Aaron D. Kirkwood, LAMFT discusses telemental health. Is it right for you? Watch the video here for more information and then reach out to ask questions or make an appointment.
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Given the recent developments of community transmission of COVID-19, we encourage our clients to consider online sessions rather than in person. Online counseling sessions, sometimes referred to as telemental health are a safe and effective way to stay connected to your therapist when you are unable to come in to the office for a session. These sessions are for established clients who have already had an in-person intake and may not be appropriate for every client. We use a HIPAA compliant platform that is convenient to use, and sessions may be covered by your insurance provider. Our therapists are licensed and trained in providing effective counseling services in an online format. If you are interested in moving your session online, contact your therapist directly.
The most important aspect of coping with a public health crisis is to stay calm, so we also suggest the use of relaxation tools that may help reduce stress and maintain a sense of calm in uncertain times. One example is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (Stahl & Goldstein), and another example is “Stop, Breath & Think” videos on YouTube. They are found at https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCkB9zEEqnP9kMIf5VChd99Q.
We at Counseling Associates for Well-Being would like to wish the very best to our former colleague Janet Beasley as she moves to her new location. As of March 1st, 2020 Janet can now be found here:
New Resilience Counseling
1551 Jennings Mill Road Suite 3200A
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Taylor will be conducting a weekly wellness group starting Friday February 7th at 12pm. The group meets weekly and uses a research-based format for improving wellness using Solution Focused Brief Therapy techniques. Topics include physical, spiritual, emotional, social/relational and cognitive/intellectual wellness. There are seven sessions, and new members are welcome to join at any time. The sessions can be repeated as necessary. Group members will use their personal strengths to set wellness goals, find solutions and explore previous wellness efforts that worked for them, as well as focus on their ideal future wellness to improve functioning across all the domains. The cost is $35 and can be billed to health savings and credit cards. Insurance is not accepted for this group. Email email@example.com to join.
We are so happy to have Taylor Yates working with us here at Counseling Associates for Well-Being. Taylor is a fantastic therapist with a wealth of great experience. She is accepting new clients in our Athens office. To contact Taylor – Email : Taylor@ca4wellbeing.com
- Doctoral Candidate in Social Work, University of Georgia 2019
- Master of Social Work, University of Georgia, 2001
- Bachelor of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2000
- Member, Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association, 2016
From Taylor Yates, LCSW:
“As a therapist and academic researcher, I utilize a strengths-oriented and client-centered approach to address complex problems and enhance the well-being of my clients. I engage in a co-constructive process to partner with the adolescents, adults and families I am privileged to serve. I believe my clients have strengths and resources we can identify and amplify together to move toward specific goals and a greater quality of life.
While facing anxiety, depression, chronic health challenges or stressful life and family events, human beings can identify and meet wellness goals that improve their physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and relational lives. In sessions, we accomplish this together by focusing on what is already working, what has worked in the past, and exploring best hopes for the future. I practice cultural humility to engage people in a way that respects differences and highlights the strengths that diversity brings to our lives and communities.
My work is informed by the latest research about counseling and multidimensional, holistic health promotion methods as well as my nearly 20 years of counseling experience. In addition to my practice at Counseling Associates for Well-Being, I teach classes at the UGA School of Social Work. I have given presentations at national and international conferences about Solution Focused Brief Therapy and wellness research. In my free time, I enjoy being with my family and singing with the Athens Master Chorale.”
Yoga is now scientifically verified as an effective treatment for depression and anxiety. Most people think of yoga as physical fitness, often imagining difficult physical poses requiring strength and flexibility. Yoga is much more than this-what most people think of as yoga is actually Asana or the physical poses which are only one part of the system of Yoga. The 8 limb system also includes philosophy, breathing and meditation practices which lessen suffering and enhance peace of mind.
Slower, body sensing yoga practices are more effective for anxiety, depression and trauma. In addition, pranayama (breathing practices) and simple seated postures and mudras (hand positions) are powerful methods to calm the nervous system, enhance or calm mood, as well as increase self-compassion. These ancient practices are powerful proven tools to combat emotional imbalance and negative thinking patterns. Please see this news article that summarizes some of the recent findings https://www.newsweek.com/yoga-therapy-mental-health-mental-illness-depression-anxiety-eating-disorders-666220 .
