Are you looking for a counselor who will give sound advice and guide you to a logical solution? Or do you just need someone to listen?

Dr. Minatrea tailors her approach to fit your individual needs and personality. This includes balancing talking and listening, as well as the choosing the focus for counseling: dealing with problems in the present day, working through issues from the past, or seeking direction for the future.

 

Integrative Approach

 

  • Short-term relief and long-term solutions
  • Customized to your needs, using a variety of techniques
  • Change negative thought patterns…and even change your brain!
  • Remove emotional blocks
  • Whole-person approach to address needs of body, mind, and spirit
  • Christian Counseling available upon request


Relaxation Training

  • Simple tools that work in minutes
  • Learn to relax both the mind and the body
  • Effective for alleviating stress and anxiety

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Looks at how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected
  • Evidence-based techniques, backed by research

Positive Psychology

  • Focuses on strengths and what creates happiness, rather than just what’s wrong
  • Includes practicing gratitude, forgiveness, creating hope, and discovering your passion


Anxiety

Overcome your fears.
Challenge negative thoughts.
Learn relaxation skills and new tools for coping.

Stress
Management


Concrete tips to change how you manage your day.

Learn how to relax and sleep better.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)


Learn to stop worry by changing negative thoughts.

Panic
Attacks


Learn about the nature of panic and how to take back your life.

Skills to use in case of an attack and a new way of thinking about panic that lets you take back control.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a structured, time-limited approach to change how you think about the traumatic event.

Re-establish safety, trust, and peace.


Anger Management

Recognize triggers and stop before things escalate.
Deal with underlying hurts, fears, and frustrations.
Learn to express yourself in a way others can hear.

Guilt


Learn to forgive yourself and make amends.

Move forward, leaving the past in the past.

Forgiveness


Forgiveness is NOT saying it’s okay.  Recognize myths that block forgiveness.

Differentiate forgiveness from the past versus trust for the future.

Let go of anger and release offense.


Depression

Address physical, mental, and spiritual causes of depression.
Change negative thought patterns, and discover new joy.

Major Depressive Disorder


Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) can help you make simple lifestyle changes to overcome depression—with or without medication.

Bipolar Disorder


Coping skills and support to manage the ups and downs.

Change thought patterns.

Discover hope and healing.

Grief & Loss


Learn to grieve in your own way and at your own pace.

Hold onto good memories as you accept the loss and move forward.


Relationships

We all need love and connection. Help to grow healthy relationships and let go of toxic ones.
Escape blame/control cycles and learn to operate out of love rather than fear.

Dating


How to know if s/he is the ONE.

Work through communication issues, conflicts, and differences to make your relationship as healthy as it can be.

Marriage


Be a fabulous spouse!

Improve communication.

Learn to cope with challenges and build a stronger connection.

Divorce


Help to decide if you are considering divorce.

Support through the process and for recovery.

Parenting


Love your kids and help them become the best version of themselves.

Help with boundaries and fostering independence.

Building Blocks of Healthy Relationships

No relationship is healthier or happier than the people in it.
Becoming a great partner starts with being happy and healthy yourself.
Then you can learn to love, putting others first without losing yourself.

Boundaries


Learn to say no.  Find freedom from taking on responsibility that is not yours.

Establish boundaries that protect rather than punish, operating out of love rather than anger.

Empower others rather than enable them.

Communication


Learn to express yourself more effectively.

Become a better listener.

Learn to confront in a way that actually strengthens the relationship.

Vulnerability


You can only be loved to the extent that you are truly known.  Overcome fear and shame to be your authentic self.

Trust


Learn about different types of trust, what breaks it and what builds it.

Honor & Respect


Learn the difference between honor and respect and how to give and receive both.

Keeping Love Alive

Relationships require regular maintenance!  Be intentional to make yours the best it can be.

Romance


Learn about love languages and how to give and receive love in a way that leads to closer friendship and deeper intimacy.

Intimacy


Learn how honor and vulnerability work together to create deeper intimacy—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Sex


Talk openly about likes and dislikes, fantasies, and ways to keep things fresh.

Discover the spiritual side of sex.

Should I stay or should I go?

Leaving a relationship is a major life decision. Help for deciding and support—whichever way you choose.

Abuse


Strategies for ending abuse.   Learn to protect yourself and grow stronger.

Find your voice.

Experience healing and recovery.

Affairs


Processing the shock and trauma of betrayal.   Deciding how to move forward.

Addressing the issues that led to infidelity.  Recovery and rebuilding trust.


Life Transitions

Good or bad, change can be stressful!  Gain clarity and vision for next steps and the next season of life.

New Job or Career


Make the most of your day job while working toward your dream job.

Discover your passion and take concrete steps toward your destiny.

Moving & Relocation


Saying goodbye and establishing a new life and a new social network. Support for the transition.

Rebuilding After Death or Divorce


Endings can be hard. When you’re ready to begin again, it’s important to take care of yourself and know when and how to open yourself up to new things and new people.  Move at your own pace as you embrace the fresh start.

Empty Nest


You did your job and got them out of the house, but now what?  Learn to let go—while still supporting and making the transition to adult friendship with your children.

Find yourself again, re-discovering your own identity.

Re-connect with your spouse now that it’s not all about the kids.

Retirement


The day you’ve worked your whole life for is finally here—yet it can be disorienting to go from working and being in an office to being at home with so much free time on your hands.

Create a vision for your new life and learn to make the most of your time in a way that brings meaning, purpose, and fun!


Personal Growth

If you’re not changing, you’re not growing!  Help with the changes you’d like to make in your life and yourself.

Building Self-Esteem


Silence the critic and learn to challenge negative self-talk with the truth about who you really are.

Letting Go of Perfectionism


Escape the performance trap.

Simple ideas to keep you free when perfectionism tries to battle its way back in.

Overcoming Fears


Identify cognitive distortions that cause fear and overcome them with the truth.

A logical approach to overcome irrational fears…and emotional tools when you still feel stuck.

Connecting with God


Learn to hear God and feel His presence on a daily basis.

Deepen your understanding of His love.  Experience peace as you trust Him more.

Discovering Purpose


Discover the life you were uniquely born to live.

Understand your own life story…and determine where the story goes from here.

Living with Passion


Guidance to help you discover your strengths and your passion.

Feel more fully alive as you do what makes you thrive.

Going After Dreams


Help with goal-setting and ideas to turn your dreams into reality.

Concrete action steps and accountability to keep you motivated and moving forward.

 

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