At Gate Healing, we provide mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral counseling services that help you recognize and self-correct problematic thoughts and behaviors.Cognitive-Behavioral theory teaches that your thoughts (cognitions) lead to behaviors that have results that shape the mind.
Counseling Services: Helping you self-recognize and correct bad habits
Strengths and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Counseling
If you’re like most folks, you want to know that you can solve most of your own problems. So, our work provides you with a solid foundation to find what works best for you. My job is to help you see how you can solve problems using mindfulness.
Mindfulness is an awareness that is free of various forms of brain-clutter like judgment, competitiveness, and resentment. Finding this new perspective, you are able to see what your strengths are, and know how to use them. And if you get stuck, I’ll be there to help you adapt your skills and try again. Remember, I won’t send you on a wild-goose chase when you are truly stuck; I’ll be more helpful and informative than that.
Mindfulness-based counseling involves learning how to be aware, or mindful, of your thoughts and feelings without negativity or drama. This allows you to see yourself and your situation from an objective perspective where you can make more effective decisions. Mindfulness brings a unique clarity to cognitive-behavioral counseling techniques.
Strength-based counseling focuses on your natural strengths. We will look at what you have already done that seems to have worked well, then build on that. When you need to improve skills that haven’t worked, we will create an action plan for you to follow. Most people possess a variety of strengths that they aren’t aware of because they’re sitting in a blind spot. I will help you find them, use them, and adapt them to apply to other situations.
Using mindfulness as a foundation, counseling helps you recognize and change thought habits that cause suffering.
One of the most common complaints people bring to counseling is stress. Daily stressors like commuting and family dynamics and intense stressors like job loss and financial problems are important to manage.
A more specific version of stress, anxiety is an alert system that is trying to help you. Mindfulness-based counseling helps you see what anxiety is drawing your attention to, then develop a plan to respond to it.
Stress and anxiety feel like energetic boosts (often to a frenzied level), but depression feels like an energy drain. People describe it as feeling like trying to run through mud or like there is a permanent cloud hanging overhead. Counseling helps you understand what is happening in your brain and body and develop strategies to combat depression.
It’s not just combat-veterans that deal with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Civilians that have been victimized by crime, survivors of natural disaster and terrorism, etc. also experience traumatic stress. Even grief and relationship loss can trigger these trauma reactions. Counseling helps you deal with your feelings in a way that lets you leave the tragedy in the past and move forward with your life again. Re-living the trauma is NOT necessary during counseling sessions for trauma.
Most couples have their ups and downs. As a matter of fact, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have researched thousands of couples for over 40 years and have found that almost 70% of conflict is never resolved in perfectly happy, healthy couples! This means that getting rid of conflict is not necessary. Instead, having a strong relationship where communication skills maintain an open dialogue about conflict is the key to a successful relationship.
The Gottman Method of couples Counseling uses a thorough online assessment to provide me a snapshot of your relationship. This saves you a great deal of time walking me through various examples of what is going on and helps us get right down to the business of building the structures necessary for a successful relationship. I will provide you with handouts and reading materials that outline the skills to use when there is conflict, or after it has already occurred
Counseling & Therapy FAQ's
How long will it take for me to feel better?
Some people see results after just a session or two. On average, 6-8 sessions get many people on track for common issues. Keep in mind that everybody is different though; some people want to continue counseling once a month, or once a week for preventative maintenance. Other people will want to schedule counseling sessions on an as-needed basis when things come up. This is just fine as well. We will talk about what you are looking for and help you find what is best for your situation.
What are the different kinds of mental health professionals?
- Psychiatrist: A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD) that specializes in brain chemistry and how it impacts our thoughts and feelings. They can prescribe medications that may help you feel better.
- Psychologist: A psychologist has a doctorate degree (Ph.D., Ed.D, DSW, or Psy.D), but it’s not a medical degree, so they cannot prescribe medications. In Texas, to call yourself a Psychologist, you must have a doctorate degree and be licensed by the state as a Psychologist (LP).
- Psychotherapist: A psychotherapist generally refers to any licensed, master’s or doctorate level mental health practitioner that is licensed by the state:
- LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor
- LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- LMFT – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
- LP- Licensed Psychologist
What is the difference between counseling, therapy, psychoanalysis, and life-coaching?
- Counseling tends to refer to a process of working through current situations that are presenting emotional difficulty and a sense of unbalanced living.
- Therapy (or psychotherapy) typically refers to a deeper level of emotional work involving more detail of your personal and family history, examining the influences those experiences have on your current life, and specific work to restructure the old templates that continue to pull you into discomfort and imbalance.
- Psychoanalysis is a very intense process of examining your life from earliest memories through the present and analyzing the conscious and unconscious elements of the mind. Usually provided by doctoral level providers with a great deal of experience and highly-specialized training. Psychoanalysis requires 2-4 sessions per week, for 5-10 years, or more. Psychoanalysis is quite expensive, especially considering multiple sessions per week over a number of years.
- Life-coaching looks at how to reach specific goals in your life using your strengths to move you towards personal, professional, emotional and spiritual contentment. A life coach may not have a graduate degree or any licensure.