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FRIDAY - September 9, 2016 - KATY MENTAL HEALTH NETWORKING

David Martin

Martin Counseling is hosting the next Katy Mental Health Networking event.

FRIDAY, September 9, 2016. 11:30 AM UNTIL 1:30 PM

Our lunch and 1.5 hour CEU are sponsored by Houston Behavioral Healthcare.

There is NO COST to this meeting.  To reserve your place at this event please RSVP by filling out this simple form.  

OFFERING 1.5 HOURS FREE CEU.

 

SPEAKER: Allison Marek, LCSW, CDWF - Program Director. Center for Discovery

TOPIC: Eating Disorders

MEETING TIME IS 11:30 AM TO 1:30 PM.  

NETWORKING 11:30 AM TO NOON.  

CEU IS NOW NOON TO 1:30 PM.

PLAN TO STAY UNTIL 1:30 PM TO RECEIVE FREE CEUS.

This meeting is primarily for mental health clinicians and providers.

FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS INFO TO OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS.

FRIDAY, September 9, 2016. 11:30 AM UNTIL 1:30 PM.THE BRAZOS VALLEY SCHOOLS CREDIT UNION

25525 KATY MILLS PARKWAY

KATY, TX 77494

281-391-2149 (PHONE NUMBER TO THE LOCATION)

For any questions, please contact Martin Counseling’s office at 713-489-5473 or email: Info@HoustonLPC.com.

DBT Skills Group

David Martin

dbtgroup

Martin Counseling is now offering

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group

14-18 year-olds

Weekly small group preparing students to change behaviors that are not helpful by gaining skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation. Students learn to manage and respond to emotions without using destructive behaviors.

Tuesdays from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Cost only $50 per session

15 sessions

(Skills group must be payed monthly prior to 1st group)

Space is limited. Call today

 713-489-5473

Or email: Info@HoustonLPC.com

We are out-of-network for Insurance. However, invoices provided upon request for self-filling.

*** Students must complete phone or in person screening before joining the skills group. They must be in weekly individual counseling with DBT leader or therapist of choice. 

FRIDAY - July 8, 2016 - KATY MENTAL HEALTH NETWORKING

David Martin

Martin Counseling is hosting the next Katy Mental Health Networking event.

FRIDAY, July 8, 2016. 11:30 AM UNTIL 1:30 PM

Our lunch and 1.5 hour CEU are sponsored by Houston Behavioral Healthcare.

There is NO COST to this meeting.  To reserve your place at this event please RSVP by filling out this simple form.  

OFFERING 1.5 HOURS FREE CEU.

SPEAKER: Lorrianne Morrow, LPC-S, BCN

TOPIC: Neurofeedback

MEETING TIME IS NOW 11:30 AM TO 1:30 PM.  

  • NETWORKING 11:30 AM TO NOON.  

  • CEU IS NOW NOON TO 1:30 PM.

  • PLAN TO STAY UNTIL 1:30 PM TO RECEIVE FREE CEUS.

This meeting is primarily for mental health clinicians and providers.

FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS INFO TO OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS.

FRIDAY, July 8, 2016, 2016. 11:30 AM UNTIL 1:30 PM.

THE BRAZOS VALLEY SCHOOLS CREDIT UNION

25525 KATY MILLS PARKWAY

KATY, TX 77494

281-391-2149 (PHONE NUMBER TO THE LOCATION)

For any questions, please contact Martin Counseling’s office at 713-489-5473 or email: Info@HoustonLPC.com.

True Confessions: The Ups and Downs of Private Practice-The Basics

David Martin

  • Are you thinking about starting a private counseling or other professional practice but have no idea where to start? 

  • Have you recently started a practice and have found it to be lonely out there on your own?

  • Are you a counseling or social work student or recent graduate who wants to investigate a bit further to determine if private practice is right for you or should you consider agency work instead?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then this workshop is exactly where you need to be!!  

In this interactive workshop we will candidly discuss the ins and outs of starting a private practice.  We will discuss everything from choosing a business structure to developing actionable goals to getting those doors open for business.

Come learn from two therapists with over a decade of varied private practice experience.

We promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!!

