I have 30 years of sobriety and have had deal with a lot of my own mental health and substance abuse issues over the last thirty years. my issues were substance abuse and adoption/foster care related issues. I believe that we learn from every life experience (both good and bad) and that it is my role as your counselor to help you identify and resolve those issues that are keeping you "stuck". My own experience has shown me that Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include: • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and values • Developing skills for improving your relationships • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures • Improving communications and listening skills • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on you and your needs. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for greater personal development. It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in the session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, I will suggest some things that you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors, or taking action on the personal goals that you establish. People seeking therapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives, and take responsibility for their lives.
My practical view of the function of counseling is as a journey of self-exploration by you, meant to increase your level of self-understanding and self-awareness. I as your counselor act as the guide or facilitator of this journey. I do not act as the self-appointed expert on your life who effortlessly dispenses advice to you about what you should be thinking, feeling, and doing. As your counselor, I do not readily provide answers/solutions to your questions/problems regarding you or your life. From my experience, clients are much more inclined to own and implement an answer/solution if it is of their own creation. On some level of consciousness based on your own experiences in life you already know the answers to your problems. I also believe that you have the answers to your own questions. It is my job to help you develop your own solutions to your problems.
Adoption & foster care
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Certified Anger Resolution Therapist - Newton Hightower Center for Anger Resolution # 2524-2931
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
Board Certified Master Addictions Counselor - NBCC # 210390
TX, LPC, 63996
Masters Degree - Human Relations (Professional Counseling) - The University of Oklahoma
Military Veteran with 20 years experience as a therapist and 30 years sobriety. My experience includes: 2 years working with adults as a therapist with a community based agency in Omaha, NE 5 years working with Adolescents in an in-patient residential treatment unit in Omaha, NE 13 years working with Adults who were being released from prison or who were involved with Drug/Mental Health Court. My specialties include: Drug and Alcohol counseling Adoption Counseling Depression and Anxiety counseling Life coaching Military Life issues
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