Psychotherapy

At Anne Huebner & Associates, we know that you face real struggles in life. Our caring professionals have the skills and training to help you achieve greater emotional stability and personal fulfillment. We treat children, teens, and adults with personalized and effective therapy to promote wellness. We offer group therapy for addictions and other mental health disorders, and we offer classes for social skill development, personal growth, and parenting. Our psychologists also offer psychological evaluations to assist in identifying specific disorders and appropriate therapy techniques. The conditions we evaluate and treat include:

  • Addictions
  • Adjustment to life transitions
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Career issues
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Grief
  • Major depression and dysthymia
  • Mental disorders due to medical conditions
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder with and without agoraphobia
  • Personality disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Relational problems with couples and families
  • Specific phobias and social phobia

Common Mental Health Disorders
The more you know and understand about your disorder, the more effective treatment will be. For this reason, some common mental health disorders are summarized below as referenced by the fourth edition of the psychology field’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).

Depression
Called Major Depressive Disorder, and the common cold of mental disorders, depression is typically diagnosed when you have experienced a low or sad mood and lack of motivation for at least two full weeks. At least four other symptoms must be prevalent when a diagnosis is made. These include fatigue, feeling worthless or guilty, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, suicidal thoughts; increased irritability, tearfulness; or changes in appetite with weight loss or weight gain, or changes in movement such as slower or more anxious movement.

Dysthymia
This disorder is sometimes called a mild depression since a few days of normal mood offset a prevalence of typical depression symptoms. Dysthymia is diagnosed when you have experienced a depressed or low mood most of the day or for a majority of days over a two-year time span. Two more symptoms such as low self-esteem, fatigue, sleep or appetite changes, poor concentration, and feeling hopeless must also be present over this time span.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
A diagnosis of PTSD occurs when you have experienced an extreme, sometimes life-threatening situation involving a sense of horror, fear, or helplessness. Additional distressing symptoms lead to a diagnosis of PTSD, and these include re-experiencing or re-living the trauma through dreams, memories, thoughts, or sensations; a tendency to avoid thoughts, feelings, or situations related to the trauma; increased anxiety symptoms such as insomnia, irritability, feeling “on edge,” difficulty concentrating, and feeling detached from others, less interest in activities, or a lack of optimism about the future. These posttraumatic symptoms may occur immediately after a severe experience, or they may occur weeks or years later.

Panic Attacks
Panic attacks are identified by a brief period of extreme fear and physical discomfort, and may be diagnosed with or without agoraphobia — an accompanying fearful feeling in social settings where there may be little control. The intense symptoms of a panic attack involve rapid heart beat, sweating, shortness of breath, feeling of choking, chest pain or tightness, nausea or abdominal distress, feeling dizzy or light-headed, chills or flushes, numbness or tingling, fear of dying, or a fear of “going crazy.”

 

General
Research indicates that many psychological disorders respond to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This therapy method teaches you to examine thoughts, build more realistic or positive thoughts, and apply them in everyday situations. It also focuses on helping you learn effective communication strategies, problem-solving methods, and other coping strategies. One helpful coping strategy is called relaxation, a technique promoting calmness while easing muscle tension. Journaling, artwork, and exercise are a few of many other strategies that can be combined with CBT to help you accomplish personal goals and psychological well-being.

Age
Age often plays a key role in determining which treatment approach brings the best results. Your personality and life situation are also critical factors in this treatment decision.

In Children
From toddlers to middle-school age, children typically benefit most from a behavioral approach. Behavioral techniques are used to improve or change behavior by changing the environment and providing appropriate rewards and disciplines. Because children have a limited vocabulary for the complexities of life, play therapy also provides valuable insights into what a child is thinking. We can help your child adjust to his or her rapidly changing world of school and new rules and roles.

Adolescents
Young teens and those in high school often benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, which is designed to identify negative, destructive thoughts about one’s self or the world. Challenging these thoughts leads to more flexible, adaptive thinking, so that positive emotions and behaviors can emerge. Behavioral therapy can also help adolescents change adverse behaviors and actions and achieve personal goals of improvement. Our goal is to help your teenager learn to manage and adjust to the surprising challenges and responsibilities of this stage of life.

