Family & Marriage Therapy
I specialize in family and marriage therapy. Every family has challenges, but if we figure out what they are and talk them out, we can improve family relations. Sometimes what we think is the problem is only the symptom of a bigger problem. I have found it to be amazing what can happen when the whole family comes to counseling and talks to each other with the help of a counselor.
I have a desire to strengthen marriages by helping couples discover what the weaknesses and strengths of their marriages are. Sometimes, without realizing it, couples emphasize their weaknesses while ignoring their strengths. I help them see what they have, so they appreciate it more while assisting them in learning how to deal with those weaknesses more effectively. You can change for the better once you decide to work on the problem. I encourage anyone who wants to improve the quality of their family life to invest the time and effort in counseling. What we learn about each other and ourselves is so crucial in helping us change.
Benefits of Counseling & Approach
Counseling offers you the opportunity to make some critical changes. The success of those changes depends on your effort and participation in the process. Some benefits include conflict resolution, a greater sense of meaning and purpose in life, increased self-worth, and an awareness of one’s choices. Learning to make decisions with a long-term perspective in mind produces much better decisions. In each counseling session, I aim to help you develop the needed skills to accomplish your goals. Counseling helps us talk about things we often cannot do by ourselves. My approach to counseling is a practical approach, in which I use techniques and principles that best fit each situation. I work to help you see the other perspective. Secondly, I concentrate on how we think and how our thoughts become patterns and ultimately influence our behavior. Thirdly, I help the person design a specific strategy to implement appropriate behavior. Successful counseling helps marriages and families appreciate each other and enjoy their relationships.
I have been counseling families for many years. I have a Master’s degree in counseling from Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis and a Doctorate in Psychology from California Southern University in Irvine, California. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor #2011014362 in the state of Missouri and a National Certified Counselor #326853.
Appointments and Fees
The charge is $150 to initiate counseling, individual or couple (reports and letters are additional). That gives you five sessions. We do not accept insurance but can give you an official receipt to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. Most people do at least ten sessions. To get started, download the forms and fill them out. Be sure to sign the consent form and drop them by the office or mail them to our office with your payment. Make checks or money orders to People’s Church, 1770 Missouri State Rd, Arnold, MO 63010. Please call the office for more information. Office: 636-296-0400. Once we receive your forms and payment, you will be contacted about an appointment.
Pastor Boyd D. Brooks PsyD, LPC, NCC