Delilah HardinLPC

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Are there any recurring themes or issues you’ve noticed as you treat people in your area of specialization, and how has this insight guided your approach?

I have had extensive training and experience working with abuse and trauma in both children and adult survivors. One of the recurring themes, without therapy is that somehow the victim of the abuse is at fault and they somehow brought the horror of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, neglect) upon themselves. This same theme holds true often with the children of divorce. “Maybe if I had not been so bad, they would still be together!” Nothing is further from the truth. In working with children, adolescents and adults it is important for the client to come to the realization that they were a child when the event/events took place. The adult abuser is at fault in such situations. Often it is difficult for survivors of abuse and trauma to realize that they are not alone and that they CAN develop healthy lifestyles and live a beautiful and fulfilling life. Abuse as an adult, for example in a marriage, can be extremely difficult to break free. The first step is to tell someone, seek help. Doing nothing will change nothing. If a person keeps doing the same thing and acting/reacting the same way, the results will predictably be the same. It takes a leap of faith to reach out for help and to find safety for yourself and your children. Believe me I am not directing this only to female adult abuse victims. Many males are also abused horribly within a relationship however males are far less likely to seek help than females. If this, is you, please take a step forward. You are NOT alone, do not continue in your silent misery. Seeking therapy for abuse and trauma will be one of the best decisions of your life. This is not a topic easily discussed with friends and acquaintances. I understand the vulnerability you feel taking that first step and I assure you that I have spoken with hundreds of survivors with beautiful results from facing the truth. “The Truth Hurts, then it Sets Us FREE!” This topic is confidential as all therapy topics are confidential, with the exception of threats to harm yourself or another. My hope and prayer for you is that you seek the help you need and blossom into your full beautiful self, full of hope, strength and courage.

In what ways does your personality influence your approach to therapy?

I am a very non-judgmental person and therapist. “But for the grace of God, there go I.” I always have an open mind and I enjoy “thinking outside of the box” and working with clients in learning to “think outside of the box.” There is never just one answer to any situation or difficulty. My personality is very warm and understanding and I have a sense of humor as well. My approach to therapy begins with meeting you exactly where you are at the moment. I do have expectations for positive change and you do as well or you wouldn’t be seeking help. So, we already have something in common. I can be very laid back at times and very serious at other times. Getting better is serious business and takes work. There is only one person in this world that you are able to change and that person is YOU! We can “try to change others”, “hope they will change....on and on”, but you will find peace and fulfillment when you see yourself changing and the effect your new actions and reactions have on significant people in your life. At times, if appropriate I may share some of my own experiences with you and how I overcame difficultly. This is called self-disclosure in therapy and I use it sparingly because your session is about you. I always want you to be open and honest with me when we talk and interact. Experience has taught me that most times early in therapy you will only allow me to see the "tip of the iceberg" and that there is a whole lot more underneath the surface. This is OK, we have to start somewhere and "the tip of the iceberg" is a very good beginning. I look forward to meeting you soon.

How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

When we have our first session, I like to keep our conversation light and use it as a time to get to know each other. I will ask you what has brought you to the point of seeking therapy? This may be one or many events. It is often helpful to consider what is called “the miracle question”, “if your life were the way you would like, what would that look like?” Goals in therapy are collaborative but also individual. We will work collaboratively to achieve your personal goals. As a therapist I will also have individual goals for you as my client. I believe that goals need to be measurable as a way to chart your progress towards accomplishing your goals, hopes and dreams. Very often I will assign “homework”, not the traditional homework but rather a task or assigned behavior to be mindful of. The following session we will review how implementing the task worked for you or didn’t work. Together we can adjust accordingly. As therapy progresses, we will narrow down the answer to your “miracle question” to a particular theme, then we will narrow the theme into even more specific smaller goals. Creating an Action Plan is very helpful in tracking current and achieved goals. This will be a written Action Plan so you will be able to visually track your progress. I do not want you to focus on only the negative issues in your life. There will certainly be good things in your life that you will want to hold on to and not change. We will not allow you to lose sight of the things already in place in your life that are working for you. Everyone has unfulfilled goals in life, we often call this our “bucket list!” Completing a “bucket list” goal can be extremely fulfilling, whether it be jumping out of an airplane (with a parachute of course), or simply a trip to see the ocean. Goals are necessary in life and even the most seemingly difficult goals can be accomplished one step at a time.

