Mr. Woods provides individual and family therapeutic counseling to children (12 and older), adolescents and adults, as well as couples.
Whether you're having difficulties on the job, feel disconnected from others (or your spouse), or your family is stuck in conflict, Mr. Woods will work with you to develop strategies that may help you get "unstuck".
A different therapeutic approach may be required for each life challenge. Mr. Woods doesn't seek to use a "cookie-cutter" approach, but endeavors to work with his clients to coordinate a therapeutic plan that would benefit them individually (or as couple or family). Some "tools" used in therapeutic counseling are behavioral in style, cognitive, or insight oriented. For example, cognitive therapy (identifying and replacing unhealthy or distorted thought patterns that cause symptoms) is useful for Anxiety and Depressive conditions. Behavioral therapy (including relational and cognitive oriented approaches) can be a helpful strategy to alter distruptive patterns in children and adolescents.
Children and Adolescents
Mr. Woods has extensive experience counseling adolescents with school-difficulties, family conflicts, and step-family transitions. Teens are not immune to depression and anxiety, or relationship struggles. Sometimes in their attempt to "fit in" or cope with emotions they just don't know how to manage, choices are made that result in problematic consequences. Whenever Mr. Woods counsels teens, he blends a "real world" emphasis with therapeutic counseling. One therapist once said that the "goal of adolescence is to survive it". The change process is not only for the present, but preparation for the future!
Couples Counseling or Marital Therapy is unlike individual counseling in that the union of two people creates a distinctly special interaction and bond, with it's equally unique changes and challenges.
"In my work with couples, I endeavor to respect the marital bond and encourage it's growth".
Some of the most common - and therapeutic - goals couples explore when working with Mr. Woods are -
♦ Improved quality of communication ♦ Bonding and increased empathy for each other ♦ Reduced conflict ♦ Learning how to "negotiate" on financial, emotional, and family issues ♦ Steps toward healing after an extramarital affair(s) ♦ Establishing boundaries with intrusive or harmful outside relationships ♦ Examining the effects of trauma on the marital relationship, and steps to build healthy "dividers" between past pain and present relationships ♦ More effective steps toward adjustment in a remarriage family ♦ Honoring the marital covanent through mutual respect and sexual fidelity
• Anxiety and Panic • Depression and Mood Related Conditions • Post Traumatic Stress • Addictive Behaviors including Sexual Addictions • Obsessive Compulsive Conditions • Post-Infidelity Reparation Counseling • Work-Related Conflicts • Challenges to Remarriage Family life • School and Academic Issues • Issues related to the Marital Relationship • Impulse control conditions in Children and Adults • Counseling for Foster-Care Families • Stress Management Consultation • Emotional Issues pertaining to Chronic Pain & Disability
Specialized counseling for Pre-Trial and Probationary needs. Trauma
For some of us, life traumas have shaped the way we think about GOD, ourselves and others. Traumas can disruption our personal relationships, self-image, work, marriage, even the way we parent. Respectfully paced therapy for life traumas is provided individually, and at times in a marriage or family context. Individuals who seek trauma counseling from this practice have experienced -
◊ Post traumatic Stress Disorder ◊ Traumatic Loss/Grief ◊ Criminal Victimization ◊ Childhood traumas affecting one-on-one relationships at work or home ◊ Domestic Violence ◊ Incarceration of a loved one ◊ Flashbacks related to War or community violence Work-Related Challenges
It is not uncommon for one of my client's to share work-related or workplace challenges. Since we spend at least one third of our waking day at work, it is not unusual that work could become a place where our personal struggles manifest, or as a result of our working environment.
Therapeutic counseling for workplace challenges can be helpful to define the problem situation, develop strategies to resolve conflicts, and identify ways to cope more effectively with stress and demands. Some clients have mental/emotional and physical conditions that require special accommodations at work. Specific theraeputic techniques may help enable an improved working experience.