|Pastoral Counseling Services
Q's Ministry, BHITS
|Pastoral Counseling, Spiritual & Peace
Counseling with Psychodynamic,
Psychospiritual and Cognitive-Behavioral
* Individual * Couple * Family * Elderly *Student
Anxiety, Depression, Eating Problems, PTSD,
Schizophrenia, Marriage, Family, Pre(Marital),
Divorce, Anger Control, Self-Esteem, School
Problems, Psychosomatic Issues
* Diagnosis may be provided for elderly and dependant adults. In most
instances diagnoses is provided by a physician.
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Generalized Anxiety: worry with physical symptoms of fatigue, headaches, muscle tension - aches, difficulty swallowing, trembling, twitching, irritability,
sweating, and hot flashes.
Anxiety and Panic: Heart palpitation, pounding, hot/cold flashes, sweaty, weakness, faintness, dizziness, tingling sensations, numbness, nausea, chest pain,
smothering, choking, sense of unreality, fear of going crazy, impending harm - doom, loss of control, feeling as though life is passing by like a movie.
Social Phobia or Social Anxiety: fear of being watched, fear of being judged, embarrassment, humiliation, blushing, sweating, trembling, nausea,
muteness, have a hard time talking, Self-consciousness, fear of speaking, eating or drinking in front of others.
Phobias: Fear of Heights, Escalators, Driving on Highways, Tunnels, Closed-in places, Water, Flying, Dogs or Other Animals, Blood and Injury.
Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD): (Theft, Mugging, Rape, Torture, Abduction, Kidnapping, Child Abuse, Incest, Auto Accident, Plane Crash, Bombing,
Tornadoes, Floods, Earthquakes, Being Yelled at), Flashbacks (Memories and Thoughts of Trauma, Abreactions, Nightmares) Derealization, Loss of Trust,
Shattered Beliefs, Loss of Sense of Security, Avoidance, Anniversary Reactions, Emotional Numbness Towards Close Ones, Loss of Interest, Irritability, Anger,
Loss of Affection, Sleep Problems, Awakenings, Detachment, Being Easily Startled, Anxiety and Panic Symptoms.
Depression: Persistent sadness, anxiousness or "empty" feelings, hopelessness, pessimism, helplessness, worthlessness,guilt feelings, restlessness, irritability,
loss of interest in sex, activities or hobbies enjoyed before, fatigue, loss or decreased energy, difficulty concentrating, remembering details, difficulty making
decisions, insomnia, early morning wakefulness lasting over 1/2 hr, excessive sleeping, overeating, loss of appetite, localized pain, aches or pains, headaches,
cramps, digestive problems, suicidal ideas, suicide attempts.
Grief & Bereavement: Missing, seeing images of, hearing voices of, dreaming or nightmares about the lost person or object, smothering, sensations of
sparking nerves or nerves on fire, continued denial, acceptance resistance, anger, crying, depression, exhaustion, deliberating or bartering with god.
Obsessiveness-Compulsiveness (OCD): Intruding Thoughts and Images of Order, Symmetry, Street Cracks, Germs, Dirt, Intruders, Friends, Interactions,
Harming Someone, Someone being at Harm, Harming Loved-ones, Sex one Dislikes, thoughts forbidden by religion or ones culture, and Ritualized Behaviors
to reduce the anxiety the thoughts induce, Counting, Washing hands Over and Over Again, Excessive Praying, Touching or Checking Repeatedly, Lock
Checking, Door Checking, Stove Checking, Combing Hair Over and Over, Believing that if One does not Engage in the Repetitions Something Horrible Could
or Would Happen, Believing that Ones Actions or Thoughts are Changing or Influencing the World, Hoarding.
Borderline Personality Disorder (can co-occur with Bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse and other
personality disorders- can be related to being a victim of sexual abuse by a stranger, history of stress - neglect - abuse when young,
victim of crimes of violence or rape): Instability in Mood, Instability in interpersonal relationships (anxious attachments, changing from love and
admiration to hate, devaluation, demeaning, anger or dislike, abandonment anxiety, rejection sensitivity, disappointment and suicide risk), self/body image,
behavior (impulsiveness, excessive spending, binge eating, risky sex), instability in work, family disruptions, disrupted long-term planning, self-identity, emotion
regulation, self-injury with and without suicide, intense bouts of anger, depression, anxiety for hours or at most a day, drug and alcohol abuse, frequent change
in gender identity, long-term goals, career plans, jobs, friendships, and values, self-esteem problem such as seeing self as bad or unworthy, demeaning others,
feeling misunderstood, mistreated, bored, empty, isolation leading to loss of sense of self (who they are) and abandonment anxiety, avoidance of being alone,
sudden change from crying to laughter or vise versa, crying and laughing at the same time.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder: A. Several discrete episodes of failure to resist aggressive impulses that result in serious assaultive acts or destruction of
property. B. The degree of aggressiveness expressed during the episodes is grossly out of proportion to any precipitating psychosocial stressors. C. The
aggressive episodes are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g., Antisocial Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, a Psychotic
Disorder, a Manic Episode, Conduct Disorder, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance
(e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition (e.g., head trauma, Alzheimer's disease).
Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Preoccupation with slight or imagined defect in appearance
Eating Disorders (Self / Body Image Problems...)
Bulimia Nervosa: Frequent and recurrent (several times week) feelings of lack of self-control (impulsiveness, reduced in activity in brain areas involving
self-regulation) over Binge-eating (eating large portions of food, much of the time acted out in secret due to shame and disgust) followed by purging, vomiting,
excessive use of laxatives and diuretics, excessive exercise and/or fasting, severe unhappiness about body size and shape (even when normal for his/her age or
weight), fear of gaining weight- causing oral - teeth related problems, electrolyte imbalances and kidney issues, and gastrointestinal problems and acid reflux,
chronic sore throat - inflamation, swollen glands in neck, and severe dehydration.
Bipolar Disorder (can co-occur with Anxiety disorder, PTSD, OCD): Mood swings from being high - elated - irritable, to being normal, to being sad -
hopeless and then back to being high, elated and/or irritable again. These are characterized by severe changes in energy level and can be a cause for
suicide risk and distortion in rational thought.
Schizophrenia: Positive symptoms, without tumor in the brain there is auditory (hearing voices), olfactory and visual hallucinations, faulty belief that others
are sending thoughts into the environment, without being in a situation - sociopolitical or physical trauma, delusions, thinking they are famous historic figure
(grandeur), having a faulty belief that others are plotting to harm them (paranoia) causing fear and withdrawal in relationships, believing that people are
reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, not making sense when talking (making up unintelligible words, neologisms), disordered thinking, disorganized
thoughts, extreme agitation, movement disorders (clumsiness, uncoordinated, grimaces, involuntary movements, unusual mannerisms; Negative symptoms,
loss of contact with reality, sitting for hours without moving or talking much (catatonic states), a-volition, loss or decrease in the ability to initiate plans, speak,
express emotions, flat affect, find pleasure in everyday life, social withdrawal not otherwise specified as depression or laziness; Cognitive deficits, problems
with attention, working memory, executive functions of planing and organizing.
Also addressing Career issues, Pre(marital) issues, Spirituality & Pain, Procrastination, Acute & Chronic Adjustment, Resistance to