PFPA’s professionals offer a number of specialized services including Child & Adolescent Health Psychology, Parent Training, Academic Coaching, Pre-Marital Counseling and therapy in Spanish.
La Dra. Santiago ofrece terapias y evaluaciones a menores, adolescentes y adultos. La Dra. Santiago describe su acercamiento basado en Terapia Cognitiva-Conductual y Teoria Enfocada en Soluciones. La meta de su trabajo terapéutico es ayudar al cliente en una constante y saludable búsqueda de mejorar su calidad de vida. Las áreas de interés de la Dra. Santiago incluyen Depresión, Ansiedad, procesos de Duelo y Pérdidas, Destrezas de Crianza Positiva, y asuntos de Aculturación de Latino-Americanos. Ella entiende que el hecho de que la población Hispana/ Latina está en aumento en este país, es de suma importancia mantener un interés en asuntos multiculturales, especialmente en la población de habla hispana. La Dra. Santiago es Psicóloga Clínica y recibió su grado doctoral de la Escuela de Medicina de Ponce, en Puerto Rico. La Dra. Santiago posee licencia de psicóloga en Puerto Rico, completó su experiencia postdoctoral en Powers Ferry Psychological Associates, LLC., y está en el proceso de obtener la licencia de Psicólogos del estado de Georgia. Ella atiende clientes en la oficina de Marietta los Martes, Miércoles, y Jueves; y su trabajo es supervisado por un Psicólogo Licenciado.
We all bring our personal “baggage” into our intimate relationships. Identifying and learning the skills to work through issues early on (i.e. dating, pre-marital, engaged) can help a couple develop an understanding of their strengths as well as their challenges. PFPA therapists can provide pre-marital counseling to help you and your partner enhance your relationship through improved communication, problem solving, and conflict reduction skills, preparing you to navigate the inevitable ups and downs of a long-term relationship.
PFPA therapists provide Parent Skills training for parents of children dealing with oppositional, disruptive, and defiant behavior, ADD/ADHD, Autism spectrum disorders and other challenges. If your child is struggling with social/emotional issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or Oppositional Defiant Disorder, you can probably use some support and professional advice. Our interventions can help not only increase compliance but improve the parent-child relationship. Contact the therapists listed above; they can help you help your child.
An eating disorders is a psychological illness with physical consequences that is caused by a combination of genetic, behavioral, psychological, and social influences. Given that we live in a “Food Toxic” culture with easy access to inexpensive, delicious (and unhealthy) food, it’s no wonder so many people are struggling with their weight. Many people embark on diets in attempt to lose weight, or to feel more “in control” of their eating. Unfortunately, not only are diets typically unsuccessful in the long run, they can lead to eating disorders in certain vulnerable individuals.
Some people become addicted to the “high” ~ the feeling of power and control~ that comes with resisting food and not giving in to physical hunger cues. As anxiety increases about losing control of eating and potentially gaining weight, these people may develop Anorexia Nervosa . Anorexia nervosa is a severe, life-threatening disorder in which the individual refuses to maintain a minimally normal body weight, is intensely afraid of gaining weight, and exhibits a significant distortion in the perception of the shape or size of her body, as well as dissatisfaction with her body shape and size.
Some people are unable to control their urges to eat, and end up binge eating on large amounts of food. Binge Eating Disorder or Compulsive Overeating is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent binge eating without the regular use of compensatory measures to counter the binge eating. Binge Eating Disorder typically develops after long periods of dieting and food restriction.
Bulimia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by a cycle of bingeing and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse, the abuse of diuretics, excessive exercise or fasting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating.
If you or someone you love is struggling with one of these eating problems, there are therapists at PFPA who can help.
Concussions are fairly common when playing many sports, particularly football, soccer, and lacrosse. While injuries occur most often after a blow to the head, they can also happen from a blow to your neck or body. These blows cause sudden head movements that jar, or shake, the brain.
Immediately following the hit to the head, people can lose consciousness briefly (usually a few minutes or less), or they may simply “see stars,” become confused, or be unable to recall events and experiences (amnesia) that occurred shortly before or soon after the injury.
Most often, the effects of concussion are temporary, brief changes in mental function with minimal damage to the structure of the brain. However, concussions can also have serious effects that damage brain cells and chemicals in the brain, leading to long term symptoms. This is known as Post-Concussive Syndrome. Some of the symptoms of Post-Concussive Syndrome include headache, dizziness, fatigue, inability to concentrate, trouble sleeping, short-term memory problems, difficulty thinking, irritability, depression, and/or anxiety.
It is well known that these symptoms of Post-Concussive Syndrome can disrupt daily, academic, occupational, and/or interpersonal functioning. This is particularly so after repeated incidents of concussion. If you have had a concussion in the past, additional ones may require more time and effort for recovery, and, unfortunately, recovery may not be as complete. In general, children and teens tend to take longer to recover from a concussion than adults.
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If you have had a sport-related concussion, contact your physician in addition to your coaches immediately. Most often, symptoms resolve within 2-3 weeks. Should your symptoms last beyond this time, a neuropsychological evaluation may be warranted.
If an evaluation is indicated, a Powers Ferry licensed psychologist specializing in concussion will look for potential changes in attention, cognition, and emotion following your injury. After your evaluation, the neuropsychologist will coordinate efforts with your physician and school, as needed, to promote the best plan toward recovery from your injury.
There are a host of emotional, behavioral, and psychological issues that can come up for a child who is dealing with a medical condition. Several PFPA psychologists have experience in working with kids and teens coping with an acute or chronic medical illness, injury, or developmental delay. Some medical conditions that can present with psychological complications include spina bifida, cerebral palsy, spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, pediatric HIV, asthma, sickle-cell disease, leukemia and other cancers, infant prematurity, and other health conditions. Psychologists can help you and your child adjust to a new medical diagnosis, cope with an acute or chronic health condition, and adhere to a medication regimen or rehabilitation therapy. They can help your child with the socio-emotional effects of prolonged hospitalization or help your child cope with medical procedures, pain management, school reintegration, and other developmental transitions. The goal is to improve the overall quality of life for the child and the entire family in the face of an illness or injury.
Students often face a variety of challenges, changes and important decisions. Students from K-12 may struggle with time management, poor study skills and difficulties getting organized. College and graduate students may need help with studying more effectively or preparing for exams. Time management, test-taking techniques and speed reading are all useful skills for academic success.
A PFPA Academic Coach will help students use proven strategies to succeed in school. They can help an elementary school student with ADHD become more organized or help a graduate student successfully complete and defend his dissertation. Coaching can provide a student with a structure that will help them make consistent progress towards their goals, including learning how to make effective timelines and weekly actions lists. Coaching sessions will include looking at the student's overall quality of life to achieve more balance, manage stress and anxiety, and maintain good relationships with the student's family, peers and faculty.