Mental Health Resources
- Temper & Anger Issues
- Navigating Mental Health Issues in College
Youth Services is committed to developing a counseling relationship based on mutual respect, and to creating a warm and trusting environment in which to facilitate the counseling process. Youth and families are active participants in the process and work as a team with the therapist in working towards their goals.
A marriage and family therapist is employed by the town to assist Ellington’s youth and family with many life issues and concerns. All services are confidential.
Our counseling services are based on a sliding fee scale.
Our counseling services can help with the following issues:
Alcohol and drug concerns
Depression and anxiety
Divorce and separation
Illness or death of family/friends
Physical or mental abuse
Support groups may be offered after school, in the evening and during the school day. Youth Services works with the schools to offer programs for students during recess and/or class time.
Ellington Youth Services offers a wide range of groups throughout the year. Topics covered include:
SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT
If you're interested in counseling, please email Diane Lasher-Penti, LMFT or call 860-870-3130 to schedule an appointment.
Anxiety affects the way a person thinks, but it can also lead to physical symptoms.
COMMON ANXIETY SYMPTOMS
|An unrealistic view of problems
Being easily startled
Excessive, ongoing worry and tension
Restlessness or a feeling of being “edgy”
The need to go to the bathroom frequently
Trouble falling or staying asleep
Stop by Youth Services for your free copy of "More Than Okay," A Guidebook for Preventing and Managing Everyday Anxiety. Or click on the image for a pdf.
If you have any of these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule a counseling appointment to help cope:
- Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
- Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering information, and making decisions
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
- Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that you once enjoyed
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as:
- Chronic pain
- Digestive disorders
- Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” moods
- Restlessness, irritability
- Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
Click on the image for a pdf of HOPE, a guidebook for preventing and managing depression. Stop by our office for a free copy.
SYMPTOMS OF STRESS
WAYS TO EASE STRESS
Engage in hobbies
- Listen to music
- Spend time alone (if you're always with people)
- Talk to others
DEALING WITH A STRESSFUL SITUATION
Breathe deeply and slowly
Count to 10
- Make a spiritual connection
- Say “I can handle this”
- Walk away
ANGER MANAGEMENT TIPS
Take a "time out." Count to 10 before reacting or leave the situation altogether.
Do something physically exerting. Physical activity can provide an outlet for your emotions, especially if you're about to erupt. Go for a walk or a run, swim, lift weights or shoot baskets, for example.
- Find ways to calm and soothe yourself. Practice deep-breathing exercises, visualize a relaxing scene, or repeat a calming word or phrase to yourself, such as "take it easy." You can also listen to music, paint, journal or do yoga.
- Express your anger as soon as possible so that you aren't left stewing. If you can't express your anger in a controlled manner to the person who angered you, try talking to a family member, friend, counselor or another trusted person.
- Think carefully before you say anything so that you don't end up saying something you'll regret.
- Work with the person who angered you to identify solutions to the situation.
- Use "I" statements when describing the problem to avoid criticizing or placing blame. For instance, say "I'm upset you didn't help with the housework this evening," instead of, "You should have helped with the housework." To do otherwise will likely upset the other person and escalate tensions.
- Don't hold a grudge. Forgive the other person. It's unrealistic to expect everyone to behave exactly as you want.
- Use humor to defuse your anger, such as imagining yourself or the other person in silly situations. Don't use sarcasm, though - it's just another form of unhealthy expression.
- Keep an anger log to identify the kinds of situations that set you off and to monitor your reactions.