Lavelda Naylor, MA, LMFT, The Key Counseling Services of SA
|Professions: Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychology|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: LMFT - 202002|
Billing and Insurance
I do not work with insurance companies
Fees: $50-80.00, sliding scale, first session $80
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I have found people struggle to make needed changes when they do not feel accepted and cannot embrace themselves in the present moment. Thus, my approach to helping is to try to figure out what hidden part of your experience might be making the present moment unsafe for you. To do this, we may start with behavior and work ever deeper, moving through thoughts, feelings, expectations, and values, until we become aware of your core self concept (how you see yourself in the world). For each level of functioning we uncover, we will want to find tools that help you create more safety for you to stay in the present. Being present and having more internal resources can resolve many issues and greatly impact the overall quality of your life.
Email or Call Lavelda Naylor, MA, LMFT, The Key Counseling Services of SA at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 15381
More Info About My Practice
I charge $50-$80 per session and work on a sliding scale, private pay basis: payment options include Paypal, MC, Visa, and Cash/Checks ( do not take insurance). I offer a special rate for mental health graduate students. Learn more about the services I offer and how sliding scale fees are determined at my website.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My training is extensive in family and couple dynamics. I use a systems perspective that holds a system is more than just the sum of its part (each person is whole but the system is whole entity too). Systems work is such that even small changes can have huge impact--changing just one part of a relational system will have a rippling effect. Not only is relational work dynamic, I see it as fundamental to lasting change; it is in relationship that we are most human. And I believe we all want to be known by others, so finding a way to do that in the current relational system will have personal psychological benefits.
The mental health disorders I specialize in are mood (depression, bipolar, etc.) and anxiety (GAD, panic, agoraphobia, OCD, etc.) disorders. I approach these mental states from both medical (science based interventions) and phenomenological (personal insight driven interventions) points of view. I do this because my experience has helped me understand that there are aspects of these disorders that respond well to consensus (statistically significant norms) but parts that do not (outliers, highly unique patterns). The unique aspects of mood and anxiety experiences often respond to experiential, existential, and systems-based interventions, thus I usually start treatment with stereotypically driven interventions and then move to more individualized techniques once the therapeutic relationship is well under way and more personal aspects of functioning have emerged
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
I feel that the client-therapist relationship is one of the most important aspects of treatment. This relationship can serve as a positive model for other relationships and as such should embody qualities that inspire personal growth and relational connectivity in the client. Look for these feelings when you start with a new therapist. After a few sessions, ask yourself "Do I feel safe to connect and reveal myself with vulnerability?" "Do I feel inspired to grow?" The rest is a matter of exploration, trying new things, and patience with the change process.
Services I Provide
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
While I work with a wide range of issues, I specialize in mood and anxiety disorders, adult giftedness, and family/couples relationship issues (including LGTB issues). I also offer gender transition planning and transition support. If you struggle with feeling like an outsider, are prone to self criticism, and/ or experience crippling mood and anxiety cycles, we may be a good fit for one another. Likewise, if relationships of all types (friends, family, romantic partners) are often a source of dissatisfaction in your life, give me a call.
My practice, The Key Counseling Services of SA, also offers group therapy opportunities for gifted adults (bimonthly meeting) and mothers who parent kids on the Autism spectrum (monthly group meetings hosted by MoCAA --Moms Connect About Autism).
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