Patrice Hinton Oswalt
More than “you talk, I listen” – counseling with a purpose!
We do not have the option to walk away from our job and life when the pressures become too great.æ Help is available.æ I bring over 12 years of experience to my personal and career counseling practice. We are the same person at home that we are at work.æ I am able to diagnose and treat multiple mental health issues and help you create balance in your life. Working together we contract to focus your efforts toward self improvement – your investment in a better future.æ I approach our relationship by asking “if I helped you today, what would it look like?”, providing counseling with a purpose!
I provide a counseling experience that is clear and concrete utilizing Impact Therapy in my approach.æ This approach combines elements of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Transactional Analysis (TA) and Gestalt theories, keeping clients involved and engaged in creating change they want to see in their life.æ This approach is an active, creative, interesting and productive approach to counseling.æ The goal of each session is to create change, or set in motion the process to create change. æAll counseling is an individual process and each individual will want to find a counselor that they feel comfortable working with.
What a client may need will depend upon where they are in their life and career, and where they want to go.æ Some of the services I offer to help clients find work/life balance:
Work/Life Balance and Stress Management – We all experience stress in our daily living.æ The perception of stress and peace come from the same place – our minds and thoughts.æ Successfully managing stress can allow you to lead a life free of stress induced illness, cope better with the often competing demands of work and home, build a life beyond the daily demands, and find more moments of peace and happiness.
Mental Health Counseling – I work with families, couples, individual and teens.æ I enjoy working with a variety of life challenges and problems in functioning.æ Some of these include: relationship problems, phase of life problems (developmental transitions or life circumstances such as birth, death, divorce, marriage, etc.), ADD/ADHD, friends and family dealing with substance abuse or dependence, depression, bi polar, anxiety disorders (panic disorders, agoraphobia, specific phobia, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder).
Self Assessment – Affordable career assessment tools to help you determine your personality type, work areas of interest, and career/life values.æ Whether you are just starting to search for your life’s work, in the middle and needing a career change, returning to the world of work after an absence, or nearing retirement and looking at the next chapter of your life story, I can assist you in finding your direction.
Exploration -æ Based upon the individualized self assessment, you will be guided through an exploration to discover careers that are a good fit for your type, interests, and values.æ If you are “stuck” in the early career search, in mid-career stagnation, or fearing the change of retirement, I can help you understand what may be standing in your way.
Job Search Skills – At some time in our life and career we must all market ourselves to potential employers.ææ I work with you to customize your cover letter and resume, learn to network to find the hidden job market, and gain confidence in your interview skills and personal presentation. We work together to maximize your employment potential.
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Patrice Hinton Oswalt