What is your main goal when working with a client?
My main goal is to help you overcome your past and present struggles for you to have a happy and healthy future. We will collaborate about the best treatment for you based on what we discover together in therapy.
What is your approach and what methods do you employ?
At Gilstrap and Associates office we believe that the counseling relationship one of the most important components to finding healing through therapy. My core approach to counseling is Person-centered therapy, which focuses on empathy and a safe and support environment so that you can freely grow and become more of a fully functioning person. Another approach that my counseling style is influenced by is Reality Therapy, which uses techniques like humor, confrontation, role-playing, and skillful questioning. I will also supplement with an Adlerian Therapy approach because I believe staying connected socially, reducing inferiority feelings, and modifying faulty assumptions will assist you to heal and become a productive member of society. Each of you are different, so my approach will change depending on your specific needs.
What age groups do you most often work with?
I work with a wide variety of clients. Most of my experience has been with those who are struggling with anxiety and depression. Most likely, we will connect just fine.
Are you passive or active in the session, what can a client typically expect sessions to be like while working with you?
My clients can expect me to take a more active role during counseling. I believe in the use of confrontation to keep my clients accountable for what they say and think, as well as maintaining their goals.
What is your background and what are your credentials?
I am a Master’s level student intern, under supervision, and working towards my licensure. I am a Christian and would love to incorporate a faith-based approach with my clients. If you do not want spiritual topics as a part of your therapy, that’s totally okay. I want to honor your values and beliefs and use an approach that makes you comfortable to heal.
What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?
The main reason I got into counseling is because I am passionate about suicide prevention. In 2015, I lost a loved one to suicide and ever since then, mental health has been one of the top priorities in my life. It is a blessing to be able to help my clients have hope for the future.
Tell us about your education.
I am currently a graduate student at Liberty University, pursuing my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I received my Associates of Arts degree at Florida State University in 2010 and completed my undergraduate