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  Dr. Ballon provides these critical services:
  • Thorough initial evaluation of mental and emotional problems
  • Psychotherapy or psychoanalysis on short or long-term basis as needed
  • Psychopharmacology as indicated
  • Guideposts for recognizing progress

Those who can benefit from therapy:
Adults, teenagers, the elderly, single working parents - just about anyone who is experiencing life difficulties in areas such as relationships or work, or is having painful symptoms like persistent nervousness or sadness - can benefit from therapy and/or medication treatment.

You don't have to have a severe mental illness to benefit from therapy. In fact, many of Dr. Ballon's patients are interested in improving their overall health through growing emotionally and enhancing their general quality of life. They understand that the therapy process can be extremely helpful in both these endeavors.

Examples of troubles that make people consider therapy:
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Persistent anxiety that interferes with functioning
  • Feeling shaky or nervous in public
  • Fear of public speaking
  • Feelings of depression
  • Thoughts of harming oneself
  • Inability to have satisfying relationships
  • Difficulty being productive at work
  • Diminished ability to experience pleasure
  • Diminished ability to concentrate
  • Anger and irritability
  • Low level of energy
  • Mood swings for no apparent reason
  • Discomfort with gender issues

Would-be patients sometime wonder if therapy means they are weak or can't cope:
No. In fact, it can be a sign of strength to recognize when you are not feeling well or functioning at peak capacity – and to seek professional help. We are all influenced by genetic and biological predispositions as well as by early experiences. A lot of what we view as symptomatic was once useful as a survival mechanism. For example, suppose a child is exposed to constant criticism at school or home. A feeling of shame may develop which contains the message, "I can't do anything right." The child avoids trying new things, anticipating the painful shaming criticism if she does. So, the shame, while painful, results in avoidance which protects against further hurt. Now, imagine the child grown up, at work. She avoids new tasks, fearing criticism. Now, the protective mechanism which was once adaptive becomes problematic, inhibiting work productivity and advancement.

Another common example is people who "over-worry". Their lives become a torment because they worry about everything all the time. Normally, worry serves the purpose of anticipating problems and planning solutions. However, in anxiety disorders, this mechanism is too easily triggered. Worry is constant and doesn't result in finding solutions. A patient may have a biological predisposition or may have had early experiences that have had an adverse effect on the nervous system.

The approach to treatment:
Dr. Ballon prides himself on having extensive training, long-term experience, and an empathetic approach to treating patients. He is expert at working in partnership with his patients to change brain processes through the sensible application of psychotherapy and medication. He has helped his patients gain freedom from anxiety and depression, and has enabled many people to have more satisfying and productive lives both in their work and their relationships.