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Children Behavioral Health Services (CBHI)

At Abelard Psychotherapy & Associates our focus is the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Specializing in treating disorders of behavior, thinking and feeling, our practice provides medication management and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults in a caring, therapeutic environment for our clients to work through life’s complexities. To most comprehensively serve our youth population at risk of needing a higher level of care, we also offer In-Home Therapy (IHT) services, which includes Therapeutic Training & Support (TT&S), to youth (age 20 and younger) and their families as an intervention measure with the goal of stabilization and keeping the youth in the home. In-Home Therapy (IHT) connects youth and their families to a licensed clinician with attention to the family’s preferences, culture, and behavioral health support needs. IHT fosters a cohesive, therapeutic relationship to improve the youth’s functioning within the family and the community through a strength-based, proactive treatment plan. By coordinating a collaborating group of formal supports (such as, teachers, therapists, state agencies, etc.) and natural supports (such as, friends, community members, etc.), conducting family therapy, and implementing behavioral techniques and skills, IHT nurtures and improves the youth and family’s wellbeing. Therapeutic Training & Support (TT&S) working alongside a licensed clinician, the TT&S supports the youth and family as part of the In-Home Therapy experience. TT&S focus their attention on integrating the myriad of supports – natural and formal – and creating treatment plans; while assisting the licensed clinician in ensuring both the youth & family’s needs are met. We have the language capability of supporting English, Cape Verdean Creole, Spanish and Portuguese speaking...

Not Feeling the Joy

Despite tidings of joy and happiness, for many the holidays are anything but. Depression is quite common this time of year according to Dr. Gabrielle Abelard ’97, ’01 MA. “We don’t talk about it enough, but it certainly affects many families.” The holiday season can bring feelings of anxiety, loss, and loneliness. It can also be a time when people develop unrealistic expectations of themselves or others, contributing to depression. “Current research suggests that depression is caused by a combination of biologic, genetic, environmental, and psychological factors,” explains Abelard. “Those especially at risk in our society are the elderly, veterans, current military personnel and their families, and those already dealing with mental health disorders.” A doctorally prepared psychiatric advanced practice nurse with over 17 years of experience in mental health nursing, Abelard opened Abelard Psychotherapy & Associates in 2007. In addition to her private practice, she is also an assistant clinical professor with the UMass Amherst College of Nursing, having helped create its psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program in 2014. She points to some common warning signs of depression: Loss of interest in daily routine Loss of appetite Change in sleeping habits Becoming isolated Feeling lost or empty Feeling guilty, worthless, and/or helpless Symptoms of fatigue or low energy  Lack of eye contact Headaches, body aches, or difficulty digesting food In her practice, Abelard shares a number of techniques to cope with depression. “One thing I always stress with clients is to pay attention to being present and in the moment. And to be cognizant of self-care and wellness by getting adequate nutrition, sleep, hydration, and exercise if possible.” “I also encourage people to really...

Coenzyme Q10 (COQ10)

Why is it important? COQ10 works in the mitochondria (important part of the cell) where it produces cellular energy from the food that we eat – It is important for energy producing which powers muscles and other parts of the body – Important for overall heart health Benefits – May support the health of vessel walls – May reduce headaches and migraines – Improves sperm motility in men Where do we get it? – Healthy bodies produce it naturally – Supplement form foods: fish, meats, oils from soybean, sesame, and rapeseed (canola) There is no official Daily Value recommendation.  Take the supplement with a meal containing fat. Suggested 90 to 120 mg of supplemental CoQ10 for; any adult taking statin medications for those with a family history of heart problems; anyone with a risk for cardiovascular disease. “This dosage is also appropriate for otherwise healthy men and women as a preventive measure and to help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system” (Weil, 2012). Deficiency. – Older aged people can be at risk – People who use statin drugs (impairs the body’s ability to create COQ10 on its own which is when a supplement is necessary) – Deficiency has been associated with cardiovascular problems (angina, arrhythmia, heart failure and high blood pressure) – Problems with blood sugar regulation    BIBLIOGRAPHY http://www.naturemade.com/resource-center/articles-and-videos/energy/coq10-plus-b-vitamins-for-energy#GFrKeDT7XuQjTzYS.97...

