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Andrew Greene, LCSW, LCDC, DCS

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Stephen Harris, LPC, CCJP

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Janaleen Solis, LPC, LCDC

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Sara Villarreal, LCSW, LCDC

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About Us

 

Our goal at Psych Dimensions Inc. is to offer exceptional care to our clientele. Our superior team of Master's level psychotherapists have unique sub-specialties and advanced training in a variety of fields, including trauma, grief, and addiction. Each member of our clinical services team provides unique solution-focused and results-driven psychotherapy with the added component of psychoeducation, to help clients gain a better understanding of self, enabling them to work towards the best version of themselves that they wish to be.

 

Individualized treatment, exceptional care.

 

Our entire team works together to provide a safe, inviting, and compassionate environment for our clients and their families from the time they enter our office to the time they leave. Through our innovative medical, psychiatric, and psychotherapeutic services, we help facilitate self-awareness, family cohesion, and above all, change. No one should have to quietly suffer and walk this journey alone and no problem is unsolvable. Our psychotherapists take an eclectic, client-centered, strengths-based approach to help individuals unlock the secrets behind living a happy and fulfilled life. Our integrative, interdisciplinary treatment model, coupled with state-of-the-art blood and neurological testing, make Psych Dimensions the most inclusive and comprehensive premier mental healthcare provider. Psych Dimensions is the only clinic of its kind to offer a one-stop-shop setting in which all of your mental health needs can be managed, truly making our practice second to none.

Evidence-Based Practices

 

Our psychotherapists draw from a wide variety of specialized interventions and evidence-based practices:

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, one of the most common evidenced-based practices, rooted in the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected. CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You’re shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, incorporating several components of a person’s overall emotional well-being including skills of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness (boundaries and assertive communication), distress tolerance, and emotional regulation.

Solution Focused Therapy, a goal-directed collaborative approach to creating positive change that is conducted through the observation of clients' responses to a series of questions creating the opportunity to achieve resolutions to present and future situations.

Psychoeducation Therapy, presenting valuable information to allow a client to create better self-awareness and ultimately fostering a path to changing unhealthy forms of thinking, feeling, behaving.

Family/Systemic Therapy, a helpful approach to assist clients in understand family dynamics and relationships creating the opportunity to resolve past/present conflicts and internal healing.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), an eight-phase treatment that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Along with treating symptoms of trauma and PTSD it can be utilized to treat unhelpful or negative thought patterns that can occur for those struggling with Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Grief, and Phobias.

Existential/Humanistic Therapy, useful in answering the big questions of "Why am I here? What is the point of my life?" and aids in answering the big life questions that often make us feel insignificant or lost.

Rational/Emotive Behavioral Therapy, includes the development of merging your emotional and rational mind, helps identify if your mood and its intensity, persistence, and pervasiveness are appropriate for a given stressful situation.

Positive Psychology, useful in understanding and fulfilling specific tenants of human happiness, helps clients target specific activities and cognitive frameworks that aid in producing the most satisfying life experience.

Treatment Areas

 

Psych Dimensions utilizes state-of-the-art NeuroTek products for EMDR therapy. Common issues treated include:

 

ADHD

Addiction

Alcohol Abuse

Anger Management

Anxiety

Behavioral Issues

Bipolar Disorder

Career Counseling

Child or Adolescent

Codependency

Divorce

Drug Abuse

Dual Diagnosis

Emotional Disturbance

Family Conflict

Gambling

Grief

Internet Addiction

Life Coaching

Life Transitions

Marital and Premarital

Men's Issues

Obesity

Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Oppositional Defiance

Parenting

Peer Relationships

Relationship Issues

School Issues

Self Esteem

Self-Harming

Sleep or Insomnia

Stress

Suicidal Ideation

Testing and Evaluation

Trauma and PTSD

Video Game Addiction

Relevant Articles from Our Staff

The Power of Vulnerability– Janaleen Solis, LPC, LCDC

What does it mean to be vulnerable? People have a misconception around the definition, believing it is merely a form of weakness, or to put oneself in a situation where they are susceptible to harm and/or shameful criticism. Shame and vulnerability expert Brene Brown has found in her work that, “vulnerability is an uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure, but it is also the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. Vulnerability is the core of all emotions and feelings.” The reality is, vulnerability is a crucial part of the human experience and enables us to overcome obstacles and achieve true healing.

