Counseling: Helping you self-recognize and correct bad habits

At Gate Healing PLLC, we use strengths- and mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques that help you recognize and self-correct negative thoughts and behaviors. Cognitive-Behavioral theory says that your thoughts (cognitions) lead to behaviors that have results that shape both the unconscious and conscious mind.

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, rather than depend on others to do it for you. So, our work provides you with a solid foundation for you to find what works best for you. My job is to help you see how you can solve problems using mindfulness (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 than that.

Mindfulness-based counseling

Mindfulness-based therapy 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 a more objective perspective where you can make more effective decisions about what will help you. Mindfulness is related to the “cognitive” part of Cognitive-Behavioral counseling but adds depth and clarity while removing judgment.

Strengths-based counseling

Strength-based counseling focuses on your natural strengths. We will look at what you have already done that seems to work well, then we’ll build on it. We will also look at areas where what you have tried has not worked so well, and see if your more successful methods might work a little better. Most people possess a variety of strengths that are sitting in their blind spots, and thus may not know they have them. I will help you find and use them.

Counseling & Therapy FAQ's

How long will it take for me to feel better?

Some people see results after just a session or 2. 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 or therapy once a month, or several times per year as 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. Just talk to your therapist about what you are looking for and they’ll help you find what is best for you and 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. Can be 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.