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In 1982 I started out counseling in a small practice in Pasadena, Texas with Robert McGee, author of Search for Significance. He was my mentor for 4 years. He then started Rapha, an inpatient Christian psychiatric program. I left my full time job to become the Director of the outpatient counseling offices. The Houston Center for Christian Counseling grew and now has over 35 therapists and 8 receptionists, the largest outpatient clinic of its kind in the Houston area.
HCCC was sold and my wife (Beverly Conant, LCPC) and I moved to Kittery, Maine in 2011 and established Conant Associates, LLC - an outpatient counseling practice seeing children, adolescents and adults. We are both licensed as LCPC in the State of Maine. In October 2014, we bought a house in Sanford, Maine and moved our practice there. It is now known as Pleasant Avenue Family Counseling. We have been joined by Chad Delassandri, LCPC-C.
I see those 17 and above for areas including depression, A.D.D., anxiety, trauma related experiences (PTSD), grief, relationship concerns, vocational issues, family problems, couples therapy and other issues. I admire those who have an innate resilience. I appreciate being "invited" into someone's life at those critical periods when times are tough. I intervene by trying to help generate options for handling various situations. Many times it isn't so much trying to figure out what to do with someone else as much as it is exploring what is going on within ourselves. When we gain new perspectives some of the cobwebs clear and we see things with a clearer vision.
I work 3 days each week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 8pm. I can be reached via phone (207-475-4156); fax (916-674-9715); text message (207-475-4156), email firstname.lastname@example.org; or leave a message on our website: www.familycounselingmaine.com. I will return messages quickly; or at least that's my intent. I don't like to keep people waiting for long periods of time because I don't care for that type of treatment myself.
Many that come to see me know what to do but for one reason or another cannot seem to do it. So in therapy we explore the blockages and the destructive patterns that keep them stuck and try to discuss why those have been needed.
On occasion with those that like to read I may give homework assignments involving reading material relevant to the individual's situation or going through an interactive workbook. The material simply sheds additional "light" on the person's life and the various ways difficult situations can be handled.
Certainly a key to any solid therapy is listening – not only with your ears but with your heart; listening to what is being said, the way it is being said, the reason for saying it and what is not being said. All these contribute to the understanding that the therapist gains in working with a person. I find that people are startled by some of the observations I'm able to make just from listening to them. That's one of the factors that makes therapy a worthwhile experience is the feedback, the insight and the objectivity the person can get from the therapist.
By the time an individual calls me for a first appointment they may have been struggling as to whether they should call for weeks or even months. When they build up enough courage to dial my number I want to either answer my phone when they call or get back to them as quickly as I can after a message is left. I never take for granted the amount of time, courage, energy and money that my folks have given to their therapy sessions. All are treated with dignity, compassion and respect.
I attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia graduating with a Master's Degree in Counseling in 1990. I did my internship at the Houston Center for Christian Counseling in Sugar Land, Texas in 1990-1991 and got my license to practice as an LPC in Texas. I worked with teens and adults in the out-patient setting, adults in an in-patient program in local psychiatric hospitals, and did group work in areas of family of origin and co-dependency. I have seen folks struggling with depression, anxiety, addictions of all kinds, grief, trauma, relationship concerns, marriage issues and family problems.
I have now moved to Sanford, Maine. Our practice is known as Pleasant Avenue Family Counseling. My wife, Beverly Conant, LCPC/RPT/S, works with children, teens and adults. Between the two of us we have over 60 years of counseling individuals in all ways of life.
I do a considerable amount of couple's counseling. My style involves using a collaborative therapy approach that I first learned from Dan Wile, a therapist from California. This approach uses strategies like "solve the moment vs. solve the problem." When couples collaborate they are not blaming the other, they are sharing what is going on with them during conflict laden situations in hopes they can be understood and accepted. When couples can accept and understand the other it can open the gates to changing the patterns that have kept them stuck in angry and defensive posturing.
Sometimes I actually do "doubling" for one of the individuals by stating something that they are thinking and that they might be protecting (hiding) from their significant other. When I say it the individual typically agrees that I did "get it right" but they wouldn't have said it in that manner. But the significant other says that when they heard it stated that way it didn't hurt them and they didn't have to "fight" back.
This collaborative approach has proven to be my most effective approach in marriage and relationship counseling. I do use other approaches as well.