Breaking The Stigma Of Counseling
I have been lucky in my professional career to get to work for two different systems in two different states doing a variety of roles in each system. I have worked with great people throughout those ten years of my professional development before I started L & B Counseling. My first job was working with adults experiencing substance abuse and mental illness. This was in the height of crystal meth in Colorado with Community Reach Center and I was amazed at the impact of addiction. I helped start intensive outpatient with Carolinas Medical Center Randolph in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system when I moved back to Charlotte in 2004. I got to work in partnership with Mecklenburg County through a grant assisting participants and their family that were receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. My last job before starting my business was doing outpatient therapy with Carolinas Medical Center Randolph up until 2010.
I went to school at Appalachian State University and have always loved the mountains. From there I moved out to Aspen Colorado to teach skiing for two years. I moved back for two years to get my masters in social work from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and then moved back out to Denver Colorado to be closer to the mountains. I grew up skiing but now only snowboard. I love being outdoors and often take my clients outside as much as possible at either office. Currently I am into running, F3 which is a men’s group where the three Fs stand for fitness, fellowship and faith, mountain biking with my kids or just being active as much as possible. I still love going to the mountains as much as I can and love playing in the ocean. This year I have been lucky enough to run some relay races, road races, go out to Montana and the beach. Here are some of the pictures of the places we have gotten to see.
I try to incorporate different facets into my therapy. I like using pieces of the Enneagram to help me understand personality dynamics which helps the person I am working with begin to know their strengths and blind spots. I work with everyone around increasing awareness of their emotional state, develop tools to help stay level and practice what needs to be learned. In most instances the tools are already there but there are certain trigger points that cause the access of the tools challenging. We just try to work on consistency. I encourage people to read Redirect so they can begin to understand how making micro changes in their narrative can have a big impact short term but really long term. We always take a look at what role technology plays in the person’s life because that stuff can sneak up on you in addicted ways. I have posted several articles on the screen time side about the impact on brain development and tricky ways the companies are engineering their sites and apps to create habitual use. We try to do this in a fun, engaging way no matter how old you are.
I see clients ages 13-80.