Problems and issues of psychotherapy clients at Preisz-McMillin Clinic in Oklahoma City, OK - Outpatient mental health services

Our Clientele

What kind of problems do people bring to the Preisz-McMillin Clinic?
Individuals who phone us are generally in a moderate to severe crisis. Most have had some very unpleasant and often even traumatic experiences which have resulted in excessive to severe anxiety, depression, and worry. Some individuals are even suffering from long-standing effects of a post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from a variety of life-threatening behaviors including such things as sexual, mental, or physical abuse, loss of a loved one(s), separation, divorce, unemployment, burnout, physical disease, and exhaustion from serving as a rescue worker or caregiver.

Most of the individuals who we have seen have tried other kinds of assistance often even counseling and treatment while some have avoided seeking or even getting help till now. Many even have experienced mixed feelings about even asking for help, even if they know or suspect they need it.

All of them, however, generally suffer from mild to moderate, to even severe distress and find to their detriment that they have become actually impaired in their daily lives. The symptoms patients suffer from generally vary a great deal from one individual to the next but are generally experienced as excessive in terms of their intensity, duration, and frequency.

The most common symptoms include, but aren’t limited to, excessive anxiety, depression, worry, and fears. In addition, some individuals experience guilt, shame, self-doubt, loneliness, a loss of motivation, joylessness, apathy, withdrawl, and avoidance of normal and intimate relationships. Sometimes an individual may suffer from impairments in concentration, moods, and physical health and they may suffer from memory problems, panic attacks, excessive sadness, excessive anger and rage, alcohol and/or substance abuse, sleeping disorders and eating problems, and have tried to help themselves without sufficient or long-lasting success.

Although they vary greatly from person to person, their symptoms generally include the following characteristics:

  • They are more intense than they should be,
  • They occur more frequently than they should,
  • They last longer in duration than they should,
  • Or one, two or all of the above conditions exist.
Sometimes people feel afraid, embarrassed, or even ashamed to ask for help because they think their problems are small and petty (in contrast to those who frequently are too ashamed of themselves or what they’ve done to ask for assistance), but, no problem is really small if it disturbs a person and damages his or her sense of well-being.

We know from experience that our patients generally have the power within themselves to recover and heal from their crises, and even the most severe can do so if they have sufficient determination to understand what is happening to them, why it is happening to them, and what they can do to change it.