How We Help

Traumatic Transitions

Intermission Counseling is here to help you make sense of your current struggles. What do traumatic transitions look like? Life is composed of many transitions, which help us bridge one aspect of our life to the next. However, some of these transitions cause many to feel panic, doubt and pointblank fear to move to the next stage of life. Some of these could be experiences like:

  • Divorce
  • Changes in finances
  • Death/Loss
  • Unemployment
  • Health concerns
  • Relocation
  • Retirement
  • Empty Nester
  • Having to take care of elderly parents or grandchildren

Some transitions are for the better and inspire hope, while others may leave you with symptoms of depression, anger and anxiety, among others, hindering you emotionally, interfering with your ability to make critical decisions about your life and maybe others that have been entrusted under your care. For some, you may be left experiencing a crisis of faith.    

Intermission Counseling will work with you through your transitions as both trauma and grief work may be needed. What is grief? Grief is the emotional response to any type of loss. Perhaps of a loved one due to death or divorce, but also the loss of a job, a pet, financial stability, or safety after trauma. Feelings of grief can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to know how to manage and overcome these emotions. It is important to have patience with yourself and others during this process as it is a healthy part of healing. If you are having trouble coping on your own, or know of someone who could use extra support, a therapist can assist.

There is no orderly process of passing through stages of anger, denial and acceptance. Everyone experiences loss differently based on their personality, culture, and beliefs, among many other factors.

Common symptoms of grief include:

  • Shock and disbelief: feeling numb about the event, having trouble believing it happened, denying it, or expecting to suddenly see the person you lost.
  • Sadness: crying, or having feelings of emptiness, despair, yearning, or loneliness.
  • Guilt: regret over things unsaid or undone, feeling responsible for the death or the event, or shame from feeling relieved by a person’s passing.
  • Anger: blaming someone for injustice.
  • Fear: feelings of anxiety, helplessness, and insecurity, or having panic attacks.
  • Physical symptoms: fatigue, nausea, weight loss or gain, aches and pains, and insomnia.

An important part of healing is knowing that you are not alone. Seek support from your friends, family, or faith, or join a bereavement support group. Sharing your loss can make the grieving process easier. Remember to take care of yourself; to eat, sleep, and exercise even when you’re too stressed or fatigued to do so. A healthy alternative is to seek the help of a professional therapist. A therapist can help you work through your intense emotions in a safe environment.

Purpose and Direction in Life

Have you ever wondered what is the purpose of your life? Intermission Counseling provides you with a safe space to explore your deepest desires, discover possibilities, identify barriers to success and satisfactions and develop your inherent strengths in order to assist you in recognizing God and uncovering your personal response to Him in the midst of your life experiences.

Whether you are looking for healing from past and or current life transitions or simply looking for direction for your life Listen to my Life is a tool that I use as the basis or framework of our work together.

Our Services are all Online!

We provide both counseling and coaching services online. This form of service is referred to telemental health, or more specifically telecounseling, teletherapy or online counseling.

What is Telemental health?

Telemental health or Teletherapy is a featured service and this means using a face-to-face video platform. Your device may be a:

  • Laptop
  • Desktop computer
  • Tablet
  • Smartphone

What is important is that you’re comfortable with the technology that you are using. From there, it’s just like any other session with your therapist—without the commute, rush, or barriers created by a disability and or lack of services near you. Likewise, as with in-person therapy, your confidentiality is proactively kept in mind. Our interactions may be through text messages, video conference, phone or chatroom via a HIPAA compliant platform. 

Intermission Counseling (online services) is NOT appropriate if:

  • You have thoughts of hurting yourself or others
  • You are a minor or you are under the care of a legal guardian
  • You are in an urgent crisis or an emergency situation
  • You have been diagnosed with a severe mental illness, or if you have been advised to be in psychological supervision or psychiatric care
  • You were required to undergo therapy or counseling either by a court order or by any other authority
  • You do not have a device that can connect to the Internet or you do not have a reliable Internet connection
  • You live outside of the state of Georgia

Please note that I do have a physical site where I provide counseling services from. We may start with the traditional route if you live nearby, where I see you at that location for a while, and then possibly transition to online services. 

Counseling vs Coaching

There are many similarities between coaching and counseling. One can say that counselors may often use coaching tools within their practice; however, a coach will not be able to provide you with a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

If you are looking for therapy services, I, the therapist, will begin to focus on your presenting issues, and symptoms in order to come up with a diagnosis and a treatment plan. The purpose of the therapy is to provide you with relief of the identified symptoms. The treatment plan provides us with direction and the means as to how you will find relief. Depending on the theoretical framework, the focus and interventions within therapy will look different. I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)—an evidenced based psychotherapy. When I work with you, I will use EMDR procedures to help with decreasing distress levels pertaining to a memory of a traumatic life event.

In coaching, the relationship dynamic and purpose are different from that of counseling. I focus on life coaching. I facilitate a space for you to design your life, and because I am a Christian this space is one for you to become aware of God’s design and expression within you. You are coming from a place of wholeness, mental stability and you are seeking to maximize your fulfillment in life and work, turning your potential into a reality.

Not sure what you need or what is appropriate for you?