Wellness Counseling

Wellness Counseling

Wellness Counseling



Nutrition Counseling

Wellness Education & Treatment is a unique part of our treatment at The Woodlands Behavioral Health & Wellness Center. We have multiple facets of assessments and treatment options to help individuals and/or families become healthier. All clients will fill out the lifestyle questionnaire, which also allows for practical and achievable goal setting. Goals are developed and are addressed through coaching and nutritional counseling with an individualized plan of assessment (if necessary) and treatment.  

Many people want to be healthier- but what does this mean? Does this mean eliminating all sweets? Not drinking soda? Not eating any carbohydrates? For most, this is not attainable. We have a Nutrition Specialist who on staff who can help to narrow goals and help to implement strategies in everyday life to help obtain realistic goals.  
 
Initial Nutritional Consultation (60 minutes):          
In this session, the nutrition educator will review the Health History and Nutritional Questionnaire. They will then ask more in-depth questions about diet/health/presenting symptoms. From this information, they will discuss recommendations designed toward meeting requested goals. For those clients who are or have a picky eating child or serious eating issues, the clinician will counsel and educate about why it is important to eat a balanced diet as well as practical ways to improve the diet. A detailed report with information discussed will be provided to the patient after the session. Supplementation may be recommended when appropriate. 

Follow-Up Consultations (60 minutes/30 minutes):
During follow-up sessions, the nutrition educator will follow-up on recommended changes previously discussed and will help clients reassess goals and objectives. Continued education and counseling will be given to improve goal making success.
  
Grocery Store Visits/Pantry Parties:
BASE charge for 1 ½ hours with client. Includes report writing time. The nutrition educator will meet the client at the grocery store of choice or home to assist with making decisions based on nutritional goals/objectives. 

Supplements (Costs Vary):
We only sell pharmaceutical grade supplements. These supplements are 99% pure without additives or unnecessary substances which may cause unwanted side effects. Additionally, these supplements are more easily absorbed and metabolized in the body. Low grade supplements usually contain fillers or additives that many people are trying to take out of their diet. While it is not necessary to purchase our supplements, we strive to keep our prices as low as allowed to provide you with high quality products.  

Advanced Lab Testing                    
Advanced Lab Testing focuses on improving balance in the client’s environmental inputs and in the body’s fundamental network of interconnected physiological processes. It involves more than just treating the symptoms of a disorder. This approach identifies core clinical imbalances that may underlie a disorder and aggravate the symptoms, and then it intervenes at multiple levels to address these imbalances and to restore a patient’s functionality and health. Advanced Lab Testing is the foundation of our integrated treatment model and can be used as an alternative treatment or back-up treatment to medication.

Micronutrient Testing                                                             
Research has found that 50% of the people taking multi-vitamins still present with nutritional deficiencies. Functional Intracellular Analysis offered by the Spectracell Laboratory, measures levels of selected vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other essential micronutrients within white blood cells called lymphocytes. This testing can reveal a person’s functional nutritional status over a much longer time than conventional serum testing. The results obtained, therefore, can uncover deficiencies that standard serum tests may miss. 

Food Allergy/Intolerance Testing 
A true food allergy is an abnormal response to a food that is triggered by a specific reaction in the immune system and expressed by certain, often characteristic symptoms. Other kinds of reactions to foods that are not food allergies include food intolerances such as lactose or milk intolerance. An allergic child, who itches, sneezes and wheezes a lot can feel miserable and therefore sometimes misbehave have difficulty focusing or appear hyperactive. At the other extreme, children who are on anti-allergy medication (which usually causes drowsiness) may become sleepy at home or at school. 

Our nutrition educator will provide nutritional counseling to clients or the parents of children with food allergies to ensure that they protect themselves from the foods that induce their allergies and replace these foods with appropriate alternatives to maintain a balanced diet and avoid nutrient deficiencies. 