We will answer your questions and offer support for your dreams of having a profitable private practice. You can become a part of an ongoing community of support for new private practitioners who meet on a regular basis. Come, network with other professionals, and get inspired!

Cost: Early registration : $75 (before May 14)

          Late registration: $85 (space available)

Space is very limited so register TODAY!!

See what others are saying about this training: 

I am inspired!!                        I now know what I need to do!!            This class is so needed!!          Thank you!!

Questions please give us a call at 713-892-5483 for more information.

 

  • Shana D. Lewis, LPC, NCC

    Living Well Professional Counseling Services, PLLC

    Owner/Clinical Director

 

  • Richelle Whittaker, LPC, NCC

    Providential Counseling and Consulting

    Owner

WHEN

Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (CDT) - Add to Calendar

WHERE

University of Houston - 4800 Calhoun Road Student Center South , Houston, TX 77004

True Confessions: The Ups and Downs of Private Practice--The Basics

David Martin

By: Shana D. Lewis, LPC, NCC (Living Well PCS) and Richelle Whittaker, LPC, NCC (Providential Counseling & Consulting)

  • Are you thinking about starting a private counseling practice but have no idea where to start? 

  • Have you recently started a practice and have found it to be lonely out there on your own?

  • Are you a counseling or social work student or recent graduate who wants to investigate a bit further to determine if private practice is right for you or should you consider agency work instead?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then this workshop is exactly where you need to be!!  

In this interactive workshop we will candidly discuss the ins and outs of starting a private practice.  We will discuss everything from choosing a business structure to developing actionable goals to getting those doors open for business.

Come learn from two therapists with over a decade of varied private practice experience.

We promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!!

We will answer your questions and offer support for your dreams of having a profitable private practice. You can become a part of an ongoing community of support for new private practitioners who meet on a regular basis. Come, network with other professionals, and get inspired!

Cost: Early registration : $75 (before April 13)

          Late registration: $85 (space available)

 

Registration includes lunch and networking.

12:30-1:00 pm Lunch and networking

1:00-4:00 pm  Workshop

 

Space is very limited so register TODAY!! 

Attend Event

Questions please give us a call at 713-892-5483 for more information.

Shana D. Lewis, LPC, NCC

Living Well Professional Counseling Services, PLLC

Owner/Clinical Director

 

Richelle Whittaker, LPC, NCC

Providential Counseling and Consulting

Owner

WHEN

Friday, April 22, 2016 from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT) -

WHERE

University of Houston - 4800 Calhoun Road Student Center South Room 212, Houston, TX 77004 - View Map

FRIDAY - MAY 6, 2016 - KATY MENTAL HEALTH NETWORKING

David Martin

Martin Counseling is hosting the next Katy Mental Health Networking event.

FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016. 11:30 AM UNTIL 1:30 PM

Our lunch and 1.5 hour CEU are sponsored by Houston Behavioral Healthcare.

There is NO COST to this meeting.  To reserve your place at this event please RSVP by filling out this simple form.  

OFFERING 1.5 HOURS FREE CEU.

 

SPEAKER: Karen Jaggers MS, NCC, LPC

TOPIC: Autism Spectrum Disorder

MEETING TIME IS NOW 11:30 AM TO 1:30 PM.  

  • NETWORKING 11:30 AM TO NOON.  

  • CEU IS NOW NOON TO 1:30 PM.

  • PLAN TO STAY UNTIL 1:30 PM TO RECEIVE FREE CEUS.

This meeting is for mental health clinicians and providers.

FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS INFO TO OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS.

FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016. 11:30 AM UNTIL 1:30 PM.

THE BRAZOS VALLEY SCHOOLS CREDIT UNION

25525 KATY MILLS PARKWAY

KATY, TX 77494

281-391-2149 (PHONE NUMBER TO THE LOCATION)

For any questions, please contact Martin Counseling’s office at 713-489-5473 or email: Info@HoustonLPC.com.