Human beings possess a large spectrum of emotions that cannot be picked and chosen. In doing so, they deny themselves the ability to be fully alive and embrace all parts of themselves, the joyous and the painful. Brene Brown states, “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” When people indulge in the idea that vulnerability can be avoided, the end result has been found to include personal and social costs: “We are the most indebt, obese, addicted, and medicated adult cohort in US history, with shopping, food, drugs, and alcohol being well-tested means for numbing out unpleasant emotions. By dodging emotional risks, we miss out on the genuine human connection we’re so terrified of losing in the first place.”

Our ability to show up authentically and be vulnerable about our thoughts, feelings, and
experiences can also be molded from childhood. We are instilled with messages of how the action of expressing ourselves will be perceived by others, often being rooted in shame. It is those perceptions from childhood that can determine how emotionally open people can safely be as adults. The way people can begin challenging themselves to embrace the human experience is to embrace vulnerability; take steps to transform the previous perception of what vulnerability means, take emotional risks, be brave enough to move through discomfort, and ultimately achieve healing and a better connection to self.

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A Theory of Attachment– Andrew Greene, LCSW, LCDC

Nearly all problems in life can be traced back to an attachment-based issue. There are the obvious problems that have roots in attachment like bereavement or post-breakup depression, but I posit that attachment issues extend beyond people and into material things, states of mind, and even ideologies. For instance, the great pain, fear, and sadness one may experience when receiving a diagnosis of cancer is that detachment from health and safety. It is the forced surrender of the protected state that causes great anguish. When one feels the fallout of financial hardships, they are experiencing the loss of attachment towards their creature comforts and way of living. The negative emotions experienced are a part of the individual’s emotional response to the loss of a lifestyle to which they grew accustomed. Even with ideologies, the reason it is so difficult to get a devout Catholic to consider Atheism or vice versa is because of the how those ideologies are attached to the essence of their being. The internal struggle felt when an individual finds themselves challenging their own beliefs is related to the detachment from familiarity and comfort. In a word, attachment = security.

From renowned psychoanalyst Erik Erikson and his research on Stages of Development, we know that the very first relationships of attachment provide the original blueprint of the mind. I believe this sentiment supports the above theory, particularly with the use of the word ‘blueprint.’ It suggests that how we attach ourselves to the world around us will ultimately influence the outcome of our experiences. There is a wealth of research discussing attachment in relation to people, but there is little else that is researched regarding the spectrum of attachment. By definition, ‘attachment’ is simply automatic adaptations that have roots in survival imperatives and instincts. This is something to highlight, underline, and star since a great deal of our behaviors have deep seated roots in Darwinist/Evolutionary theory. It is also a reminder that even maladaptive coping mechanisms are, at their core, the non-conscious method of embracing our environment and staying alive. Our brains are hardwired to seek the path of least resistance while maximizing survival capabilities. For people with maladaptive attachment behaviors, the questions guiding treatment should be the following; how do we help the client recognize why they are acting in an unhealthy manner, and how do we ease the natural and normal discomfort inherent in the separation process?

The Importance of Psycho-education in the Therapeutic Process– Sara Villarreal, LCSW, LCDC

The term psycho-education refers to the process during therapeutic interventions that provides information to the client regarding the illness the client is being treated for. This process empowers clients to become aware of what is going on with themselves while building empathy and taking charge of the mental health treatment.
The newfound empowerment clients obtain through psycho-education also contributes to strengthening the idea of the client being the “expert” on their lives. The empowerment and deepened role of expert leads to self-acceptance and more positive self-regard of the individual. (Bäuml, 2006).

A psycho-educational approach has the ability to emphasize the understanding of current methods a client is moving through life, creating a self awareness that can encourage the individual to move towards the changes the client wishes to change in their lives (Carlson, 2003).

Psycho-education complements any practice approach in the process. Additionally, psycho-education is helpful when working with families that are involved in an individual’s treatment. Psycho education within the family will increase understanding in the meaning of mental health issues as well as works towards relapse prevention as psycho education increases support within the family.

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EMDR: How Can You Benefit?– Janaleen Solis, LPC, LCDC

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, or EMDR, was developed in 1987 by clinical psychologist Francine Shapiro. In an interview with Psych Central, Dr. Shapiro reported that she actually discovered EMDR by accident. She was taking a walk one day with intrusive thoughts on her mind and, as she continued to talk, she realized the disturbance of those thoughts dissipated as she looked left and right at her surroundings. With further research and experimentation, EMDR was then developed to help clients overcome the anxiety associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders, such as phobias. Since its inception as a psychotherapeutic intervention, it has expanded to treat other conditions, including depression, shame, sexual dysfunction, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and even the psychological stress experienced by cancer treatment. So, how can someone benefit from participating in this therapy?

