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Counseling for Men

There are moments in your life when you can feel out of balance.  This can lead to lead to discomfort in your body.  Perhaps the obligations of your life have led to a lack of direction or sense of purpose.  Or, self-defeating thoughts have prevented you from being the most authentic version of yourself.  I use a contemporary approach to therapy that includes specific practices that are intended to support the regulation of your nervous system.  They also support your ability to recognize irrational thought patterns that can lead to dysfunctional behaviors.  Once recognized, you can learn to create new patterns that are aligned to your purpose and values and can lead to behaviors that honor your overall health and wellness.

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Counseling for Teens

The teenage years can be quite challenging for a young man.  The pressures of life, coupled with the ongoing search for identity, can be very overwhelming.  With more than 20 years of experience working with teens and their families, I am familiar with these challenges and how to support them as they move towards a sense of wholeness.  While this time can create heightened levels of stress and anxiety, I use a holistic approach that incorporates the use of specific practices that can support a teen's desire to face challenges with clarity and composure. 

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The Difference Between
Clinical Counseling and Coaching

Counselors (Therapists) are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental illness as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5-TR).  They must abide by the rules and laws of the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors and the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics.  Counselors are trained to use specific therapeutic interventions that are evidence-based and included in a client’s treatment plan.  They can only see clients who live in their state of licensure and must not engage in a therapeutic relationship with friends or other individuals with whom they have had a previous relationship.  This can limit community-based social engagement with certain individuals.

Coaches focus on helping the client determine and fulfill their own personal development goals. Coaching practices are less limited in their scope and often include specific approaches in which the coach is trained.  While coaching can be therapeutic, it is not therapy.  A coach should be aware when a client’s needs can be addressed by a licensed mental health professional and create a process for referring a client when necessary.  Coaches can work with clients who live in other states.  

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