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WEST COUNSELING is a Dallas based group of professionals that offer compassionate, comprehensive, individual, marital, and group counseling for those struggling with a variety of issues.

Our passion is to care for those who are hurting by providing a safe and professional environment for individuals and families to examine the truth of their lives. We believe that we often do not see ourselves clearly; therefore, we need help seeing and dealing with the reality of our struggles.

WEST COUNSELING was established with the belief that grace and truth come through Jesus Christ (John 1:17) the Son of God, and that by believing in Him anyone may have eternal life in His name (John 5:24). It is through His teachings of truth and grace that we desire to come alongside the families and individuals with whom we work.

While each counselor at West Counseling believes that the power to live a life of Freedom is found in Jesus Christ, it is our desire to work with people of all faiths, understanding that God loves everyone and desires all men and women to be set free to live the abundant life. Some of issues we work with are:

Adolescent and Childhood Concerns

Cognitive processing for children and adolescents is unique to the age group and degree of mental development, requiring a distinctive approach to counseling. Integral to the process is problem-solving with respect to communication within the family system.

Anxiety

Excessive anxiety is one of the most common reasons individuals seek therapy as it interferes with all aspects of life, including relationships, families, and work. Anxiety may be temporary and moderate or can extend to phobias, obsession, and panic disorders.

Communication Skills
In the context of family, relationships, or the workplace, many problems manifest as the result of difficulties in communication. Feedback and education concerning healthy communication is integral to healthy interaction between individuals in a variety of contexts.

Depression

Clinical depression may manifest itself in a variety of symptoms, extending from feelings of enduring sadness, hopelessness, and anxiety to physical complications like weight and sleep problems. Left untreated, depression symptoms may drastically decrease one’s quality of life to the point of becoming dangerous to one’s wellbeing.

Divorce

Divorce inevitably causes stress, often leading to symptoms of anxiety and depression. The challenging emotions resulting from divorce must be processed in a healthy manner in order to successfully endure the life changes that result from the end of a marriage.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders vary in severity, ranging from a disturbance in everyday diet to a full-fledged addiction to eating dangerously small or large amounts of food. Typically, eating disorders prove the manifestation of an underlying psychological problem, and cognitive-behavioral health must be addressed in order to remedy to presenting condition.

Grief
Coping with the death of a loved one often triggers a range of challenging emotions and life changes that may further complicate an already-difficult season of life. Education and encouragement with respect to a healthy mourning process is integral to walking through such a season.

Marital and Family Conflict

Marital and family difficulty is one of the leading causes of stress, anxiety, and depression in our society, resulting in a range of challenging emotions that often make handling the problem alone an impossible task. In seeking to honor one’s the lifelong commitment to one’s family, seasons of emotional and behavioral complication may need to be addressed with an eye towards communication and problem-solving skills.

Parenting Skills

As the saying goes, there is no handbook for parenting. Raising children inevitably results in instances of doubt and apprehension, and the emotional and behavioral implications of such challenges are often made more difficult by unhealthy beliefs and practices with respect to the roles and responsibilities of parents.

Pre-marital Counseling
Before making a lifelong commitment to another person, it is imperative that a couple aggressively and honestly address issues relating to communication patterns and personality differences in order to be fully prepared for the joys and challenges of marriage. It is far better to address such aspects of a relationship before entering into marriage than to struggle through their fruition as a newly married couple.

Sexual Addiction
As with any addiction, sexual addiction in any form refers to an individual’s inability to control his or her behaviors. Typically, such compulsions are the result of an underlying psychological challenge that must be confronted and resolved in a healthy manner in order to gain freedom from the addiction.

Stress Management
Although stress is unavoidable to a degree, unwarranted and consuming levels of stress may lead to generalized anxiety disorders, depression, and even physiological symptoms. Typically, the healthy resolution of such conditions requires not simply behavioral modification but also education concerning cognitive and emotional processing.

Substance Abuse

One of the foremost challenges facing men and women of all ages in our society, prolonged substance abuse cannot continue without taking a toll on aspects of an individual’s life and the life of those they love. The experience of men and women who have had victory over drugs and alcohol is invaluable in addressing the underlying causes of chemical dependency.