OFFICE AVAILABLE - BEECHNUT - 610 WEST LOOP - Meyerland area

David Martin

I have an office available for sub-leasing in the Meyerland area.  There is a small waiting area and a single office available.  There is free parking and a bus stop located right outside the building.  The office building is located at 4660 Beechnut, Ste. 220, Houston, TX. 77096.  The office building is open for evening and weekend appointments.  If interested contact me:  counselingsolutions2010@yahoo.com

Thank you,

Richelle Whittaker, LSSP, LPC, NCC

Providential Counseling & Consulting Services, PLLC

FRIDAY - March 4, 2016 - KATY MENTAL HEALTH NETWORKING

David Martin

Martin Counseling is hosting the next Katy Mental Health Networking event.

Friday, March 4, 2016. 11:30 AM UNTIL 1:30 PM

Our lunch and 1.5 hour CEU are sponsored by Houston Behavioral Healthcare.

There is NO COST to this meeting.  To reserve your place at this event please RSVP by filling out this simple form.  

OFFERING 1.5 HOURS FREE CEU.

SPEAKER: Michael Soderstrom, MA, LPC-S - Houston OCD Counseling

 

TOPIC: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

MEETING TIME IS NOW 11:30 AM TO 1:30 PM.  

  • NETWORKING 11:30 AM TO NOON.  

  • CEU IS NOW NOON TO 1:30 PM.

  • PLAN TO STAY UNTIL 1:30 PM TO RECEIVE FREE CEUS.

This meeting is for mental health clinicians and providers. 

FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS INFO TO OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS.

FRIDAY, March 4, 2016. 11:30 AM UNTIL 1:30 PM.

THE BRAZOS VALLEY SCHOOLS CREDIT UNION

25525 KATY MILLS PARKWAY

KATY, TX 77494

281-391-2149 (PHONE NUMBER TO THE LOCATION)

For any questions, please contact Martin Counseling’s office at 713-489-5473 or email: David@HoustonLPC.com.

'Memo to Self: Protecting Sobriety with the Science of Safety' Thursday, Feb. 11th at 6:30 pm - Council on Recovery in Houston

David Martin

http://tinyurl.com/ProtectingSobrietyHouston

You Are Invited

Thursday ~ Feb. 11th ~ 6:30 pm

complimentary documentary screening

The latest neuroscientific research on addiction, practical tools for sustaining recovery....and hope

Meet Filmmaker, Kevin McCauley, M.D., a former Navy flight surgeon and co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study

303 Jackson Hill Street  Houston, TX  77007  (Complimentary Parking)

Thursday, February 11th

Doors Open: 6:00 pm

Movie Starts: 6:30 pm

RSVP (please indicate Houston location in your RSVP)

Diane@DianeMarketing.com

972-670-7078

Memorial Hermann Prevention & Recovery Center (PaRC) is  honored to provide 1.5 continuing education credits as a part of the "Memo to Self: Protecting Sobriety with the Science of Safety"

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and self-harm

David Martin

This is a guest post by Emily Strode, M.A.  She is a Life Coach at Martin Counseling.   She is currently waiting for her approval to become a Licensed Professional Counselor - Intern in Texas.

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As you may have experienced, people always ask the type of clients you want to work with. For me, since before my practicum even started, my answer has been “clients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and those who self-harm.” Thankfully, my practicum experience solidified my passion. So, as I wait patiently, I am focusing my efforts on trainings and readings to increase my knowledge of BPD and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a popular treatment model.

I am writing this post to share with you some basic definitions and treatment options for BPD. I am currently reading “The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder” by Randi Kreger, and I will be using that as my main reference.

BPD is a mental illness that affects approximately 4 million Americans (2% of the population), and approximately 75% of the sufferers are women. (It is believed the number of men with BPD is higher, but it is difficult to distinguish from cultural expectations.) BPD is a complex mental illness. It is more about thought processes and schemas versus brain chemicals, such as bipolar disorder. BPs, the abbreviation for those who have BPD, tend to be all or nothing. For example, they may idolize someone but as soon as that person makes a mistake, like we all do, the person falls very far off the BP’s pedestal. The BP, however, can portray two sides of themselves, as well. They may gloat and praise themselves, but deep down they are empty, yet full of self-loathing. A main characteristic of a BP is the intense fear of being abandoned. What I like most about this book is that it speaks specifically to the loved ones of a BP: the spouse, friend, parent, child and even siblings. In the situation of being abandoned, the spouse may constantly need to reaffirm their love, and even then it may not be enough. The BP as a child may be unusually clingy, even beyond the typical clingy stage. Then once they become adult children, the parent-child relationship becomes even more strained due to expected independence. Maybe as a parent, the BP may hover (even more than the typical new generation parent) and have a difficult time with natural child rebellion. Anger is a very noted characteristic of a BP, as well, that all relationships may experience. “People with BPD repeatedly pull people toward them – often desperately – and then brusquely shove them away through bitter criticism, unappeasable rages, and fits of irrational blaming,” (Kreger, 32, Scribd digital version).

