Getting to Know About Your Online Therapist
You may have found this site by exploring counseling or coaching for yourself or a friend or member of your family. Perhaps you have questions regarding the online therapy process. I hope that the information I provide you with is both interesting and informative. My experience as a psychotherapist spans over the course of 12 years providing outpatient therapy services to individuals, couples, and families.
I have the required training and experience and certifications and licenses to practice mental health counseling in Maryland and Illinois, and have worked with all age groups and a general range of presenting concerns and problems. The following areas of psychotherapy are my expertise: Individual Counseling: anxiety, depression, traumatic expereinces, relating to others, trauma, grief and loss; Marital and family therapy, relationship counseling; Child and adolescent counseling within the family context; Parent support and consultation.
The following information outlines my training, qualifications, and experience:
EDUCATION: M.A. in Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland, College Park
I have earned the following licenses and/or certifications:
LCPC - Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the States of Maryland #LC1750
LCPC - Illinois #180.009062
NCC - National Certified Counselor
CCMHC - Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor
EMDR Certified Therapist
DCC - Distance Credentialed Counselor
I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA)
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)
Member, International Society for Mental Health Online
Distance Credentialed Counselor, Psychotherapist
Depending on your situation I might also use techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focusing on emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are the focus of insight oriented psychotherapy in combination with systematic goal oriented cognitive and behavioral changes. I embrace a client based and solution oriented approach, focusing on your needs and immediate concerns so you can begin to utilize the insights and skills you learned right of way. Once the treatment plan is established, usually during the second session, I will make sure that we stay focused on the goals you’ve set. Goals are reevaluated at the beginning of each session, allowing you to set the pace and to make changes where needed.
In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy solutions to problems and difficulties are both made through cognitive (or thinking) and behavioral changes. The problem solving process focuses on specific situations and the client and therapist develop a specific goal for each situation. Skills and coping responses needed are developed through the treatment plan. An effective response achieves the goal of problem solving and maximizes positive consequences.
Each problem you are trying to solve in therapy requires new attention, focus, effort, persistence, and tolerance for frustration. There is a specific process your therapist uses to problem solving and identification of the particular thinking distortion you might be stuck in. We all know distorted or irrational thinking and have all engaged in it. Some examples of irrational thinking include all or nothing thinking, jumping to conclusions, fortune telling, focusing on the negative, disqualifying the positive, allness and neverness, minimization, labeling and over generalization, perfectionism, and personalizing.
All people show human irrationality, emotional disturbances, “shoulds, oughts and musts”, procrastination, and lack of self-discipline. It seems to be easier to learn self-defeating behavior than self-enhancing behavior. Insight only partially changes behavior and there is pressure within us to return to irrational thought and acts. However, continuing with mindful reflection and self-challenging can resolve the issues over time.
So how can this be accomplished? At first you will challenge yourself and decide if you are facing the issue and are correctly recognizing the problem -are you thinking about the issue rationally? Do you have the ability to attribute cause and can you perceive it as a challenge and not a catastrophe? Do you believe that you can cope with the problem effectively? Can you control the tendency to be impulsive in your problem solving?
Some of the interventions might include activating event-consequences to specific triggers such as emotions and behaviors. You will then explore your irrational beliefs such as ideas that have a must, should, terrible, can’t stand, and I’m worthless, for example. You might be asked to then ask yourself these questions: Where is this getting me? Where is the evidence? Is my belief logical? Is the situation really that bad?
Throughout your therapy you will work on developing a new way of acting. This will not only create a new philosophy to deal with irrational thoughts and evaluating them before you choose to react on them, but you also will develop control of your behavior, and manage your problems more effectively creating much positive fallout to all areas of your life. Congratulations, you did hard work, and it paid off!
WHATEVER YOU ARE GOING THROUGH, CHOOSE TO THRIVE, GET STARTED WITH ONLINE THERAPY TODAY!
Life is full of opportunities and setbacks, joy and pain, insight and confusion. There are many avenues available to human beings to live more fully. There are lifestyle changes, career changes, self-help books, talk shows, spiritual paths, good friends, exercise programs, nutritional decisions, recreational activities, twelve step programs, and many other ways to achieve health and contentment. Why choose counseling? People usually turn to therapy either when they are in pain or when they want to grow. Counseling helps people live up to their fullest potential.