Neurotransmitter Testing 
The nervous system is one of the most complex systems of nature and is responsible for coordinating thousands of processes from muscle contraction to crying. The center of the nervous system is the brain which contains over 100 billion specialized cells called neurons. The nervous system also contains very important chemical messengers called neurotransmitters which tell the heart to beat, lungs to breathe and stomach to digest. ADHD is a neurotransmitter disorder that involves imbalances in norepinephrine related to mental focus and dopamine related to hyperactivity.


Stress Management

Our stress management program involves three phases:

Phase I 
Learning about Stress

Clients learn:
  • What stress is and how it creates physical and mental wear and tear. 
  • The physiological process that occurs when we become stressed 
  • How stress is a process of how we perceive an event which in reality may not be stressful to other people. 
  • How to identify the stressors in their own lives  
  • To observe their own behavior closely and to record their physical, emotional and behavioral reactions to those situations they find the most stressful.  
  • Their own maladaptive strategies to cope with these situations such as eating and alcohol consumption. 
  • To identify the antecedents of their stressful experiences for example the feelings of being overwhelmed by school were preceded by thinking about having to present in front of their class. 
  • To avoid negative self-talk when they are trying to cope with a stressful event and recognize how negative self-talk exacerbates the irrational feelings that cause stress. 
Phase II
Skills Training

Clients learn and practice skills for coping with stress such as:
  • Improving diet, sleep and increasing exercise
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy management techniques
  • Biofeedback
  • Time management, initiation, organizational and planning skills
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Deep diaphragmatic breathing
  • Guided imagery
  • Yoga and meditation
Phase III
Application of Stress Management Skills

Setting stress management goals such as engaging in positive self-talk and self-instruction (reminding yourself about the specific steps required to achieve a specific goal). 

Practice stress management techniques in the individual's identified stressful situations and monitoring the effectiveness of these strategies.


Sleep

Sleep and Children 
There is a clear association between sleep duration and executive functions/school performance and externalizing behaviors. There is better school performance because of better executive functioning and less acting out behaviors when children get enough sleep.
  • It appears that children today sleep about 75 minutes less than children did 100 years ago.
  • Delaying school time by 25-30 minutes usually results in a 25-45-minute increase in sleep duration for children which in turn reduces daytime sleepiness, depressed mood and caffeine use.
  • The number of car accidents among teen drivers was reduced by 70% by delaying the school start time by one hour.
  • The prevailing trend is that our children and adolescents today have too short sleep duration.
  • EEGs of normal children indicate increased signs of drowsiness as measured by an increased Theta/Beta ratio.
  • Too short sleep duration results in impaired executive functioning, poor school performance, mood problems, increased acting-out behaviors, and attention problems.
Sleep and ADHD 
Sleep restriction to six hours for 14 days showed negative impacts on cognitive functioning (sustained attention and working memory) similar to having two full nights of full sleep deprivation. Interestingly, people who underwent this regimen of sleep restriction were unaware of their cognitive deficits.

In general, sleep restriction of one week in healthy children have resulted in impairments of attention and increased acting-out behaviors (impaired behavioral regulation). Thus, core symptoms of ADHD (inattention and impulsivity) can be induced in healthy children through sleep restriction which suggest an important role for sleep in the etiology of ADHD.
  • Several sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome, are more prevalent in ADHD.
  • Substantial improvements in ADHD symptoms have been reported, when such specific sleep disorders were treated.
  • Sleep-onset insomnia (difficulty falling asleep at a desired bedtime) is present in about 75% of undedicated children and adults with ADHD.
  • Delayed melatonin onset has been found to be prevalent in those individuals with ADHD.
  • Adult ADHD is characterized by a higher prevalence of “evening types”, characterized by delayed sleep onset.
Conclusions
  • An adequate amount of good quality sleep is essential for children and adults to have normal cognitive functioning.
  • Normal individuals can show ADHD -like symptoms with inadequate sleep. Clinicians should carefully assess for sleep issues before diagnosing ADHD.
  • ADHD individuals can experience exacerbated ADHD symptoms without adequate sleep.
  • Treatment of ADHD should include a sleep hygiene protocol.

