Phillip Mirell, MS Ed, LCSW-R
|Professions: Clinical Social Work, Psychotherapy, Counselling|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 077828|
|Secondary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 44SC05573700|
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One of the most important findings in recent years is the field of psychoneuroimmunology. While this is a long word, the concept is fairly straightforward: how the mind and body interact with one another to create illness and health and how working with any one of these systems affects how the other systems work. It was found that long periods of stress or depression taxes and exhausts the adrenal glands, a gland lying above the kidneys responsible for helping us cope with stress. Too much stress in turn creates changes in the brain responsible for coping with stress, taxing the adrenals even further.
Depression not only affects the way we feel, but our physical bodies as well leading to such illnesses as digestion and elimination often times leading to serious health consequences and even premature aging. For many years I have been investigating the mind-body connection, working with different techniques to mitigate the effects that stress has on the body. What I have found is that a variety of approaches are needed to stop the destructive effects of stress and return the body to homeostasis or harmony and well-being, helping people unblock whatever impediments are getting in the way of optimal health. Modalities such as Individual therapy, group work, Biofeedback, and clinical nutrition are all considered as a way of helping people move out of illness and into a state of optimal health and well-being.
Email or Call Phillip Mirell, MS Ed, LCSW-R at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 20236
More Info About My Practice
My philosophy towards treatment is healing of the entire person, taking into account any and all variables which may influence a person's mental and emotional functioning; looking at all possible reasons for difficulties, whether environmental, interpersonal, or family related, always keeping in mind what approaches work best for the person. I do tend, however, to practice from a psychodynamic and person centered model, taking into account ones early childhood and present level of functioning.
To this end, I have been trained to use both long term and short term approaches to treatment so that my patients can be assured that they will not be rushed through therapy, but give an opportunity to take as much time as needed to heal and regain their life; resolving whatever difficulties brought them into treatment.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Interpersonal Diffiulties through the use of Group Work
Medical and Health Issues
Depression and Anxiety
Family and Couple Work
Child and Adolescent Issues
Addictions Including Drug and Alcohol, Internet and Sexual Issues
Mental Illness including Bipolar and Schizophrenia
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Psychotherapy is the process of discovery, specifically discovery of the self. Through therapy we gain greater understanding and clarity for our behaviors and reasons for our responses to situations. Through the process of talking about our experiences we come to accept ourselves, feel less criticized and upset by others say, leading to greater feelings of confidence in ourselves and the decisions we make. Having a greater understanding of ourselves and of our abilities we can in turn make better choices leading to enhanced productivity, in work and in personal fulfillment in our personal lives, including interpersonal and romantic relationships leading to a freer and more fulfilling life.
Other possible benefits may be a better ability to cope with marital, family and other
interpersonal relationships, and /or a greater understanding of personal goals and values.
Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
Improving communications and listening skills
Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
Ages I Work With
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