Adults
Adults of all ages benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, with a goal to change negative, inflexible thinking so that flexible, positive emotions and behavior can emerge. Behavioral therapy can also be used to help you modify your situation and/or provide your own rewards or disciplines for adaptive change. Couple and family therapy is used to improve relations within small or larger family groups. A variety of other therapies are also used to help individuals who have difficulty adjusting to unpredictable challenges such as illness, injury, marriage, divorce, stress, job loss, or death. Our focus is to help you continually adapt to life’s ongoing and ever-changing complexities and responsibilities.

Older Adults
Like all adults, seniors benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy and a variety of other therapies designed to help them adjust to the predictable and unpredictable stages of aging. As we age, new challenges are inevitable, including illnesses and injuries; loss of friends and family; changes in living arrangements; worries about the future and about personal mortality. Therapy at this stage of life is structured to help you focus on continued adjustment, acceptance of the inevitable and attaining peacefulness about your life so far and the days still to come.

Mental Health Disorder
Like age, psychological disorders also determine which treatment approach will bring the best results. Research indicates that individuals of all ages suffer from psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. For these disorders, cognitive-behavioral therapy leads to the best outcomes in adults and adolescents. In children, behavioral therapy and play therapy are more effective. Psychological assessment is often used to identify a specific disorder and the range of its symptoms. If medication is needed to manage a disorder, we make referrals through a qualified psychiatrist.

A number of disorders first arise in childhood, such as Separation Anxiety, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disorders, Disruptive Behavior Disorders, and occasionally schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. A psychological assessment is critical to determine the specific disorder based on the complex symptoms that can exist. Depending on the age of the child, behavior therapy, play therapy, and occasionally cognitive behavioral therapy are used to treat these disorders. When needed, children can also be referred to a qualified psychiatrist for medications.

People of all ages can struggle with psychological disorders and challenging issues in life, so the caring psychologists at Anne Huebner & Associates are here to help you find stability and achieve your personal goals.

 

Parenting with Love and Logic
This 6 week class will help you develop parenting skills for teaching your children a sense of responsibility for making positive choices. Learn how to manage difficult situations such as temper tantrums, back talk, bed times, chores, homework, and more. Videos, presentations, worksheets, and discussions promote easy learning about this nationally renowned program.

Foundations and Facets of Forgiveness
This class explores what forgiveness is and is not, the relationship between forgiveness and reconciliation, facets of the forgiveness process, and potential benefits of forgiveness in mitigating cardiovascular and immune system disease risks. Class content features a blend of empirical research, faith-based principles, and discussion of personal experiences with forgiveness.

 

Please call the office for registration and additional information at 262-786-9184.

 

The Busy Epidemic: Conquering Stress and Anxiety
This group incorporates personal reflection, discussion, worksheets, and occasional video segments to help group members manage stress and anxiety more effectively in 8 weekly sessions. Faith-oriented material is included in this curriculum. Cost: Can be billed to most private insurances. Copays and deductibles may apply.

Recovery and Relapse Prevention
These groups are for adults suffering from alcohol or drug addiction and are ready to make a change in their lives to stop. Education and support are paired to offer a comprehensive approach to recovery and preventing relapse of addiction. Learn to address issues of motivation, build skills to resist drug/alcohol use, replace drug-using activities with constructive and rewarding nondrug-using activities, and improve problem-solving abilities. The group environment also facilitates interpersonal relationships and your ability to function in the family and community. Cost: Can be billed to most private insurances. Copays and deductibles may apply.

Social Skills Group
How we interact and communicate with others is shown in many aspects of our everyday life. But what happens when you're shy, lack self-esteem, are nervous, or simply don't know how to make friends? Our social skills group for tweens and teens will encourage development of conversation skills, nonverbal and verbal communication, and fun interactions in groups. Keys to developing long-lasting friendships and strong support networks will be encouraged through education, positive experiences, and role-playing.

 

Please call the office for registration and additional information at 262-786-9184.

 

 

Anne Huebner & Associates , LLC
17100 West North Ave., Suite 100 Brookfield, WI 53005 262-786-9184