Each stage of life presents challenges and opportunities for personal growth and development, and people of all ages seek assistance at CNS. In childhood, issues may include anxiety, school refusal, shyness, sadness, attention and learning problems, conduct problems, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. During adolescence, changes in mood and behavior may occur with hormonal changes and increasing personal responsibility and independence. In adulthood and older age, challenges may include changes in relationships and family structure, occupational and financial problems, substance use, changes in physical well-being and mental function (including difficulties with memory and daily activities), difficulty in healthcare access, and personal losses. These problems are often related to circumstances in the environment (e.g., stress at home, in school, or at work), but sometimes family history plays a role. At CNS, we work with patients to identify and target the factors that underlie their concerns.
There are many ways to help individuals, couples, and families create free, empowered, and effective lives, and clinicians at CNS are committed to provide an empathic and supportive environment to bring about positive results. Therapists help with emotional issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders (including panic attacks, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder). In addition, therapists may address a variety of health problems, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, attention and memory difficulties, chronic pain (including headaches), stomach issues, eating disorders, heart disease, breathing problems, gynecological difficulties, hormone- and fertility-related issues, and unhealthy habits.
A variety of treatment approaches are used, including clarifying personal values and creating meaningful commitments and goals; teaching techniques for managing stress/worry and decreasing emotional arousal/ muscular tension; providing coaching in exposure-based procedures to reduce avoidance of feared memories and situations; teaching skills for replacing unproductive behavioral habits and thought patterns; providing coaching in skills for communication/self-assertion, parenting, and life management (including self-care); and presenting information about typical brain functioning and common psychological processes. In addition, training in mindfulness skills may promote acceptance of self, others, life situations, and unpleasant inner experiences (including physical pain). A comprehensive plan of care with collaborative patient and therapist input and expertise will systematically and effectively support accomplishment of important patient goals.
The following approaches may be included:
- Coping with illness
- Stress management
- Smoking cessation
- Pain management
- Neuropsychological rehabilitation for brain disorders
- Rehabilitative psychotherapy for physical disabilities
“I can’t thank you enough for attending my son’s staff meeting. You have been a wonderful support and comfort to me in helping my son with his problems. It has made such a huge difference for him in his life. Even though he’s not the son I knew before the accident, his outbursts and behavioral obsessions have almost been eliminated.” (From the mother of a catastrophically brain-injured firefighter.)
“I just wanted to let you know that my son is doing great. He’s becoming a responsible man and that is greatly because of the help and support you gave all of us. You’re one of the best people I have ever met. Thank you again.” (From the mother of an adult who was seriously brain-injured as an adolescent.)
“We send our best to you from our new home in [another state]. I am working at a real ‘5-star’ ski, bike, and kayak store. I also have an assistant coaching job at [major ski resort] this winter. I will be skiing with a bunch of enthusiastic young freestylers.” (From a married and fully employed young adult who, a number of years earlier, was seriously brain- and orthopedically-injured, complicated by subsequent severe suicidal depression with no foreseeable prospects for independent living or competitive gainful employment and prior failed treatment.)
Comprehensive Neuropsychological Services, P.C.
1095 South Main St.
Cheshire, CT 06410
Telephone: Local 203-271-3809, Toll-Free 877-788-7822