Hello, I’m Dulcie. Have you been struggling and wondering why it’s so hard to feel happy, have a positive outlook, and accomplish the goals you have for your life? Are feelings of disappointment, confusion, and failure contributing to problems with your emotional health and relationships? Do you feel like nothing will ever change so what’s the point in trying? Well, let me tell you why, you are worth it and it’s never too late to invest in YOU! I have many years of experience counseling great people just like you, working together to navigate life’s obstacles, find common sense solutions, and help guide and support you during life transitions. If you allow me to go on this journey of change with you, I will focus on a person-centered approach where your needs, goals, and objectives will be the roadmap for our work together. I will use evidence-based treatment techniques, largely based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help you identify and change patterns in thinking and behavior that may be contributing to your current dissatisfaction. But perhaps even more important than the therapeutic approach employed, I will endeavor to build a relationship with you by being present, genuine, honest, and compassionate. I have learned that the outcomes my clients achieve are often a reflection of the strength of our therapeutic relationship. So, are you ready to partner with me as you endeavor to overcome the situations, relationship challenges, or symptoms that seem to be barriers between you and your best life? If so, I am committed to walking with you on your journey.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
After our first session (Intake Assessment), I should have a basic understanding of your personal history as well as the issues that have led you to seek counseling. While this is just the beginning and clients are at times understandably hesitant to share everything with a person who is unknown to them, I should have a good idea of what your goals are for our work together. These goals will dictate our treatment plan which will in essence be the roadmap that keeps us focused and moving toward our desired outcomes. Early on I will ask you about your preferences, (i.e. do you like reading recommendations, homework, etc.) and work toward personalizing an experience that reflects your needs and expectations. Thereafter, we will work collaboratively to identify and change thought and behavior patterns that are presenting as barriers to your personal growth and happiness.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
I sincerely believe that a majority of the difficulties we face in life are based on faulty thinking patterns that have developed and become embedded over time. These errant cognitive thought patterns then often lead to equally faulty decision-making and behaviors which can affect how we view ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Because of this, I rely heavily on treatment methods that allow these unhealthy thinking patterns to be identified, eliminated, and replaced by thought patterns that are positive and healthy, allowing for a more accurate picture of self and a solid foundation to build strong relationships.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
While I have worked in many areas of mental health throughout my career, I feel that my greatest strengths lie in supporting clients who are facing specific challenges or life transitions. I like helping clients overcome well-defined life problems that may call for clarity, courage, or a change of course. Are you struggling with parenting a difficult child or teenager? Are you feeling unfulfilled or unheard in your marriage? Do you feel you are always the one reaching out to keep a friendship going? Do you feel a career change is needed but you don't know where to start? Are you grieving the loss of a loved one and just can't turn the corner toward healing? Do you find yourself trying to be the primary caregiver for a parent who is in decline? If you see yourself in any of these scenarios, I feel I can help.