In my own life, I have found yoga practices to be an anchor in moving through difficult life transitions and a reliable set of skills that lead to more peace and happiness on a daily basis. If you are interested in joining an upcoming group “Yoga Skills For Emotional Balance” with Suzanne Morgan or would like more information about therapy and yoga, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so happy to announce that on May 1st, 2019 Isom E. White LCSW will be opening his new office in Smyrna / Vinings Georgia. We will be sad to see him leave the Athens area, but he will be a tremendous addition to the Atlanta area. Isom sees a variety of clients. He is excellent with the young adult, college age group, and also has experience with professionals struggling with high pressure careers, or those in life transitions. Isom is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kaiser and Medicare, and he can also file with other insurance plans for out of network benefits if needed. He is ready to schedule you an appointment, whenever you are. Call him at 706-425-8900 or email him at Isom@ca4wellbeing.com
We here at Counseling Associates for Well-Being are so excited to announce that Stephine W. Smith, LCSW, CADC II is joining us in our Athens office. She is going to start seeing clients in our Athens office starting April 1st. Stephine has most recently been serving clients at The Samaritan Center for Counseling and Wellness, and we are thrilled to have her make her new professional home with us. Here is a little bit about Stephine that she wrote about herself so you can get to know her:
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a history of working with individuals and families with Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. I discovered my calling while visiting my sister in the hospital after she had been burned in an auto accident. The therapist who prepared us to support her on her journey of healing was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and that wonderful experience enabled us to know how to support her and my family. For this reason, I believe one of the most important aspect of therapy, is the relationship between a client and therapist.
I’ve had the privilege of working with a diverse population of individuals and families on their journey of discovery and healing for over 20 years. I’ve gained knowledge, experience and wisdom working in the field of behavioral health and substance use disorders. My career started at Phoebe Putney Health System/Behavioral Health in Albany Ga, which was my first introduction to direct care for those living with and managing mental health and substance use related concerns. I’ve learned that it’s okay to ask for help and accepting help can be a sign of strength, which is sometimes the most powerful thing one can do to heal.
My holistic approach to therapy centers on the connections of mind, body and spirit, and equal attention to these areas are important in the healing process. My client centered approach strives to provide a safe, compassionate, relaxing, non-judgmental environment in which individuals, couples and families find the opportunity to grow and heal. I believe my role is to help clients identify their strengths and encourages each person to live their best, authentic life as defined by themselves.
I utilize techniques such as CBT, ACT, REBT, Solution-Focused
You can contact Stephine W. Smith to make an appointment at 706-425-8900 ext 720 or email her at Stephine@ca4wellbeing.com
We are so excited to welcome Isom E. White, LCSW to Counseling Associates for Well-Being here in our Athens office! He is a very thoughtful, skilled, and warm clinician who enjoys working with older adolescents, young adults, and adults through the lifespan. He has some rich experience working with people to help them heal from trauma as well as helping them navigate life transitions. He enjoys helping people with relationship struggles, anxiety and depression. He is available to schedule new clients in our Athens location. Isom is offering a limited number of reduced fee openings for those that cannot pay regular fees. Please contact him at 706.425.8900 ext 719 or by email at Isom@ca4wellbeing.com to set up a time to get started.
From Isom about himself:
“My passion centers around guiding clients throughout the journey of life while assisting them in the cultivation of their dreams, ambitions, and goals. My approach to treatment begins through a compassionate lens of the “person-in-environment”, the idea that an individual, couple, or family cannot be understood fully without respect for the various aspects of their social, familial, temporal, spiritual, economic, and physical environments.
I enjoy working with a variety of populations: late-adolescents, college students, adults, LGBTQIA, couples, and families dealing with anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss, trauma, and life-transitional issues. I also embrace working with men’s issues and athletes with performance issues. As an African-American therapist I hold a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery, and research.
In both my personal and professional life, I am cultivating a mindfulness practice. Practicing mindfulness has allowed me to intimately connect with the present moment thereby enhancing my relationship between mind-body, with loved ones, and with nature. I find incorporating mindfulness-based Cognitive behavioral interventions including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) enhance the therapeutic process by cultivating non-judgemental awareness, compassion, and purpose. I apply these principles to the therapeutic relationship by cultivating a warm, non-judgmental environment, allowing clients to feel safe in connecting with the most intimate parts of themselves so that they may begin the healing process.
My therapeutic philosophy incorporates trauma-informed approaches to therapy. Often times out of necessity, survivors of trauma need to disconnect from themselves (mind & body) to survive the most difficult and horrific experiences of their lives. Using a trauma-informed lens, my hope is to assist clients in healing the fractures of trauma by re-establishing the connection between their mind and bodies. I find the use of the evidence-based trauma treatment “Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing” (EMDR) assists individuals in the healing process by making links between unhelpful aspects of traumatic memories and present day problems.In my personal life I am a husband, brother, and devoted dog-parent to my, pitbull-boxer mix, Maple. Georgia has been my home for over 15 years now but I still consider myself a native Chicagoan. During my spare time, hobbies I enjoy include: coaching & playing lacrosse, video games, weightlifting, and caring for my Bonsai tree collection.”
Our second date is set! We are having an Ethics workshop in Athens, GA!
The Ethics of Self: Self-Awareness, Values and Wellness of the Therapist.
This has been approved for 5 hours of Ethics CE’s by LPCA-GA and NASW-GA (If you already have your ethics count this as your Core hours). This will be a 5 hour Ethics CE Workshop on Friday, August 17th, 2018. Registration is $100. Sign up now!
We will be learning some important ethical principles and having some excellent experiential learning around self care and mindful awareness– doing some relaxation, learning some light yoga skills. Put on some comfortable clothes and come and give yourself some love!
Contact Aimee.email@example.com to register — or call her at 706-425-8900 ext 710.
See you there!!