What We Treat

In this section, we explore some of the most common mental health struggles that people experience.  As you read, you may find that you relate to some of these struggles, wondering whether or not such experiences apply to you.  If this is the case, please know that it is completely normal to feel confused and/or worried when discovering that you or a loved one might have a mental health issue.  At Agape, we understand how difficult this can be, and want to help you navigate through this experience with knowledge and compassion.  We will help you discover whether or not you have a diagnosis, and understand what that means for you.  Also, we will create a plan specifically designed for you to address your mental health needs.  Finally, please know that a mental health diagnosis does not have to define who you are as a person.   With a healthy attitude and commitment to consistent, proper treatment you can absolutely live a meaningful and full life!

Substance & Alcohol Abuse

Substance or alcohol abuse is the continued use of a substance or alcohol despite the serious difficulties it creates in an individual’s everyday life.  Often substance or alcohol abuse serves as an unhealthy coping mechanism when an individual does not address the underlying condition or concern.  Many of us do not have the skills and tools necessary to deal with life’s challenges and turn to substances or alcohol to numb the feelings of distress.  In these instances, substance or alcohol abuse can turn into a full-blown addiction, making it extremely difficult to stop using without professional support.

Addiction is a mental health issue that results in changes to one’s brain chemistry and likely requires intense mental health treatment to reverse the course of addiction.  Agape Love treats substance and alcohol abuse by surrounding each client with a circle of professional care.  This circle of care 

often includes:  individual therapy, group work, teaching life skills, providing resources, referring to AA and other groups, and helping clients hold each other accountable in a healthy, respectful manner.  Yes, addiction is powerful, but the cycle can be reversed. It takes motivation, consistent work, and the support of others to see real change.  Once you take the first step to reach out for help, as challenging as that can be, Agape’s professional team will help you discover your own path to recovery and ultimate healing.  

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Anxiety & Stress

Everyone worries sometimes.  Feeling restless, anxious, or fearful is a normal response to life’s challenges and difficulties.  However, when feelings of intense worry are difficult to control and affect everyday life, it is important to seek professional treatment.  Treatment for anxiety depends on the severity of the anxiety and anxiety left untreated may lead to additional difficulties such as panic attacks, insomnia, or other conditions.

The good news is that anxiety symptoms really can get better over time with proper treatment.  Sometimes, therapy alone is all you need.  At other times, a therapist may recommend that you see a physician to determine if medication is necessary to complement therapy.  At Agape Love we address anxiety using tools such as mindfulness, meditation, art therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other methods to help our clients cope with anxiety.  If you or someone you know is struggling with worry and finding it difficult to rest, focus, or sleep, please reach out to Agape Love for help today.  We can schedule you with a therapy professional who can help navigate these challenges and empower you on the path to healing.   

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Anger Management

Anger is not a “bad” emotion.  In fact, feeling angry is a normal and healthy response in provoking situations.  The problem with anger is not the emotion itself,  but how it is managed and expressed.  Bottling up anger and pretending it’s not there is unhealthy, as is explosive behavior or acting out of control.  Here at Agape Love, our approach to anger management is a holistic one.  We help you identify your triggers, examine the root cause(s) of your anger, become aware of where you physically feel anger in the body, and empower you with practical tools to help manage your angry outbursts. If you or someone you know is struggling to manage the anger that is impacting lives in a negative way, we can here to help you regain control of your anger and as important, address the underlying feelings fueling the anger.  We will connect you with a therapy professional to begin to understand your anger, provide supportive care, and enable you with the tools to better manage anger.

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Trauma

Trauma is an individual’s emotional response to a deeply disturbing and possibly life-threatening event or series of events over time.  Trauma events are typically sudden, unpredictable, and outside of one’s control which further serves to undermine an individual’s sense of safety while contributing to strong feelings of looming catastrophe.

Examples of traumatizing events include, but are not limited to:

  • physical violence, abuse or sexual assault, 
  • prolonged neglect, hunger, or isolation,
  • parental loss in childhood,
  • military combat experience
  • serious car accident
  • the unexpected death of a loved one

Trauma is not defined by the event(s) itself, but by an individual’s response to the event(s).  In fact, what is traumatic to one person may or may not be traumatic to another.  Trauma can often look and feel very similar to anxiety, depression, and anger issues but include additional symptoms such as nightmares for example.  Some forms of trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are both trauma and stress-related where the trauma is persistently re-experienced in the form of intrusive recollections, dreams, and even dissociative flashback episodes. PTSD can be debilitating and often requires treatment to function with some normalcy. 

Agape Love is trauma-focused in our care and we want you to know that trauma is indeed treatable.  Individual therapy, group therapy, and other therapeutic activities help you process what has happened to you in order to begin the healing in a healthy way.  We use such methods as:  eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as appropriate, art therapy, relaxation techniques, journaling, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as needed.  We understand it can be difficult and scary to begin facing and resolving trauma, but we are here to help you on your healing journey at a pace that works for you. 

