Neurological illness requires consistent management, including education, support groups, general wellness maintenance, proper diet and exercise.
As the illness progresses, those affected could experience difficulty walking, sleeping, memory loss, chewing swallowing or speaking. A significant number of patients struggle with the emotional aspects of diagnosis and treatment, such as depression and anxiety, which can have a negative impact on their prognoses and healing. This disruption can create a physical, emotional and financial burden for the patients and their families. Psychotherapy can help ease the strain of this life cycle change.
Living with young-onset Parkinson’s disease, Allison Smith, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is uniquely prepared to help patients cope with the psychological aspects of their disorders. In addition to patient education and counseling, Allison also conducts required neuropsychological screening and evaluation, required by insurance companies. With the ability to complete the necessary assessments in the office, she helps provide an all-inclusive environment that helps eliminate any unnecessary stress of going to multiple medical facilities and allows us to create a medical plan with other physicians to ensure the highest quality of care.
- Individual, family and couples counseling
- Brief, solution-based therapy to ease tension or concerns that come with life cycle changes
- Marriage and intimacy therapy
- Education and awareness training for patients and families
- Continuum of care for surgical patients/post-operative care
- Fitness education classes and activities
- Exercise programs that focus on balance, flexibility and strength training
- Support Groups
- “Parkie and Partner” intensive support class, which teaches critical skills and provides tools to people who are caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease
Key Psychotherapy Services Staff
Kenneth P. Martinez, M.D.
Director of Psychotherapy
Allison Smith, M.A., LMFT #90288