Common Concerns

Common Concerns

PAS counselors often talk with people who are experiencing a range of personal, family, or work-related problems, including addictions, emotional distress, relationship difficulties, and work-related conflicts or stress. Your feelings about a situation can be used as a guide. It may be helpful to talk with a PAS counselor if you are experiencing the following feelings more often than you would like:

  • distressed, upset, hurt
  • sad, depressed
  • helpless, confused, stuck
  • anxious, worried
  • over-stressed, fatigued
  • guilty, ashamed


Addiction is a psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a chemical, drug, activity, or substance, even though it is causing psychological and physical harm.

The term addiction refers to dependence on legal substances such as tobacco, alcohol, and legally prescribed medications (e.g. opiates and benzodiazepines) and illegal substances (e.g. cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and illegally obtained or diverted medications). It also applies to substances like marijuana which is legal in some states and illegal in others. When a person cannot stop taking a drug, they are considered to have a dependence on that substance.


Our emotions serve a wide variety of purposes. Emotions can be fleeting, persistent, powerful, complex, and even life-changing. They can motivate us to act in specific ways and give us the tools and resources we need to interact in a meaningful way in our social worlds.



We seek relationships for connection, love, support, and family. At one time or another, however, our relationships will show signs of trouble, conflict, disagreement, and discontent. Couples counseling offers a way for couples to meet in a safe, neutral environment with a professional counselor to understand how couples can get lost even with the best of intentions. Couples counseling is not a place to rehash old arguments and decide who is right and who is wrong. It is a place to improve blind spots and make changes which support the growth of a healthy, loving relationship. PAS can be a resource for you to seek guidance, explore couples counseling, or receive a referral for a specialist.


Mental well-being describes your emotional state -- how you feel and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. Our well-being can change from moment to moment. A healthy well-being is essential for you to function and be happy. No matter the reason, it can be helpful to remember that you deserve to feel good. There are steps you can take to improve and maintain your mental well-being. PAS can help you address the issues that may be affecting your well-being.



Estimates are that we spend one-third of our lives at work. The relationships we form there are important to the product we deliver and for our interpersonal needs for relatedness. We all derive many needs in the workplace that have nothing to do with our pay. Some employees refer to their coworkers as their “work families.” When these important relationships are amiss, everything suffers including productivity, our enthusiasm for our work, and our overall happiness.