Style of therapy Chris's style could best be described as "Contextual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy". In this sense, "contextual" means that our actions are largely based in a context of environment combined with mental feedback. We often do the best we can with whatever tools are available. Therapy consists of skills designed to increase awareness of mental traps - treating some of theses unhelpful thoughts and feelings as "obstacles" (as opposed to rigid barriers), and most importantly, not allowing our mental products to keep us from fully engaging in life. It is not necessarily that our thinking is "wrong", nor is it as simple as mentally "flipping a switch", and suddenly thinking positively. On the contrary, life can be full of challenges. Realistically, some of the situations that we will find ourselves in, may very well be emotionally (or even physically) painful. When life presents challenges, we can only make it better or worse for ourselves, or for the people that we care about, by the unique ways in which we respond to stressors. My clients are surprised when I inform them of the following possibility: "It is not necessarily the case, that your thoughts and feelings are totally "wrong" or "irrational", or even that these thoughts need to change." "Instead the unhealthy relationship with your thoughts and feelings may be what need changed." Life provides enough suffering, but we add to it -we give too much power to some of these unhealthy thoughts and emotions. We miss out on life when we allow our thoughts and feelings to "bully us"!Read more
Chris L McClish, LCP Chris holds a license as a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist. He provides therapy as a sole...Read more
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Chris L. McClish, LCP says
I do my best to help. Psychotherapy can be a "painful" process, so can learning a different set of skills, as well as change in general. We become safely accustomed to our thought patterns, as well as, our ways of coping with stress, and we get rigid with our response routines.
I hope that you feel that my delivery of services is with compassion and kindness. If that is not the case, please let me know and I will try a different approach or refer you to a different provider. I want you to succeed!
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