Anthony T. Adams LMHC
My name is Anthony T. Adams and I have been in practice as a licensed Mental Health Counselor -Psychotherapist for the past 25 years. I hold licenses as an LMHC in the State of Florida, and I have Clinical Supervision certification.
My Focus in Therapy:
I am commitment to providing high-quality person- centered counseling is backed by over 28+ years of experience. Combining evidence-based methods, a comprehensive knowledge of current research and a compassionate partnership with each unique individual, I offer encouragement nonjudgmental support to help solve problems and assist in making healthy decisions, adjusting comfortably to change, while providing effective tools to overcome the emotional distress that keeps people stuck, frustrated and feeling unfulfilled.
Our working together will be tailored to your specific goals and needs. I will incorporate various Therapeutic approaches drawn from the Integrative Model of Therapy which includes and elective use of Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Mindfulness and Existential and Family Systems while sometimes including a bit of Narrative or Collaborative forms of therapy, in order to help you create the life you with more satisfaction and contentment. Many of clients often tell me that I tend to get to the “ the root causes of the problems or discomfort” while gently assisting them as we move through the ambivalence, resistance, or pain which may be underlying the stuck feeling when faced with life changes.
My approach as your counselor is to provide non-judgmental support and help you explore the steps needed to move forward, whether it's overcoming anxiety, depression or trauma, conquering anger or behavioral issues, addressing relationship and/or family challenges, gaining clarity on career frustrations or transitions, managing issues related to aging, improving communication or reducing stress. I tend to see my role as a coach, co-collaborator, and a will partner with you, who walk alongside of you, and believe in getting down into the trenches to tackle the obstacles which sometimes may seem unsurmountable. I seek to assist you in finding the skills, tools, and answers to help you to achieve your goals together. My clients often tell me that I am NOT the type of therapist that sits silently by in session by just giving you the occasional head nod and verbal “uh-huh”. Instead, I give direct feedback, and actively challenge you to dig deeper, or look closer, stay with the tension, as we unlock and extract the answers together. It is my desire to bring hope, optimism, humility and humor to my work and feel that it is an honor to be invited on each new challenge and work with you along the journey. It is my credo or (belief) to always treat you with respect, care and compassion while providing you with constructive guidance to help you navigate the uncertain waters in life.
What do I do in my spare time:
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love to travel mostly within the continental US. I have also traveled to Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas. I look forward to more international traveling after the Corona Virus is under control worldwide. I love the beach, boating and fishing, several sports and watching various sports. I enjoy listening to various types of music from Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Modern and Contemporary music to, Gospel and Religious music. I enjoy reading and gaining now information
Passions in Therapy:
You might think it a bit strange that a Psychotherapist would write on health-related issues, but it is important to understand the connection between mind, body, spirit. When we are stressed or going through long term or chronic conflict, it often manifests in medical and health disorders, weight and sleep issues. If left unchecked, it can hinder or impact the way we see the world through our emotions, cognition's, psychological-mental health, and in many cases affects our spiritual and physical health.
Have you ever heard someone tell you that they can’t sleep, or they are overeating, or all they want to do is lie down and shut the world off? Often this is due to the unrecognized toll and stress or long-term conflict in relationships, which can steal from our bodies, health, and emotions, not to mention our peace of mind.
We learn to push these things down deep inside and we don’t necessarily make the connection between the anxiety or depression that we are feeling, and the way it may be manifesting (symptomatically) within our bodies and what our bodies may be trying to tell us. I have personally lived in a very long-term situation with chronic stress and at times, it can feel like you are either going to explode (or even implode) if something doesn’t change soon. It is important to help us make that mind-body connection and learn the value of incorporating specific tools in taking care of ourselves. Sometimes, this can be as simple as removing something off of our to-do list, and other times it can mean heading to the doctor to rule out what is behind our physical symptoms.
Another passion I hold dear is working and specializing in issues with couples in crisis. Marriage and family issues have their own unique markers and when we are in crisis, we try many things to bring back the peace and status quo. Sometimes the tools and skills we have may not be enough, and we need to explore what is maintaining the symptoms and why we keep getting stuck into the same old patterns.
Together, we will work on identifying what those patterns are, the role the patterns of (behaviors, beliefs, attitudes) serve while we explore how to navigate the toxic minefields that threaten to blow up our relationships.
Population(s) and Issues I Serve:
The population I work with include Individuals, Couples, Families. Children, Adolescents, and college students, as well as Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). Whether you are looking for premarital counseling, or you are involved in a marriage of many years, many of us find that we need someone to walk alongside us, as we identify and push through the barriers or concerns. Here is a just a small sample of issues I work with which include but are not limited to the following:
• Marital Issues (intimacy, fidelity and infidelity, destructive behavior patterns, communication challenges, trauma, abuse, etc., parenting, infertility, sexual issues, in-laws, boundaries, work-life-ministry balance, Stages of Marriage & Parenting, Conflict Resolution, sexual issues, aging, empty nest,)
• Stress, Anxiety, Depression,
• Relationship Issues (Boundaries, Assertiveness, Mindfulness, Communication, Self Esteem issues
• ADHD (Adults, Adolescents, Children
• Trauma and Different Forms of Abuse, Victimization
• TBI, PTSD
• Military-Veterans Issues-Tricare
• Spiritual and Christian Counseling, Premarital
• Grief & Loss
• Divorce & Separation (Challenges, Recovery, Healing)
• Career /Vocational Transitions and Challenges