Scope of Practice

In keeping with Arkansas laws for counselors, I practice only within my scope of practice.  My scope of practice is as follows:

Nature of My Counseling/Psychotherapy Practice

I work in an outpatient clinical mental health facility to provide mental health counseling in order to assist clients cope with or overcome mental disorders by providing individual, family, and group counseling/psychotherapy.

Disorders, Issues, Presenting Problems I Accept

I treat DSM-IV-TR diagnoses such as: anxiety disorders; mood disorders; disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence; adjustment disorders; and personality disorders

Theoretical Approaches I Use

I primarily use the theoretical approaches of Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). Additionally, I utilize concepts from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Reality Theory, and Person-Centered Theory.

Methods and Techniques I Use

The primary techniques I utilize from REBT or CBT include addressing cognitive thoughts, reframing exercises, restructuring cognitions (including negative or maladaptive thoughts), homework assignments, modeling, utilizing positive incentives for change, and monitoring negative thoughts. From Person-Centered Theory I utilize active listening, reflection of feelings, clarification, empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence. From Reality Theory I utilize techniques which encourage clients to evaluate their present behavior (including consequences), determine their willingness to change, develop plans to change, consider the effects which could come from change (positive and negative), and address commitment to follow through with plan.

Populations I Serve

I serve children, adolescents, and adults.