Our Services

INDIVIDUALIZED COUNSELING

 

Living a richer, fuller life 

Each and every person is unique. Each and every problem is unique too. Here treatments are collaboratively constructed between counselor and client to match your concerns with the most effective treatments.  If there is a treatment that we cannot provide, we will help you find someone who can.

THE COUNSELING PROCESS

First we gather information and assess the issues. The initial appointment is largely a fact finding mission, where we get to know you and the problems you face.  It is also your opportunity to ask questions and learn about your treatment options.  We work together to build a plan that fits your needs.

The treatment phase is where we put that plan into action. Most therapy meetings are between 45-60 minutes, often determined by type of insurance. How long someone remains in treatment can vary quite a bit, depending on nature and severity of your concerns and your treatment goals.  This is where an empathic and collaborative approach is so important to making sure you receive the best possible care.

(1.1) PROBLEM AREAS

The best treatments try to address the whole problem. Often its not just one thing that is bothering us.

Its possible to understand most problems as anxiety, depression, or stress and these things often influence each other. Other complicating factors of course can and will apply. Through treatment, its possible to manage these issues effectively. Not everyone will respond the same way, but take a look at some examples and treatment philosophy to see you think might be right for you.

Here are some examples :

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 DEPRESSION

“I’m kinda just always sad. Or angry.”
“I’ve stopped going to work”
“Its too hard to get to class in the morning”
“Sometimes I feel like everyone else has got it right, and I just missed something. It doesn’t matter what I do, it never works out.”
“I’m tired all the time. I will sleep all day and I’ll still be exhausted.”
“No one likes me. No one cares.”

Depression can be a mild, transient thing or it can be severely debilitating. It can be a problem all in itself, and it can also contribute to other illnesses. At its worst, it can take people’s lives. Regardless of how depression affects you, one thing is certain: you deserve to feel better. Counseling can help you learn ways to manage problem thoughts and feelings, and can help you feel more connected with your strengths. It can also be used in conjunction with other treatments. Counselors, doctors, social workers, and other professionals can work collaboratively to help provide some care and relief. See below for links to other useful information.

ANXIETY

“I lay awake thinking all night. Its like I can’t turn my brain off!.”

“I worry all the time. I’ve lost track of what I’m even worried about.”

“I feel tense, my heart races, I can’t concentrate anymore.”

"I don't like being alone, but I hate meeting new people. Its so uncomfortable"

These are some of the things people will say when anxiety has gotten the better of them. You feel stuck or trapped. You’ve got that terrible feeling like something’s wrong. You’ve tried to get rid of it, but it keeps coming back. It can feel exhausting.

But here's the surprising thing: When managed effectively, anxiety can also be a powerful and useful tool! You can learn how to experience an uncomfortable feeling in a way that's less threatening. There is hope. Its all about finding the right fit! See below for other sources of information about anxiety.

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STRESS
 
Here’s something you probably didn’t expect to read on a therapy site.

Stress is a good thing.

At least it can be. It can motivate us to plan, organize, and perform. Good results, lead to good feelings. The more problems we tackle, the more we can be sure that we will successfully handle our next challenge. If you think for a moment about something about you that makes you feel proud, chances are you got that way because you successfully managed some obstacle or solved some problem. Our sense of ourselves is so closely tied to our experience of stress that we struggle to define ourselves without considering our ability to handle it. And we can experience problematic stress in so many ways.

When we fail stress can diminish our belief in ourselves. It can teach us to expect poor outcomes, and likewise, more failures.

-We can learn to break up that kind of problem thinking.-

Even when we succeed, we might still complain about stress. Our over-scheduled lives can leave us feeling burdened, worn-out, or exhausted. We can feel chronic stress that is relatively constant, such as an overbearing job or household responsibilities. We can feel acute stress such as a trauma, an attack or major unexpected change. Terrible events are sometimes unavoidable and the suffering that results can be difficult to manage on our own.

Therapy can teach us to recognize the benefits of our stressors, and how to manage the negative effects in ways that leave us feeling more complete, and empowered to handle future problems.

TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY

Therapists will often stress how important it is that you feel comfortable and satisfied with your therapist and methods. It is one of the most important factors to achieving therapeutic gains. JMG Associates strives to provide you with information to help you make informed choices. Treatments vary in their approach, as will clients and therapists. While many therapist are trained to provide a variety of methods for their clients, different clinics will often have their own backgrounds and treatment philosophies. Here is what you can expect with JMG Associates:

EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE

These days, most insurance companies, licensing boards and ethical bodies require or encourage the use of Evidence-based practices. These are practices that have been well tested and researched. Evidence-based practices are ones where scientific trials have provided data demonstrating their effectiveness. It does not mean that treatments are "cookie cutter", or that we try to mold the person to fit the model. It does mean that the techniques used are refined, reliable, and reasonable. JMG Associates follows this norm.

THE CBTS


Cognitive-Behavioral-Therapy (or CBT) is a popular method of treatment due to a large base of clinical research demonstrating its effectiveness in addressing many psychological disorders. There are several derivations of the CBTs. Which one is applied is a matter of the style, preference, and background of the client and the therapist. All share a basic premise: Thoughts, feelings, and actions are each related to, and influence each other. Problem thoughts, lead to problem feelings, which can lead to problem actions. So addressing one of these can help improve the others too. In CBT, a therapist often helps clients learn skills to negotiate and manage problem thoughts and feelings, and ways to encourage helpful behaviors while reducing problem behaviors.

Two exciting outcrops of CBT are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). These both share some common themes including a focus on awareness of the present moment (or mindfulness), and Empowerment of the person to learn, grow, and succeed. Hence the JMG Associates, tag-line; "Feel empowered".

FOCUS ON GROWTH AND SOLUTIONS

All too often, we find ourselves stuck spending so much energy rehashing the past, or dreading the future. Some relief can come from finding some resolution about past failures or injuries, but once we are there, we also want to have an answer to the inevitable question; "So what do I do now?" What happens after I come to terms with the past? We have to learn how to live in the now, and remain hopeful about the future.

This is having a growth mind-set and JMG Associates likes to help clients find ways to not only recover from the past but to also focus on solutions to problems rather than just the problems themselves.

MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENTS

In some circumstances, individuals, families, or third parties may wish for a more comprehensive assessment of mental health functioning or in specific areas such as in intellectual, personality, or career preferences. Jonathon has over 1000 hours of clinically supervised experience conduction mental health assessments for probation departments, hospitals, and social service agencies. Insurance companies often do not reimburse for such services, however reasonable pricing may be available. Feel free to click or call to learn more.

3 LIST OF OTHER PROBLEMS
 
depression
bipolar disorder
social anxiety
generalized anxiety
insomnia
panic
stress and anger
loss of control
grief
adjustment to major changes
occupational problems
attention, focus, and drive
men’s issues
trauma