Wellness Coaching

How Does Coaching Work?

Coaching is a specialized partnership that is goal-oriented in nature. The client and coach work together as a team to approach their problems and objectives more effectively. 

This process involves:
  • First, identifying challenging areas in clients’ lives that are hindering meeting their potential.  
  • Next, specific strategies are tailored to address each issue and modified to meet the individual’s unique experience.  
  • Problems are targeted systematically, usually starting with the most prevalent and then working down.
  • Successful interventions are practiced and reinforced.  
  • Coach and client actively collaborate to evaluate progress, exploring barriers and readjusting goals as needed.  
  • Finally, through support and personal accountability, new skills become part of the clients’ repertoire.
How long does this process take?

Due to the individualized nature of the coaching relationship, its duration can be tailored to meet particular needs: 
  • Depending on severity of issues, this can be a relatively brief process. Coaching can be a curriculum-based intervention that spans a specific length of time and covers common problem areas.
  • Some clients work weekly for 4-5 sessions to effectively reinforce interventions, then gradually step-down (bi-weekly, monthly, as needed) as habits are cultivated. 
  • If needed, coaching can also be somewhat longer-termed, to support individuals through particularly stressful and demanding circumstances (e.g. transitions to higher education; new work environments; managing multiple schedules, etc.)  
Though coaching is often academically-focused, it also extends to life skills, such as managing responsibilities in the work or home, and even to navigating interpersonal relationships. One of the major focuses of coaching is addressing executive functioning deficits. Click here to learn more about executive functioning skills. All of the clinicians at The Woodlands Behavioral Health & Wellness Center who offer coaching are Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Professional Counselor- Intern (LPC-Intern) or a Nutrition Educator.  

The coach is an emotionally neutral person in the client’s life. While it is often difficult to accept feedback from a spouse or supervisor, the coach is a neutral guide well equipped to offer suggestions and reminders in a positive, supportive manner. Coaching is like pressing the relief valve for families under stress.

Coaches are also agents of change. In addition to working on particular skills with the client, a coach examines lifestyle issues such as diet, sleep habits, and exercise programs; it is a unique time of reflection and self-discovery. The client explores their own personal strengths and weaknesses and develops a style that draws on their strengths. Clients emerge from the coaching process better able to define their personal and professional needs. 

Clients will benefit from:
  • Improving attention to detail
  • Learning organization, time management skills
  • Understanding their unique talents and strengths
  • Defining short and long term goals
  • Improving dynamics at work/home
In summary, coaches help clients identify a life path, define their purpose, set goals, and most importantly, reach them. All of the clinicians at The Woodlands Behavioral Health & Wellness Center who offer coaching are Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Professional Counselor- Intern (LPC-Intern) or a Nutrition Educator.


Yoga - Relaxation

Yoga for adults is effective to assist with sleep, decrease depression, improve mental alertness and decrease anxiety. Adults that have struggled with any type of addiction will find that yoga helps to control impulse control. Yoga can improve physical health in all ages of adults. 

Yoga for youth and children can help to improve impulse control, decrease depression, decrease anxiety and improve overall physical well-being. Yoga for children is designed to be fun and interactive. 

All classes are taught for home practice use with handouts:

Yoga for Fun – Youth ages 6-10
Mondays, 4:30pm - 5:30pm 

This yoga class will focus on helping children have fun with yoga poses, learn self-control techniques and calming techniques through breathing and mindfulness.

Yoga for Teens
Mondays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm 

This yoga class will help teens to connect to their bodies, develop healthy body image, decreasing
depression/anxiety with poses and breathing.

Yoga for Health-Adults
Mondays, 6:30pm - 7:30pm 

This yoga class is for all adults no matter the age or health concerns, full poses and chair poses are
taught at the same time.

Every four weeks, a new topic will be introduced with educational information as well as specific yoga poses being taught and can be done at home.

Week 1- Yoga for health

Week 2 - Yoga for depression

Week 3 - Yoga for anxiety

Week 4 - Yoga for stress reduction

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