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Attention Deficit Disorder ADD/ADHD
Children as well as adults may suffer from this disorder, characterized by symptoms such as hyperactivity, learning disabilities, inability to comply with parental demands, difficulty with concentration, and distractibility.

Adolescent Counseling, Therapy & Teen Pregnancy
Children ages 13-18 define a particular developmental stage with many social and family challenges. Our Specialists with adolescent counseling experience and training work with the adolescent and with the adolescent’s family members to make the transition through this stage of life go more smoothly.
           
AIDS & HIV Therapy

Individuals who have contracted AIDS or HIV often require special therapeutic understanding of medication, cultural factors, socialization, and relationships.

Anxiety
Anxiety is an inevitable part of everyday life. If individuals didn’t feel any anxiety in response to everyday challenges involving potential loss or failure, something would be wrong with them. However, when anxiety becomes more intense (e.g., panic attacks), lasts longer, (for months after a stressful situation has passed) or leads to phobias that interfere with their life and daily functioning (i.e., inability to leave the house), it is at that time individuals seek the help of a trained professional.  Trained professionals at the Institute are ready to assist clients to overcome problems of anxiety.  

Bipolar

Bipolar is also called manic depression.  Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness under the Affective Disorders classification. It is caused by problematic psychophysiology and can be treated first with psychotropic medication. This disorder is often misdiagnosed because bipolar patients may be primarily depressed, manic, rapid cycling or in remission. Manic states may be accompanied by rapid speaking, insomnia, flight of ideas, tremendous energy, poor impulse control and poor judgment.  Trained professionals are available through the Institute’s roster of specialist to treat this disorder. 

Blended Family Counseling
Blended family is a term used to describe when parents with children from a former marriage get remarried. Blended families commonly have problems with adjustment and child rearing and often benefit from counseling specially adapted to these problems.

Child Abuse
The sexual, physical or emotional abuse of children, is a condition which many states often mandate clinicians to report as a way of protecting children.  Abused children require special care, counseling and therapy and adults who were abused as children can also benefit from this counseling service provided by the Institute.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This is the therapy of “attitudes”. Its underlying assumption is that negative emotions and behavior are influenced to a significant degree by one’s own thoughts…and that by changing self-destructive ideation, one can become much less unhappy.

Conduct Disorder (Children 6-12 years)

Conduct Disorder often looks like oppositional Defiant Disorder, only worse. It is a very serious condition among adolescents because of its potential for harm to the individual and society; in fact, it is considered to be one of the most serious and prevalent mental health conditions among young people, affecting about 8% of boys and 2% of girls.  Therapist are available to treat this disorder.

Conduct Disorder
A very serious behavioral difficulty among adolescents, especially those with histories of abuse, lack of parental discipline, and/or neglect. The primary symptom is a tendency toward lawlessness and disrespect for authority.  The DC Public Schools and the Superior Court consistently refers adolescent clients to the Institute for treatment of this disorder. 

Crisis Counseling
This is psychotherapeutic intervention that is begun while a client is still in the midst of a recent or ongoing emotional upheaval or critical difficulty of some sort.  The Institute is called upon to provide intervention counseling to DC public Schools and other organization in the area.  

Critical Intervention Debriefing
A specialized form of crisis counseling designed for implementation immediately after a trauma that has affected many people at once.  This is a service often requested service for clients from our source of referrals.  

Depression
Depression actually encompasses many conditions; e.g.

  1. Major Depression, a severe form of affective illness characterized by relatively acute onset, disruption of social and occupational activities, sadness, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure and one or more “vegetative” signs such as diurnal variation (doing worse at certain times of day, usually mornings), anhedonia, loss of appetite, insomnia/hypersomnia, and suicidal ideation;

  2.  Dysthymia, a less severe form of depression relative to Major Depression but with less acute onset and a chronic symptom picture.


Domestic Violence Counseling
Spousal abuse, most often the physical abuse of a wife by a husband.  This is one of the areas of significant referrals for the Institute from District of Columbia Superior Court.

Marriage Counseling and Couples Therapy

Relationship issues comprise some of the main reasons people seek therapy, and the majority of our clinicians are trained to intervene in this area.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder requires highly specialized intervention. The best therapies for OCD entail behavior therapy (using exposure with response prevention, among other things) and antidepressant (typically serotonergic) medication, often in combination.

Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
This disorder is most prevalent in children but is also very common among adolescents. It is definitely a reason to seek counseling and family therapy.  Basically, the disorder is characterized by aggressiveness – including abnormal resistance to authority – and a tendency to purposefully trouble other people. It is as though the individual gets stuck in an oppositional, two-year-old mindset all the way through childhood and in some cases adolescence

Physical Abuse
A consistent problem in society that can relate to the abuse of children, adolescents, spouses, either currently or in the past. The consequences of physical abuse are significant and long-term.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a term describing a cluster of symptoms that occur after – and as a result of – trauma such as that experienced through combat, rape, to assault. Victims of this disorder often complain of emotional numbing and of re-experiencing the traumatic circumstances through dreams, nightmares, flashbacks, and/or startle reactions. The Institute provides counseling services for victims of violence and veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression (PPD), also known as postnatal depression, is a serious mood disorder. It affects women predominantly but not exclusively.

Psychosis
This is relevant to a panoply of disorders and conditions ranging from schizophrenia and bipolar illness to the side effects of medication. Typically psychosis entails hallucinatory activity, principally auditory hallucinations (e.g., hearing voices), and/or additional symptoms representing a breakdown in the perception of reality.

Rape

This sexual trauma is a common cause of PTSD.  The Institute receives referrals from the DC Superior Court to provide counseling to victims of rape and incense.

Sexual Abuse Survivor

Another source of PTSD and a host of other disorders and conditions, sexual abuse often has long-term, deleterious effects upon mental health and emotional stability.


Our Counseling Services

PGCEI provides comprehensive behavioral health care for people of all ages. You’ll find treatment for the whole person—mind, body and spirit—from an organization with 30 years of experience in behavioral and mental healthcare. Trust us to provide the expertise and compassion you, your loved one or your client needs to live well.  Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of the services that we provide.