ALBANY — It’s a pretty simple equation — when you feel good about yourself the world is a better place.
Reaching that objective, though, may not come easy when the demands of family, work and life in general can be such a heavy burden.
The professionals at Pinnacle Behavioral Health, IRA, LLC understand that, and have expanded their scope of expertise from the traditional therapy and medication path to include a new, holistic approach that incorporates proper nutrition, exercising and mindfulness.
“Our objective is counseling, group therapy and medication management. We recently added ancillary services such as yoga, tai chi and mindfulness,” said Rocco Pezzulo, Director of Operations at Pinnacle Behavioral Health, IPA, LLC. “We have come to understand there is a connection between mental and physical well being. Much of this is lifestyle driven, — what we eat, how we move, exercise and what we think about or focus on throughout the day.”
“So much of what we are doing every day, or what we are not doing everyday, adds to depression and anxiety.”
Some people just need to focus on set goals with a therapist to realize they are in an unhealthy lifestyle.
“For example, a client came to Pinnacle depressed and angry,” said Pezzulo. “His high-stress job was traumatic and he brought it home with him. Compounding that, he would turn on the television and watch the news or read the paper and further inundate himself with some of life’s most disturbing occurrences.
He was miserable and overweight and his wife had enough and she asked him to leave.
He came to Pinnacle and our professionals enrolled him in anger management and therapy weekly. He started to understand how he fell into a life cycle of fear and depression.
The therapist got him to start exercising, taking a walk when he got home from work to decrease stress and to appreciate what really gives his life meaning. He had to realize that it was just for today, because today is really all we have,” Pezzulo said. “In the end he lost weight, became happy about his life and family.
It seems life simple stuff but it is difficult to recognize on your own,” said Pezzulo. “With proper treatment change is possible and you really start to see things differently. This is the point where people start to treat you differently and you also being to treat yourself differently.
Before you know it, it becomes a way of life,” said Pezzulo. “We try to give our clients a different way of looking at life resulting in a different and healthier way of living.”
Pinnacle Behavioral Health IRA, LLC was founded by Laura Hunt, LCSWR, ACSW in 2001 in order to provide mental health services due to a need in the area. Last year, they expanded their offices in Guilderland and currently have 30 health providers.
For further information on their services, please visit www.pinnaclebehavioralhealth.com or visit them on Facebook.