When clients present with anxiety, mood disturbances, substance abuse, thought disorders or cognitive dysfunction, it is usually necessary to perform a psychiatric assessment to arrive at a DSM-V diagnoses which in turn serves to guide treatment planning. Likewise, when clients present with problems in living, it is necessary to understand the problem as it manifests in the client and his/her environment. This may also lead to a DSM diagnosis or other problem statement and helps guide psychotherapeutic services.
Often, it is necessary to treat mental illness with medication. This is because mental health problems can have a significant biological basis. Dr. Rodriguez has advanced education in substance abuse and adult psychiatry as well as supervised training in the use of medications to treat mental illness. If appropriate, Dr. Rodriguez will inform you when medication management is advisable.
NOTE: Dr. Rodriguez chooses NOT to prescribe or RARELY to prescribe the following controlled medications: Vicodin, Lorcet, and other narcotic pain medication; Suboxone or methadone; Adderall or other amphetamine-like substances; and Xanax (or its generic alprazolam) in his practice. You will be asked to see a PSYCHIATRIST if you believe you need any of these substances.
Psychotherapy is a term for a number of different approaches to helping people with individual, marriage, or family problems. Psychotherapy utilizes numerous talking techniques to help people gain insight into their problems; to change thoughts and feelings; to learn effective ways of coping and relating with others; to gain support during difficult periods; and to grow psychologically and spiritually. At Houston Mind-Body Counseling, we utilize an eclectic mix of clinical helping skills to help clients individually, as couples and families, or as groups to bring about the change they desire.
Hypnosis is a tool that can safely and effectively be used to help you achieve clinical treatment goals including, but not limited to, stress management, smoking cessation, phobia control, weight loss, and pain management. Hypnotic trances are real, natural, and they feel good! We all go through trances everyday without even noticing. For example, you are in a trance when you are watching a movie and are moved to tears. In hypnotherapy, you are guided in using your own capacity for hypnotic trance to achieve your goals or to facilitate your psychotherapy. Unfortunately, insurance companies usually won’t pay for hypnotherapy (just like they quibble about paying for newly-approved medications).