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IMPORTANT NOTE TO PARENTS: If you're seeking help for your adolescent, experience has taught me that when an adolescent is in crisis, the marriage of his or her parents is typically in trouble also. Many of my client families are scheduling 30-hour intensives so that I have adequate time to serve both the adolescent and his or her parents. Obviously the adolescent marinades in whatever his parents' marriage provides, so strengthening the marriage is foundational to serving the adolescent. If you also have a difficult marriage, let's customize this service opportunity to meet your needs of your family system. [learn more here about our child/adolescent track]
What to Expect About the Intensive
Before. Each couple's needs and experiences are different, but it’s not uncommon for one or both individuals to experience an increase in anxiety as the intensive approaches. Occasionally, marital conflicts may increase as well. Should stress increase, please contact me so that I can help process your concerns by telephone.
During. Providing an emotionally and physically safe experience for you is my privilege and responsibility. I will offer you my respect and compassion. Most couples report an increase in mutual respect as well as empathy. While the intensive can be tiring, you can expect remarkable increases in insight and application.
You can plan on four hours of therapy daily during your intensive, followed by one to two hours of therapeutic assignments including reading, journaling, and processing. The majority of the time will be spent with the two of you together, but there will be time for individual counseling as needed or desired.
After. Like Christian sanctification, recovery is truly "one day at a time." However, you can expect to know how to implement a radically different approach to life and intimacy. If follow-up with me is needed or desired, we can script an aftercare plan for you that includes telephone counseling and teleconference calls.
What to Bring with You
I encourage you to dress comfortably for your intensive. In the sessions, you may want to take notes, so a couple of notebooks and pens will be helpful. Some clients have brought their tape recorders in order to capture the content of the sessions. You’re also welcome to bring your Bible of course.
Please contact me if I can be of further assistance!