If you are reading these lines chances are that you, or someone close to you, have been experiencing some distress. Whether these are feelings of sadness or hopelessness, anxiety, loss and grief or relationship difficulties, you are looking for information and, possibly, professional help.
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Dr. Michal Regev earned her B.A. (Hon.) in Educational Counselling at Tel-Aviv University and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C.
Dr. Regev is a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist; she has provided therapy to individuals, couples and families since 1990.
Marital and couples therapy is a form of conjoint therapy offered to couples that have experienced distress in their relationship. Couples may seek therapy for different reasons and at different points in their lives. The common thread among couples who seek therapy is the sense that the relationship is not working as well as it could and/or that the distress in the relationship significantly affects their sense of well-being and quality of life.
Depression is a type of mood disorder that is characterized by the experience of depressed mood, sadness, hopelessness or feeling extremely “down”. Another important symptom is lack of interest. That is, disinterest in things that one used to be interested and enthusiastic about. Everyone may experience sadness and feel “down” from time to time.
Postpartum Depression is a condition, which sometimes occurs when a woman, who has recently delivered a baby, feels down, depressed, hopeless, overwhelmed and sometimes irritable. She may harbour feelings of inadequacy as a mother and may feel that she is unable to cope. The mother may have long and frequent crying spells, or she may feel emotionally detached from everything, including the baby.
The transition to parenthood is one of the most common experiences in adult life. In fact, over 90% of married couples end up having children at some point in their lives. Maybe this is the reason why the experience of parents has been, at best, trivialized if not completely ignored.
We used to think of pregnancy as a time of joy and bliss, when the expectant mother is protected from illness and especially from mental illness. In recent years, however, it has become clear to clinicians and researchers alike that pregnant women can develop disorders like depression, anxiety or panic, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Anxiety Disorder is an umbrella term for different disorders, all of which have anxiety as a significant symptom. These are: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder (including Agoraphobia), Social Phobia, Specific Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD) and Adjustment Disorder.
A panic disorder is a type of Anxiety Disorder. When a person has a panic disorder they often experience periods of intense anxiety or fear that may be referred to as Panic Attacks. These feelings of anxiety are usually accompanied by at least 5 of the following symptoms: Shortness of breath, Dizziness or light-headedness, Tightness or chest pain, Trembling or shaking, A sense of unreality
Obsessive-Compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by distressing, intrusive thoughts, images and urges that create significant anxiety and distress to the person experiencing them, and by repetitive behaviours or rituals that the person feels compelled to perform. The rituals usually result in a temporary relief of the anxiety.
Losing a loved one may be one of the most difficult experiences in life, if not the most difficult. Whether the loved one is a family member, a close friend or a pet, the one who is left behind may experience overwhelming pain that may affect every aspect of their life. The grieving person may feel that sadness and grief engulf them.
veryone experiences stress. Whether it is work related, child-care related, financial or relationship related, or other, you cannot avoid it. Stress can emerge from either negative or positive experiences. For example, getting fired can be stressful, but so can getting married.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a drug-free treatment that focuses on thoughts, feelings, behaviour, physical sensations and the environment, and their connections to each other. CBT has been found to be highly effective in treating a variety of problems, such as Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Eating Disorders.
Fertility problems affect about 15% of couples. The problem may lie with the woman, the man, or both. Many couples struggle with infertility for lengthy periods of time and, like Julie and Dan, their relationship may take a toll as a result The following are a few ways in which fertility issues may affect the couple relationship.