Mind, Body, and Spirit

Services We Offer

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Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a naturally unfolding process in which the client is given a safe space to discuss life concerns, behavioral and emotional patterns, and goals that want to be achieved. Each client in our practice is given complete respect in a non-judgmental setting.

At Wholistic Therapy and Coaching Center of the Midlands, we see the client through the lens of the whole person, body, mind, and spirit. Your therapist will hold a safe, confidential, and encouraging space for you to explore moods, memories, feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and goals in order to feel empowered, enlivened, healed and whole in your life.

People seek individual therapy for many reasons, some of which may be: anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, childhood issues, learning differences and academic problems, (ADHD and learning disabilities) family difficulties, pain, motivation, spiritual issues, social problems, occupational and vocational problems, sexual difficulties, and more. Your therapist will use the modalities they specialize in and the ones most appropriate for you. Typically sessions last for 50-55 minutes.

Individual Therapy offered by

  • Amy

    Amy

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    Cathy

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    Kaye

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    Nancy

  • Salley

    Salley

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    Kris

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Couples' Therapy

Both married and unmarried couples of all types come to us when seeking help and relief from relationship problems.

Although all couples have a unique dynamic, there are often themes that come up that may cause suffering, confusion, withdrawal, and even fear or hopelessness at times. Below is a list of some of the potential problems that may cause a couple to seek therapy:

Conflict

Loss of connection

Communication issues

Loss of feelings of love, well-being, and/or shared meaning

Jealousy and/or betrayal

Loss of trust and/or respect

Grief and/or loss

Extended family and/or parenting issues

Sexual issues and/or loss of intimacy

Spiritual issues and/or differences

Blending family issues related to divorce and/or remarriage

Work and/or financial issues

The counseling and therapy process involves addressing the couple’s presented issues with compassion, understanding, knowledge, and skillful, evidence-based approaches. Couples will learn how to productively address conflict, improve communication patterns, and find ways to reconnect and experience renewed hope. Usually couples come with the intention, commitment, or at least the hope of staying committed to each other and working on improving their relationship. If this intention is not initially present, it may develop during the therapy process. Occasionally one or both partners might be determined to end the relationship and are seeking support and guidance to transition out of the current situation. Couples therapy can also be helpful in this circumstance. Good support and guidance might help bring forth the most positive outcome going forward, ending a relationship with integrity, kindness and respect.

Those of us who do couple’s work may engage the principles of the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, which is based in 40 years of research and offers a map to understand a couple’s particular pattern and challenges.  Imago Relationship Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and at times brief or solution focused therapy may be appropriate for some couples as well.  These are all topics that may be discussed with the therapist at the initial appointment.

Couples' Therapy offered by

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    Amy

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    Kaye

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    Nancy

  • Salley

    Salley

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    Kris

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Family Therapy

Family Therapy is offered for those seeking assistance in working through issues that have an impact on each family member.

Issues could include grief and loss, mental illness of a family member, parent-child relational difficulties, and significant family transitions. Modalities might include the use of genograms to understand family patterns, talk therapy, experiential therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and play therapy.

Family Therapy offered by

  • Amy

    Amy

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    Cathy

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    Kaye

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    Nancy

  • Salley

    Salley

  • kriscox

    Kris

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Child & Adolescent Therapy

Child and Adolescent Therapy is offered for children age 8 and above to address a range of concerns.

These concerns might include anxiety, depression, past abuse or trauma, behavioral difficulties, adjustment issues, grief and loss, divorce, school related problems, or relationship difficulties. Modalities provided during counseling sessions might include talk therapy, play therapy, family work, cognitive behavioral therapy, dream work, journaling, and mindfulness guidance.

Child & Adolescent Therapy offered by

  • Amy

    Amy

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    Cathy

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Life Coaching

Coaching helps functional people achieve their personal and relationship goals.

It is not a substitute or replacement for therapy provided by licensed clinicians trained to treat mental, emotional, and psychological disorders. The art and science of coaching is to facilitate success for the client without providing advice or “professional opinions”. The client is the expert in his or her own life.

How can life coaching improve your life?

Helps you to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be

Accepts nothing but the best from you...we will guide, advise, and encourage you

Moves you beyond your self–imposed limitations to help you realize full potential

Points out things you may not see and provides ideas for self improvement

Taps into strengths to maximize success and reach your goals

Provides a set of unique tools and methods to help you design your most fulfilling life

Definition of Coaching:
“Professional Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life. In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action. Coaching accelerates the client's progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future. Coaches recognize that results are a matter of the client's intentions, choices and actions, supported by the coach's efforts and application of the coaching process.”

- Source: International Coach Federation (coachfederation.org)

Download Forms & Information (Bring them to your first session)

Life Coaching offered by

  • Amy

    Amy

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    Debbie

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Dream Work

Dream work is an important therapeutic model offered by therapists in our practice.

It falls within the fields of therapy, personal growth and spiritual direction and is offered within individual sessions as well as in groups.

In therapy:
Dream work may be taught as a self-help technique or used as part of a broader therapy program.

In a group setting:
It may be focused primarily on personal growth or used as an adjunct to another therapeutic model.

In Spiritual Direction:
Dream work may be used to explore and clarify life concerns and deeply held perspectives. What is the Holy One trying to say to you through the dream?

