Choosing a Counselor

Jean Ann Gabby, MS
Jean Ann Gabby, MS
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Professional Mediator

I guarantee results,
with positive change usually
occurring in as little as an hour!

Finding a Good Match

It takes a tremendous amount of courage to seek help, and even more effort to choose carefully. Because counselors are called into our lives when we're feeling lost or torn, frustrated or confused, alone, suffocating, possibly angry enough to go against our good senses, or faced with something that looks or feels too big to be handled alone … finding a counselor who is a good match for our personal style and temperament is an important decision on many levels. "How a counselor works" is a critical consideration because problems can morph into something worse if not addressed squarely in warrior fashion with a strong new attitude, new tools, and enlightened vision.

Neither of us wants the counseling relationship to become a lifestyle, and the point of short-term help in the first place is to get a good grip on your issue, knock it out of the park, and move on with your life. If you're reading this as part of a search for a private counselor, coach, mentor, muse, confidante, or trail guide, I would be honored to personally answer your questions.

Work Style and Philosophy

In this light, I hope the following characteristics about my work style and philosophy may help with your decision.

Foundation beneath my treatment philosophy

Conventional wisdom from our country's founders suggests that "Empowering Individuals" – in addition to groups of support systems - is the real key to national health, fiscal wellness, international harmony, brilliant children, faithful partners, wrinkle-free aging, and the unbridled pursuit of personal happiness. Do I believe this? YES! Well, all but the wrinkle-free part … and I fervently apply the philosophy of strength through individual autonomy to my work. After all, who is more qualified to live your life than you?

EMPOWERMENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL (YOU) to be self-sufficient, self-determining, self-reliant, self-respecting, and self-loving is the founding core value of not only my own self and life path but has been proven throughout history as the most caring, loving, and respectful gift one person can give another.

Given this, our work together will include the specific goal of your success as the one and only "CEO" in charge of your life. The understanding that you own your freedom, your choices, your options, your decisions, your "stuff", and your results… will be astonishingly liberating when you fully accept it. And that you are not responsible for another person's feelings, views, opinions, or actions is quite often where our journey begins.

Therapeutic Treatment Methods

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Restructuring
Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)
Brief Therapy – Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Constructive Developmental Stage Therapy
Transactional Analysis (TA) for effective communication
Grief and Bereavement Counseling
Behavioral Therapy
Art Therapy
Client-Centered Therapy
Eclectic (combination of cognitive behavioral & psychodynamic methods)
Family Systems Therapy (application to attachment theory)
Marital Therapy; Marriage Counseling
Relational Therapy (RLT); Relationship Counseling
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) Short-term Psychotherapy
Psychodynamic Therapy, in limited cases