My Approach to Helping
L & B Counseling has been in the community since 2010. The practice has grown to five therapist providing a variety of services. L & B Counseling has a history of working with children and teenagers that can be defiant and restive to therapy in the past. We attempt to break the norms of therapy that many children and teenagers have either been exposed to or learning about through media. Often we get out of the office and explore the surrounding area because it frees up the child to be more comfortable.
L & B Counseling also works specifically with Depression and Anxiety by building on personality strengths and getting individuals and families to understand the personality type's strengths and blind spots . We work with anxiety by discovering what is causing the anxiety and then how to help the individual create a template to decide if the worry needs to be addressed or ignored.
We are able to offer after hour times to accommodate most needs.
More Info About My Practice
L & B Counseling currently accept Carolinas Behavioral Health Alliance, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and NC Healthchoice as insurances.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
What I love about being a therapist is when someone buys into the idea that they have the power to shape the direction their life goes. I work a lot with youth transitioning into adulthood. They often lack confidence or understanding about how to become an adult. It is rewarding to help them discover the strengths of their personality and how to leverage those strengths into a direction rather that be employment or school.
I love hearing feedback from my staff's parents about the change and transformation they have seen in their children.
I love helping people that are afraid be able to take risk that ultimately frees them from their fear.
I love the freedom to be able to take a child or adolescent out of the office and to the greenway or park because being outside is almost always better than being in a room.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
I think that the majority of people that have come to therapy have been on the fence at least one time in their life. It is understandable because you do not know what to expect. Most people get their information and opinions about therapy from every where else but therapy. We are exposed to cartoons, commercials and all other sorts of media often poking fun at my profession. No I do not have a couch in my office. Some do but I do not.
Men are usually the biggest culprit about being on the fence. We tend to think we can figure out on our own in due time. Sometimes that is true we can figure it out but sometimes coming to therapy can shorten the time it takes to figure it out. Most men would use a power tool for the job compared to a hand tool to shorten the amount of time the job takes but we often do not think about therapy in the same way. What we do not know often scares us.
Feel to call and ask questions. We will try to clear up some of the mystic.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Once you make the decision to seek therapy it can be hard to know which therapist is right for you. We all have different styles and perspectives we use in our work. I think it is important to read the profile and at first if it looks like a good fit then call to ask the therapist questions. Usually the most important factor is "do you take my insurance."
Once you are past that hurdle you should think about your or your child's personality and what the best fit would be in helping with the issue. If you have an active child then play therapy or more of an experiential experience would be best rather than a process oriented therapist. The opposite of that would be if you or your child is a deep thinker and process oriented through logic and reasoning it is important to find a therapist that has the skills and depth to meet that need.
Never feel obligated to stay with a therapist if the fit does not seem right after the session. It is important to talk to your therapist about what you need and what you expect out of the therapy.
L & B Counseling has a range of expertise and personality strengths to help you get to where you want to go. If we do not feel it is a good fit we always try to find the right therapist for you in the community.