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Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being.
My name is Luciana "Lu" Whipple. I welcome you with the belief that life can be lived fully and that we are all capable of achieving a sense of health and well-being. I believe that it's life stressors, trauma, individual experiences, and faulty learning that move us off-balance leading to dysfunctional relationships, depression, anxiety, and unhealthy coping mechanisms.
The good news? This can be corrected!
As an interactive solution-focused therapist, I employ and integrate complementary methodologies and techniques, including Cognitive-Behavioral, Family Systems, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapies. This highly individualized therapeutic approach addresses personal life challenges and provides helpful feedback to help you achieve emotional stability, personal growth, and healthy relationships.
My goal is to create a safe and supportive place where, together, we can examine your life challenges constructively and with confidence, freeing you to enjoy the good things life has to offer. With compassion and understanding, I will work with you to build on your own strengths and attain the goals you are committed to achieve.
In a collaborative setting, respectful of your own value system, we can examine your thoughts, feelings, and behavior to uncover your true potential and help you lead a life that is worth celebrating.
While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to heal, to better understand, and to resolve the challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, that sometimes include a good sense of humor, we will work to heal from past hurt or to unearth long-standing behavioral patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
With over 18 years of experience working with a wide range of backgrounds, I provide life coaching, counseling and therapy to individuals, couples, and familes. I also offer supervision to LPC interns and consultation to other clinicians. Located in West Plano, I specialize in relationship counseling, career counseling, and in treating the symptoms of major depression, anxiety-related disorders, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, self-injury, chemical dependency, PTSD and other complex trauma.
If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
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During your first session we obtain information about your current concerns, relevant history, and goals. Your counselor also reviews relevant office policies and procedures, such as confidentiality, rates, and insurance. At the end of the appointment, you and your intake counselor will determine an appropriate course of action and formulate an initial treatment plan. This plan might include subsequent sessions with your counselors, homework, participation in a group or class, or a referral to another provider who can better meet your needs.
All therapists and administrative staff members meet HIPAA compliancy regulations for health care information privacy.
All our therapists are licensed by the state of Texas to provide mental health treatment. In Texas, mental health professionals are regulated by the following government agencies:
- If you don't think everyday is a good one, just try missing one. ~ Cavett Robert
- Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you. They're supposed to help you discover who you are. ~ Bernice Johnson Reagan
- Life is a grindstone. But whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us. ~ L. Thomas Holdcraft
If you are thinking of harming yourself or someone else, log off the computer and dial 911, call a local crisis hotline, and/or proceed to your nearest emergency room.
Suicide Hotline Resource: WWW.SUICIDEHOTLINES.COM
If you are dealing with a crisis situation in your life or the life of a loved one, we offer the following information from The American Counseling Association*.
Five ways that you can cope after a crisis situation:
- Recognize your own feelings about the situation and talk to others about your fears. Know that these feelings are a normal response to an abnormal situation.
- Be willing to listen to family and friends who have been affected and encourage them to seek counseling if necessary.
- Be patient with people; fuses are short when dealing with crises and others may be feeling as much stress as you.
- Recognize normal crises reactions, such as sleep disturbances and nightmares, withdrawal, reverting to childhood behaviors and trouble focusing on work or school.
- Take time with your children, spouse, life partner, friends and co-workers to do something you enjoy.
*Founded in 1952, the American Counseling Association is the world’s largest private, non-profit organization for professional counselors. Dedicated to promoting public confidence and trust in the counseling profession, the American Counseling Association serves nearly 50,000 members in the United States and 50 other countries by providing leadership training, continuing education and advocacy services.
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