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Growth & Enrichment Counseling

Geraldine M. Brown MS, CFSWC, CHC, LPC, LIMHP

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On-line Counseling

June 26, 2017

On-line counseling is now available. 

This service is for clients living in Nebraska and more than 50 miles from McCook. This service is also available for clients who can not come into the office due to current conditions.  Feel free to call and talk about it.

Coaching

October 27, 2015

On-line or phone coaching is available for former & present clients.  Coaching is not counseling and not for dealing with issues, problems, or mental illness.  Coaching is about having a partner helping you reach a goal.  We could work on things like finding a new job, losing weight, improving your health, or maybe getting through college.  These sessions are $25.00 prepaid and are one half hour long.  Give me a call to set up arrangements.

 

Fighting Against Fibromyalgia

April 29, 2015

Being in pain can make you feel so lonely.  That statement is even more true when talking about fibromyalgia, because family and friends don't understand how a person can look "normal"  and be in terrible pain.  People suffering from this illness are often ignored and/or told it is all in their head.  The truth is they have neurological system issue.  A multidisciplinary approach works best for pain management.  The prescription drug Lyrica including meditation, yoga, and cognitive behavioral therapy.  Therapy can help with not only dealing with the pain, but also the feelings and other issues associated with the disease.

The Mental Health Companion Blog

April 27, 2015

I have started a new blog for my clients and anyone else who is interested in receiving little bits of information about improving your mental health and coping skills.   Check it out at: www.mentalhealthcompainionwordpresscom.co  Link

Movie Therapy

September 16, 2014

Movie therapy is a technique that is fun and therapeutic for the movie lover.  The therapist will assign you a movie to watch with subject matter that relates to your issue.  You watch the movie at home curled up on your couch with a bowl of popcorn.  When you come in for your next session you and the therapist will discuss the movie, what you learned from it, and how that might relate to you and your future.

EMDR

July 25, 2014

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a very simple technique based on brain science.  This therapy is for anyone who has experienced major trauma and are haunted by memories.  The exercises done in session help clients to understand their automatic responses and achieve real change.  EMDR is a practical technique that empowers and helps clients take charge of their lives.  If you just can't seem to get past your past this treatment is for you.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

July 25, 2014

I have had training in trauma-focused cognitive therapy.  The approach uses a specific type of program developed to help those who have recently suffered a trauma  event such as domestic abuse, child sexual abuse, and rape.  The sooner a victim begins therapy the less impact the event will have on their future.

Happiness

May 19, 2014

I recently took a class on happiness and how to help clients change their lives using positive psychology.  It was a very exciting class.  High points of the class involved gratitude, developing your strengths, and relaxation techniques. Positive psychology can be used to treat depression, ADHD, and OCD. 

Here is an example assignment from the class:  Practice smiling more.  Just recall happy times and then smile.  Record in your journal what affect smiling had on you.   How do you feel?    How do others respond to you?  Try it!  See if smiling more affects your level of happiness.

Dr. Lynn Johnson PhD was the presenter for this class and he has become one of my favorite bloggers. 

Here is the link to his blog:   www.drlynnjohnson.com/blog

 

Theraputic Art

March 11, 2014

The use of therapeutic art is available for those clients suffering from anxiety.  Art helps people express the fears that are at the root of their anxiety.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

January 6, 2014

The philosophy behind this new mindfulness-oriented approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

is about helping clients learn to get on with life despite their anxiety. 

Focus on the things you care about, whether or not the worries come along for the ride.

 

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