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Great Lakes Psychology Group
6548 Town Center Dr. Suite D
Great Lakes Psychology Group provides compassionate and confidential therapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, parents, families, teens and children. Whether you seek marital or couples counseling, family counseling, a child psychologist, h...
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Great Lakes Psychology Group Announces New Location in Shelby Township
The President of Great Lakes Psychology Group, Richard Kneip, PhD, states that "Great Lakes Psychology Group is pleased to extend its practice of high-quality, results-driven psychological services to the communities of Shelby Township, Utica, and Macomb, Michigan.
Great Lakes Psychology Group
+1 (800) 693-1916 Ext: 7
Also, since it's not physiologically ...
Also, since it's not physiologically possible to be both anxious and relaxed at the same time, Richard Kneip, PhD, clinical psychologist in private practice in Clarkston, Michigan and director of Great Lakes Psychology Group, recommends that you try calming your body (and thus your mind) with progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) by contracting and releasing each muscle in the body one at a time.
Deep breathing (breathing in and out for six counts each) will help calm you down in the moment, but for a longer-term fix, Dr. Kneip
recommends systematic desensitization, which gradually exposes you to anxiety-provoking situations.
"Research has shown that individuals prone to this anxiety can learn to overcome it by pairing relaxation techniques with imagining themselves, or better yet, observing others in scenes from TV shows or movies, in increasingly confined spaces.
The key is to progress in small steps, advises Dr. Kneip
, who says that it is generally best to start with the least anxiety-provoking images, objects or situations and gradually increase the intensity as you are able to successfully manage each along the way.
says that you can reduce your sense of vulnerability by confronting these fears with rational rebuttals.
Once you're no longer anxious about this step, advises Dr. Kneip
, repeat the process while "imagining yourself sitting in the dentist's chair, and then the dentist inserting dental instruments into the mouth, etc." He
says this approach is highly successful because it uses baby steps that don't overwhelm people struggling with anxiety.
Dr. Richard Kneip
Richard Kneip, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services
...Dr. Kneip completed his Bachelor's Degree (1981) with High Honors in Psychology at the University of Montana, and his Master's (1986) and Doctoral (1990) degrees at Wayne State University.Dr. Kneip
has over 15 years experience as a psychotherapist, specializing in the treatment of individual, marital, and family problems.He
has taught psychology at the university level, and has conducted and published health psychology research on diabetes and heart disease.Dr. Kneip currently serves as Director of Clinical Services at Oakland Psychological Clinic, P.C., where he oversees clinical operations, including some 100 clinical staff, at the clinic's eight metro-Detroit locations.He is a member of both the Michigan and American Psychological Associations.