Specialties

ADHD

Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Adoption & foster care

Anger management

Behavioral Issues

General Expertise

Depression

Anxiety

Loss/Grief

Adoption & foster care

Aging related concerns

Attachment issues

Autism spectrum disorder

Bipolar disorder

Fees

$135

First Session

$135

Family Therapy

$135

Couples Therapy

$135

Group Therapy

$135

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Family Session

Group Session

Individual Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Children (5-12)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Adlerian Therapy

Art Therapy

Bibliotherapy

Eclectic Therapy

Gestalt Therapy

Sandplay Therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Training / Certifications

Kappa Delta Pi (International Honors Society in Education)

College of Education and Health Professions Outstanding Alumna Award, Columbus State University

Cannabis Use, Abuse and Dependence, Mark Rose, BS, MA

Mandated Reporters: Critical Links in Protecting Children in Georgia

Mental Health First Aid USA, National Council for Behavioral Health

Understanding Adolescent Addiction, Bradford Health Services

Mental Health Ethics & the Law, Cross Country Education

Living in the New Normal Practicum, Military Child Education Coalition

Licensure

GA, LPC, 002760

Education

Ed.S. School Counseling, Columbus State University

M.S. Community Counseling, Georgia State University

B.S.Ed. Speech and Language Pathology (Communicative Disorders), Columbus State University

Work History

My training, experience and interests all include advocating for the individual, young adults, families, couples and seniors. I am able to assess very difficult circumstances for individuals and couples and assist in providing appropriate assistance and intervention, while helping the individual to become self-sufficient and self-managing. I have worked with young people of all ages as well as their families and the community. My goal for individuals of all ages is that they gain the life skills to become happy and successful in life. As a therapist I do not tell a client what needs to be done. Through the experience of therapy, the individual will gain insight and practice to achieve any personal goal. I have worked with abused children and adults as a Child Protective Services worker. I was able to see many wonderful changes in children, families and adults when they were provided with appropriate interventions. I have extensive court experience as an expert witness. Goals are very important in any therapy relationship, beginning with short term goals and eventually expanding to long term goals. As a former Speech-Language Pathologist and School Counselor, I was able to work extensively with autistic children and adolescents, as well as deaf and hearing-impaired individuals. I understand the heartbreaks and joys having a special needs child. The ageing and elderly population also is an area of my specialty. I conducted small groups with elderly clients in an outpatient hospital setting. This was a very rewarding experience for me personally and for the clients. It was a blessing to see this population have a safe place where they could express themselves openly. Issues such as not being able to drive any longer and not being treated with dignity often came up in group therapy. The frustrations of memory loss and forgetfulness was also a common topic of discussion. The elderly need to be heard and in therapy they have a voice and find purpose. As a school counselor I worked with children and adolescent/young adults extensively. My goal for elementary aged children was to provide them with “tools” to put into their “toolbox” to use later in life. Adolescents and young adults are another challenging population. Adolescents are pulled in so many directions through media and peer pressure. In many instances face to face relationships have been replaced with cyber addiction. Therapy is a time for them to understand their own values and self-worth and to gain the courage to live by their values and establish meaningful lifetime relationships. For many years I worked as an adjunct professor at a local University instructing and supervising graduate students in Community Counseling and School Counseling. This was extremely rewarding to be able to share my many years of experience with future Community and School Counselors. It is my desire that you will give yourself a chance to become the whole person you want to be and I will be more than happy to assist you in your quest for the happiness and wellness that you deserve.

Location

1438 Grove Park Drive, B5, Columbus, 31904, GA