Conditions We Treat
At Lori Sarvis & Associates in Deerfield Beach, Florida, we understand that no two clients are alike. If you come to us seeking help, we will match you with the therapist best suited to meet your unique needs.
We can help – no matter the issue or mental health challenge you’re dealing with. Below are some of the most common conditions we treat. The list is not exhaustive by any means. Often, our therapists employ a variety of therapeutic strategies to help you reach your treatment goals.
Mental Health Conditions & Issues We Treat
If you’re in need of mental health care, we’ve got the therapist for you. Our team specializes in treating a wide variety of mental health concerns, including:
- Adjustment disorder
- Aging challenges
- Anger management
- Attachment issues
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Behavioral issues
- Bipolar disorder
- Childhood and adolescent issues
- Chronic illness
- Communication challenges
- COVID-19: coping with the loss of a loved one
- COVID-19: struggling with related mental health issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional problems
- Family issues
- Financial challenges
- Grieving and loss
- Impulse control
- Interpersonal conflict
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Sexuality and intimacy
- Shopping addiction
- Social anxiety
- Substance abuse
- Women’s mental health issues
- Work-related conflicts
COVID-19 and Mental Health
The COVID pandemic poses a very real threat to your physical health. It also may exacerbate existing mental health issues – as well as create new ones. For many who struggle with anxiety or depression, fear of infection and social isolation can make everything seem so much worse and put your usual coping mechanisms to the test. For those who have suffered a loss due to COVID, grief and fear may also be thrown into the mix. The therapists at Lori Sarvis & Associates can help you deal with the difficulties brought on by life during a pandemic.
Our Specialty Areas
Some level of anxiety in your life is normal. However, if the anxiety you’re experiencing is intense, persistent, or interfering with your daily life, it’s time to get help. Seeking the services of a mental health professional can help you identify new methods to manage your anxiety. Panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias are common types of anxiety disorders.
Anyone experiencing a chronic illness or chronic pain understands just how disruptive it can be. In many cases, psychotherapy can help reduce the impact of your illness or pain. For example, counseling can help you identify and change negative thought patterns that are contributing to the pain you feel. Obtaining proper mental health care can also provide you with practical techniques that may help disrupt or override the pain signals your body is sending to your brain. This may include meditation, relaxation, and breathing exercises.
Being depressed affects how you think, act, and feel. If you have lost interest in activities that used to bring you pleasure, you may be depressed. Depression is an extremely common mental health disorder, with numerous potential causes, including stress, genetics, trauma, illness, and certain medications. At Lori Sarvis & Associates, we carefully assess your symptoms, history, and other factors in order to create an individualized treatment plan designed to address your specific needs.
Substance abuse and addiction are extremely common and can take many forms. For people who abuse drugs or alcohol, it can be extremely difficult to quit on your own. That’s where we can help. The therapists at Lori Sarvis & Associates can help you understand what may be driving you to abuse these chemicals in the first place – and help you overcome your addiction with the appropriate treatment. It can be difficult for a person in the grips of an addiction to seek help. That’s why loved ones usually play a critical role in getting a person the help they need when it comes to substance abuse.
Hypnosis allows our clients to bypass critical, conscious thinking. It allows you to enter a state of focused relaxation in which your subconscious mind remains open to changes that can benefit you. Unlike what you may have seen in the movies, you will remember everything that happens during a hypnosis session and will always retain full control over yourself.
Hypnosis is therapeutic and can help with a variety of mental health issues, including:
- Bad Habits (Quit Smoking)
- Panic Attacks
- Relaxation & Sleep
- Sexuality and Intimacy
- Weight Loss
We can provide personal, one-on-one hypnosis sessions by video chat, phone, or in person. These sessions are tailored personally for you. We also offer hypnosis audio downloads hand-crafted by a licensed therapist, for easy listening on your favorite device.
Very often, for our LGBT+ clients, any type of mental health issue has an additional component: the stigma and ostracization of being outside the norm when it comes to gender identification and sexual preference. At Lori Sarvis & Associates, we understand the unique needs of our LGBT+ clients and can integrate and honor identity issues as we address their specific mental health concerns.
Panic attacks are sudden episodes in which you may experience real physical symptoms as the result of a perceived (rather than actual) threat. The fear you feel during a panic attack is real and can lead to symptoms such as heart palpitations, difficulty breathing, pain, and weakness. Those with a family history of panic attacks may be more likely to experience these stressful episodes. Therapy can help reduce the frequency or intensity of your panic attacks by addressing any underlying fear or anxiety. In some cases, treating involving gradual desensitization can help rid you of panic attacks for good.
Our sex therapists have advanced training and experience diagnosing and treating a wide range of sexual issues. This includes concerns surrounding sexual function as well as intimacy and relationship health. Common sexual issues we can help you address include:
- Delayed ejaculation
- Difficulty reaching orgasm
- Erectile dysfunction
- Improving communication around sexual desires
- Low libido
- Impulsive sexual behavior
- Mismatched levels of sexual desire
- Performance anxiety
- Premature ejaculation
Both partners are typically present for sex therapy counseling sessions. Each session is designed around your needs, but typically involves discussion of your concerns and how to address then.
Experiencing trauma – whether a single event or repeated exposure – can have a complex effect on the body and brain. Trauma can lead to mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In order to properly process traumatic experiences, it is imperative you receive the type of therapeutic interventions that will work for you. At Lori Sarvis & Associates, our trauma-focused therapy can help you learn effective coping strategies and methods to help alleviate the paralyzing impact of traumatic memories.