Shapiro describes EMDR as a non-invasive, 8 phase approach, beginning with obtaining history of past significant life experiences, recognizing symptoms, and what is necessary to live a better future. Following the initial phase comes rating level of disturbance, validity of the positive cognition desired to be associated with the “trauma target”, description of emotions evoked, then desensitization of the chosen experience. The desensitization process is induced by Bilateral Stimulation. Bilateral Stimulation can be implemented with the use of sensory stimulation through a light bar (sight), tones (hear), or buzzers (touch) creating eye movement similar to REM sleep. According to Harvard researchers, “bilateral stimulation is connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, where internal associations arise, and the clients are able to process the memory and disturbing feelings. In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level to where it’s not as disturbing as it once was.”

What makes EMDR ideal for therapy, is that it’s non-directive, meaning a client does not have to go into elaborative detail or relive the event. You have survived the experience; therefore, you will survive the memory. Shapiro stated “In EMDR therapy, the emphasis is on allowing the information processing system of the brain to make the internal connections needed to resolve the disturbance. So, the person only needs to focus briefly on the disturbing memory as the internal associations are made.” Ultimately, people deserve freedom from the negative thoughts and feelings associated with their past experiences. EMDR has demonstrated itself to be a highly effective method by which individuals reclaim a positive sense of self and wellbeing, particularly in cases where all other treatment modalities have fallen short.

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The Basics of Battling Anxiety, Part 1.– Andrew Greene, LCSW, LCDC

Anxiety. It’s a normal human emotion that everyone experiences. Having anxiety is a good thing; if you were never anxious or depressed, I would worry you were a sociopath. The problem is rarely “I have anxiety,” but rather “I cannot deal with my anxiety.” A lot of times, we do not even know where our anxiety is coming from, and that alone induces more emotional (and often physical) discomfort.

Luckily there is hope. When we can break anxiety down into 3 components and address each one individually, coping with anxiety becomes considerably easier.

Part 1 of Anxiety- Biofeedback.
(“What am I feeling?”)
Anxiety is often experienced in conjunction with a physical or somatic sensation. This comes in the form of lump in throat, feeling ‘hot’, or butterflies in the stomach. When we are anxious, the very first time we must ask ourselves is WHAT am I feeling and then label it.

Part 2 of Anxiety- Trigger.
(“Why am I feeling this?”)
Anxiety is frequently the result of not knowing what’s about to happen. You get a text from our spouse that says “we need to talk.” Am I in trouble? You see a cop driving behind us and notice his lights flip on. Am I about to get pulled over? You’re at a social gathering where we do not know anyone. What if I’m awkward or say something wrong? Each of these fears have the same thing in common. Once we have identified the specific trigger or fear, we move to diffuse it.

Part 3 of Anxiety- Automatic Negative Thoughts.
(“Could this be real life?”)
Alfred Hitchcock once said “the scariest thing to a person is a closed door, because they do not know what’s behind it.” We are inclined to automatically assume the negative before even considering the possibility that an unknown outcome could be positive. How we behave today is largely rooted in our evolutionary biology. We are alive today because our great-great-great-great-great grandparents stayed aware of the worst possible thing that could happen in any given situation. Those who did not share that tendency did not survive (see: Survival of the Fittest). In the early stages of human history, the guy who heard rustling in the bushes and prepared to fight a tiger lived a LOT longer than the guy who heard rustling in the bushes and continued to walk along. So it is important to recognize that it is a natural, normal, necessary part of being alive to regularly consider the worst possible thing.

Let’s tie this all together: Say you call your significant other and they don’t pick up the phone. Your internal alarm system activates. As you heart rate increases, you think, “Oh no, my girlfriend is definitely cheating on me!” You feel yourself getting hot and tense. You are already playing conversations in your head about how things will turn out. You are acting as if what you think is happening is actually definitely happening. In that moment, our feelings sneakily turn into our facts. It is important to realize your brain and body cannot tell the difference between real threats and imagined threats. Whether or not you are being cheated on, the psychological/psychosomatic experience in that moment is exactly the same. It’s also important to remember feelings are not facts; indeed if feelings were facts, they would be called facts.

We would benefit from stopping for a moment and considering other possibilities for why they did not pick up the phone. Perhaps they were driving, or their phone was on silent, or their phone was in a different room, or even that she was passive-aggressively telling me that she’s mad at me (again). The simple fact is that the overwhelmingly vast majority of the time we simply do not know. As cowboy philosopher Will Rogers once said, “I know worrying works because none of the stuff I worried about ever happened.”

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