Michael G. Brock, MA, LMSW
Individual therapy--The best therapy is that which the patient can use. Because I don't take insurance, I don't have to worry about what some insurance company bean counter considers cost-effective therapy. My clients come as often as the wish for as long--or short--a time as they wish. Many problems are solved in a very short time, while some people need or wish to be seen less frequently over a longer period of time. They may be working through problems that are chronic in nature, or the simply value feedback from someone who knows them and is not personally involved in the situation.
Relationship counseling--Everyone has relationship issues, and everyone has advice. The thing is, they don't take responsibility for how things work out in your life, so what you need is someone who will help you make the decision that you are comfortable with and can live with. Sometimes you may be overinvested in a relationship; sometimes you may need to walk away, but most of the time there are adjustments you can make to things that are under your control that will help you live with the situation and be at peace. Someone said serenity is the ability to live peacefully with life's unsolved problems. Since no problem is ever solved permanently and for all time in a relationship, that makes a lot of sense.
Substance abuse counseling--Maybe you are wondering whether you or someone you know has a problem, and, if so, what can be done about it. Everyone is different and know two people have exactly the same solution for their problems, but you need to know what your options are and then choose a solution that is right for you.
Positive Self-Talk Techniques for:
Treatment of depression--Just getting through the day can be a challenge for some, and will power alone is not enough. Sure, there is medication that can be helpful, and if your situation is dire you may want to consider hospitalization until you are able to gain a better perspective, but there are a lot of little ways that you can motivate yourself, including some techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy and self-talk that put you back in charge of how you think and feel about yourself.
Treatment of anxiety and panic attacks--Anxiety is when your mind runs away with a fearful thought. People who are afraid of themselves often retreat into themselves and away from the world, and that is a sad way to live. But those fears and the sensation that you are about to come apart--the fear of the fear--can be controlled with help. You can learn to counter the language of fear with secure thoughts and realistic, positive phrases that you can repeat to yourself when complex analysis of the situation is impossible and not at all helpful
Treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)--It is distressing to be distracted by a disturbing recurrent thought or behavior and to feel the need to continue the unproductive behavior over and over in the hope of obtaining relief from the accompanying anxiety. The problem is that the more the behavior is repeated the more dissatisfied the OCD suffer is likely to feel. How does one break from and focus time and attention on more productive activities? It can be done with a simple set of tools and practice, and it doesn't take a lifetime of therapy to get there. Most can obtain relief within a few sessions
Treatment of adjustment disorders--Some situations are more challenging than others, and we'd hardly be human if we didn't have occasions where we could use some perspective on how to adjust to circumstances beyond our control. Sometimes issues we struggle with for a long time become livable with an improved perspective; sometimes we can change a situation we thought we were doomed to struggle with forever. A lot of great work is done in teams, because we can often see in others what we fail to see in ourselves.
Confidential Private Counseling Services Include: