Depression & Grief ♦ Anger Management
Assertiveness Skills ♦ Posttraumatic Stress (PTSD)
Relationship Dynamics ♦ Body Image ♦ Frequent Mood Swings
Anxieties & Phobias ♦ Mild-level Eating Disorders
Conflict Resolution ♦ Co-Dependency ♦ Spiritual Definition
Non-medical Sexual Dysfunction ♦ Panic Attacks
Impulse Control ♦ Gender Identity Issues ♦ Social Anxiety
General Self Definition/Esteem ♦ Chronic Physical Pain
The first and most important "technique" of counseling is to tailor treatment to the needs of the individual. Although I do use a variety of counseling methods, over-focus on specific techniques can actually detract from the effectiveness of psychotherapy. You are the expert when it comes to your story, and after working together to understand what the problem is, we will then work together to find a method or combined methods of therapy that fit both your needs and your comfort level. All of my counseling methods are research and science-based. Example specialty areas include:
Replacing self-defeating thought patterns with new ones, leading to new choices in how you react to your environment, relationships, circumstances, and internal imbalances. These counseling techniques range from role playing to written exercises and are incorporated into the traditional "talk therapy."
Guided Imagery and Visualization / Relaxation
Use of imagined scenes and sensations as well as physical relaxation exercises directed by the counselor to create a more balanced state of mind, including sleep regulation, trauma resolution, decreased physical pain or tension, and overall increase in stress management.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Combination of positive verbal cues and self-applied acupressure that has proven effective with most problems but, particularly, with phobic anxieties. Acupressure uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin, stimulating the body's natural healing potential, reducing muscular tension, increasing circulation, and releasing blockages that fuel negative emotional responding. The theory behind EFT is 5,000 years old and is being successfully incorporated into today's medical science and practice of psychotherapy.
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Examination of basic life factors that influence motivation and well-being, including daily structure, recreational pursuits, time/financial/vocational management, relationship factors, the general dynamics of environment, and that ultimate question - "Who am I?"
General Symptom Management and Education
Aid in learning how to be functional in your life despite certain problems that may remain ongoing on some level rather than being "resolved." Sometimes seeing a problem with increased understanding feels like its own solution, and this very basic form of counseling can also be helpful when loved ones are included in becoming better educated about your personal challenges.
Jennifer Daigle is a licensed counselor offering psychotherapy for individuals, couples therapy, and marriage counseling in a
lovely private practice setting in the heart of Asheville, NC. Call today to schedule your first appointment: 828-225-3040