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Middle East Eating Disorders Association Founder Dr. Alford Joins the Team of ProvenTherapists

“Eating Disorder does not have to be a life sentence” Dr Jeremy Alford

Qualified Clinical Psychologist, Hypnotherapist & Neurofeedback Therapist, Member of the British Psychological Society ,and Founder member of the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section, Dr Jeremy Alford opens Online Clinic at ProvenTherapy.com

Dr Jeremy AlfordPress Release: Sep. 10, 2013 – Dr Alford established his own private practice since 2003 and has 15,000 client hours until now. He is also founder and president of the Middle East Eating Disorders Association. Dr Alford has a multicultural experience and proven adaptability to international settings. He has experience in the application of learning in the UK and applying this knowledge in the Middle East.

He is specialized in the support and treatment of:

* Eating disorders and related issues

* Smoking Cessation

* Mood and Anxiety Disorders (such as Depression, Phobias, Panic Attacks)

* Compulsive Behaviours (Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Addictions)

* Traumas (such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Grief)

* Learning difficulties (Attention Deficit Disorders, Hyperactivity, Anger Management, Assertiveness Training)

* Psychotic issues (Management of Schizophrenia and other specific issues)

Dr Alford has appeared on several TV interviews to discuss various psychological topics in addition to having newspaper and magazine interviews.

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A history of depression increases risk for future episodes following divorce

depressionDivorce is associated with an increased risk of future depressive episodes but only for those who already have a history of depression, according to a new study published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

“Stressful life events like divorce are associated with significant risk for prolonged emotional distress, including clinically-significant depression,” notes psychological scientist and lead researcher David Sbarra of the University of Arizona. “At the same time, we know from considerable research that the experience of divorce is non-random. Some people are much greater risk for experiencing a divorce than other people.”

This led Sbarra and colleagues to wonder: Is it divorce, or the factors leading to divorce – such as marital discord, neuroticism, or hostility – that increase the risk for depression?

To investigate this question, the researchers took advantage of data from the longitudinal, nationally representative Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) study. The researchers matched each participant who had separated or divorced during the study to a continuously married person in the study who had the same propensity to divorce, based on a number of previously identified factors. By comparing participants to their match, the researchers were able to account for the fact that it’s impossible to randomly assign people to divorce or stay married.

In line with previous research, the results showed that divorce had a significant effect on subsequent depression.

But, as Sbarra and colleagues found, the full story was a bit more complex.

Specifically, divorce or separation only increased the likelihood of a later depressive episode for those participants who reported a history of depression. In fact, nearly 60% of adults with a history of depression who divorced during the study experienced a depressive episode at the follow-up assessment.

For all other participants – including those who had a history of depression but hadn’t divorced, and those who divorced but had no history of depression – there was no elevated risk for a future depressive episode. Only about 10% of these people experienced a depressive episode at follow-up.

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Study Reveals Working Moms Experience More Stress than Dads on Family Matters

Although working mothers and fathers are almost as likely to think about family matters throughout the day, only for mothers is this type of mental labor associated with increased stress and negative emotions, according to new research to be presented at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

“I assume that because mothers bear the major responsibility for childcare and family life, when they think about family matters, they tend to think about the less pleasant aspects of it — such as needing to pick up a child from daycare or having to schedule a doctor’s appointment for a sick kid — and are more likely to be worried,” said study author Shira Offer, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

depressionMuch has been written about the unequal division of household labor and childcare, but the overwhelming majority of studies in this field examine specific behaviors, Offer said. “These studies focus on the physical aspect of tasks and demands, which can be measured and quantified relatively easily,” she said. “However, much of the work we do, both paid and unpaid, takes place in our mind. We are often preoccupied with the things we have to do, we often worry about them, and feel stressed not to forget to do them or to do them on time. These thoughts and concerns — mental labor — can impair our performance, make it difficult to focus on tasks, and even hurt our sleep. This mental labor is the focus of my study.”

The study relies on data from the 500 Family Study, a multi-method investigation of how middle-class families balance family and work experiences. The 500 Family Study collected comprehensive information from 1999 to 2000 on families living in eight urban and suburban communities across the United States. Most parents in the 500 Family Study are highly educated, employed in professional occupations, and work, on average, longer hours and report higher earnings than do middle-class families in other, nationally representative samples. Although the 500 Family Study is not a representative sample of families in the U.S., it reflects one of the most time pressured segments of the population. Offer’s study uses a subsample from the 500 Family Study, consisting of 402 mothers and 291 fathers in dual-earner families who completed a survey and a time diary that collects information about the content and context of individuals’ daily experiences, as well as the emotions associated with them, in the course of a week.