Resources

Transitional Living Centers

Gaston House www.gastonhouse.com

Windhaven House www.windhavenhouse.com

 

Primary Addiction Treatment Centers

Burning Tree Ranch www.burningtree.com

Visions Adolescent www.visionsteen.com

Origins www.origins.com

Eating Disorders

National Association of  Anorexia Disorders www.anad.org
Remuda Ranch: www.remudaranch.org
Elisa Project: www.theelisaproject.org

Addiction / Recovery

CARE: www.parkcitiesYMCA.org
Celebrate Recovery: www.Celebraterecovery.com
www.fellowshipdallas.org
www.watermark.org/ministry/celebrate.asp
Alcoholics Anonymous: www.alcoholicsanonymous.com
Alanon: www.dallasal-anon.org
Every Mans Battle: www.Everymansbattle.com

General

Barnabas: www.barnabasjourney.org
Obsessive Compulsive Foundation: www.OCFoundation.com
Boundary Setting: www.cloudtownsend.com
Finances: www.DaveRamsey.com
Finances: www.Crown.org
Marriage: www.MarriageToday.org

SUGGESTED BOOKS

Eating Disorders

Eating By the Light of the Moon by Anita Johnston

Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribol & Elyse Rech

Like Mother, Like Daughter by Debra Westerhouse

First You Cry: A Handbook of Hope for Families by Dianne McLaughlin Meraglia and Alred Ells

When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder by Abigail H. Natenshon

Addiction / Recovery

The Lost Years by Kristin Wandzila & Constance Curry

Codependents Guide to the Twelve Steps by Melody Beattie

Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie

Courage to Change (no author - 12 step literature)

Hope for Today (no author – 12 step literature)

Sexual Abuse Recovery

The Wounded Heart - Dr. Dan B. Allender

Spiritual

Church Why Bother by Phillip Yancey

What's So Amazing About Grace by Phillip Yancey

Soul Survivor by Phiilip Yancey

The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen

My Utmost for His Highest – Oswald Chambers

The Kingdom Agenda – Tony Evans

Counterfeit Gods - Tim Keller

Life Skills

Boundaries - Henry Cloud and John Townsend

The OCD Workbook – Bruce Hyman and Cherry Pedrick

Relationship/Marital

Boundaries in Marriage – Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Passionate Marriage –David Schnarch

Marriage on the Rock –Jimmy Evans

Rescue Your Love Life –Henry Cloud and John Townsend

The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman

Men

Wild at Heart –John Eldredge

Every Man's Battle –Steve Arterburn and Fred Stoker

Every Heart Restored –Steve Arterburn and Fred Stoker

Women

Fresh Brewed Life – Nicole Johnson

Captivating –John Eldredge and Stasi Eldredge

Every Woman’s Battle – Shannon Ethridge

For Women Only - Shaunti Feldhahn

Parenting

Militant Parenting –Jerry Brown

Common Sense Parenting – Ray Burke PhD, Ron Herron and Briget Barnes

The Five Love Languages of Children – Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

Understanding Personality

The Emotional Brain – Joseph LeDoux

Financial

Financial Peace University –Dave Ramsey

Your Money Counts –Howard Dayton

Grief

The Grief Recovery Handbook - John W. James and Russell Friedman

A Severe Mercy - Sheldon Vanauken

Attention Deficit Disorder

Healing ADD - Dr. Daniel Amen

Borderline Personality Disorder

Get Me Out of Here - Rachel Reiland

I Hate You Don't Leave Me –Jerold J. Kreisman M.D.

Misc.

How People Grow by Cloud and Townsend
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
Love to Eat Hate to Eat by Elyse Fitzpatrick – eating disorders
The Mom Factor by Cloud and Townsend - parenting
The Search for Significance by Robert McGee Wild at Heart by John Eldridge – Christian Reading
Every Woman’s Battle – sexual issues
The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges – Christian Reading
More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell –Christian Reading
A Ready Defense by Josh McDowell – Christian Reading
Shattered Dreams by Crabb
Please Understand Me by Keirsey
Do What You Are
Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher (about adolescent teens)
Militant Parenting by Dr. Jerry Brown (parenting)

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Name: West Counseling
Address: 5115 McKinney Ave Ste.B Dallas,Tx 75205