Probiotics

Probiotics with Digestive Enzymes “Enzymes and probiotics are two different supplements that can be taken together to support and help optimal digestion and address different digestive issues, as well as help with the overall health of the body” (Labrador, 2013). Why is it important? – Promotes healthy intestinal micro flora – Helps promote optimal digestion – For good overall health Probiotics – “Good” bacteria- living microorganisms – Necessary for digestive and immune health Digestive Enzymes – Assist the chemical breakdown of food into smaller components to be absorbed – They extract essential nutrients from food and transform food into energy – Rebuilds cells Benefits Digestive enzymes taken with meals along with a daily probiotic help with complete digestion along with: – helping to balance pH – breaking down and eliminating proteins – reinforcing nutrient acquisition to replenish important nutrient – promoting timely elimination of toxins through the colon, kidneys, skin, and lungs – decreasing the incidence of improperly digested food becoming toxic in the body – promoting blood circulation, cellular vitality, and overall health and wellness Where do we get it? Probiotics – Yogurt, Dark chocolate, Miso soup, Pickles, Kampuchea tea Supplement Enzymes – raw food, raw vegetables, raw fruit Daily recommended value Varies depending on the person. Deficiency Enzyme Deficiency Signs and symptoms to look out for: – digestive problems, skin rashes, acne, eczema, brain fog, headaches, mood swings, joint and myofascial pains, bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine (also known as SIBO), Trouble digesting fatty foods Probiotic Deficiency Signs and symptoms to look out for: – Antibiotic use can cause a deficiency, Food poisoning, Digestive disturbances, Severe...
The Importance Of Sleep

The Importance Of Sleep

As a nation littered with coffee shop chain restaurants and energy drink-lined store shelves, Americans’ obsession with caffeine and a host of trendy supplements promoting increased energy, indicates a deeper issue: a widespread lack of restful sleep. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule promotes physical and emotional health by providing our minds and bodies the time to process the past day and prepare for the next. Like anything, humans require a period of “recharging” – a restful sleep promotes mental clarity, stable metabolism, hormonal balance, and cell restoration throughout the body. These things affect the whole person; they allow for clear decision-making, emotional regularity, healthy organ functioning, resistant immune system, capable learning and memory making, among numerous other crucial functions in our day-to-day lives. When you consider this, it seems ludicrous the disregard our society has for sleep’s importance in leading happy, fulfilling lives. While everyone experiences occasional bouts of insomnia, perhaps the most concerning sleep disorder is chronic sleep loss: a disorder which overtime can cause learning/memory difficulty, weight gain, cardiovascular problems, weakened immune system, and overall amotivation and stagnation. The lowered functioning caused by sleeplessness results not only in personal health and emotional difficulties, but also causes a surprising amount of motor vehicle and other heavy machinery accidents. However dismal your struggle to sleep may be, there are a plethora of things you can do to combat insomnia. These include: cutting down on caffeine consumption (4-6 hours before bedtime at least), maintaining a regular sleep schedule, avoiding heavy meals or alcohol before bedtime, limiting smoking near bedtime (or during the night), get regular exercise, and try to keep...
Why seek psychotherapy?

Why seek psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy describes a collaborative relationship between a therapist and their patient where the goal is to provide support and coping skills to patients feeling overwhelmed by a range of different issues. These patients may be experiencing anything from chronic mental illness, to weight loss difficulties, to overcoming substance abuse. Psychotherapy counseling can be provided by various mental health professionals: licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, amongst a variety of other specialized counselors and psychiatric professionals. The techniques used by these psychotherapists is nearly as varied as the issues they are designed to treat, some of the most common include: cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, gentle reprocessing (trauma), solution-focused brief therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy, shortened as CBT, is perhaps the most well-known, and most often used standard therapeutic technique. CBT treatment includes identifying the initial cognition experienced by the patient when exposed to any situation causing distressful feelings. The patient and clinician then attempt to expose and alter these reactions to create insight into our minds’ often over the top interpretation of stimuli, whether it be from other people or random life incidences, to become more aware, and mindful, to how our minds work and how to cope with it. As previously mentioned, psychotherapy can be used to treat short term difficulties, such as divorce, grieving a death, school/work pressure, weight loss, etc. and long term afflictions, like depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, chronic physical illness, insomnia, attention deficit disorders, and more. Because psychotherapy is a relatively new form of treatment, due to mental health being a fairly new concern in the...
Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal, evolutionarily beneficial, reaction to stress. It provides the “fight or flight” response to danger, increases self-awareness, motivates and keeps us alert, however these benefits often get skewed and end up mutating into a condition that ends up hindering our function. Symptoms of an anxiety disorder include: anxious feelings with seemingly no precipitating event, jittery/nervous feelings, difficulty breathing, difficulty calming down, overall feeling of hesitation and restrictedness. Generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, is the most common anxiety disorder where typical anxiety is aggravated to the point of making normal situations nearly impossible to deal with. Posttraumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety and more also fall under the “anxiety umbrella” and refer to more acute problems stemming from an abnormal reaction to stress. Anyone can potentially suffer from one or more of these ailments, however those who have been exposed to high stress situations, trauma, or have a family history of mental disorders (particularly anxiety) are at a higher risk. The treatment for anxiety disorders comes in both therapeutic discourse (for example, psychotherapy) and in medication treatment, through some antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and others. SOURCES:...