Providing help and changing lives for the better in the Tampa Bay area for 25 years

Rates: your first appointment is free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Group and individual counseling

Specializing in therapy for
-anxiety
-anger management
-depression
-marriages
-relationships
-online counseling
- substance abuse

Effective and affordable counseling.
Non-judgmental.
Confidential.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Rational Emotive-Behavior Therapy

Providing help and changing lives for the better in the Tampa Bay area for 25 years

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Group and individual counseling

Specializing in therapy for
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anxiety
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-depression
-marriages
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-online counseling
- substance abuse

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Rational Emotive-Behavior Therapy

Providing help and changing lives for the better in the Tampa Bay area for 25 years

 

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Group and individual counseling

Specializing in therapy for
-
anxiety
-anger management
-depression
-marriages
-relationships
-online counseling
- substance abuse

Effective and affordable counseling.
Non-judgmental.
Confidential.

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Group and individual counseling

Specializing in therapy for
-anxiety
-anger management
-depression
-marriages
-relationships
-online counseling
- substance abuse

Effective and affordable counseling.
Non-judgmental.
Confidential.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Rational Emotive-Behavior Therapy

Providing help and changing lives for the better in the Tampa Bay area for 25 years

Rates: your first appointment is free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

          

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