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How Spiritual Counseling Can Help You Achieve Your Goals Jul 1st, 2022

Many of us feel that there’s more to life than just the daily grind of physical survival, or even material success. Spirituality, core values, and deeper beliefs help to give our daily lives meaning, as well as supporting us in difficult times. At Nugent Family Counseling Center of San Jose,...

Will I Ever Get Over the Loss of My Stillborn Baby? Jun 1st, 2022

Each year, there are about 24,000 stillborn babies in the United States, making stillbirth more than 10 times as prevalent as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Many families find themselves devastated by a stillbirth event, defined as the loss of a baby at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy, either...

Some Little Known Dangers of Stress May 1st, 2022

There are so many things to be stressed about in your life. That’s true no matter who you are, where you live, or what you do at work. From tough bosses to crying babies, from financial struggles to challenging final exams, life comes with stress. A certain amount of stress...

What To Expect When You're Scheduled for Hypnosis Apr 1st, 2022

Mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may respond favorably to therapeutic hypnosis. In a psychiatric services context, hypnosis is a little different from what you might have seen in the movies! Dr. Geoff Nugent and his team of mental health counseling and...

I Think My Teen is Depressed Mar 1st, 2022

Being a teenager is never easy, and these days, with disruptions in school and family routines due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, it’s harder than ever. A certain amount of moodiness is normal – even inevitable – for most teens as they adjust to the challenges of adulthood. But if...

How Alcohol Can Worsen Anger Problems Feb 1st, 2022

Life can be really frustrating, and you might find yourself struggling to deal productively with emotions of anger. Or, you may have someone in your life or family who has a problem with a short fuse or a hot temper. When anger gets out of control, this emotion can become...

What Causes Anger Management Issues? Jan 1st, 2022

We all get angry, even hopping mad, from time to time. Anger is a healthy part of any emotional toolkit. But, for some individuals, anger becomes an issue, burning hot or long, getting out of control and causing personal and interpersonal problems. Why do some people struggle more than others...

5 Health Effects of Chronic Stress Dec 1st, 2021

Stress isn’t just difficult to handle at the moment – chronic stress can have lasting negative effects on your overall health and wellness. At Nugent Family Counseling, we’re here to support you through stressful seasons like the holidays. Talk to a member of our team, led by Dr. Geoff Nugent,...

Why Customized PTSD Treatment is Important Nov 1st, 2021

Trauma causes lasting psychological reactions. Many people who have experienced chronic or acute trauma in the past continue to experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for years afterward. PTSD destabilizes your mental health, and makes it challenging to move forward into a better future. If you have PTSD, you may notice...

Can Medication Help my Addiction? Oct 1st, 2021

Addiction and drug abuse take a toll on your life, relationships, and future goals. Addiction, like other maladaptive behaviors such as eating disorders and anger management problems, often relates to an underlying mental health cause. Treating your underlying depression, anxiety, or trauma may give you the security you need to...

4 Important Benefits of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Sep 1st, 2021

Mental health conditions require mental flexibility for effective treatment. It’s not enough to tell yourself to get over symptoms of depression or anxiety, or problems like eating disorders or substance abuse. Instead, you need to address the root of these issues to find real healing and stability. At Nugent Family...

Anxiety and Digestive Health: How are they Linked? Aug 3rd, 2021

While the symptoms of anxiety are primarily mental and emotional, living with an anxiety disorder can affect every part of your body, including your digestion. Have you ever heard someone say they were so nervous, their stomach was tied in a knot? Emotional and mental disorders like anxiety can have...

5 Reasons to Consider Anger Management Counseling Jul 11th, 2021

Anger can cause more problems than you realize. And, conversely, anger management support can benefit you in many unexpected ways. With anger management counseling, you can take back your quality of life from your negative emotions. The mental health counseling team at Nugent Family Counseling Center, led by Dr. Geoff...

How Does PTSD Impact Sleep? Jun 14th, 2021

People can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after all kinds of traumatic experiences. When you have PTSD, your state of biochemical arousal remains chronically heightened, even after the original trauma has ceased. PTSD can be accompanied by many symptoms, including panic attacks and flashbacks. Did you know that PTSD can...

