Our Mission & Philosophy
Mindful Psychology and Wellness, LLC was created to offer compassionate and effective mental health treatment for a wide variety of mental health problems, for children, teens, adults, couples and families. If you have visited this site because you are experiencing an emotional crisis, or you are concerned about the well being of a loved one, know that help is available. Psychological treatment at MPW embodies a hopeful perspective, namely, that an emotional crisis often facilitates personal growth and necessary changes that will improve the quality of one’s life. As the famous psychotherapist Carl Whitaker wrote, “What is called…anxiety is very often the “growing edge” of the person, that part which hungers for a deeper life and won’t settle for a conventional, pretending, “me too” in the way most people live their lives. “Sickness” of this kind turns out to be a signal that a real person is about to spring forward.”
The importance of treatment
The statistics speak for themselves: One in five adults experiences mental illness, such as debilitating depression or anxiety, in a given year. Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13-18 experiences a severe emotional crisis at some point during their life. Despite effective treatment, there are long delays—sometimes decades—between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help. Divorce rates continue to hover around 50%, creating significant distress for parents and long-term adjustment difficulties for children. At Mindful Psychology and Wellness we pride ourselves on availability of services without long waiting times. When an emotional crisis strikes, getting help right away is the goal. We will offer you a same-day appointment if possible, but if not one typically will be seen during the same week as the initial request for services.
Emotionally Intelligent Therapy
Bringing intelligence to our emotions is a core treatment concept at Mindful Psychology and Wellness. Emotions are a naturally occurring, constant presence in our lives. The emotional brain, responsible for the fight-or-flight instinct, is called into action much quicker than our slower “thinking” brain. Emotions strike quickly, unexpectedly, and sloppily; typically we are left alone to figure them out. This is especially difficult when our emotions are overwhelmingly powerful, painful, and disrupt our ability to function effectively. Emotional intelligence involves our ability to become more self aware, and to recognize our own and others’ emotions and label them appropriately. Most importantly, emotional intelligence involves our ability to manage and adjust emotions and adapt to environments that help us achieve our goals. If you lack self awareness, have little ability to manage distressing emotions, lack empathy and struggle in relationships, then no matter how intelligent you think you are, you won’t get very far.