Lainie Phelps, LPCC - Ohio Therapist at Grow Therapy

Lainie Phelps

Lainie Phelps


4 years of experience
Solution oriented

As a therapist specializing in systems theory and a person-centered approach, I want to introduce myself and share how I can support family members of individuals struggling with addiction and anxiety. My name is Lainie, and I have dedicated my practice to helping families navigate complex challenges while fostering understanding, healing, and resilience. In working with families impacted by addiction, I approach therapy from a systems perspective, which means I view the family as an interconnected unit where each member's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors influence and are influenced by others. Through this lens, I aim to help family members recognize and address unhealthy patterns of communication, roles, and dynamics that may be contributing to the addiction cycle. Additionally, I integrate person-centered principles into my practice, emphasizing empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuine acceptance for each family member's unique experiences and perspectives. I believe that creating a nonjudgmental and supportive space is essential for promoting open dialogue, trust, and collaboration within the family system. For family members of individuals struggling with anxiety, I use systems theory to explore how anxiety impacts the family as a whole and how family dynamics may contribute to or alleviate anxiety symptoms. By helping family members understand the interconnected nature of their experiences, we can work together to identify strengths, coping strategies, and communication skills that promote a healthier and more resilient family system. Overall, my approach combines the systemic understanding of family dynamics with the person-centered focus on individual experiences and needs. I strive to empower family members to communicate effectively, set boundaries, support each other, and navigate challenges with compassion and resilience. Together, we can create a therapeutic journey that promotes healing, growth, and positive change within the family system.

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

In the first session with me, clients can expect a warm and welcoming atmosphere where they are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings, and concerns freely. I prioritize establishing a strong rapport from the beginning, so the session will start with introductions and a discussion about the client's reasons for seeking therapy. This initial conversation allows me to understand their unique situation, including their experiences with family dynamics related to addiction and/or anxiety. During the session, I will actively listen to the client's experiences with empathy and without judgment. I create a safe space where clients can express themselves openly, knowing that their thoughts and feelings will be validated and respected. This focus on active listening and empathy helps to build trust and a sense of connection between the client and myself, setting the stage for productive therapeutic work. Given my approach rooted in systems theory and person-centered principles, we will likely explore the client's family dynamics in depth. This may involve discussing relationships, communication patterns, roles within the family, and the challenges they are facing in supporting their loved one. Understanding these dynamics is crucial for identifying areas of improvement and developing targeted therapeutic goals. Throughout the session, we will collaborate on setting goals and objectives for therapy. This collaborative process ensures that the client's priorities and desired outcomes are central to our work together. I may introduce therapeutic approaches or techniques that align with systems theory and person-centered therapy, such as exploring family roles, communication strategies, or practicing self-awareness exercises. The first session will conclude with a summary of our discussion, any insights gained, and a plan for future sessions. Clients will leave with a clearer understanding of how therapy can support them in navigating family challenges related to addiction and/or anxiety, as well as a sense of hope and empowerment for the therapeutic journey ahead.

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

My greatest strengths as a provider stem from several key aspects of my approach to therapy. One of these strengths lies in my deep commitment to empathy and active listening. I prioritize creating a safe and empathetic space where clients feel genuinely heard, validated, and supported. This allows for a strong therapeutic alliance to develop, which is foundational for meaningful progress in therapy. Another strength is my collaborative approach. I firmly believe in working alongside clients to identify their unique therapeutic goals and objectives. This collaborative process ensures that the focus of therapy is always aligned with the client's needs and aspirations, empowering them to take an active role in their healing journey. Additionally, my understanding of systems theory is a significant strength. This perspective enables me to delve into the complexities of family dynamics, roles, and communication patterns. By examining how these factors interplay, I can offer insights and interventions that address underlying issues contributing to challenges related to addiction and anxiety within the family system. Integrating person-centered principles into my practice is another notable strength. Upholding concepts like unconditional positive regard and genuine empathy forms the bedrock of a trusting therapeutic relationship. This fosters an environment where clients feel safe to explore their experiences, emotions, and vulnerabilities without fear of judgment. I also excel in employing a goal-oriented approach to therapy. By helping clients define clear and measurable goals, we can track progress and make adjustments as needed to ensure that our sessions are purposeful and effective in facilitating positive change. Lastly, my strength-based perspective is instrumental in recognizing and amplifying the strengths and resilience of clients and their families. This approach empowers clients to leverage their existing resources and capabilities as they navigate challenges and strive for personal growth and improved family dynamics. In summary, my greatest strengths as a provider lie in my ability to cultivate empathy and active listening, collaborate effectively with clients, apply systems theory insights, uphold person-centered principles, maintain a goal-oriented focus, and embrace a strength-based perspective. These strengths collectively contribute to a therapeutic experience that is tailored, empowering, and conducive to meaningful and sustainable tra

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My treatment methods

Person-centered (Rogerian)

In my experience with person-centered therapy, I've found it particularly effective when working with clients facing family conflict, addiction issues, and anxiety. These are complex and sensitive areas where the therapeutic relationship plays a crucial role in fostering healing and positive change. When dealing with family conflict, person-centered therapy allows me to create a safe space where each family member can express their thoughts, emotions, and concerns without fear of judgment. By actively listening and empathizing with each person's perspective, I help facilitate open communication and understanding within the family unit. This process often leads to increased empathy, improved conflict resolution skills, and stronger family connections. In addressing addiction, person-centered therapy focuses on the individual's experiences, motivations, and personal strengths. I work collaboratively with clients to explore the underlying factors contributing to their addiction, such as trauma, self-esteem issues, or coping mechanisms. Through unconditional positive regard and genuine empathy, I support clients in developing self-awareness, identifying healthier coping strategies, and building resilience in their recovery journey. For clients dealing with anxiety, person-centered therapy provides a nurturing environment where they can explore their fears, worries, and triggers without feeling judged or invalidated. I assist clients in identifying and challenging negative thought patterns, developing coping skills, and fostering self-compassion. By emphasizing the importance of self-acceptance and self-care, clients can experience reduced anxiety symptoms and a greater sense of empowerment and control over their lives. Overall, person-centered therapy proves invaluable in addressing family conflict, addiction, and anxiety by honoring each client's unique experiences and strengths, promoting self-discovery and growth, and fostering a trusting therapeutic relationship built on empathy, acceptance, and collaboration.