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Why Counseling Takes Time? An Article by Prof. Fatic

Prof FaticProf. Fatic talks about the modern philosophical term ‘polylog’ and the implications of client-counselor relationship and dynamics. What to expect from a counseling session and why is it taking longer than anticipated? “Those who prefer to maintain a distance will be much less able to help the clients change their ways of seeing the world and reacting to it,” says Prof. Fatic. Getting through to the client is not a straight forward business, but a real challenge to any Therapist. Client-Therapist relationship is very important and highly significant. In his own words, “The relationship between the client and the counselor is the foundation of the client’s emancipation and progress in addressing the issues.”

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Indian Pastoral Counselor Dr. Joseph Joins the Team

Dr. Joseph GeorgeDr. Joseph George, clinically trained pastoral counselor with 20 years of professional counseling experience, joins the ProvenTherapists team for providing online counseling services.

Press Release: Aug. 15, 2013 – BANGALORE, India — Joseph George, from Bangalore, India, is a clinically trained professional counselor who has over 20 years of professional experience of helping people in distress who come with various needs, challenges, and concerns that disturb their mental and emotional wellbeing and functioning.  His therapeutic approach not only focus on the current issue which disturb the persons but also their wholistic mental and emotional health. He believes that a professional counselor needs to two professional directions: therapeutic intervention with a focus to help in distress and crisis; and preventive approaches to help the persons and communities to remain healthy. He has the experience of providing counseling services in the following modes: face-to-face, telephone, ecounseling, and counseling through live chat and text chat.

Dr. George obtained his advanced level clinical training and the Doctoral Degree from the Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, (1995-2002), with specialization in psychology, religion, and psychotherapeutic practice. His academic orientation to Psychoanalytic practice, Object Relations theory, Self-Psychology, He comes with training and experience in working with religious (multi-faith) and non-religious clients. His services include therapy for mental and emotional development;relationship issues; premarital training sessions, post-marital counseling, marriage and family; parenting; sexual health; religious and spiritual concerns; addiction behaviors; education and career development; work-life management; mental and emotional disorders; depression; suicidal ideation and related behaviors,  and enhancing quality of life in contemporary context.

He recognizes and promotes the idea of online counseling services for a number of reasons. Many in the contemporary context acknowledge the need for professional help for a fulfilling personal, family, social, and professional life but unable to find adequate support system due to various reasons. Online counseling services (https://www.proventherapy.com) is available 24/7 at the privacy of one’s home and reduce the travel time to an office set up. The non-judgmental approach, respect, and confidentiality are key elements in online therapeutic practice.

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Pastoral Counselor Jamie Brown Joins the Team

Jamie BrownSister Jamie Brown, M.A., a Certified Pastoral Counselor specializing in Trans-personal Psychology and Holistic Wellness, is now online with ProvenTherapy.com.

Press Release: Aug. 10, 2013 – Jamie Brown is a Sister in the Community of Francis and Clare, a certified Holistic Wellness Counselor and Heart of Yoga teacher who has been counseling individuals and couples since 1988.  She has an M.A. in Psychology with an emphasis on the Jungian or Transpersonal approach and wrote her Master’s thesis on “The Psychology of Nonattachment in the Bhagavad Gita.”  While working on her B.A. in Philosophy, Jamie also studied comparative religions in addition to obtaining certification as a Kriya Yogi.  She has been a student of enlightened masters including the Dalai Lama, from whom she received the Empowerment of Padmasambhava in 1989.

Jamie draws upon the wisdom traditions of both East and West in her counseling practice.  She counsels from a holistic perspective:  body, mind and spirit – the client as a unique embodied soul seeking wholeness, integration and enlightenment in the context of their particular environment and relationships.  In working with clients Jamie avoids imposing the hierarchical “counselor therapizing the client” model.  Rather, just as with teaching her yoga students, she sees her role as that of a supportive friend who is there to walk alongside and encourage them on their own journey of self-discovery.  She seeks to create a safe space where the client can discuss and process their concerns, questions, hopes and fears and offers compassionate, honest feedback with warmth and humor.

Jamie is the Director of Lothlorien House, a non-profit spiritual retreat center in Panama City, Florida where she provides counseling and other pastoral services and teaches yoga, meditation and contemplative prayer.  She is very happy to have opened her online clinic at https://www.proventherapy.com/Jamie-584.html which will allow her to extend her counseling ministry to clients all over the world.

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Indian Therapist Tinu Joins the Team

Tinu ThomasTinu Thomas, Counselor and Psychotherapist from India, joined the Approved ProvenTherapists team. She provides online counselling 24/7 through ProvenTherapy for helping people for balancing their emotions and lives at large.

