Keith Cook, Ed.D., Licensed Psychologist
|Professions: Psychology, Psychotherapy, Counseling Psychology|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Psychologist - PS303|
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Consider how good you would feel if you not only understood what is interfering in your life, but had clear options within yourself for getting relief and resolution. For most problems there are two broad pathways: coping or resolving. They are not the same. I assist with both. It is important to have ways to cope. And sometimes that is enough. We can work on coping strategies if you wish. I am experienced with that. But coping does not resolve the issue. Sometimes people get tired of having to cope with the same old problem. Seeing possibilities for clearing the blockages and resolving the problem can provide a sense of relief, hope, and motivation to see it through. Whether you are dealing with emotional struggles, perplexing decisions, relationship issues, family stresses, addictions, or other important matters in your life, I am here to work with you as I have with several thousand others over the past 40 years. And remember - as difficult or baffling as they are, these issues and struggles have a message or new learning for you. We can sort that out and see how you can use it for your benefit. I wish you well, blue skies, clear sailing, and a chart for rough waters. Hang in there..
Email or Call Keith Cook, Ed.D., Licensed Psychologist at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 23640
More Info About My Practice
PLEASE NOTE: I work only with people in the State of Maine as required by Maine psychologist licensing law. For insurance reimbursements: If you wish, I will provide you with a superbill receipt which you can submit for reimbursement to you by your insurer if they will do that. So payment is due at the time of the session. Medicare I bill directly including any secondary payer (i.e. standard US Government Medicare, NOT Medicare Advantage Plans). You may have part of an annual deductible to pay if you have not yet met that.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I do a lot of trauma work and have done so over the past 40 years in university counseling centers, teaching graduate counselor education courses, a community mental health center, and private practice. Trauma work includes not only the obvious traumas (T) such as accidents, assault, sexual abuse and domestic violence. It also includes less obvious "traumas" (t) such as being teased or belittled as a child that can still have a disruptive effect on the person?s life.
In much of this work, I use EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) WHEN YOU CHOOSE IT as well as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Having had 20 years experience using CBT, Gestalt, and other therapies with trauma before EMDR was developed, and now 20 years with EMDR, I have had the opportunity to witness the difference first hand. No question?
EMDR generally moves more rapidly, (saving time and expense) does not require that you do homework, does not require your detailed discussion of what happened, and helps prevent increased shame which can occur when describing certain traumas. In fact, during processing I will tell you that if there are any memories or images that come up that you prefer not to say, then just say to me, "I'm remembering something I don't want to say." This is fine because the healing is occurring within you. I don't need details. There are other ways to check on progress.
Learn more about EMDR Therapy on my web site.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Here are three common discomforts you may have about starting therapy and some possible steps. You can bring these up with a potential therapist. Interview the therapist about your questions. Notice how you feel in the interview.
1. Privacy and security -
You want to know that your privacy will be maintained.
Getting references from friends, associates, other professionals can help. You can check with the professional's licensing body on the State website. See if there are any complaints registered. Ask a potential therapist if they've ever had any complaints about breach of privacy. Talk with them about your concerns. Listen and watch how they respond.
2. Your own mixed feelings about change -
Your mixed feelings about starting therapy are natural. Almost everyone of any age has them. This is part of you wanting to protect you against possible discomfort or upset. Even desired change can bring discomfort. Part of you wants this, part wants that. There are ways we can work through it. Try reading Greg LeVoy's excellent book, Callings.
3. Fear that nothing will help -
You might think about where in your experience this fear comes from - that you will be stuck and powerless. The point in life where you learned this fear will likely be important to identify and work on in therapy. Was it recently or long ago? Consider reading Francine Shapiro's superb book, Getting Past Your Past.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
- Home-Based Therapy
Ages I Work With
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