One thing that stood out to me was rapid mood swings. Have you ever spoken with someone who didn’t know the true definition of bipolar and they describe someone as bipolar because they are up or down in an instant? Well, if you know bipolar, you know that the person may experience the ups or downs for days at a time, not minutes. BPs, however, can fluctuate that quickly. “Two key differences between what is ‘normal’ and what veers into personality disorder territory are extremity and frequency,” (Kreger, 45, Scribd digital version).

Having BP is very overwhelming. It results in relationship troubles, job instability, substance abuse and/or other impulsive actions. In fact, 10% commit suicide because it’s too much for them to handle. Suicide attempts and self-harm are also be associated with BPD; therefore, it’s important to seek help.

Treatments

There aren’t any medicines that cure BPD; it’s considered a life-long disorder. However, some anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications can help reduce many of the symptoms of BPD. Unfortunately, just taking this route won’t get to the root of the problem. Therapy, if the client is willing to put forth the effort, will significantly help the BP. Most therapies help the BP reframe their thought processes. An eclectic approach would be a mix of psychodynamic (discovering childhood or suppressed thoughts that influence the client) and CBT. This could be used by most therapists, and because it uses empirically-proven CBT, it will be beneficial. Dialectical Behavior Therapy, however, was developed by Marsha Linehan specifically for BPD. Dialectical, roughly meaning opposing arguments, is used to help the client accept their negatives but make changes in a positive direction. There are several resources, including workbooks, available to help the clinician guide the client through the therapeutic process.

This is a very brief overview of a BP. If any of this sounds familiar, please consult this book! The very beginning even has questions to help better define a BP in your life, or even yourself.

Next, I’ll review the “power tools” the book provides for BPs.

Two offices available for subleasing - HOUSTON, TX

David Martin

I have two offices available for subleasing in my private practice (I am a psychiatrist and sees both children and adults) and am looking for interested parties. Rates depend on number of hours/days and which of the two offices someone is interested in. The office is located on 6699 Chimney Rock Rd, Ste 201, Houston, TX 77081. It is right outside of Bellaire and conveniently located off of 59 and 610. Interested parties may contact me at info@serenitybh.com.

Thank you,

Jennifer Yen, MD

Serenity Behavioral Health, PLLC

Office Space for Sublease Inside the Loop

David Martin

Office Space for Sublease inside the 610 loop.

2646 S Loop W Suite 180D.

Suite consists of a small waiting room and one office to be shared. The office can be used anytime other than Tuesday and Thursday 8 to 3. All other days, evenings, and weekends are available. $300 per month. Convenient location, Conference room, deli, free parking, first floor location. 

For more information contact:
LaTonya Anderson MA, LPC

832-564-3433

 

 

FRIDAY - JANUARY 8, 2016 - KATY MENTAL HEALTH NETWORKING

David Martin

Martin Counseling is hosting the FIRST Katy Mental Health networking event in 2016.  

Friday, January 8, 2016. 11:30 AM UNTIL 1:30 PM

Our lunch and 1.5 hour CEU are sponsored by Houston Behavioral Healthcare.

There is NO COST to this meeting.  To reserve your place at this event please RSVP by filling out this simple form.  

OFFERING 1.5 HOURS FREE CEU. 

SPEAKER: Kris Kerlin

TOPIC: Stress Relief and Resiliency for Mental Health Professionals.

MEETING TIME IS NOW 11:30 AM TO 1:30 PM.  

  • NETWORKING 11:30 AM TO NOON.  

  • CEU IS NOW NOON TO 1:30 PM. 

