Hi! My name is Billy. Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, stress, anger...or possibly all five? These issues are not uncommon and can be debilitating, especially when guilt or shame are added to the mix. But you can kick them all to the curb. All it takes is a willingness to change your perspectives. I've worked with thousands of clients (adults and children) who struggle with self-defeating beliefs that zap the joy out of life. And I've found that Hope and Purpose, along with healthy doses of Motivation and Creativity, crush inner demons. How do you find Hope and Purpose? It's not as complicated as you might think. We are made to help each other. We are made to communicate. We are made to have a positive impact. Sometimes, though, life attacks from all directions and leaves us feeling defeated. That's when we need help. I'm here to listen. I'm here to learn about your struggles and find ways to help you view them differently. And, who knows? I may even share some of my Blackstone Griddle secrets along the way. God Bless!
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
In our first session, I want to spend some time building rapport. BUT, I also want to quickly dive into your hopes about treatment. I guarantee you have some strengths you have overlooked. Maybe your perspectives are just a little off target. Maybe you've believed someone else's lies about you. I'm most interested in how you think.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which essentially says "how you think determines how you feel and act", is my go-to therapeutic model. I focus on emotion regulation skills more than anything else, especially anger management. If you are willing to learn the ability to manage emotions by altering your thinking, your life is going to improve. Our emotions, if permitted to always get their way, can destroy our lives while we blame others for the carnage. We have to learn to think our way through emotions by asking ourselves questions, such as: "Am I making a bigger deal out of this than I should? If I act on this emotion, what is the worst thing that can happen? Do I have all the facts or am I rushing to judgment?"
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
My strength is listening. Numerous times in the past I've been told some variation of "Thank you so much for helping me through this." In those instances, I remember thinking, "I barely talked." This taught me that a few well-placed open-ended questions with a client who is motivated to change results in the client talking themselves through their problems. I just happened to be in the room. This is how Carl Rogers believed the therapeutic process should work. I agree with him.