“Counselling is a process involving a special kind of relationship between a person who asks for help with a psychological problem (the client) and a person who is trained to provide that help(the counselor or a therapist).” In Proven Therapy, Tinu Thomas is selected as an experienced counselor who has a successful professional background in all age groups. She received her Master of Social  Work in Medical and Psychiatry from Bharathiyar  University, India and also Post Graduation Diploma in Counselling. She has been working as a Psychiatric Social Worker for the last two years. she has one year experience as trainee counselor.

Tinu Thomas is specialized in Relationship Problem, Marriage or Divorce, Family Conflicts, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Depression or Mood difficulties, Grief or Bereavement, Sexual or Personal identity issues, Low confidence or Self Esteem, Sleep disorders, Anxiety and stress management, Loneliness, and Phobia. And also she adopt the ways like, Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Psycho Therapy models. She will provide a good motivational approach towards problem.

Counselling is marked by the desire for changes in the existing  condition of the client, which means it is concerned with the improvement of the client. The online counseling and psychotherapy services are offered at https://www.proventherapy.com.

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Alternative Therapist Leeza Joins the Team!

Leeza S. DillipLeeza S. Dillip opens Counseling Services at ProvenTherapy.com. She is experienced in alternative therapies like Yoga, Pranic Healing, Crystal Ball therapy, Handwriting Analysis, Art therapy, Colour therapy, etc.

Leeza was excited while opening her service at ProvenTherapy.com, “Life is always filled with manifold twists and turns. So anyone can fall a prey to different problems due to this muddle. Today many of us struggle in the silent yet strong shackles of stress, tensions, depression, relationship problems, job-related issues, adolescent and age related problems, marriage and family crisis, and other clinical-psychological ailments. At the same time a fast-paced lifestyle, personal issues and other difficulties become a hindrance in the path and process of treatment. Given to all these hitches, ProvenTherapy brings the best solution to one and all. It is the best breakthrough avenue in the world of Online Counseling, which interested me to join hands with the experienced therapists in the site.”

https://www.proventherapy.com is one of the most popular online counselling options today. Adorned by more than 80 qualified and experienced therapists far and wide the globe, ProvenTherapy has helped many people to successfully overcome their problems and agonies. With the provision of online text chat and online voice chat, proven therapy has not only made a mark in online counseling but also many areas related to psychotherapy and healing. The qualified professionals work 24/7 in order to provide quality services, online counseling and psychotherapy to the “troubld hearts and souls”. Leeza S. Dillip, an Indian Clinical Counselor and Alternative Therapist, is the recent addition to the ProvenTherapists team.

With a dream and passion to help people and those suffering from mental health issues, Leeza has achieved many milestones in the field of face-to-face counseling, online counseling and psychotherapy. With an experience of almost 8 yrs Leeza S. Dillip has excelled in the fields of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Behaviour therapy, Client-centered counseling, Family therapy, marital/relationship therapy, therapies for problems and issues related to all age-groups and cross-culture. Her experience and practice in spiritual healing, alternative techniques like Yoga, meditation, naturopathy, crystal ball healing, pranic healing, acupressure, color therapy and handwriting analysis gives her therapy procedures the kind of holistic dimension that is necessary for the all-round sound health and development of an individual.

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Memory Problem, PTSD, Good News Here!

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Researchers have just identified a drug capable of preventing memory problems and increased anxiety in traumatized mice suffering from PTSD-like symptoms.

The finding has huge medical implications for future human PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) treatment and/or prevention.

According to Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators, a receptor called Oprl1 is altered when mice experience PTSD symptoms. The scientists then developed a drug that targets that specific gene, thus preventing the development of the disorder.

Mice were put through a traumatic event – being restrained to wooden boards – and were at a heightened state of fear.

The researchers then gave the mice the Oprl1-targeted drug and found that it had a preventive effect on PTSD and a significant impact on fear memory modulation.

The study, which was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, indicated that humans with genetic variants of the Oprl1 gene are at a higher risk of developing PTSD after a traumatic event, suggesting that the new drug could have a similar effect in humans.

Study leader, HHMI investigator Kerry J. Ressler of the Emory University School of Medicine, said:

“PTSD is a tractable problem that can be prevented and treated if we put our mind to it. Bringing neuroscience and genetic approaches together provides a powerful way to understand this debilitating illness.”

PTSD is a severe anxiety disorder brought on by direct experience of traumatic events – the NHS (National Health Service) in the U.K estimated that about 40% of sufferers developed PTSD after a loved one died suddenly. A sufferer’s life may be completely disrupted, by reliving the horrific event through nightmares as well as flashbacks. Approximately 5% of men and 10% of women suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives.

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Counseling at ProvenTherapy.com should be an easy journey, provided you take the first step! The first step is to contact a Therapist... this could be the hardest part because you have to break your mental barrier... but, the journey is sure to be relaxing and comfortable for you! --- the ProvenTherapy Team