MOOD DISORDERS

Depression

Depression is a mental health disorder that can make it difficult for a person to function and perform daily activities.  It often can include intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness,  or lack of interest in life.  There is a difference between feeling sad and being clinically depressed. Depression may manifest itself as frequent bouts of crying, difficulty sleeping, sleeping too much, concentration problems, overeating or not eating enough, suicidal thoughts, intense feelings of guilt or shame, and feeling apathetic or even numb.

Agape Love treats milder forms of diagnosed depression through group work, art and talk therapy, coping skills development and participation in therapeutic recreational activities.  A more severe depression diagnosis may require medication in addition to these treatment options and more.  We help clients examine the possible root causes of their depression through therapy, such as past traumas or difficult life circumstances. With the right help, depression symptoms can improve over time but ignoring depression symptoms can often heighten the level of depression over time.   If you’re feeling like you may be struggling with depression, our team of professionals can help diagnose and design a treatment plan that will help you address the depression and begin to live a more enriched life.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a condition of extremes – changes in energy levels, sleep patterns and ability to focus can dramatically impact everyday life left untreated.  With bipolar disorder, an individual will experience extreme mood swings with periods of high energy (mania) and low energy, followed by extremely low energy (depression).  Individuals with bipolar disorder may have episodes of depression more often than episodes of mania or vice versa.  It is not uncommon for a person with bipolar disorder to be unaware they are in a manic state while it is occurring.  Some people who struggle with bipolar disorder also experience hallucinations and/or periods of psychosis (see Psychosis) during their manic or depressive episodes.  

If bipolar symptoms are severe enough, hospitalization may be necessary to help stabilize the individual suffering from bipolar disorder.  Bipolar disorder may be treated with a combination of medication and therapy. If you have or are diagnosed with bipolar disorder, our trained professionals at Agape Love will help you to truly understand your bipolar diagnosis and equip you with the proper coping skills to manage symptoms.  Cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as other types of therapies incorporated into our program, can be very effective in the treatment and management of bipolar disorder.  With appropriate treatment and support, many with bipolar disorder can live a full and productive life.

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be categorized as an extreme fear of abandonment.  People with this disorder tend to have difficulty regulating their emotions,  unstable relationships, and extreme mood swings including uncontrollable anger.  Impulsivity is a common trait of borderline personality disorder and often results in the participation in dangerous behaviors such as risky sexual activity, drug usage, reckless driving, and even threatening self-harm.  If you have borderline personality disorder you may feel a sense of emptiness or struggle with your self-image.  

While it can be difficult to diagnose, borderline personality can also be challenging to treat.  Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar disorder are distinctly different as borderline personality disorder is characterized by sudden mood and behavior changes in response to significant stress, especially when interacting with other people; whereas bipolar disorder manifests with more sustained moods that are less reactive in conjunction with significant changes in energy and activity levels.  Agape Love’s treatment team can properly diagnose and initiate a treatment plan to meet your specific needs and goals.  Both dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) have proven to be effective in treating borderline personality disorder.  We have trained professionals to help those who may have a BPD diagnosis continue to cope with their disorder, and move forward with a healthier life.

Suicidal Ideation

Suicidal ideation is as it sounds, having thoughts of suicide. Many struggling with thoughts of suicide suffer in silence, feeling hopeless and alone. You are not alone, Agape Love is here to help you.  People who attempt suicide often do so to get away from a situation that seems impossible to resolve. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US, claiming over 44,000 lives per year. Any thoughts of suicide should be taken very seriously.  If you are experiencing these thoughts, seek help right away from a medical professional or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) available 7 days a week 24 hours a day to assist you immediately.

Suicidal ideation is frightening but treatable.  Sometimes suicidal ideation can stem from mental health conditions like anxiety, or depression, or they can be the result of extreme stress.  When you reach out to Agape Love for help with suicidal ideation, we will quickly assess your risk and create a safety plan for you and your loved ones or caregivers to follow including group and/or individual therapy. If you are at high risk for suicide, we would first take all actions necessary to make sure you are safe, and then follow up with a treatment plan to ensure you have access to therapeutic help and/or medications you need to begin to heal.

Psychosis

Psychosis is a symptom, rather than a disorder in and of itself and often the first occurrence is during adolescence or young adulthood.  With psychosis, an individual will have difficulty telling the difference between what is real and what is not. For example, you may see, feel, or hear things that do not exist within a psychotic episode.  Other symptoms such as disorganized speech, hallucinations, delusions, and abnormal movements are all possible in conjunction with psychosis. In effect, psychosis is a break from reality and it can be scary and confusing to experience or observe.  Underlying causes of psychosis can include a mental health disorder such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, but psychosis can also be caused by extreme stress, trauma, sleep deprivation, or physical injury.  If you or someone you know is experiencing psychosis, it is important to reach out for help immediately as medication and therapy are typically required to begin treating psychosis.  Agape Love treats psychosis with referrals for medication in conjunction with our in-house therapy practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), to help clients begin to understand psychosis and effectively manage it.

Covid 19 Precautions

We conduct daily patient and staff screenings, facilitate ongoing preventative cleaning, encourage social-distancing and handwashing, and strongly recommend mask wearing.

We know that treatment for behavioral health issues are more critical now than ever before. We are here to create a safe space for staff and the patients we serve. Agape Love also offers telehealth services to our patients for group or individual therapy as needed.