My Approach to Helping
My goal is for you to leave our therapy sessions feeling strong, empowered and more confident than you came in. I've seen far too many clients walk through their lives feeling aimless and uncertain about their lives and where it's going. I'm here to help you fix that.
My style is hands-on and solution focused. I believe counseling is a service and that service is meant to help you find ways to change your life for the better. I want you to leave our sessions together knowing that you have control over your life even though you've come to believe that you can't.
However, none of that can happen without a strong and meaningful therapeutic relationship. I've worked with such an array of different clients over the years and I've always found a way to connect with all of them. I want to make counseling for you an enjoyable yet productive experience where you walk away knowing it was the right decision to take that leap into therapy.
It doesn't matter what is bringing you into therapy because the most important aspect is your desire to help yourself get better. Even if you're coming in because of someone putting pressure on you; the fact that you value that relationship to make a change speaks volumes about your character and willingness.
My clinical expertise is in addiction treatment (both user and impacted family), and my other expertise is in relationship counseling. I work with several couples and also those who are unsure about their relationship.
There isn't a wrong time to enter counseling. So whatever your crisis may be at this time in your life, let's sit down together and talk about it. I guarantee you'll feel better about it and have a sense of direction as to what changes you need and are willing to make so you can change your life.
I look forward to meeting you.
More Info About My Practice
I work at 2 office locations:
Main office (4 days per week - Mon, Wed, Thurs & Friday) is inside of the Cross Valley Chiropractic Center. To prevent getting lost, I suggest typing in "Plains Animal Hospital" your mapsGPS search, we are in the same parking lot as the hospital and behind Curly Creme Ice Creme. Exit 3 off of 309.
Nanticoke Office (35 E. Green St, Nanticoke PA 18634) - I am here Tuesdays and Saturdays. Saturday hours are 9AM-4PM.
Evening hours available at both locations; the last appointment is 7 PM.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Unfortunately, I hear all the time from my clients that they themselves have had a negative experience in therapy before or they know someone who has. It's unfortunate because when that occurs the person is less likely to come back and give therapy a second chance. I've lived by the belief that I'd much rather see a client discontinue therapy services with me because there just wasn't something working in the relationship versus the client give up on therapy.
My number one goal in this area is to make sure that you have a positive counseling experience with me. I often see many first-timers in therapy and it is very satisfying and reassuring that they come back the second session and say, 'Mike, that wasn't bad at all, I'm glad I came'. It's so important that a client has a positive counseling experience because that means they can come back to therapy at any point in their lives and try it again.
I've found that a lot of clients who have expressed they had a negative counseling experience did so when they were much younger, usually in a school-based setting or because of an event that happened in childhood. The mental health field is one that probably needs to be better at this, but the problem is when a client receives therapy services at that young of an age, the client's parents are usually heavily involved, which can be a real barrier in the child or adolescent getting better. Confidentiality at that age (under 18), is not as valued or as important as it is when a client is 18 and older, which is unfortunate and puts a wall up for that child or adolescent.
In counseling, as an adult, you can expect that you have full control over your confidentiality - assuming it was broken before in a previous counseling experience when you were younger. If you are a client who has had their guard up because of a negative counseling experience either when you were younger or when you were an adult, I encourage you wholeheartedly to give counseling another shot. Many times it's just about finding the right person who you can sync with and feel connected to and most importantly, not judged. That's what I'm here for and that's what I pride myself on, making therapy a real option for you again.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
In terms of actual session length, you can expect that I will meet with you for 50-55 minutes at a time. This is what is known as a therapeutic hour in the field.
New clients can expect that we will have weekly therapy sessions to start. Unless you are a client who was just coming from another therapist or who is still seeing another therapist, then I will likely recommend we meet once per week. I do this because meeting weekly helps us get to know each other quicker and it helps me give you better direction right away. It also creates momentum for change, which is crucial in a therapeutic relationship.
As clients improve their lives I will suggest we then meet on a less frequent basis, such as every other week or every third week and finally once per month.
Generally speaking, if a client is doing well and their symptoms are maintained, I will schedule them as needed, which they can then make the determination as to when they need an appointment.