Professional Counseling

A Few Areas of Specialty

Addiction

Drugs Aren’t the Problem…

Addiction is often nothing more than a symptom of poor mental fitness. Most of what we’ve been taught about addiction is wrong, and our current treatment model is broken and out-dated. We’re a highly medicated society that has been led to believe that drugs will fix our problems and fill our emptiness- it won’t.

With my approach to recovery, we will not work just to avoid all the things that could trigger someone, but rather, to increase one’s protective factors: finding work, improving relationships, rebuilding trust, improving physical health, and finding greater meaning and purpose in one’s life. It’s not drugs that are the problem! The goal of Mental Fitness counseling thus is to help one achieve a full life. This approach goes above and beyond traditional therapy where the focus is solely on removing the drug, while often clients still struggle with a feeling of emptiness, disconnection, and despair.

Whether it’s gambling, drinking, smoking, sex addiction, shopping, overeating or opiates, you name it- it’s all the same. By improving one’s Mental Fitness and overall outlook on life, we can heal addiction as its core!

* Interventions, individual counseling, and family support services are also an available for family members and friends of those who are actively struggling

Depression

Mastering your thinking

The first step in overcoming depression is being better able to identify negative thinking. Next, it’s having the skill set to replace it with more constructive, positive thinking. Just a like a good sauna, steam room or nutritional cleanse can jump start your physical health efforts, that’s where our mental fitness conditioning will begin as well.

The initial goal here is to detoxify one’s mind. Your mind is like a great garden. If you don’t tend to it to remove the weeds, the weeds will overtake your garden and nothing else will grow. If we don’t clean out the junk thoughts of one’s mind first, the positive thoughts won’t have the space to take root.

We’re not born depressed. We practice becoming depressed and it can be reversed!

Come in for a session today and let the mental detox begin!

Anxiety

Mastering Your Emotions
Our emotions are a blessing. They’re our GPS system. They teach us that which we need to learn in life to achieve our full potential. Yet how many of us practice labeling our emotions this way- as our GPS and a blessing?

We don’t.

We say, “I hate feeling anxious. I wish I wasn’t feeling anxious. Why am I always anxious? What can I do to numb out all this anxiety?” And all this does is perpetuate more anxious feelings that keep us stuck.

Through counseling at Mental Fitness, clients will learn the seven steps to master their emotions so their emotions aren’t mastering them. Clients will learn how to reframe and relabel their emotions to guide them to finding their true values and potential.

Stress Management

Stress is a Good Thing

Stress is killer. We all know that to be true. But is it?

Recent research has shown that it’s not actually being stressed that’s detrimental, but rather, it’s the belief that stress is bad for us that’s actually what’s harmful.

In mastering stress in one’s life, we need to create a fundamental shift in our Mental Fitness. Stress is not the negative threat we think it is. It’s a positive challenge, but only if we look at it that way.

By teaching and applying Mental Fitness strategies taught and practiced in session, together we defeat stress before it defeats you!

Relationship Issues

It’s All About “We”

In my experience there are four main misconceptions about intimate relationships and those are: We share all the same values. We never hurt each other’s feelings. We always know exactly what each other is thinking, feeling, or needs. And lastly, that relationships come together and stay together easily. Now I ask, are any of these true in the absolute sense?

No, of course not!

No one shares all the same values. We just have to learn to understand and respect each other’s differing values, perspectives and opinions. In a long term relationship, you’re going to hurt each other’s feelings, albeit not intentionally. You’re never going to know exactly what each other is thinking, feeling, or needs. Rather, it’s your job to learn how to communicate that to one another to grow in your relationship. And lastly, relationships take work. It takes time and effort to build, grow and maintain healthy relationships, and at times, they are anything but easy.

Struggling in your relationships in life? Why not come in for a relationship tune-up, get one same team, and get things going smoothly!

Grief and Loss

Finding Meaning and Purpose

Grief and loss from death or divorce can be some of the toughest times in one’s life. In can be hard to make sense of these events and it’s easy to feel as though the world is unfair and feel victimized. I’m not hear to tell you that the world is fair. What I can do, however, is help one to move forward with his or her life and learn to create meaning and purpose from this event that influences their life in a positive way.

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