  • PLAN TO STAY UNTIL 1:30 PM TO RECEIVE FREE CEUS.

THIS MEETING IS FOR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS, SOCIAL WORKERS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, PSYCHIATRISTS AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS.  

FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS INFO TO OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS.

FRIDAY, January 8 2016. 11:30 AM UNTIL 1:30 PM.

THE BRAZOS VALLEY SCHOOLS CREDIT UNION

25525 KATY MILLS PARKWAY

KATY, TX 77494

281-391-2149 (PHONE NUMBER TO THE LOCATION)

For any questions, please contact Martin Counseling’s office at 713-489-5473 or email: David@HoustonLPC.com.

DATES FOR KATY MENTAL HEALTH IN 2016

David Martin

Here are all the dates for the 6 meetings that we are planning for 2016.

Pull out your schedule and pencil them in!  We always meet on a Friday.  Usually the first Friday of that month, unless it falls around a Holiday.

  • JANUARY 8
  • MARCH 4
  • MAY 6
  • JULY 8
  • SEPTEMBER 9
  • NOVEMBER 4

November 6, 2015 - Katy Mental Health Networking

David Martin

Martin Counseling is hosting the November 2015 Katy Mental Health networking event.  

Friday, November 6, 2015. 11:30 AM UNTIL 1:30 PM

Our lunch and 1.5 hour CEU are sponsored by Houston Behavioral Healthcare.

There is NO COST to this meeting.  To reserve your place at this event please RSVP by filling out this simple form.  

OFFERING 1.5 HOURS FREE CEU. 

David Nix, LPC, CEAP is the EAP Operations Manager for ConocoPhillips.

Ethical Jeopardy (1.5 CEU’s)

MEETING TIME IS NOW 11:30 AM TO 1:30 PM.  

  • Networking 11:30 am to noon.  

  • CEU is now noon to 1:30 pm.  (Space is reserved for Licensed Clinicians)

  • Plan to stay until 1:30 pm to receive free CEUs.

This meeting is for professional counselors, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists.  

Feel free to forward this info to other mental health professionals.

Friday, November 6, 2015. 11:30 AM UNTIL 1:30 PM.

THE BRAZOS VALLEY SCHOOLS CREDIT UNION

25525 KATY MILLS PARKWAY

KATY, TX 77494

281-391-2149 (PHONE NUMBER TO THE LOCATION)

For any questions, please contact Martin Counseling’s office at 713-489-5473 or email: David@HoustonLPC.com.

THE MASTER OF EMOTION is coming to Houston!!

David Martin

LES GREENBERG, Ph.D.

The Author of Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Co-Author of Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples

“Dr. Greenberg is both a pioneer and the field's premier investigator in the important work of applying the basic research on emotions to the process of psychotherapy & a fabulous compendium of strategies for working with emotions.”

- Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D
(Founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

EFT with Individuals:

The Transforming Power of Affect

Feb. 12-13, 2016 - 12 CEUs/PD hours

EFT with Couples:

Emotion, Love, Power, & Forgiveness Feb 15-16, 2016 - 12 CEUs/PD hours

FOR DETAILS AND REGISTRATION PLEASE SEE ATTACHED PDF OR GO TO: COUPLEZONEHOUSTON.COM

[ INFORMATION ON PDF HERE ]

​Special 2-Day Symposium: Integrating Trauma-Informed Care to Avoid Conflict, Restraint, and Seclusion

David Martin

Wednesday, October 7th and Thursday, October 8th

10am-4pm each day

DePelchin Children’s Center (4950 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007)

This 2-day opportunity is designed especially for Houston-area residential child care programs, including residential treatment centers and emergency shelters, but all interested stakeholders are welcome to attend. National and local experts will offer guidance on best practices concepts and tools for organizational culture change to integrate trauma informed care principles, including the evidence-based Six Core Strategies. You will also have the opportunity to address your program’s unique challenges and draft a targeted action plan for reducing seclusion and restraint practices. This event is sponsored by the Simmons Foundation.

Featuring Beth Caldwell, of the Building Bridges Initiative as well as Texas-based program leaders.

RSVP Now! Lunch and refreshments provided. CEUs for social workers/LPCs offered.