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Greg Good

Greg Good

LMFT
1 year of experience
Solution oriented
Warm
Open-minded
Virtual

We live in an increasingly isolated world in which we are convinced on all sides that connection, meaning, and value can be shipped, swiped-on, liked, and plugged into. Social Media's benefits have allowed for unprecedented world-wide connection, but often at the cost of the life experiences that cultivate self-knowledge, character, confidence, and purpose. This leaves many people feeling paradoxically lonely, anxious, depressed, and without a sense of self, meaning, or direction. The therapeutic space and relationship can be a wonderful place to explore what's missing or out of balance in your life. If this resonates with you, my practice might be able to address what you're looking for. With all its flaws, one reason I love the internet is that it has allowed me to collect wisdom from all over the world that helps all of us understand ourselves better. In sessions, I like to find a balance between exploring what's on your mind/heart (openly holding space and following where the conversation leads us) and offering relevant tools and empowering concepts. I've often heard something like, "Thank you for not just asking 'how do you feel about that?' and helping me feel like there's something I can do this week to feel better."

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

In our first session, it's great to spend some time getting to know each other. Our time in sessions isn't only about the problems in your life, it's about you, your strengths, individuality, and dreams. We will spend some time on what's concerning you, how it's bothering you, and how it's interfering in your daily life. Then we'll explore what progress might look like for you in this area; this gives us something to aim for in therapy over the long run. Lastly, if we have time and it fits, I like to offer a foundational tool that helps provide a framework for moving forward that most people find empowering.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

One of my strengths is helping clients "fumble forward" in describing what they're thinking and feeling, and pulling together the meaningful parts to better articulate what they're trying to say. I've often had clients respond with, "Yes, thank you! That's what I'm trying to say, and I didn't know how to phrase it." This often helps people feel better understood, heard, and validated; and can provide a feeling of expressive relief. I love learning about the differences between men and women and how these show up in day-to-day relationships. Often, it's relieving to discern whether the issue you're struggling with is an "us" issue (individual and unique to client's relationship) or a frustrating manifestation of common and very healthy differences between men and women. I love helping people explore their identity. I usually bring this exploration up in the 2nd session so we can spend time exploring categories of identity one at a time over the course of many sessions. Many people struggle to know who they are outside of what they feel or the stressful circumstances they're in. Exploring who you are amidst what you're feeling helps externalize the pain and reestablishes that there's a substantial, valuable person underneath it all; your feelings and stressors become things you're learning how to handle rather than things weighing you down.

About Greg Good

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My treatment methods

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

CBT tools and approaches bring a lot to the therapeutic space and experience. One of CBT's specific strengths is the focus on having a goal for your therapeutic sessions. That goal doesn't have to be clear right now, maybe all you know is that you want to feel better. That's a great starting place, and we'll explore that together. In addition, CBT focuses on helping you find short term goals, or action steps, to work on from week to week. These are ways to implement the ideas, tools, and motivations we come across in-session that help you explore what works for you. We'll take our time developing these organically; only action steps you *want* to try out end up being effective. These action steps usually help realign parts of your life that may have come out of balance due to stress, trauma, or change. And we work together to help you what works for you.

Christian Counseling

I grew up in the Christian church of the 80s and 90s. I've never fallen out of love with God, but the church has failed many people. Sometimes adding our spiritual beliefs into therapy can be a helpful source of motivation, truth, or meaning; and, it's often not the case that "More Jesus" is the only answer you need. I believe the therapeutic relationship holds a special place in God's heart, and if you want to invite His presence and insight into any session, it's a welcome addition. And, sometimes we need a place where we can process being angry at God for pain and loss that doesn't make sense. While I can offer insights into faith, apologetics, and theology, centering your therapy on God in your sessions is completely up to you, I do not push it or even bring it up unless you do.

Existential

When putting in new effort to rebalance your day-to-day life with CBT doesn't quite work, I like to supplement the therapy with Existentialistic exploration. In this approach, we seek for where we're lacking purpose or meaning in your life. When your life is only about your pain, it can feel pointless. Why try, why endure when nothing is guaranteed? These are real questions, real issues we all deal with and you're not alone if they're plaguing you. Existentialism explores these questions, and with a little bit of philosophy, we can examine where you find meaning and purpose in your life, without needing all the answers first.