What Does Depression Look Like in Teens? What Parents Can Do

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During this podcast episode, Liz Jorgensen, the owner, and director of Insight Counseling discusses what depression looks like in teens and how parents can help their child.

Liz has 30 years experience as a psychotherapist specializing in adolescent psychotherapy and substance abuse counseling. She is a nationally recognized expert in substance abuse counseling, engaging resistant teens and motivating them to change. She is also a consultant to independent schools and agencies and is a popular speaker on parenting pre-teens and teenagers. She has presented nationally, including at Harvard University and Dartmouth College. She is also a recipient of a Congressional Award for her work as an educator and community prevention activist. Liz worked for 18 years at Danbury Hospital, where she helped develop all the adolescent substance abuse and Dual Diagnosis programs. Liz is a gifted speaker and her parenting programs routinely receive outstanding reviews.

On This Episode We Discuss

  • The prevalence of depression in young adults
  • Types of depression
  • Beginning symptoms of depression in young adults
  • Triggers for depression
  • Link between anxiety and depression
  • Initial evaluations by healthcare professionals  

Stay tuned for the next new episode of “Insight Says”! New episodes are released every month. See what else we are up to on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@insightcounselingllc.com.

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Help, My Teen is Insane! How To Talk To Your Challenging Teen

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During this podcast episode, Liz Jorgensen, the owner and director of Insight Counseling discusses how parents can talk to their challenging teens.

Liz has 30 years experience as a psychotherapist specializing in adolescent psychotherapy and substance abuse counseling. She is a nationally recognized expert in substance abuse counseling, engaging resistant teens and motivating them to change. She is also a consultant to independent schools and agencies and is a popular speaker on parenting pre-teens and teenagers. She has presented nationally, including at Harvard University and Dartmouth College. She is also a recipient of a Congressional Award for her work as an educator and community prevention activist. Liz worked for 18 years at Danbury Hospital, where she helped develop all the adolescent substance abuse and Dual Diagnosis programs. Liz is a gifted speaker and her parenting programs routinely receive outstanding reviews.

On This Episode We Discuss

  • Reasons why teens are challenging
  • Separating your emotions as a parent from your teen’s behavior
  • Strategies to rationalize and communicate effectively

Stay tuned for the next new episode of “Insight Says”! New episodes are released every month. See what else we are up to on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@insightcounselingllc.com.

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Medication’s Role in Treating Mental Illness

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On this episode of Insight Counseling’s podcast, “Insight Says”, our host Kira Dineen interviews Laura Petiford, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Insight Counseling LLC in Ridgefield, CT about medication’s role in treating mental illness.

Laura began her career in mental health as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) prior to becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). While working with clients, she became aware of the difficulty connecting with prescribers who take a holistic approach to treatment. Through nursing, Laura found a practical, comprehensive and compassionate approach that incorporates medication management into the overall treatment of mental health.

This coupled with her marriage and family therapy education has given Laura a unique foundation and perspective from which she provides treatment. She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings including inpatient, outpatient and community psychiatry. Originally from Missouri, Laura has lived in Paris and has raised two adult daughters. She is most gratified by helping clients discover their own inner resources to redirect their lives in more positive and fulfilling direction.

On This Episode We Discuss

  • Types Of Medicines Used To Treat Mental Health Disorders
  • The Most Common Medications
  • Prevalence Of These Medications
  • Appropriate Times To Seek Medication For Treatment
  • Traditional Approach To Being Prescribed A Medication
  • Time Needed To Take The Find Right Drug & Right Dosage
  • Family History’s Role in Prescribing Medications
  • Genetic Testing Changing The Prescription Process
  • Insight Counseling’s Prescription Process
  • Medications Accompanied By Talk Therapy
  • Potential Side Effects Of Medications
  • Safe Ways To Stop Taking A Medication

Stay tuned for the next new episode of “Insight Says”! New episodes are released every month. See what else we are up to on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@insightcounselingllc.com.

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Meet Laura Petiford

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On this episode of Insight Counseling’s podcast, “Insight Says”, Laura Petiford, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Insight Counseling LLC in Ridgefield, CT share a little about herself.

Laura began her career in mental health as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) prior to becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). While working with clients, she became aware of the difficulty connecting with prescribers who take a holistic approach to treatment. Through nursing, Laura found a practical, comprehensive and compassionate approach that incorporates medication management into the overall treatment of mental health.

This coupled with her marriage and family therapy education has given Laura a unique foundation and perspective from which she provides treatment. She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings including inpatient, outpatient and community psychiatry. Originally from Missouri, Laura has lived in Paris and has raised two adult daughters. She is most gratified by helping clients discover their own inner resources to redirect their lives in more positive and fulfilling direction.

