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Doc B's Therapeutic Approach

Doc B's Therapeutic Statement

I have over 25 years experience in the mental health and substance use professions, culminating in a private practice in Topeka, Kansas providing both mental health treatment and substance use treatment in my own a state licensed facility. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker and Addictions Counselor in Kansas, a professional member of the National Association of Social Workers, a former faculty member at Washburn University in the graduate Master Addictions Counselor program, Sociology program and graduate General Studies program.

Through a wide range of techniques, I have supported my clients in making deep, enduring, and positive changes to their lives. I have assisted clients with diverse issues including: stress; depression; anxiety; bipolar; delusions; panic disorder; drug, cigarette, and alcohol addiction; addiction to prescription opioid painkillers; chronic pain; adjustment to illness, death and dying; parent-child and marital conflict; child abuse (abuser and abused); adult and juvenile criminal issues; ADHD; autism, and foster care issues among others.

My approach to counseling and psychotherapy is pragmatic and solution-focused. In my part-time private practice, I challenge my clients to grow in addition to giving them the emotional support and tools necessary to do so. I am not a passive therapist who will repeatedly ask you to “tell me how you feel” or dredge up the past– instead, I offer practical, concrete strategies and techniques that you can use to help yourself progress towards your goals. My therapy style is alternately gentle and firm, and designed to generate insight as well as behavioral change. I also work to help clients in their quest for personal growth and self-actualization. When appropriate, I engage clients on an existential level, assisting them in clarifying the meaning and mission of their lives.

Why Do You Need Counseling or Psychotherapy?
Counseling and psychotherapy, terms used here synonymously, can be enormously effective in helping you to overcome life problems and further your personal growth. In my private practice, I use pragmatic techniques to help you bring about the changes you desire in your life. I distinguish myself from many other therapists in that I employ action-oriented therapy techniques designed to help you achieve significant results in a brief time span. Unlike other therapists, I will not ask you to rehash the past over and over again. Instead, I will help you to find solutions to your problems and a new perspective that will ultimately empower you to find meaning and enjoyment in your life. To that end, I use a strategic integration of several therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness training, solution-focused therapy, and clinical hypnosis.

Mindfulness Training
Mindfulness training has been demonstrated through research to help people find well-being by overcoming negative emotions and unhelpful thought patterns.This growing body of research conducted at the Mind and Life Institute indicates that mindfulness training can result in profound and lasting changes to psychological, autonomic (e.g., the “fight or flight” stress response), and brain function – indeed, new studies are emerging showing that mindfulness training can improve the way our hearts respond to stress, alter the structure of our brains, and even modify the expression of our genes! Beyond its many positive effects on physical health, this form of mental training is especially good at helping people overcome self-critical, self-defeating, and pessimistic thoughts and fears. Mindfulness helps you to learn to focus your mind on the present moment in an open, accepting, nonjudgmental, and nonreactive manner. By training yourself to pay attention to your breathing and body sensations, you can learn to “step back” from negative thoughts and feelings, reducing stress and managing emotional and physical pain. In so doing, you can learn to “get out of your head” so that you can enjoy your life more fully in the present. Ultimately, mindfulness training can help you to let go of distressing thoughts, emotions, and sensations, allowing you to accept, appreciate, and enjoy your life more fully.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which has been shown through more than 300 well-controlled clinical trials to be an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions, is based on the notion that our thoughts influence our emotions and our actions. By changing our thought patterns, deeply held beliefs, and unhelpful behavioral habits, we can indirectly change our feelings and improve the quality of our lives. For example, if a person thought that they were no good, always destined to fail, they would likely feel depressed, and would probably avoid challenging situations. Conversely, if a person believed that they were capable of managing stressful situations, they would feel encouraged, and would face challenges head on. Cognitive therapy helps people to change their thought patterns and engage in new ways of acting more effectively in the world.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Solution-focused brief therapy is a type of talk therapy that focuses on developing action-oriented strategies to overcome problems and achieve life goals. This form of counseling does not require you to re-hash painful past events. Instead, it focuses on active change in the present that can help you to build the future you desire. Using this therapy, I will ask questions aimed at helping you find your own solutions to the challenges in your life. In so doing, I can help you construct a clear vision of your preferred future, as well as a roadmap that describes the small steps you can take to get there. I am pragmatic in his approach and will seek to be as efficient as possible. My goal is for you to get what you need out of our work together and then move on with living the life you want to live.