The National Institute of Mental Health defines Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.  These obsessions and compulsions...

Jessica is a 32-year-old nurse, who presents to her primary care provider complaining of frequent headaches, irritable bowel, insomnia, and depressed mood.  She takes no medication and has never abused substances.  Her only mental health issue has been a single depressive episode when she was...

Attachment Issues Attachment issues develop when children are over/under attached to others.  Often, attachment disorders can present by a child lacking the proper attachment to their parents/caregivers.  Conversely, attachment disorders can present when a child lacks boundaries with strangers.  Although attachment issues typically develop before the...

Codependency is when a person is in an unhealthy and often one-sided relationship. In a healthy relationship, both partners “meet in the middle” to sustain the relationship. In codependent relationships, however, one partner is always initiating behaviors to keep the relationship alive; paradoxically, they’re primarily...

   Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy, facilitated by a trained Art Therapist, that combines the creative process of art making with the theories of psychology. Creating art can, in-and-of itself, be a form of self-expression and healing. But it can also be used...

Genesis Chesapeake, located at 2005 Old Greenbrier Road, is currently taking new clients, including (and especially!) children. Call (757) 965-5886 today for more information or to schedule an initial intake!  [caption id="attachment_1677" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Lynn Parker[/caption] Lynn Parker is a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing out of the...

I have grown to love running!  It’s certainly been a journey filled with soreness and injuries, funny colored toe nails and severe chaffing (body glide is a close friend now), breaking the budget on new running shoes, dehydration, and lying sprawled out on the tile...

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a body-image disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one's appearance.  In America, roughly 1 to 2 percent of the general population has Body Dysmorphic Disorder.  That’s nearly 5 million people in the United...