Respecting the person who is seeking help is the foundation of building an effective therapeutic relationship. It is important to value what we bring in our life experience, education, and our goals for living the best life possible. Each of us has a unique perspective that has been shaped by our existence. If this perspective is effective, we will feel successful in life but sometimes it is out of touch with the reality of our lives. Being open to changing perspectives and understanding the diversity of other perspectives can help us cope better.
Depression and anxiety hold a common symptom for many people I have worked with. It is a loss of confidence in the ability to trust your own self. Confidence is born of a sense of being able to solve problems that come at us. Often, depression and anxiety rob us of this sense and have us doubt that we are able to address the problems we face in our daily lives. Isolated and no support network are also seen as the states in which depressed and anxious people find themselves. We work together to increase self confidence and problem solving strategies while replacing isolation with a network of positive relationships.
Human beings are endowed with strengths and weaknesses. Identifying and encouraging your strengths is the best way to bring lasting relief to negative symptoms and to assure positive outcomes for you. As your thoughts and behaviors relate to feelings, so does what we bring to the counseling room, relate to the success of therapy.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
It's normal to experience anger at times, but for some, it becomes so frequent, intense, or difficult to control that it negatively affects their life. Anger management is a structured therapeutic approach toward reducing one’s anger to a point where more appropriate coping and/or conflict management skills are used. Beliefs and thoughts leading toward anger outbursts are explored while healthy coping and interpersonal skills are put into practice.
Issues within a marriage. Can include issues related to trust, intimacy, communication, infidelity, parenting, or conflict. Can also include discussion related to separation or divorce.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Social anxiety or social phobia is fear of social situations or a fear of interacting with people other than close friends and family. Social anxiety can be persistent, intense, and debilitating, greatly affecting daily life.
Characterized by alternating symptoms of depression and mania. During more extreme episodes, depression may lead to the point of suicidal ideation and attempts while extreme bouts of mania are marked by impulsive behavior, lack of sleep, elevated esteem, and even psychosis.
Caregiver stress & support
Caring for a friend or family member (paid or unpaid) includes emotional support, housework, help with finances, medication management, and shopping. Can be stressful, making caregivers more vulnerable to things like anxiety, isolation, and fatigue.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Marriage and Family Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Pastoral & Faith Based Counseling
Meichenbaum Cerificate in Anger Management Training; Prepare and Enrich Certificate in Marital Counseling
GA, LPC, LPC008402
DMin, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Christian Theological Seminary; ThM, Theology, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
There are few of us that don't experience depression and/or anxiety in our lives. Over the past 6 years of counseling with clients, we have found that self doubt and negative self images have been frequently the underlying causes of loss of hope, confidence, and disturbing physical symptoms. Working with clients to build their support network, increase their physical activities, and to affirm their own resourcefulness has been successful. Anger issues also frequently accompany depression. Providing Anger Management training over 7 years, has helped individuals and families better relate to one another. Grief and loss are also common experiences in our lives. With more than 10 years of experience in grief/loss counseling, helping clients finding ways to memorialize their grief and process their feelings about loss has proven to be very effective.
4530 S. Berkeley Lake Road Suite B, Norcross, 30071, GA