My Approach to Helping
I have been working as a therapist for the past thirteen years and have had the honor of being there for individuals who felt their lives were out of control, needed someone to talk with, and sometimes weren't even sure what was bothering them. I have been able to reach out and meet them at the point of their need just as things were spiraling out of control. My goal is to always assure them that while we may handle situations differently, and may have different solutions, we will work together to find the one which works best for them. People who allow someone to assist them with redirecting their thoughts and managing their feelings often get back on track sooner than those who don?t. We take time for them to identify - and express their needs and wants so they learn to understand how and what they are feeling. Once they are able to think and process more clearly, I help them realize that the power they have within themselves will enable them to successfully challenge their situations.
My area of expertise lies in: addressing behavioral disorders, such as ADHD or Conduct Disorder (both juveniles and adults); helping people to accept themselves as individuals; and empowering them with knowledge to change their situations. I also work extensively with those who suffer from emotional disorders, such as Bipolar Disorder or Anxiety Disorder. Regardless of the problem, together we will work to get your life moving "straight forward."
More Info About My Practice
Looking Straight Forward, LLC is a local private service dedicated to offering high quality, affordable therapy and counseling to adults, couples, families, adolescents and children in the Beaver Valley Area. Under the direction of Tonji Cooper, MSCP, LPC, we will work to enable you to reintegrate those disconnected emotions by providing an environment that is both supportive and nonjudgmental while offering services designed to facilitate healing during times of emotional stress, confusion and pain. We work with most major medical insurance providers. Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Q: What do I say to people concerned about therapy?
A: When I am given an opportunity to speak with people about therapy, I have to remind them: they are not crazy, they will not be lying on a couch, they will not be judged because they have a different opinion of life, and they have control of their sessions. Therapy is a place where people can sit and think about what they are feeling and what they are going through. It is a safe place where people can vocalize what they are thinking. There is comfort in knowing that therapy provides advice, guidance and counseling for direction.
Q: Important fact for choosing a therapist?
A: Asking the therapist about his/her mission statement is important because then you can decide if you are compatible with that individual. If you do not connect when you first meet a therapist, do not feel obligated to return. You have the right to select someone with whom you feel comfortable. Always remember, we are here to assist you.
During each of my counseling sessions, I expound upon family-based and goal-orientated principles. At the initial visit, I present a baseline of my expectations and ask my clients their expectations. This usually provides a welcomed door for open discussion through which clients can develop a trusting relationship. It is important to reintegrate those disconnected emotions by providing an environment that is both supportive and nonjudgmental while offering services designed to facilitate hea