How to Manage Physical Problems from Emotional Stress May 25th, 2021

You might be surprised to realize just how many impacts your emotional state can have on your physical health. From digestive issues to aches and pains to high blood pressure, your body responds to emotional and psychological stress. This spring, don’t get trapped in a negative cycle of emotional stress...

4 Benefits of Medication Management Apr 21st, 2021

Living with a mental health disorder can pose many complex challenges. However, with treatment options like medication management, you can find ways to keep thriving in your personal, professional, and social life. At Nugent Family Counseling Center of San Jose, Santa Clara, and Aliso Viejo, California, and Reno, Nevada, our...

At-Home Learning and Pandemic-Related Depression: How to Manage Mar 17th, 2021

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing into 2021, many families are feeling the strain of managing distance learning for children and teens. This highly contagious acute respiratory disease appears to spread between people via respiratory droplets. In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, normal activities like attending school, church, or...

How to Support a Child in Speech Therapy Mar 3rd, 2021

Image Source: Pexels.com As a parent, supporting your child in speech and language therapy can be challenging and stressful when you don't have the know-how. However, you should start helping your baby through home-based speech therapy as soon as possible. Therefore, this calls for you to learn the best ways...

Is COVID-19 Increasing Your Depression Levels? Feb 17th, 2021

It’s a new year, but we’re still living with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. First identified in 2019, the novel respiratory coronavirus is highly infectious, and has transformed lives worldwide. For many families and individuals, disruptions to daily life in 2021, as well as personal loss and stress, have created a...

How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Help With Your Eating Disorder Jan 14th, 2021

Eating disorders cause problems with your digestion, skin, hair, and teeth. However, the root cause of your eating disorder can be found, not in your belly, but in your brain. Eating disorders stem from complex mental health problems. In order to successfully heal from your eating disorder, it’s time to...

How to Deal With COVID-19 Pandemic Depression and Isolation During the Holidays Dec 9th, 2020

In 2020, the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus caused changes to daily life around the United States. In state after state, masks became an essential item, and social distancing transformed personal and professional habits.  These precautions are needed to slow the spread of the highly infectious disease caused by this virus, COVID-19,...

My Depression is Getting Worse Nov 12th, 2020

Chronic mental health conditions like depression can come in waves. After a period of stable, positive mood, you might notice your mental health taking another downswing. Many people experience chronic depression, characterized by repeated depressive periods or episodes over time. It can be difficult to notice when you’re on a...

Expert Therapy Care from the Comfort of Your Own Home Oct 21st, 2020

Getting mental health support can be challenging, especially this year. The pandemic has increased the complexity of scheduling an in-person therapy appointment, including finding transportation, childcare and other obstacles that patients may face. At Nugent Family Counseling of San Jose, Santa Clara, & Aliso Viejo, California and Reno, Nevada, our...

Approaching a Loved One About Getting Addiction Treatment Sep 2nd, 2020

There are many reasons why a person might develop an addiction. Often, addiction comes from a place of pain, and can be a sign or symptom of underlying trauma. However, there’s no denying that living with an addicted loved one can be a challenge, causing conflict and mistrust. You want...

What to Do When Your Anxiety Becomes Debilitating Aug 10th, 2020

Whether you've been dealing with anxiety concerns for years, or are newly experiencing anxiety symptoms, the struggle of coping can really get you down. As the CDC notes, life during the COVID-19 pandemic comes with additional stressors and reasons for concern. Many people around the country are finding their anxiety...

How Can Neurofeedback Help Treat ADHD? Jul 21st, 2020

If you're diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attention-deficit disorder (ADD), either as an adult or as a child, your diagnosis might actually come as a relief. At last, you have an explanation for your struggles with focus, impulsivity, attention, or timeliness. And, as soon as you identify the reason...

How Untreated Depression Can Harm Your Physical Health Jun 8th, 2020

At least 7% of adult Americans have experienced at least one major depressive disorder. The condition is common and, left untreated, depression’s effects are far-reaching. Depression can send people into a vicious cycle of mental and physical health issues. The practitioners at Nugent Family Counseling understand the widespread impact that...

