My Approach to Helping
We all face hardships and struggles at times in our lives. I am truly passionate about being a helping hand to those in need during those times. I have worked with a variety of populations struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar, marital and relationship concerns, child/parent relationship struggles, identity concerns, and many others. I believe all can find healing and inner peace through an increase in awareness and confidence in taking control of one's circumstances.
My approach is warm and relaxed. I pride myself on meeting my clients where they are and gently encouraging them through their desired change. I will work with you on deciding goals and collaborating together on how best to reach them.
I am conveniently located off the Denton downtown square. For more information visit my website or contact me directly by email or phone!
More Info About My Practice
As of March 2017, Mindful Counseling has also added another clinician on staff to meet the need for evening and weekend appointments. Dr. Bryan Stare is the newest addition to Mindful Counseling and is accepting in-network BCBS clients as well as self-pay and out of network clients at this time. Please visit our website to learn more!
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Working in the counseling field, I know how big of a step seeking counseling can be. This is why I make it my mission to provide the highest quality of care to my clients. I work with my clients, educating them on the importance of picking the counselor/therapist that is a good fit for them. First and foremost, comfort level should be established quickly. If you are having difficulty connecting with your therapist, I encourage you to talk openly about this. Going to counseling should be a safe, encouraging experience with trust and rapport established. As well, your counselor should strive to meet you where you are and challenge you in a supportive, gentle manner. I've heard too many horror stories from previous clients about their experiences with "awful counselors." Don't let this be your story too. I encourage my clients to advocate for their needs when attending counseling. A counselor that walks beside you and not in front of you is also an important factor. This is your life, and therefore you should be in charge of what path you take. I tell my clients frequently, that my job is to walk along side of them, encouraging them in their created goals and efforts. Many other factors may want to be considered such as counselor specialty, populations served, and areas of expertise to match your individual needs. You can find all of these on my website if you feel we may be a good match!
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
I highly recommend attending counseling on a weekly basis. Being seen weekly, especially initially, will help us establish a comfortable, working relationship and set a foundation for where you are and where you want to be in regards to your goals for counseling. Once you experience improvement and can maintain your positive changes, I can most likely recommend decreasing the frequency of your sessions. If you cannot be seen on a weekly basis, I will encourage you to meet with me weekly for the first 3 to 4 sessions and then move to bi-weekly.
I always say counseling will take as long as it takes. You definitely have control over your time in counseling but every person's progress is so unique and individualized that I do not like giving a time frame on the process. I will say on average, most clients attend for a minimum of 6 to 8 sessions. Many continue on, identifying revised goals or new goals. Others simply need additional time to meet their goals. We can discuss your unique experience more in depth after an initial session.