My Approach to Helping
My overall goal in therapy is to assist you in being as healthy as possible physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. I believe all people are created with a need for purpose and meaning, a need for significant connection with others, and a capacity for growth. Thus I am committed to providing quality mental health care to assist you in achieving these goals. : The purpose of treatment may include relieving distress; decreasing symptoms of a mental or emotional disorder; improving one's mood, self-esteem, or overall well-being; working through trauma or loss; working to improve significant relationships; or learning better coping skills for life's challenges. As such, psychotherapy is not an exact science and it is not like a visit to a medical doctor, but rather requires your active participation in identifying problems and goals, and working to make changes. In order for therapy to be most successful, I will at times ask you to take specific steps to work on the issues we discuss, both during our sessions and in the time in between our appointments. I will work to create a safe setting in which you feel respected and accepted in order for you to openly discuss issues which may be at times personal and uncomfortable. I will be sensitive to the pacing and timing of these discussions to maximize a therapeutic result. Progress depends on many factors including motivation, effort, and how well we work as a team. Additionally, therapy at times involves unpleasant feelings and addressing issues that initially may be difficult, even painful. The changes you make may impact your relationships, your functioning on the job or at home, or your understanding of yourself. Some of these changes may be temporarily distressing. Whenever possible, we will anticipate these risks and discuss them throughout the course of therapy. Together we will work to achieve the best possible results for you.
More Info About My Practice
My practice is located in two geographical locations- Plano and Frisco Texas. My Mission at Stonebriar Counseling Associates (SCA) is to purposefully be passionate in providing quality psychotherapy from a Christian perspective that influences the treatment of psychological, emotional, and mental health issues. To this end, SCA is committed to glorify God by: Believing that each person has the innate ability for personal growth and wholeness. Seeking a variety of approaches to help you learn new skills and find more choices so as to manage lifes changes with a broader range of solutions for recognizing your strengths. Accepting all people with respect and love regardless of age, sex, race, religion, ethnicity or socio-economic status. Thoughtfully affirming and carefully following the morals of the Christian faith and the ethics of the professional governing boards. Providing research and development for new and innovative programs, seminars, and workshops in order to further the well-being and self-sufficiency of each client.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Marriage and couples counseling area I feel particularly adept at in providing an arena where two people can learn to communicate individual needs and find ways to resolve relationship differences. I am committed to helping couples identify the sources of dissatisfaction and conflict, and help develop new strategies for solving those problems. The goal of marriage counseling is the resolution of conflict: the development and strengthening of communication skills, and the growth of intimacy and mutual acceptance. Coupls are taught problem solving skills, parenting, and conflict resolution. It is my goal to strengthen communication so that as couples begin to address issues conflict becomes resolved and warmth and intimacy are rekindled.
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How Psychotherapy Can Help
Its offered to individuals in helping them achieve control over actions through an understanding of how thoughts, feelings, and decisions produce actions. We provide a safe environment where one's private pain can be shared in confidence with a trained therapist to grow in self-awareness and self-esteem while helping a person make decisions, solve problems, and overcome past and present abuses and pains. Sometimes when negative memories prohibit an individual from enjoying a satisfying life, issues in one's family of origin can be explored to understand the past and seek to establish a new identity.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
To help the individual gain a renewed sense of individuation and to help the person(s) gain confidence in understanding their core values/beliefs.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
To see the end result of people working through their issues and becoming confident in the relationships and/or themselves.
My Role as a Therapist
To guide the person as a facilitator while allowing the client to make their decisions without interfering with their beliefs/values.
My Therapy Focus
The focus is to help facilitate the client toward achieving control over their actions through an understanding of how thoughts, feelings and decisions produce actions.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
It is important to get background information as to how they are presently coping as well as to understand what triggers are causing anxiousness, fear, or frustration.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
Principles followed are those driven by both State ethical guidelines of client confidentiality, due diligence, as well as providing treatment within the scope of one's licensure.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
To provide a non-threatening environment where there is no judgment and to try at least one session to see that the client is allowed to express what they want and when they are ready.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
To see that just as there are different personalities in trelationships so there are different personalities among therapists. Additionally, to make an attempt is a sign that hope is possible if one takes that first step to see if there is a possibility that the next counselor may be just the right person.