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Essential Journey Counseling
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Essential Journey Counseling is a Counselor that is located in Gastonia, NC.
Essential Journey Counseling is a Counselor that is located in Gastonia, NC.

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Weekend Intensive Services at Essential Journey Counseling

Intensives psychotherapy services differs from traditional weekly therapy. It’s designed to help those needing more help than what’s offered in traditional weekly therapy. I work with participants for two to three days to address the presenting issue and move into the healing process in a shorter period of time. Significant courage, time and commitment is required in order to get to the root of the problem and start the healing process.

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FAQ at Essential Journey Counseling
Does insurance pay for Counseling?

I am contracted with several insurance companies (United Healhcare, BCBS, AETNA, MEDCOST, HUMANA, MEDICARE, UMR, MAGELLAN, COVENTRY, TRICARE, CIGNA, MHN, & OPTUM) You will need to contact your insurance company to inquire about your policy and psychotherapy services. I will bill your insurance company if appropriate. Co-pays are expected at time services are rendered. Intensive services are NOT usually covered by insurance companies.

How long are my sessions?

The initial session is usually about 90 minutes. The following sessions are 45- 60 minutes. Intensive services session duration varies based on the needs of the participants.

Is my therapist available outside of traditional hours?

This varies based on your therapist. Your therapist should address this with you during your initial session.

Will the therapist give me advice?

It’s not a therapist's responsibility to give you advice. At Essential Journey, we get to know you and help you gain or regain your confidence. We review the pros and cons of available options. Therapists want to empower the client by helping them get back in the driver’s seat of life. We teach effective problem solving strategies, help clients overcome barriers and take their power back.

What if I can’t keep my appointment?

24-hour notice is required, without notice a $35.00 no show fee is charged.

Do you provide Clinical Supervision?

Yes, I provide clinical supervision for associates in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Please call for additional information.

Do you prescribe medication?

No, I do not prescribe medication. I do collaborate with those in the area that can prescribe medication.

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Therapist at Essential Journey Counseling

Cyd is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), with more than 15 years in the profession. She is committed to providing guidance and support to those seeking counseling, healing and purpose. She uses experiential techniques to explore and help the healing process. Cyd is experienced with combining hypnosis, guided imagery, and creative visualization into psychotherapy sessions. Research shows that these forms of therapy are beneficial to those faced with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She believes in the power of thought. She works to help you identify your thoughts and their origin. She appreciates the vulnerability this may bring forth and uses a very gentle approach to explore. In order to completely let go of fear, hurt, shame and guilt, she helps you name it and gain the courage to heal. She doesn’t just tell you what to do, she shows you how and she helps you sustain your progress. Cyd has extensive experience working with couples, teenagers, single parents, blended families, divorced parents, co-parenting, interracial relationships, codependency behaviors, and emotional trauma.

Her personal life experiences have contributed to her commitment to the healing process. She strongly believes that we have what it takes to heal our wounds. She has received training and been a participant at Onsite workshops in Tennessee (www.onsiteworkshops.com). She has an in-depth understanding of the courage it takes to peel back the layers and start the healing. She knows how to breathe and be present in life. She teaches others to do the same. She is very clear about her purpose in life and this is usually felt during the first session. She provides support and gentle guidance on the path to self-acceptance and self-value, teaching you to love yourself and find your inner strength.
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Group Counseling at Essential Journey Counseling

Therapeutic Meditation Group: Participants that have achieved some of their individual goals are able to join this group to sustain their progress.

Men's Group: Participants address issues from depression, anxiety, insecurities, marital conflict, and health issues. Groups are usually 90 minutes per group and attendance is by invite only.

Women’s Group: Participants focus on living their authentic life. We address issues of the past that continue to impact the present. We work to be emotionally healthy and whole in life.

Women Intimacy Groups (WIGs): Participants address issues of intimacy. Intimacy refers to the feeling of being in a close personal connection with another. This connection can be negatively impacted by mental and physical health, loss, and betrayal. This group is NOT insurance billable. The current cost is 70.00 for 2hrs. If paying for all 10 groups in advance the cost is $650.00. This is a private group and members will be screened prior to attendance.

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Teen Counseling at Essential Journey Counseling

Teens have problems too! The therapist is not an extension of parenting. Teens or young adults have mental health needs. Various life stressors can impact anyone’s mental health. Too much stress can be overwhelming for teens (school, work, friendship, bullying) they’re not sure how to cope and can develop dysfunctional coping habits (self-harming practices, promiscuity, isolation, substance use, etc). Relationship loss is another primary reason teens or young adults seek therapy. This could be the death of a loved one, break ups, or change of family dynamics. We work to normalize feelings, and improve coping skills. We explore thoughts, feelings and actions. We set realistic goals to effectively address the issues. Sometimes what may seem to be minor to others is major to the teen/young adult. Each session last about 60 minutes.

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Couples Counseling at Essential Journey Counseling

"I don't need counseling, but you do." "I'm not going to therapy." We can still provide couples counseling with just one part of the couple-ship. This is not the norm, however it does happen and couples are able to work through their issues when there is open, honest communication. One partner can implement positive change and the couple-ship will be positively impacted. Whether one or both members of the couple-ship is present we work to identify the source of the disconnection. We acknowledge the impact of the experience and we work to rebuild stronger connections.

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Family Counseling at Essential Journey Counseling

Family Counseling focuses on healing the family unit. We are able to address the presenting issues, identify the triggers, help each member identify how they contribute to the family unit functional or dysfunctional patterns. Family's often unintentionally create experiences that keep them stuck in dysfunction. We help families identify strengths and use these strengths to heal old and new wounds. Each session last about 2 hours and primarily scheduled on weekends.

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Counseling Services at Essential Journey Counseling

This is your time to focus on your needs. You are able to share your thoughts and feelings without judgment. My role is to help you identify and overcome the issues that keep you stuck. Overall, the goal is to help you develop and implement more effective coping skills. Each session lasts about 60 minutes.

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Trauma Recovery at Essential Journey Counseling

Group participants are women survivors of sexual abuse. These women build a safe and trusting environment in which they share life experiences. They learn to let go of unnecessary shame and guilt connected to their abuse. They learn to walk in recovery and forgiveness.

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