Dr. Ralph W. Whetstine, Psy.D., ACHT
|Professions: Coaching, Psychology|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Clinical Psychologist|
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At the heart of what frequently motivates one to enter therapy is a desire for an enhanced experience of life, to feel more fulfilled and empowered, or a need to return to a previous level of functioning. Although many regard barriers to fulfillment as problems, I like to emphasize the value of understanding emotional barriers as the path to attaining your goals. Often what prevents us from attaining goals and limiting our sense of fulfillment are habits of thought and behavior. These habits, at one time, served our efforts to grow and develop as individuals; now they stand as the barriers that we can seek to understand and address to move forward.
Habitual barriers are activated in our current life circumstances. Habitual and, at times, unconscious thoughts and behavioral responses can have a negative impact on relationships and can leave you feeling mystified as to why one is not achieving to your full capability. Despite the apparent challenge our emotional and behavior habits can create, they still serve a function in our lives. Habits of thought and behavior have a reason for existing; they won't just go away on their own. The Psychotherapy intervention is a process of discovering the original function of your habits and behavior, learning to recognize triggering events and allowing the adaptive behaviors that serve our lives and support our goals to persist, while targeting maladaptive behaviors-those that create barriers to our goals and undermine the sense of fulfillment, vitality, and happiness we seek.
This approach is a therapeutic conversation; it is responsive to the unique needs and desires of each individual. It is also a structured approach in which I seek to provide recommendations of specific action. While no one technique is adequate to capture every facet of the human experience, this approach can provide a useful avenue to one of the most challenging parts of the human change process, getting started. The structured approach can reassure the individual of progress in a variety of areas that are being addressed: learning about habitual ways of being, finding a path to new habits, decreasing such symptoms as stress, anxiety, depression and improving relationships.
I believe the client is a Participant who actively makes the steps for change and together I work with the Participant to develop new effective habits for enhanced living.
Email or Call Dr. Ralph W. Whetstine, Psy.D., ACHT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 10097
More Info About My Practice
I am an Illinois Licensed Clinical Psychologist. I'm currently paneled with Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO and am working on Aetna, UBH, and others. In the mean time, most insurance companies are willing to pay me for services as an out of network provider. I'm willing to work with clients to make a reasonable fee arrangement and assist in the process of helping current clients get reimbursed for services. Therapeutically, while grounded in the structure of cognitive and behavioral treatment methods, I recognize that these approaches can sometimes seem cold and overly mechanistic... a plus in some circumstances, and a negative in others. The therapeutic conversation can at times be challenging, but the people I work with in therapy come to realize and utilize ways of relating, thinking, and working that result in much happier and fulfilled lives.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
An obvious answer would be to say, "to provide those with diagnosable issues an avenue to alleviating the symptoms that cause them distress, and interfere with their lives." Yet, inasmuch as psychotherapy can serve this purpose, it is capable of providing so much more. It can be a vehicle for self-discovery, developing insight, and personal realization. It seems that at its essence psychotherapy has at its core the objective of helping people live their lives more fully. In some cases, doing that involves recognizing you have the ability to reach goals you may have not thought possible. I believe that psychotherapy can help you not only in defining those goals, but also in discovering a path that resonates with the essence of the person you wish to become who already resides within you.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
I have extensive experience working with multiple-problem late-teen and adult clients. Specifically, working with anxiety, depression, anger management, and communication. I've been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), but have also worked extensively with clients in identifying values and developing skills. I've also had experience working with clients with traumatic brain injury, and other forms of acquired disability.
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