Regardless of what therapy model you choose to work with, your first priority will be to establish specific therapeutic goals that identify what you want to accomplish from our work together. Please know that your relationship with your therapist is private and confidential, enabling you to disclose whatever you believe is necessary in order for me to help you resolve your problem.
Experience You Can Trust
Howard Brockman, LCSW has over 32-years of clinical experience. He has earned two masters degrees and has written two award-winning books. Howard teaches and supervises other therapists and will likely be able to help you effectively solve your problem. While he has a full practice as a psychotherapist and counselor in Salem Oregon, he will make room for you.
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Whether it is psychotherapy or counseling in Salem Oregon, any work that we do together will be empowering, collaborative, and non-pathologizing. My work is results oriented and it is common to experience positive shifts taking place during and after each session. Productive counseling and psychotherapy can address a variety of specific issues and distracting symptoms, whether they are physical, emotional, mental or even spiritual.
Contact me for psychotherapy and counseling in Salem Oregon to get help with any of the following:
Relationship & Couples Counseling
Resolving Relationship, Couples and Marriage Issues with Counseling in Salem Oregon
One of the primary reasons that people come to therapy is because of their relationships. Many people are aware of carrying old hurt, anger and resentment because of what has happened in the past with another person. Many people find it extremely difficult to forgive someone who treated them disrespectfully and even abusively.
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Anxiety is typically characterized as a feeling of worry or unease, accompanied by apprehensiveness about something that feels imminent with an uncertain outcome. Sometimes this becomes a mental preoccupation with racing thoughts that persist no matter what a person may do.
PTSD and Trauma
While trauma is a fact of life, most people overcome the immediate effects of an overwhelming life experience. Traumas can be as simple as crashing your bike into the curb and hurting your knee to witnessing someone else get into a car accident and be taken away in an ambulance. Other types of trauma include having been sexually or physically abused or feeling alone and bereaved after someone you love dies (even a pet). There is a wide spectrum of trauma and everyone is affected differently.
Abuse occurs in various ways. While most people can easily understand physical and sexual abuse, individuals can feel abused from being verbally diminished, criticized and shamed. This can occur in childhood from one or both parents or in a current adult relationship where there is no mutual respect and regard.
Compulsive overeating is a habitual response to stress that can generate substantial health problems for any individual who uses food as a coping mechanism. This is at once a bad habit for dealing with stress and a symptom of underlying unresolved trauma or abuse.
Many people tend to fall prey to feelings of hopelessness and overwhelm. In fact, one in ten Americans reports feeling depressed in a recent national survey. Depressed mood can be caused by many factors including unemployment or underemployment (struggling to pay the bills); personal losses including housing, job and relationships; overwhelm with responsibilities including trying to juggle one’s job, parenting and adequate self-care; feeling lonely, sad and inadequate for no particular reason; even having thoughts of suicide from feeling lack of personal fulfillment in one’s life.
A phobia is an extreme fear of something that is often irrational. Some people have spider and insect phobias while others restrict their travel because of a phobia of flying in an airplane. Phobias can emerge at anytime related to any context and generally appear to be irrationally based.
Some people are naturally more sensitive and empathic than others. If you are unaware of your tendency to be empathic then that means that you likely pick up the vibes and feelings of others unknowingly. This can happen in a family setting, work or social setting. If other people are sad, angry or simply negative you may be absorbing their energy right into your body.
Boundaries & Codependency
Many relationship problems are caused by individuals who have poor interpersonal boundaries. While codependent tendencies are often the result of conflict avoidance, one aspect of this problem is a hesitancy to say what you are honestly feeling and truly want for yourself.
While many people rely on their church for community and spiritual support, our society has become increasingly secular. What this means is that many individuals are managing their spiritual life on their own. With the proliferation of self-help books, Internet webinars and YouTube videos, a lot of people are researching and experimenting on their own when it comes to spiritual matters.
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T his website provides many approaches for helping you select what therapies resonate the strongest for you. If you are unsure, tune-in to your body and your own inner wisdom and ask, or better yet, call me at 503-370-4546 to discuss what your personal goals are and what might be the best fit. Feel free to explore the website and discover what draws you in.