The experienced counselor does not “interpret” a client’s dream, but acts as a guide to explore the dream, allowing the dreamer to discover their own meaning and message.  The counselor gathers information by asking for more visual detail, emotional mood, body-felt experiences and more from the dream.   One’s own imagery, language and emotion are unique to the dreamer and understood best by the dreamer.   The counselor acts as a guide in this exploration.

A well-trained practitioner may provide questions and connections to spur the dreamer toward finding new and creative ways to heal.

Dream Work offered by

  • Amy

    Amy

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    Cathy

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    Kaye

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    Nancy

  • Salley

    Salley

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    Susan

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Journal Therapy

Journal therapy uses writing to help a client reimagine, remember, and discover personal truths.

Telling necessary stories and processing painful experiences while sharing in a safe place can lead to healing in surprising and healthy ways.  Here are a few examples of types of journal therapy.

Cathartic Writing
To help you release problematic and painful thoughts and feelings

Integrative Writing
To seek a way to discover meaning and direction for your life

Process Writing
To express honest thoughts and feelings, often without pausing to help bypass your inner critic

Reflective Writing
To hear yourself as never before - without reservation

Three necessary components of Therapeutic Journal Writing are:

  1. Techniques 
    The combination of creative writing and expressive arts chosen to jumpstart personal writing
  2. Personal Writing 
    The act of writing as if in one’s own personal journal
  3. A Feedback Loop
    Completing the process by immediately rereading your written words and writing a response to what you now notice and can name as actions you may take.

Journal Therapy is appropriate in individual therapy sessions and is often conducted in small groups. A Personal Journal Writing Group can be especially powerful in a safe and confidential setting where you put your own thoughts and feelings into words on paper and in silence. 

You do not face the blank page alone, but start from creative prompts and activities to jumpstart your writing.   A brief quiet moment helps to clear your mind before each writing session. 

Sharing in a group is always optional and often profound.  Hearing yourself read your own words and listening to others read and reflect can transform inner questioning into new knowledge. 

Respectful listening and responding to each participants’ concerns make it possible for group members to decipher solutions to problems and issues, perhaps, for the very first time. Becoming aware of your self-talk and having choices for change can result in feelings of mastery, comfort and manageability.

Even when it’s playful, journal therapy can be profound and life-changing!

Journal Therapy offered by

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    Susan

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Spiritual Direction & Clergy Groups

Spiritual direction is a ministry that calls one to a reverence for the mystery of that person’s relationship with God. 

All genuine spiritual help should aid another person to become more open to how the Holy Spirit is showing up in one’s every day life.  Here at Wholistic Therapy and Coaching Center, we have three therapists who are also trained as spiritual directors.  We have trained at Sursum Corda School for Spiritual Direction, The Hayden Institute, and The Institute for Spirituality. Several of our therapists have also taught in these institutions.  We believe, as stated in 1 Thessalonians 5:25, that we always have an eye toward the person as a whole, mind, body, and spirit, and that a person’s psyche is not separable from their spiritual world.  If you are seeking spiritual direction, please identify that when you call the office and one of our trained people will contact you.

Spiritual Direction & Clergy Groups offered by

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    Amy

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    Nancy

  • Salley

    Salley

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    Kris

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Speaking & Events

We are available for speaking at your community, church, or small group events.

While our topics are many, topics may include:

Building Resilience

Positive Parenting

Sabbath

Prayer

Peace-making

Community Building

Self-Worth

Self-Care for Clergy

Forgiveness

Taming Anxiety and Depression

Transformational Leadership

Transformational Living

Dealing with Grief

Mindfulness

Speaking & Events offered by

  • Amy

    Amy

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    Kaye

  • Susan

    Susan

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Retreats & Workshops

If you have a group that would value a day or a weekend away and would like that time to be expertly run, we can help you with that!

Several of our team lead retreats regularly. This might range from a day long journal therapy workshop or poetry workshop, to a family parish weekend, clergy retreat, staff retreat, or a women’s only retreat.  Perhaps you have a leadership team or a department that needs to build cohesion and work through some difficult issues. We can help with that, too.  For more about the retreats/workshops, please refer to the individual bios of our staff and look for this information there.  You can also call the office and you will be guided to just the right person to help you.

Retreats & Workshops offered by

  • Amy

    Amy

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    Kaye

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Testimonials

"Cathy Cooper is an exceptional therapist. She is authentic, insightful and kind. She had an ability to gently nudge you into your best self. She is a professional."

Female in her 60's
About Cathy Cooper

“So insightful and easy to share with during our time together. You make me feel safe and validated for the work I do through the journaling.”

About Susan Hendricks

“Debbie is very insightful and compassionate. She has a gift! Having someone to talk through my issues helped me find clarity and more importantly empower myself. I felt stronger and in more control of making decisions towards healthier changes.”

Kathleen L.
About Debbie Cohn

"Going into counseling wasn't an easy choice, but it was a very good one. After working with Nancy I've learned so much about myself and how to better cope with the ups and downs of life. She always provides a safe, welcoming and supportive environment where you can learn, heal and grow."

About Nancy Beaver

"I am not sure we would still be married if we had not been referred to Dr. Amy Montanez and decided to engage in intensive therapy and healing sessions."

About Amy Sander Montanez

"Salley Lesley helped me over the course of many years to transform my life from a pattern of pain and dysfunction to joy and fulfillment. I will forever be grateful to her for sharing her wisdom with me in such a patient and compassionate way."

From a female in her 50’s
About Salley Lesley