I'm Guy Smith, professional counselor and clinical rehabilitation counselor, blind person, and fellow life traveler.
Counselor in Fitchburg, WI
Supervised by Jessica Abbeglen, LPC
Chronic Pain and Chronic Illnesses are things that we have that probably won't change anytime soon. At the same time, you want to enjoy your life, love you family and friends, and reach your goals and dreams. This can be very hard when existing day-to-day is difficult or simply miserable. In therapy, we can explore feelings and thoughts, but also work towards being and doing what you want.
Disability can vastly change the way we interact with our world and how the world interacts with us. I understand this at a personal level. As a person with a disability, I understand that the world we live in wasn't built for my needs and yet I will make it work. In therapy we can explore disability, disability identity, and coping with the able-world around us. More importantly, we can explore what you want to do with your life and how to do it - barriers and all.
Learning Disorders can have far more impacts than just in the classroom. They often have wide-ranging effects and can even change the things we do regardless of what we want. In therapy, we cah explore these effects and look at how you want to work past these barriers.
ACT is a type of therapy that focuses on working towards being the kind of person you want to be. Who do you want to be? Who do you want to be when you're feeling anxious or depressed? Next, we determine what is important to you in life. These things may seem like something that we do everyday - but in ACT it becomes a focus. By using who we want to be and what is important in life, we can find motivation and goals - all centered around you and your life.