Many individuals face rising pressures of anxiety, depression, adjustment to new situations, or difficulty in coping with the events that life has brought to you. Individual Counseling is meant to identify and restore an individual to their whole so that they can function better in various environments. Individual Counseling generally begins with building a working relationship of trust and empathy to help overcome general apprehension. Various topics include but are not limited to:
Couples face many difficulties throughout their relationship. Communication, emotional sharing, building trust, love, sex, and children are all difficult areas that can impede in the functioning of a healthy couple. Within couples counseling, we will work to identify individual needs and how each individual can work to help meet their partner’s needs with clear communication and open emotional expression.
The power of a community coming together to help instill hope and teach is more powerful than one single therapist. Group Counseling offers individuals the opportunity to work in a safe environment and truly challenge their mental health needs. Group Counseling is scary and difficult, but the expert services at D&A Counseling allow for individuals to work toward change and address interpersonal concerns, feeling alone with their mental health concerns, and learn ways to build and foster more emotional and cohesive relationships with others.
Understanding Self & Others (USO)
The standard, general, interpersonal process group that is offered. How does Group Counseling Work? The group setting provides a context where individuals act and respond with others freely. As these relationships develop, individuals tend to recreate the maladaptive patterns in relationships that exist outside of the group. The group counseling environment provides a safe confine to gain acceptance and understanding and to realize that one’s problems are not unique, and receive constructive feedback on how these patterns affect others. Many people feel misunderstood, alone with their feelings, or unaware of how they are affecting others and group counseling can be provide the encouragement, comfort, and understanding as you develop better ways to treat yourself and others.
How does Group Counseling Work?
The group setting provides a context where individuals act and respond with others freely. As these relationships develop, individuals tend to recreate the maladaptive patterns in relationships that exist outside of the group. The group counseling environment provides a safe confine to gain acceptance and understanding and to realize that one’s problems are not unique, and receive constructive feedback on how these patterns affect others. Many people feel misunderstood, alone with their feelings, or unaware of how they are affecting others and group counseling can be provide the encouragement, comfort, and understanding as you develop better ways to treat yourself and others.
What happens in Group Counseling?
Group Atmosphere: Generally, the first group task will be to establish an atmosphere of safety and respect. The first session is usually more structured in nature to help individuals become more familiar with the group process. Over time, the group will develop a more unstructured environment where the individual group members will set the tone and nature of discussions in the group. The leaders of the group help members to share emotional experiences, make emotional connections, and provide direct, yet supportive feedback.
Fears of Group: It is very common for people to be somewhat fearful of the group counseling experience. The idea of being in a room with many strangers and sharing the problems that have brought you to counseling can seem daunting. This reaction is quite normal as most people have never experienced group counseling and don’t know what to expect. However, this common fear of group is the first part of your emotional connection with the group. Almost without exception, within a few sessions people get comfortable enough to interact freely in group.
Communication: Ultimately, you control what, when, and how much you talk about in group counseling. The more you become involved in the group, the more likely you are to benefit.
Emotions: You can experience emotions one of two ways in group counseling (both are very good). You can be expressive with your emotions. By expressing emotions you can find the direct support, understanding, and feedback you might need in the group. Second, you can also be attentive in group and experience support, understanding, and receive feedback indirectly by listening and experiencing vicariously what other members might be expressing.
Understanding Self: Throughout the group experience a natural process of understanding and acceptance of self occurs as one relates to others more honestly and directly with members in the group.
Personal Experimentation: The group environment provides a safe and secure place to take risks to learn more about yourself.
Is Individual Counseling better than Group Counseling?
This is a common question that many people ask when they are referred. Research on the subject has been consistent in highlighting the benefits of group counseling. In fact some research provides evidence that group counseling is superior to individual counseling based on the many relationships formed and the real-world feedback. The fact is, group counseling offers a number of experiences that you cannot find in individual counseling.
Assessments are tools that can be used to gain insight into individuals thoughts, behaviors, and/or emotions. These tools vary in nature, length, and focus but many have the benefit of helping you know more about yourself. D& A Counseling provides psychological assessments in the area of intelligence testing, learning disability assessments, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessments, Objective and Projective personality assessments.
