Mental Health Treatment

Somatic Symptom And Related Disorders

Somatism is a condition in which mental disturbances are reflected in an individual’s physical (somatic) ailments. Somatic symptom disorders display physical symptoms such as  intense pain, excessive fatigue, abnormal nervousness and other such reactions in response to a real or fictitious illness. Although the illness itself may or may not be real, the physical symptoms such as pain are experienced as real pain.


For people with somatic symptom disorder and related disorders, their health concerns and accompanying symptoms become a significant focus of their life causing challenges in their daily functioning.

Signs and Symptoms of Somatic Symptom Disorder

Types of Somatic Symptoms and Related Disorders

Somatization Disorder

Usually indicated by pain and neurological symptoms such as headache, nervousness and fatigue


Usually indicated by overreacting to normal body sensations, believe minor symptoms to be symptomatic of serious illnesses

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Usually indicated by an uncommon obsession regarding physical appearances such as hair loss, wrinkles, weight gain, and other normal occurrences

Conversion Disorder

Usually indicated by physical symptoms develop even when there is no other disorders or ailments, such as paralysis, seizures, and other disorders

Causes of Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders

No specific causes have been identified for the appearance of somatic disorders and other related disorders, however it has been noticed in some cases that they tend to run in families. Other cases have shown complications with nerve signals that are supposed to send signals of pain, pleasure and other sensations.

Treatment of Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders

There is no known cure for somatic symptom and related disorders. Medications may be prescribed for managing some of the symptoms, but in most cases they are difficult to treat. Learning to understand this disorder and trying to live with it may be the best that could be hoped for. Working with physicians and health care providers to manage symptoms can be effective.

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Alyssa Mueller


Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.