Hi! I'm Shelina & I can't wait for you to learn more about me. Keep reading to see if we would be a good fit so I can learn more about you!
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Duluth, GA
Supervised by Jennifer Hama, MS, LPC, CPCS
This is the approach that helps me to look at your like as a big picture instead of focusing on the problem only. Like I stated above, the systems in our lives are what make up a lot of our beliefs, our triggers, and fuels our actions. When those things begin to impact our functioning in life, that is when it's time to rewind and figure out what happened to cause this. This approach works for individuals as well as couples.
CBT is all about your "automatic thinking": Decisions/thoughts that you make and don't think twice about them. Why? Because your life experiences have literally "programmed" you to do so. I love this type of therapy because it makes you take a step back, challenge your thoughts, and create thoughts that are more healthy and effective. If we can change our thinking, then we can take control of our actions and our lives.
This includes premarital couples, marital couples, couples who are just dating, people who are co-parenting together, and couples who want to adopt/foster. I use Prepare/Enrich during this process. I described this process above. **Premarital couples: In GA, you get a discount on your marriage license if you can prove you have completed at least 6 hours of premarital counseling. Win win!**
I don't have a degree in Marriage & Family Therapy for nothing! haha! Family therapy is something i truly enjoy. I provide it for up to 6 people in your family. We do many exercises that help family members understand how they see each other, how they see themselves, and what damage has been caused due to this dynamic. Together we will work towards solutions for EVERYONE to implement. Family therapy is not for the faint of heart. Everyone has to be 100% committed in order to see results.
I use a program called Prepare/Enrich, which has been shown for decades that it helps to prevent divorce, helps to prepare people are marriage, and helps to enrich relationships. I cover many core areas that make a healthy relationship such as communication, conflict resolution, financial management, sexual expectations, parenting, handling stress, family influences, and much more. I give great exercises for you and your partner to do at home. It's education and therapy mixed together!
I would have said that I specialize in adjustment disorder, but the truth is that ANY life transition can make someone have trouble adjusting. You and I work together to identify coping skills, resources to help make the adjustment easier, strategies to overcome any fears associated with the change, identify any damage that has happened to your self esteem/self worth due to the transition, and more. Finding a "new normal" can be hard, but it's totally achievable.