USO group will begin in January 2016. Contact Dr. Duncan to get on the list.
D&A Counseling provides many services but also contracts with government agencies, businesses, and organizations for a multitude of psychological services. We provide excellent psychological services with integrity and cooperation with each agency to insure that all members are having their needs met in a positive way.
Our dedicated team aims to provide multiple services that range from psychological assessments, individual counseling, family counseling, couples counseling, and group counseling. Below you will find some of the agencies that D&A Counseling has the pleasure to provide services.
Educational Classes / Outreach
The purpose of psychology is to not only treat mental health conditions, but also to prevent such concerns. The more that we as a community can commit to aiding or helping others, the more we can put mental health worries aside in society. These educational classes are developmentally based and meant to add insight and knowledge to your own behaviors but also awareness of those around you. The educational classes generally will run for one month with a theme and each week have a new topic that is related to this theme but functions as a stand alone class.
Group Therapy: Dr. Bryan Duncan has a specialty in developing a strong model for a group program in College/University Counseling Centers. He helped Texas Tech University’s Student Counseling Center grow from one group per year to 40 groups a year. His topics of discussion include: Building a Group Model; Using Process in Group; Group Assessment: Selections, Composition, and Cohesion; Here & Now Communication in Group; Group Development; Men’s Issues in Groups; Diversity in Group Therapy; Group Ethics; Supervision and Training in Group Therapy.
QPR: Suicide Prevention: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a nationally based community prevention program that encourages active engagement with individuals that are perceived to be depression. This presentation will allow individuals to identify some indicators of depression and suicidal ideation. Learn ways to confront those individuals to assess their level of depression and make appropriate referrals so those individuals can get help.
D&A Counseling utilizes its expertise to provide forensic services that are grounded in sound empirical research. These services include Civil Psychological Damages, which include sexual harassment, racial discrimination and personality assessments in these cases.
Long Term Care Facilities
D&A Counseling provides psychological services to the residents in various long-term care facilities. These facilities include skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, and assisted living centers. It is our goal to provide great psychological care to help these individuals live in a positive way in their later life care. Of course, we help individuals with dementia, depression, adjustment to living in these care facilities, anxiety, other cognitive problems, behavior issues, psychotic problems, interpersonal relationships, and family issues to name a few.
It is our mission to treat these individuals as people and not as a disorder. By treating them this way, we can understand their presenting concerns and partner with the facilities to make their care more effective, and they can be more content in the services they receive through the facility.
All psychological services will be performed at the facility and is determined by and at the request each facility. Providers may consult informally about the needs of individual residents with the responsible referring agent of the facility. D&A Counseling accepts new referrals for those individuals who currently are covered through the following insurances:
D&A Counseling currently provides Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) services to various organizations and school districts. The purpose of this service it to provide the unique service that is attributed to our public school systems and differs from the regular scope of service performed by licensed psychologists. These services include school counseling, regular school assessments, participation in Admission, Review, & Dismissal (ARD) meetings, and professional consultation.
Juvenile Detention Facilities, Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD), County Juvenile Facilities: D&A Counseling provides school counseling, and assessments within TJJD. Providers are responsible for communication with Diagnosticians and other pertinent educational staff to insure the best communication about students that we provide services.
School Psychology services involve the provision of Educational Assessments to include but not be limited to the following: Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBAs), Cognitive/Intellectual Assessment, Evaluation of Learning Abilities, Evaluation of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Evaluation of Emotional and Psychological Functioning, Comprehensive Assessment, and Other Assessments requested by contractor.
Providers will receive referrals from the diagnostician or other appointed facility officials. They will abide by the guidelines set forth by the ARD meeting to meet the special education needs of the students.
D&A Counseling also provides school psychology services to local communities at the county level. Similar expectations exist at this level. Providers will receive referrals from educational departments and continue to provide services dictated by ARD meetings for each student.
Independent School Districts: Many school districts are burdened by the demand for assessment and diagnosis in the educational settings, but struggle to meet the demands of so many students. We contract out to help these districts meet the rising needs.
Providers are contacted about potential needs in the district. They will work with respective educational contacts within the district to provide the services required to help the student receive the benefits to succeed in the educational setting.