On This Episode We Discuss Laura’s…

  • Initial Interest in Counseling and Prescribing
  • Becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • Becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Role at Insight Counseling
  • Treat Style and Approach
  • Treatment Testing

Stay tuned for the next new episode of “Insight Says”! New episodes are released on the 15th of every month. See what else we are up to on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@insightcounselingllc.com.

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

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During this podcast episode, Kristin Dineen, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Insight Counseling teaches about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

On This Episode We Discuss

Kristin Dineen brings over 30 years of experience in treating adolescent and adult clients experiencing anxiety, depression, substance abuse and other difficulties. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, inpatient treatment for addiction, outpatient programs and in school systems. Kristin received her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a skills-oriented therapy model focused on emotions with a cognitive and behavioral component. Kristin facilitates a DBT group for teens focusing on developing skills to be in control of emotions, tolerate stress and improve communication.

  • Explains the Concept of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • The History of DBT
  • DBT’s 4 Modules
  • Effectiveness of DBT
  • Group Therapy Benefits Paired with DBT Lessons
  • Kristin’s Training
  • Example Exercises and Lessons

Stay tuned for the next new episode of “Insight Says”! New episodes are released every month. See what else we are up to on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@insightcounselingllc.com.

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The Parent /Teen Weed Wars: What Parents Can Do

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During this podcast episode, Liz Jorgensen, the Owner and Director of Insight Counseling, discusses the “Weed Wars” that occur between parents and teens and what parents can do to help their child.

Liz has 30 years experience as a psychotherapist specializing in adolescent psychotherapy and substance abuse counseling. She is a nationally recognized expert in substance abuse counseling, engaging resistant teens and motivating them to change. She is also a consultant to independent schools and agencies and is a popular speaker on parenting pre-teens and teenagers. She has presented nationally, including at Harvard University and Dartmouth College. She is also a recipient of a Congressional Award for her work as an educator and community prevention activist. Liz worked for 18 years at Danbury Hospital, where she helped develop all the adolescent substance abuse and Dual Diagnosis programs. Liz is a gifted speaker and her parenting programs routinely receive outstanding reviews.

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This Episode We Discuss…

  • Advice to Parents about Setting Limits with Weed Use
  • Peer Acceptability of Smoking Weed
  • Increase in High Schoolers Smoking Weed
  • Higher Concentration of THC in 2018 Weed Compared to 1970s/80s
  • Dabs/Wax and Vapes: What it is, How is it Produced
  • Effect of THC on the Brain
  • Symptoms and Long Terms Effects from Weed Use
  • Psychotic Reactions from High Potency Weed/Edibles
  • Types of Edibles
  • Resources Mentioned

Stay tuned for the next new episode of “Insight Says”! New episodes are released on the 15th of every month. See what else we are up to on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@insightcounselingllc.com.

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Meet Liz Jorgensen

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Meet Liz Jorgensen in the first episode of Insight Counseling’s new mental health and counseling podcast, “Insight Says”.

Liz Jorgensen has 30 years experience as a psychotherapist specializing in adolescent psychotherapy and substance abuse counseling. She is a nationally recognized expert in substance abuse counseling, engaging resistant teens and motivating them to change. She is also a consultant to independent schools and agencies and is a popular speaker on parenting pre-teens and teenagers. She has presented nationally, including at Harvard University and Dartmouth College. She is also a recipient of a Congressional Award for her work as an educator and community prevention activist. Liz worked for 18 years at Danbury Hospital, where she helped develop all the adolescent substance abuse and Dual Diagnosis programs. She is the Owner and Director of Insight Counseling LLC. Liz is a gifted speaker and her parenting programs routinely receive outstanding reviews.

This Episode We Discuss Liz’s

  • Specialization in Adolescent Psychotherapy and Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Training to Become a Counselor
  • Counseling Style and Approach
  • Journey Starting her Business
  • Mentors and Advice
  • Student Recommendations 

Stay tuned for the next new episode of “Insight Says”! New episodes are released every month. See what else we are up to on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Questions/inquiries can be sent to info@insightcounselingllc.com.

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Announcing Insight Counseling’s New Podcast, “Insight Says”

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We are excited to announce our new mental health and counseling podcast, “Insight Says”! Our show will feature therapists, psychologists, nurse practitioners and other clinicians from Insight Counseling LLC in Ridgefield, Connecticut. This new show is for anyone curious about mental health such as teens, adults (like parents), and prospective students.

Head over to Apple podcasts, Google Play – or wherever you listen to your podcasts – and subscribe to “Insight Says”. Our first episode will be released this August and features a conversation with the owner and director of Insight Counseling, Liz Jorgensen. 

Look out for a new episode on the 15th of every month! Join us to learn and discover more about mental health. 

Any questions or comments can be sent to info@insightcounselingllc.com.

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