The suggestion to seek counseling can come from many sources.

•    Your physician suggests it for dealing with major life changes that have taken your energy for life or are keeping you up at night.

•    The school may suggest it for a child in response to a series of behavior problems, or worries about poor focus and concentration.

•    A pediatrician might recommend it to help a parent who is struggling to help their child cope with strong emotions.

•    Someone might be worried about a loved one who is no longer participating in activities they once enjoyed.

•    An individual may be wondering if they are the only person who has wrestled with things that are discouraging them in their life.

Experienced, compassionate support with family and life struggles.

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Whether you're struggling with a particular issue, or just can't shake the feeling that there should be more to life, Lucy Hammond can help. She will provide a caring environment in which you can identify and explore strategies to have a more rewarding home life, career or fulfilling relationships.

My Counseling Philosophy and Approach

I believe for counseling to be effective, both you and I must be actively involved in developing counseling goals and determining progress. Efforts to change self-perceptions, emotions, and behaviors require work both in session and out of session. Some change will occur quickly and easily, but more often change requires slow, deliberate, and repeated efforts.  I believe a trusting working relationship between counselor and client is important and I strive to achieve that collaboration. I am comfortable working with individuals from diverse cultures and lifestyles and feel being accepting, objective, respectful, and genuine are characteristics essential in working with clients. Overall, counseling is a process in which you the individual gain knowledge and tools that will facilitate continued growth and development after therapy has ended.

I utilize learning and developmental models in my approach to counseling.  Individuals and families are unique and complex. They are formed by multiple experiences and possess a unique personal history.  I believe that learning occurs in multiple aspects of our lives including  emotional, mental, physical, social, spiritual, economic, and vocational areas.  Therefore, the approaches I take with your concerns will be based on the information you provide and my assessment of your needs, situation and circumstances.  It is important that we be open and honest with each other in order for appropriate counseling goals to be established. I will need your collaboration as we identify issues that will be worked on in sessions and what other resources might also be needed for your best outcomes.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, structural systems theory and a bio-psychosocial counseling approach of mind, body, and spirit working with the total individual is the basic theoretical foundation of my work with clients and families. Depending on your goals, we will use different methods of therapy.  Outside of sessions, there may be homework assignments such as journal writing, reading, art or other methods of self-discovery and expression. The process and content of the assignments will be followed up in counseling sessions for the development of self-awareness and healing.  I will challenge you in a caring and empathic manner to look at yourself and seek alternative options and strategies for handling life.
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