Counseling in Tucosn
Joshua Tree offers several counseling options to help clients from from hopeless to healing in a comfortable, inviting, and private office setting. We believe that healing IS possible, that hope can be restored and lives and relationships can be changed.
Do You Need Counseling or Therapy?
The words counseling and therapy are often used interchangeably but there are a few noteworthy distinctions that may help guide you in how to select a mental health professional to help you with your specific concerns and goals.
Counseling is typically short-term. Counselors offer support and guidance, focusing on “present day problems that may be affecting your overall mental health and well-being” (Healthline.com, 2020). Grief is an good example that illustrates the need for counseling because the loss of a loved one is a present day concern impacting a person’s overall ability to function. Once a person has grieved the loss, counseling generally comes to a close. Counseling generally lasts week to months.
Counseling is the process of figuring out what to do about the issue or situation that is causing a person’s distress or dysfunction. Of course, during counseling it may become clear that deeper issues are impacting the person’s ability to grieve and it may be necessary to transfer care to a therapist.
Counselors have varying degrees ranging from a bachelor’s degree to a doctorate degree and they may have certifications but they aren’t required to be licensed.
Psychotherapy tends to be longer-term because the focus is usually on the influence of the past on present-day functioning. Whereas people who seek counseling generally have an idea of what the issues that brought them to counseling, people who seek psychotherapy may have more general concerns like trauma, feeling disconnected, instability in relationships, or they may present with a major mental health diagnosis in need of ongoing support. Therapy may last months to years.
Therapy is the process of unraveling the why behind a person’s suffering AND developing strategies to cope with or change their circumstances.
Therapy is a state regulated practice which requires adherence by the therapist to a code of ethics, and licensing rules and standards. They must have a minimum of a master’s degree and should be licensed.
While a psychotherapist is qualified to provide counseling, a counselor may or may not possess the necessary training and skills to provide psychotherapy. — VeryWellMind.com, 2020
Are you ready to take the first step towards healing from a traumatic or abusive childhood? Trauma therapy is Rachel Lohrman’s specialty area. She uses a gentle approach that is likely to feel very different than any other counseling experience you may have had before. She first establishes a safe and trusting relationship, helps prepare you for the journey, and then walks alongside you so you can face the past with support and guidance.
Her approach is based on many trauma models including EMDR, Trauma Model Therapy, Neuroaffective Embodied Self-System Therapy and Ego State Therapy, among others. She creates a truly customized counseling approach that is based on your goals, your personality, and your readiness and preparedness for healing.
Visit Rachel’s website at RachelLohrman.com
Have you heard about EMDR and it’s benefits for addressing PTSD and other forms of trauma? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful method of approaching trauma. It allows clients to address the underlying roots of present day struggles without the needs to tell and retell the story. EMDR allows the brain to resume it’s natural healing process which was blocked at the time of the trauma. Rapid eye movements (or other forms of bilateral stimulation) is used to help remove the black while the client remains conscious and aware of the memory they are reprocessing.
Rachel Lohrman, LPC is trained in the use of EMDR and incorporates this into her trauma therapy approach to healing. She often uses Attachment-Focused EMDR to further assist client with attachment wounding and early childhood trauma/abuse.
Dissociation & DID
Did you have a hard or traumatic childhood and found that relying on dissociation helped you manage the challenges of abuse or neglect? Dissociation is something we all experience at some level. It exists on a continuum with daydreaming and muscle-memory driving on the low, more typical end and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) on the opposite, more extreme end.
Rachel Lohrman, LPC specializes in the assessment and treatment of dissociation and dissociative disorders. Did you know that PTSD is considered to fall into the higher range of the dissociative continuum? So does Borderline Personality Disorder.
Are you hoping to address that thing you are really struggling with from a Christian perspective? Do you have anxiety/depression? Are you grieving? Are you in a major life transition or struggling with women’s issues?
Pastoral Counseling is Marybeth Steigenga’s specialty area. She offers counseling from a Biblical worldview and weaves Biblical principles into the counseling experience.
As an Ordained Minister of Pastoral Care, and a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor, Marybeth is equipped to walk alongside those who wish to address their problems from a Christian perspective and hope to have prayer and Scripture woven into sessions.
Visit Marybeth’s website at MarybethSteigenga.com
Are you a Christian married couple and, while committed to each other for the long haul, you’re struggling with connection or communication? Marybeth Steigenga, PhD is a Pastoral Counselor who helps married couples work through a marriage boot camp to strengthen their marriage, re-connect with one another emotionally and spiritually, and rediscover what makes you unique as a couple. Marybeth likes to meet with the couple first to establish a rapport and explain the roadmap of her 12 week Christian Marriage Boot Camp counseling experience. You can learn more about Marybeth’s approach here.
Dr. Chet Weld, LPC is a licensed professional counselor, Christian marriage counselor and psychotherapist. He works with couples to build and grow their relationship while helping them to break conflictual patterns which typically involves resolving family issues with extended family members and sometimes focuses on healing from a breach of the marriage covenant. You can learn more about him here.
Counseling for Teen Girls
Are you the parent of a older teen girl (16+) who is struggling and want to make sure she is guided in counseling by a strong, mature Christian counselor? Marybeth Steigenga, PhD has a special place in her heart for older teen girls who are struggling, grieving, or trying to find their place in the world.
In additional to offering counseling from a Christian perspective, she incorporates therapeutic art and Enneagram coaching to help teen girls process emotions, learn about the God-given uniqueness of their personality and to cast a vision for their future.
Rachel Lohrman, LPC
Rachel is the founder of Joshua Tree Counseling and a licensed professional counselor who specializes in the treatment of trauma and dissociation; PTSD and DID; suicidality; Borderline Personality Disorder; anxiety; spiritual wounding, and childhood verbal, emotions, and sexual abuse. She works with clients towards developing tools and strategies to use in the here and now and also helps clients better understand and untangle those early messages from childhood holding them hostage. Rachel is EMDR trained. When faith and Christian values are an important aspect of therapy to the client she weaves this into the counseling experience.
Dr. Marybeth Steigenga
Marybeth is a pastoral counselor who specializes in Christian counseling with married couples, engaged couples, teen girls, and individuals. She offers marriage counseling and pre-marital counseling, offering practical strategies to re-connect, communicate, and heal. She works with individuals struggling with anxiety/depression; grief/loss; life transitions; and child and relationship issues. Marybeth is an ordained minister of pastoral care and has a doctorate in Christian counseling; she values the integration of faith into the counseling experience She is a certified life coach, Enneagram coach, and therapeutic art coach.
Dr. Chet Weld, LPC
Chet is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in marriage counseling, working with couples towards communication skills, relationship building, and problems that relate to family issues. Chet also specializes in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, and family-of-origin issues. He’s an ordained pastor who attributes dignity and extends radical acceptance to every client. He values being “warm and human first; professional always.” He holds a doctorate in counseling psychology and has 40 years’ experience as a Christian-based therapist, pastor, and pastoral counselor.