Dr. Marty’s Evaluation Guide

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 Dr. Marty Tashman

 

Dr. Marty’s Evaluation Guide

Table of Contents

Introduction ……………………………………………………………………1

Evaluation ……………………………………………………………………..2

Three Steps for your self help program ………………………………… .. 5

The Counseling Process …………………………………………………… 8

 Conclusion …………………………………………………………………..10

 

Dr. Marty’s Evaluation: Do I Need Counseling?

For My: Anxiety, Depression, Bi Polar Disorder, Trauma, or Addiction (alcohol, drugs, pornography, or gambling)?

Introduction

Often times when I am counseling folks, they want to know if they are crazy or is something wrong with them. Life isn’t easy, at one time or another we all ask that question of ourselves and on occasion we get told by family, spouses, and boy and girlfriends “You should see a psychiatrist, there’s something wrong with you”.

This evaluation is geared toward a serious professional answer as to whether or not you should seek professional counseling. There will be questions geared toward: anxiety, depression, Bi Polar Disorder, trauma, or addiction, answer these questions as honestly as you can. You can if you want even ask someone you trust to help you with the answers. The evaluation will identify areas of concern and how sever those problems are, which is the first step in the counseling process.

Dr. Marty’s Mental Health Evaluation

Please answer “Yes” or “No” to the questions below.

1. I experience shortness of breath, dizziness; rapid heart beat on a regular basis.

Yes / No

2. I have a fear of losing control or going

Crazy.

Yes / No

3. I avoid social situations because of a general fear or are worried about seeming foolish.

Yes / No

4. I have recurrent thoughts or images that refuse to go away?

Yes / No

5. I am nervous and jumpy more than 50% the time

Yes / No

6. I constantly worry that things will go wrong?

Yes / No

7. Are you generally negative?

Yes / No

8. Do you put things off because they overwhelm you?

Yes / No

9. For no reason at all I get unusually “high” and optimistic or extremely irritable.

Yes / No

10. People tell me I get unrealistic, grandiose beliefs about my abilities or powers

Yes / No

11. Racing thoughts; jumping quickly from one idea to the next.

Yes / No

12. I sometimes act recklessly without thinking about the consequences.

Yes / No

13. I have times when I have Excessive impulsive behavior.

Yes / No

14. I feel very sad, unhappy and low for most of

the day, nearly everyday…

Yes / No

15. The activities that used to interest me no longer provided pleasure and enjoyment.

Yes / No

16. I had severe trouble sleeping or slept

too much.

Yes / No

17. I have trouble thinking clearly

Yes / No

This evaluation is not intended as a statement about the need for counseling; it is however, an easy screening tool, to see if a counselor should be consulted.

If you have answered “Yes” to more than 6 of the questions above it is a good idea to talk to a mental health professional to make an individualized assessment about the importance of getting help.

Three Steps for your Self Help Program

Now that you have taken my evaluation, you may want to start to work on your issues on your own. In this section I will offer a self-help program that can be used, before for professional help is sought.  A note of caution, if problems are sever, dangerous, or causing pain,  for an individual or for people around them, consider going directly to a professional, because the longer someone waits to get help the harder it is make things right and the more damage will occur.

Step # 1 Keep a Journal

The first step would be to keep a personal journal.  You might even do this if you go to a counselor and your writing can be used as a tool for therapy.

Here are helpful things for you to put in your Journal

1. Give a short description about your anxiety episode so you can refer to it later and have an objective look at it when you are in a calmer place.

2. Make comments about the episode.

3. On a scale of 1 – 10 rate the intensity of the episode,

4. Record the length of episode

5. Record the amount of time from the previous episode.

Step #2 Look for support

Having supportive people around you can be very helpful.  In any good treatment it is really helpful to have a good friend / family member that can be there for you when you are down or feel defeated or just encourage you.

There is nothing that takes the place of just knowing that there is someone there for you.

Step#3 Notice times when your problems are likely to happen and

A)  Look for things that calm you down

B)   Do something that is self caring

C)   Find things that can distract you

D)  Have phone numbers easily accessible of people you can call if you are under stress

E)  Give your self a small reward once you have gone through the critical time.

 

I have talked about how to determine if help is needed and if it is based on the answers you have given for my evaluation, things you can do in your own self help program. Sometimes, problems are too deep to be dealt with on their own; if that is the case then professional counseling is the next option. In this last entry in this series, I have outlined specifically how I think counseling process should be. If help is needed by reading this next section you will get a good idea of what is involved in the process. The good news is there is help and you have already taken the first step by taking my evaluation.

The Counseling Process:

Stage I

In this stage of the process your issues are identified and how sever those issues are identified.

Stage II

In this stage we will do the work of figuring out what type of approach is needed and what you need to get from counseling to help you with your particular problem.

In some situations what is needed is learning specific skills to help you cope with your issues and situation. For example if you are suffering from anxiety – there particular techniques that I can teach you that you can use to significantly reduce your anxiousness. If you are suffering from relationship issues or social anxiety you might need communication skills. If you are suffering from anger issues you might need to learn anger management skills

In some situations what may be needed is to learn more about your personal history, so that that part of your life can be addressed. Sometimes problems are rooted in your past perhaps in your childhood or in previous relationships or life situations. In those situations we will need to explore those times so we can help you to heal from the scares that have occurred during those times.

In some situations when there has been prior counseling and nothing has worked we may try an alternative method.

That is called Energy Psychology. There are many forms of Energy Psychology that we can use such as but not limited to: EFT. (Emotional Freedom Techniques), TFT (Thought Field Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Reprogramming Desensitization).

Stage III – Practice and Correction.

No matter how effective the counseling for it to work, the information and techniques have to be applied and practiced. In this last stage we will stretch out the time between our meetings to see how well things are going and if a little more coaching is necessary that can help work out the issues that you have been struggling with.

Conclusion

There is hope folks don’t have to suffer their whole lives with new information and skills there is relief.

Please give me a call, I answer my own phone, at (732)246-8484 or email me at drmarty@comcast.net and we can discuss your particular situation to find out which approach is best for you.

Dr. Marty