Full Time Child Psychiatrist Position Open in Centreville and McLean, Virginia

Goose Creek Consulting is searching for a full time child psychiatrist for our offices in Centreville, and McLean, Virginia. Candidates should have a passion for children, families, working with case managers, coordinating wraparound care and including psychotherapeutic interventions in their medication management regimen.

To apply for this position, email your resume and a cover letter to jobs@goosecreekconsulting.com

Wellness Coaching: It’s Not all About Diet and Exercise

Catha Pavloff is a certified wellness and life coach based in McLean, Virginia for Goose Creek Coaching. Catha works with her clients to help them achieve healthier and happier lives. Catha is a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching program and is a registered yoga teacher. Catha focuses on the interplay between work-life balance, personal achievement and leadership at home, work and other areas of life. Catha is currently accepting new wellness coaching clients in her McLean, Virginia office.

Wellness Coaching: It’s Not all About Diet and Exercise

Did you know that about 97 percent of people who try to get into better shape through diets and exercise return to their original state within 2 years?

Why is this so? 

The term for this is “adherence”, or rather, the lack thereof.

Many reasons contribute to the problem, not the least of which is that our society expects quick fixes and magic pills, which simply do not work in the long run.

I prefer to approach wellness from a much more holistic and individualized perspective. I avoid terms such as “diet”, “exercise” and “weight loss”. To me, these words connote negativity and even deprivation. I believe wellness includes nutrition, physical activity, sleep patterns, stress management, professional fulfillment, personal relationships, and spirituality or faith. To achieve wellness, we must have relative balance in all of these areas. My job as a wellness coach is to provide you with the tools, support, empowerment and encouragement to help clients achieve this balance.

This takes commitment and time. In fact, even though the coaching relationship is relatively short, wellness is a lifetime commitment.  This is why I take time to understand who my clients really are and base their treatment on not just who they think they should to be. Together, as coach and client, we can discover the interplay between thought patterns, feelings, actions, and results.

Clients, armed with the knowledge of who they are and what they want to change, work with me to set goals that are measurable and meaningful, yet also realistic, achievable and, most importantly, sustainable. These goals may include shedding pounds, creating healthier eating habits, becoming more physically active, reducing stress, getting enough sleep, sustaining supportive relationships and even developing a stronger faith or spirituality.

Inevitably, there will be highs, lows and in betweens. We learn the most from our setbacks, plow through them and learn from them, get back on track and move closer towards our goals.

The result? Clients better understand themselves. They feel and look healthier and are better equipped to handle stress. Their personal relationships are stronger. They make fewer illness related visits to the doctor and are less reliant on drugs. Best yet, maybe they become a better role model for their children and an inspiration to others. But, most importantly they achieve a lifestyle that they can sustain and enjoy.

If you would like to know more about how wellness coaching has helped others and what experts have to say about wellness coaching, read an article by clicking here.

For more information, contact Catha by clicking here.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

During May, we observe Mental Health Awareness Month, a time where we raise attention to the mental health issues that about one fourth of all Americans will suffer from in their lifetime.

Sadly, there is a stigma associated with mental health that keeps people from seeking treatment. Organizations like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP.org), the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSANOVA.org) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI.org) are very successful at sponsoring events in order to raise awareness and remove this stigma and encourage sufferers to seek treatment. This support often comes from people that have already suffered tragedy and loss and are reaching out to keep others from the same experience. National Mental Health Awareness month is about reaching out to prevent those who have not suffered from doing so needlessly.

This is a great time to focus on wellness. Wellness is about being rounded, mentally, physically, and emotionally. One of the best tools that can be utilized to maintain this state of wellness is establishing a community of support. There are many resources available for establishing these communities. Places such as the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance-Northern Virginia (DBSANOVA.org), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI.org), as well as the Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders of Northern Virginia (www.meetup.com/novachadd) are great places to find people and support groups in the area. There are also government resources that can be found through the local counties to provide low cost services. The Fairfax county (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/), Prince William county (www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/cs/Pages/defult.aspx), and Loudoun county (www.loudoun.gov/index/aspx?nid=121) services can provide help for anything from mental health and wellness to referrals to homeless shelters. Goose Creek Consulting has many programs available as well, offering services, such as wellness coaching, mental health coaching, career coaching, psychiatry, groups, and diagnostic testing services, that are available to assist and support in the path to wellness and recovery. These and many other resources are out there to ensure that those who are suffering have outreach programs available. If you or a loved one is suffering from a condition like mental illness and do not know where to turn, please look at Goose Creek Consulting’s website under the resources section (www.goosecreekconsulting.com/resources.php). We at Goose Creek Consulting wish you good health and wellness.