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR SPOUSE Apr 24th, 2020

Most likely the person that needs to be reading this isn’t. You feel frustrated and discouraged. You’ve tried over and over to revamp your meals and create a consistent workout routine. Although you’ve made your goals known to your spouse, you seem to be fighting off not only your own...

CHILDREN AND THEIR THOUGHTS´╗┐ Apr 24th, 2020

If your child has a screen in their room, remove it. As a parent of five children, ages 9 – 23, I understand the temptation to occupy a child to allow for “me time.” Additionally, with the prolific use of technology in our lives, its second nature to grab a...

MARRIAGE HAPPINESS – NOT WHAT YOU THINK Apr 24th, 2020

STOP. Before you read another ‘research’, ‘study’ or ‘survey’ on marriage, ask your self these two questions. How do you define happiness? What does it mean to thrive in marriage? Recently read another “research” on what makes a great marriage. However, it made an important mistake I have see in...

TRANSITIONING BACK TO SCHOOL: EASY OR NOT Apr 24th, 2020

School is well underway for most of us. This transition back to school is not always the easiest. Young people have had the opportunity to stay up late, have free evenings, and spend time doing all the things they have wanted to do. Shifting the routine from going to bed...

HOLIDAY BLUES Apr 24th, 2020

It’s the holiday season! Times of cheer, gift giving, magic in the air and time spent with loves ones. This is “the happiest time of the year”, they say. The people in the commercials look oh so happy. Everyone is wishing each other a great holiday and sharing about their...

SELF-CARE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON Apr 24th, 2020

The holidays are a time thatcan be filled with excitement, good food, good friends, family, and laughter; It can also be a time that can be a great source of stress and worry. Whether it’s pertaining to long travel commutes, spending time with people you may struggle with emotionally, introducing a...

5 QUICK AND EASY STEPS FOR REDUCING STRESS Apr 24th, 2020

If you’re like me, most days you feel pulled in a million directions and forget to take a few minutes to slow down. None of us want to add more tasks to our already extensive to-do list. However, taking steps to reduce your stress doesn’t have to be stressful. Here...

WHY SHOULD I GO TO THERAPY? Apr 24th, 2020

First of all, what is therapy? Therapy is treatment intended to heal or relieve. Inthe scope of mental health, it is called psychotherapy. It’s where you talk with either a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health provider in a safe, judgment-free zone. Therapy helps with a diverse set of mental health issues,...

A GROWING AUDIENCE FOR NEUROFEEDBACK Apr 24th, 2020

Research on neurofeedback has shown that it is very effective in reducing the symptoms of a range of mental health problems from anxiety and depression to ADHD, PTSD, TBI, and more. The list goes on! Neurofeedback is a non-invasive process that has been thoroughly researched for decades. It can even be used...

WHY NOT BE KIND? Apr 24th, 2020

Most are familiar with the story of a young man who was rushing to a job interview. As he was driving, a car merged in front of him at a slower speed. Upset because he would certainly be late, he honked and yelled obscenities at the other driver. Much to...

VAPING / E-CIGARETTES Apr 24th, 2020

What used to be considered a mostly harmless recreational activity (even marketed as much less harmful than cigarette smoking) is now revealed to be an addictive practice with physiological and mental effects, specifically among teens and young adults. We are just learning about some of the effects. Because the chemical additives in...

FINDING FREEDOM IN THE SEASON WITH THE “THREE P’S” Apr 24th, 2020

The holiday season in the U.S. is possibly the most taxing time on our collective mental health. In this society from November 1st until New Years, we go through a range of emotions, almost daily, leading up to a one-day event that leaves most of us drained, emotionally and physically spent,...

SLEEP HYGIENE Apr 24th, 2020

We all know hygiene is important, but what about sleep hygiene? Sleep health is just as important for our health as say, brushing our teeth. Lets look at some ways you might be able to improve your sleep hygiene so you can wake up ready to tackle the day: Go...