Is Counseling For You?…
Are you feeling depressed, grief, lonely or hopeless? Do you spend a lot of time thinking over and over about your worries, fears, and what bad things may happen? Maybe, your relationship seems to only consist of arguments and conflict. Are you a parent that is constantly worried about your teen’s isolation, school performance, anger, anxiety or just plain lack of being happy? Are these things getting in the way of daily functioning?
These are common concerns and feelings for most people to have at some point in their life. For example: 3 out of 5 adults experience depression in their lifetime. For teens: 8 out of 10 will have serious depression. 40 million adults are effected by anxiety. 1
Realizing that your day to day life is not where you want it to be is a very important step to improvement. The next step is to find a path to approach the problem. Suggestions:
- Visit your Primary Care Physician to get help and resources.
- Talk to a trusted friend/family member who you know has experience with counseling. They may give you a trusted professionals name or other ways that helped them with their problem.
- Call Young Counseling Services to set up an appointment to explore counseling in Victor or Canandaigua. I also offer a free phone/text consult to help you find the right professional.
You may be thinking…
Will counseling really help? Is it worth the time and effort? This is a common response for people thinking about therapy. I know because most of the people finishing therapy with me say something like: “I really was skeptical of this whole counsling thing, but it wasn’t what I thought it would be. I feel so much better and have made many improvements. I wish I would have done this months ago to avoid all that pain I went through.
Money is tight and I cannot afford it.
That may be the case if you have a large deductible/copay or no insurance. However, I like to work with people financially until they get their deductible met. I have at least 3 referrals for free counseling if I cannot work out something with you. I also can point you in the right direction for one-to-one insurance assessment to get on an insurance plan.
I take several insurances. My goal is to get you the help you need with me or with someone else. Mental health problems are too painful or potentially dangerous to leave untreated.
What will you find unique about me?
Over and over people I work with tell me they feel understood and heard. They say they came away with effective tools to address their specific issue. Each person has a unique therapy plan that addresses their needs as stated by them. A good way to sum this up is an email I recently received from a collegue:
Emma M. Brixen, PA-C
- Call Young Counseling Services for a consult or an appointment at 585-444-1808.
- Gather more information with the following resources:
- example: I recently attended a training in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma Informed Practices. I accept most insurance policies.
- Full-time private practice at Boike Counseling, Canandaigua, 2010-2016.
- Part-Time Private Practice in Caledonia, NY for 10 years, 1996 – 2006.
- Therapist at Unity Health System Outpatient Mental Health Services. In addition to seeing patients, I coordinated a Graduate Internship Program collaborating with 6 Local Colleges. I personally supervised about 25 college interns. During this time, I also worked overnights as Psychiatric Assignment Officer in St. Mary’s Psychiatric Emergency Room.
- Hillside Family of Agencies – Waiver Program, SPOA Team Member and NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) liaison and trainer to parents with children with mental health issues.
- Director of Preventive Services, Society for the Protection and Care of Children. During this time I also served as Chair of the Monroe County Preventive Services Coalition and as Chairperson of the Coalition to Analyze the Effectiveness of Preventive Services in Monroe County in 1995 and 1996.
PERSONAL: I live with my wife and 4 children in Chili, NY. My children are ages 14 – 24; my youngest is adopted. My wife is an advocate for better public policy and funding for children. I am active in my church, Parkminster Presbyterian, and volunteer every year with Flower City Work Camp.