Welcome to Psychologically Speaking, the blog forum of Variations Psychology. Variations is excited to launch this blog as a means for you to discover all-things-psychology and get to know our expert team and their specializations.
In each of our weekly posts, our team of experienced specialists will help you unveil some of the most prevalent psychological issues that impact your daily life.
If you’re like most people, odds are you’ve dealt with stress, anxiety, or confusion over your share of life events. Just when you think you’ve got things figured out, life throws you another curve ball that you didn’t see coming, and you’re back at square one wondering how to overcome your situation.
Whether it’s going through a divorce, realizing your child has a learning disability, feeling overwhelmed with stress, adjusting to becoming an empty-nester, or just feeling depressed for no apparent reason, we’ve all dealt with circumstances that challenge our psychological health. What is sometimes even harder is seeing a loved one struggling and not understanding their situation or knowing how to help them.
When we don’t understand the causes and treatment for our psychological problems, we may find ourselves feeling frustrated and alone which only adds to the situation’s pain. Out of this frustration, we may act in ways that only worsen the problem, such as screaming at an enraged child or enabling an alcoholic spouse. Without understanding the psychology behind our life challenges, it’s hard to come up with effective solutions.
That’s where Variations Psychology comes in
Here at Variations Psychology, our team of experienced specialists are dedicated to helping you unravel life’s myriad of challenges. We offer a variety of therapy options in several specialized areas to empower you to overcome the obstacles you or your loved ones have been struggling with.
Psychologically Speaking will provide you with the inside scoop on why you or your loved ones are feeling or behaving in a way that hurts, and provide step by step strategies to get you back on track toward health and happiness.
While all of us face psychological challenges in our lives, it can be scary and overwhelming to seek help and choose a professional to put your trust in.
Subscribing to Psychologically Speaking will give you a taste of the specializations and therapy options our experts offer, so you can decide if the Variations’ team might be the right fit for you and your family.
Based on their extensive experience providing therapy and counseling, our specialists will share their perspectives on topics related to stress, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, parenting, women’s issues, men’s issues, educational advocacy, and more.
Subscribe to our blog to stay in-the-know on topics that are relevant to individuals and families today, such as:
- Parenting throughout all stages of life, from tantrum raged toddlers to grumpy teenagers and adult children “failing to launch”
- Supporting children with ADHD or autism spectrum disorders
- Coping with stress and anxiety
- Overcoming depression
- Marriage counseling
- Divorce advice
- Women’s Issues
- Men’s Issues
- Generational Issues: From Baby Boomers to Millennials and everything in between!
- Recovering from sexual and physical abuse
- Unplanned pregnancy
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Caring for an elderly parent
- Stress in the workplace
- Raising girls vs. raising boys
- Father and daughter relationships
- Post-partum depression
- Advocating for your special needs child
- Talking to your children about sex and drugs
- Overcoming domestic violence
- Mental health tests for anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and other disorders
- Mental health tests for depression and much more!
Psychologically Speaking’s team of contributing specialists include:
Cynthia Johnson, LMFT – Cynthia is a specialist in Parenting and Child Therapy at Variations Psychology. She has years of experience in supporting families and strengthening relationships between parents, teens, and children.
Dr. Daniella A. Davis, Psy.D. – Dr. Davis is an expert in dealing with the unique challenges that women face throughout each stage of life. Whether it be adjusting to a new baby, managing the demands of college, work related stress, climbing the corporate ladder, life after divorce, or struggling through menopause, Dr. Davis supports women in leading healthy, empowered lives.
Dr. Marta M. Shinn, Ph.D. - Dr. Shinn is an expert in child and educational psychology. Dr. Shinn specializes in helping families understand the special education processes conducted by schools and empowering them to become informed advocates for their children. By providing parents with a thorough understanding of academic evaluations and practices, Dr. Shinn helps parents determine the best educational path for their child.
Dr. Aaron Montgomery, Psy.D. – Dr. Montgomery is a specialist in psychological testing and assessment measures. Dr. Montgomery’s expertise includes diagnosis of mood disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, anxiety, IQ testing, and learning disabilities. Dr. Montgomery is experienced in helping children, teens, and adults, identify the root causes of their challenges to provide guidance in seeking support.
As you can see, Variations’ team brings a holistic psychological outlook on some of life’s most prevalent issues faced today.
In seeking advice on life’s challenges, it can be tough to know who to turn to. When it comes to updating your hairstyle, you should consult your hairdresser, when it comes to buying a new exhaust system, you should call up your mechanic. But when it comes to the mental and emotional health of you and your loved ones, there is no better source than an experienced team of psychology experts and who can give you perspective on your situation, psychologically speaking.
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More about Variations Psychology
Variations Psychology is a group practice composed of specialists in a variety of psychology domains including Clinical Psychology, School and Educational Psychology, Child Development, Psychological Testing, Educational Testing, and Training.
Our specialists provide therapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. We also conduct diagnostic testing of child and adult conditions (e.g. ADHD, Autism, Depression, Anxiety, Learning Disorders).
See our Specialists page to select the specialist that best suits your need, or simply give us a call and we will guide you.
Variations Psychology is located in Newport Beach, CA and provides counseling to residents throughout Orange County and its surrounding areas including Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Irvine, Shady Canyon, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Coto de Caza, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Yorba Linda, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Pelican Hill, Crystal Cove, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, Lake Forest, Huntington Beach, Sunset Beach, Seal Beach, and more.