Areas of intervention

Depression is one of the most common problems that people suffer in nowadays society. It is estimated that about half of all men and three quarters of all women have had an episode of depression sometime during their life. Many people do not ask for or receive assistance that could ease the discomfort. Part of the problem is that often people do not know what kind of help is available and how they can benefit from it.
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Although uncomfortable, anxiety is a normal and healthy adaptive response that arises when the alarm system is activated (the brain associated with fear or alarm situations). In fact, we are all equipped with this essential self-protection mechanism, but sometimes the system becomes hypersensitive or hyper reactive to certain stimuli or particular situations. This happens when we experience anxiety in a non-adaptive way (i.e., when there is no real danger requiring immediate protection of yourself), thus becoming counterproductive for ourselves.
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Anyone who is caught in a situation that threatens his/her life is likely to experience a panic reaction. Symptoms of panic consist of a shallow and rapid breathing (hyperventilation), increased heart rate (tachycardia or palpitations) and intense anxiety. This occurs when the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is activated and the body is flooded with adrenaline.
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Taking care of our bodies and experiencing reasonable concerns about health, are appropriate behaviors since they are already being used to prevent different illnesses. What happens is that when there is an exorbitant concern about an illness or if actually suffering it, it does not justify such a concern, we are then talking about health anxiety (formerly known as hypochondria). The symptoms are expressed in small physical sensations, often vague and imprecise but the concern itself generates a lot of anxiety as these sensations tend to be interpreted as symptoms of a serious illness.
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Social phobia is a persistent and intense fear to act in a humiliating or embarrassing way in the presence of others, to the extent of interfering in both their personal and professional life. People with this disorder think that people judge them negatively. This fear may also reflect the feeling of being inferior, different or unacceptable, and this is usually accompanied by thoughts like "if people knew how I really am, they would reject me."
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When faced with a real threat to our health, the immediate adaptive responses at our disposal are fight or flee. This is due to the activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), basically our core alarm system, to protect us from danger. Phobias occur when the brain's alarm system makes an inadequate connection with what would be objectively considered a minor threat (e.g. spiders, dogs, needles) or a low probability of harm from a given situation (e.g. walking down the street, being in an elevator, social interaction, going to the dentist).
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The obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) consist of a combination of obsessions (ideas, thoughts, images o absurd and annoying impulses that come up involuntarily together with unpleasant emotions like fear or guilt that lead the person to act compulsively to try and lower their worries or anxieties provoked by the obsession. The compulsions, also called rituals, are normally repetitive actions, but sometimes they are thinking patterns to which they resort to get rid of the disturbing obsessions. Rituals often follow rules or a set pattern and are clearly excessive. The person admits that the rituals are irrationals but feels unable to control them.
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In the treatment of stress, the therapist helps the patient identify and develop ways to reduce stress and cope better with a distressing situation. Different people react differently to the same kind of circumstances, so we know that people tend to experience situations according to the way they perceive or interpret this situation.
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Chronic pain is a long term pain that the professionals have not succeeded in alleviating or treating the cause (if it was ever known). Therefore, talking about chronic pain does not mean a malignant pain but more like back pain, rheumatoid arthritis or headaches.

The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is characterized by a persistent or recurrent fatigue, muscle and bond pain, sleeping disorders and subjective cognitive deterioration. The symptoms are neither caused by an ongoing effort nor improved by just resting, which turns it into a substantial diminishing of the levels of activity. There is considerable overlapping between CFS and fibromyalgia.
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Insomnia is one of the most common sleeping problems among adults. In fact, it is a very widespread problem and the most common complaint after pain. It is a subjective experience of inadequate sleep, characterized by difficulties for falling asleep and staying asleep, waking up early or not being able to get a sound sleep. These difficulties are associated with daytime consequences such as difficulties in functioning, fatigue and drowsiness.
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Positive psychology is a recent branch of psychology that seeks to understand the underlying processes of the positive qualities and emotions of human beings through scientific research. Its aim is to contribute to new insights and knowledge about the human mind, not only to help solving mental health problems suffered by individuals but also to achieve a better quality of life and wellbeing. All of this without moving away from the most rigorous scientific methodology as common practice within the field of health science.
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Psychology applied day to day

Therapies can be conducted in Catalan, Spanish or English.
Psychological assessment and intervention in adults using a cognitive-behavioral approach.

Areas of intervention:
- Depression
- Anxiety
- Panic
- Health Anxiety
- Social phobia/Social anxiety
- Phobias
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Stress Management
- Chronic pain and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Insomnia
- Positive Psychology (i.e. Self-esteem)

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