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Counseling Philosophy & Background:

My mission has always been to help people to achieve or recover their mental and emotional health so they can have functional and happy lives. I want to people to thrive and not survive. There is plenty of pain in the world but we don’t have to suffer unnecessarily.  Counseling helps to  overcome addictions, better deal with mental disorders, unresolved grief issues, childhood or family traumas, have fulfilling jobs and relationships, and to develop healthy coping skills for facing daily life situations.

At DC VA Counseling, we are committed to helping people heal from their inside out and grow in self-knowledge and self-acceptance. Therefore, we offer different types of therapy or modalities. Our approaches also offers an excellent opportunity for healthy, interested individuals to seek positive self-growth, self-improvement, change, and advancement in personal, educational, career, relationship, and life goals.

The foundation of our work rests on 3 basic pillars:

1) Effective Diagnosis and Treatment to be able to determine if the client has a mental disorder or is simply experiencing adjustment difficulties. Depending on that I proceed to develop a work plan that conducts to the accomplishments of the goals previously established and mutually collaborated between you and I (therapist and client). It is important to avoid miss or over diagnosing, but if a person needs professional help it is crucial to ask for it. Many people refuse to ask for help. It is important for you to realize that you can’t do it alone, and you should not have to do it alone.

2) Positive Psychology is a recent branch of psychology that “studies the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive.”[1] Positive psychologists seek “to find and nurture genius and talent,” and “to make normal life more fulfilling,”[1] not to cure mental illness.[1] Martin Seligman is considered to be “the father of positive psychology.”[2][3]

3) Prevention because we believe that mental health is a crucial component of our general wellbeing. In the same way that we visit the dentist, eye doctor, cardiologist, and general physician, regularly to check the good state of our body’s organs, we should also visit the specialist to check our emotional health frequently and ask for help when necessary.

The saying that states “therapy is only for crazy people” is nothing but an old fashioned myth. Today crazy is the person that does not look for help with all the resources available and continues to live in pain or unsatisfied.

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Counseling or Therapy helps people to either achieve or recover their mental and emotional health so they can have functional and happy lives.

 

When digging deep into our minds and histories through the lenses of attachment we start to accelerate deep healing. In Attachment Therapy we walk with you through:

  • An overview of the four Attachment Styles
  • How to determine your default Relational Blueprint
  • Why Attachment is also the language of love
  • How to excavate implicit memories related to hidden wounding
  • The path to reducing unnecessary client suffering and recovery/healing.
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