TeleHealth

Even if you do not live in the Central Florida area, we can still do business together! We currently see clients from all over the U.S. via videoconference, or what we like to call, “Telehealth”. We have found that the results you get from working with us are similar to what you would expect from meeting with one of our therapists in our office. 


Psychotherapy

Many people think that seeing a psychotherapist means that there is “something wrong” with them.  In actuality, meeting with a therapist is a major step towards living a more fulfilling life.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 1 in 5 people will manifest a diagnosable mental health condition at some point during their lifetime.  What the report doesn’t say is the other four of us often feel stressed out, overwhelmed, over-worked, wrestling with too many negative thoughts, and wondering why we just don’t feel happier during any given day.

Therapy does not have to be scary, cumbersome, or a waste of time.  Below are a few frequently asked questions to help put your mind at ease:

I often feel stressed out, angry, and/or anxious. Does that mean I’m crazy?

The point of therapy with us is not to put some kind of label on you. The real focus of therapy with us is to provide you with a safe place in which to talk about whatever you feel is important to you and offer you a sounding board so you can help yourself make more effective decisions in your life. Our goal is to help all our clients become better life managers and problem solvers, no matter why they initially come to see us in the first place.

I have received a diagnosis for a mental illness and I take medication for it. Can Psychotherapy help me?

YES! Many people that have depression, bipolar disorder, or another mental health condition find that medication can only do so much. We also feel that psychiatric medication convinces you to believe you have less ability to control your symptoms and your life than you really do. You have everything you need right now to get better and be better! Let us show you.

I’m afraid that I will find out things about myself that I do not want to know.

Doing better and being better means we have to experience and learn from pain. We cannot ignore the pain forever. We cannot move around or bypass the pain. True healing comes from the experience of facing the pain head on. The fear of the pain is often much, much worse than the pain itself.

I can’t afford it.

We have a pricing structure that offers lots of opportunities for us to do business together.

What more do I need to know about seeing a therapist?

All therapists are required to meet the same standards of training and education for licensure and practice.  The difference lies in the professional therapeutic relationship between therapist and client.  All our therapists are either part of the LGBT community or allies. We work with a solution-focused, problem-solving, strengths-based model with a touch of warmth and wit and are dedicated to customer service.  Your calls and emails will be answered promptly by our support staff and you can rest assured that your appointment will always begin and end on time, so you can get on with your day.


PTSD

A large portion of our practice is dedicated to working with people who have had significant trauma. We define trauma as anything that has happened in your past that is causing impairment in your present. Dr. Baker-Hargrove has the unique advantage of being a therapist who is also a combat veteran and has been to the Middle East. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1986 – 1995 and is a decorated sailor. He is very familiar with military culture and loves to work with veterans and other Middle East returnees. He is also an American Red Cross certified disaster mental health responder and worked at World Trade Center ground zero following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We have studied extensively the impact of childhood sexual/ physical/emotional abuse on adults and how to treat those problems. Even if your trauma has resulted in dissociation, we understand that and are ready to help. Dr. Baker-Hargrove has shared his training with his professional staff, so any therapist you meet with will be able to help you in your trauma work. Below are some questions frequently asked by new clients:

The prospect of seeing someone is really hard for me. My life feels unmanageable, but I’m really afraid to see a therapist. I don’t know what I should do.

The primary element of trauma is avoidance. It is the chief symptom of the condition. While we understand that your trauma prompts you to not seek help, if you are reading this sentence, you already know you can’t do this alone. You don’t have to either. True healing occurs with others helping us along the way.

I’m afraid that I will find out things about myself that I do not want to know.

Doing better and being better means we have to experience and learn from pain. We cannot ignore the pain forever. We cannot move around or bypass the pain. True healing comes from the experience of facing the pain head on. The fear of the pain is often much, much worse than the pain itself.

I can’t afford it.

We have a pricing structure that offers lots of opportunities for us to do business together.

It’s really hard for me to talk about these things. Shouldn’t I just try to forget them?

You can’t forget the past. Avoiding or trying to forget what has happened is only making things worse. We will help you develop the skills you need to achieve mastery over the fear of the pain and the pain itself, so you can live a life free from being haunted by your past.

What more do I need to know about seeing a therapist?

All therapists are required to meet the same standards of training and education for licensure and practice.  The difference lies in the professional therapeutic relationship between therapist and client.  All our therapists are either part of the LGBT community or allies. We work with a solution-focused, problem-solving, strengths-based model with a touch of warmth and wit and are dedicated to customer service.  Your calls and emails will be answered promptly by our support staff you can rest assured that your appointment will always begin and end on time, so you can get on with your day.


Relationship Coaching

Relationships are important. Our relationships define how we see ourselves and how we view others. Many people think that having the relationship they want is mysterious and only obtained through chance. Others still think that love is either fleeting or not possible for everyone. The truth is that getting and keeping a relationship is a skill that can be learned and developed just like anything else. Yes, it is complex, but the more you know about how you choose and behave in relationships, the more likely you will be successful at it. Below are some questions frequently asked by new clients:

Does couples’ counseling really work?

YES! There are specific techniques and strategies that you can learn to make your relationship more successful and fulfilling. The number one reason why couples’ counseling fails is that one, or both, of the individuals finds he/she is not willing to make the changes necessary in order to make the relationship work.

Can you really help me find true love?

Dating is a skill. Therefore, learning how to date well is an exercise in skill development. There is a lot of information you can learn about how to date well and data you can collect from your past experiences that can highlight areas for improvement. No one can guarantee true love, but we are dedicated to helping you develop the skills you need to meet people that might be a good fit for you.

I can’t afford it.

We have a pricing structure that offers lots of opportunities for us to do business together.

I feel like we’ve already tried everything. Maybe it’s just not possible for us.

That can always be true, of course. Most relationships that fail do so because one or both parties are not willing to learn and grow as a couple. Relationships are hard work. If you can accept that, you can learn how to be successful at them. It really isn’t as complicated as you think and you can really have the relationship you want. Let us show you how.

What more do I need to know about seeing a therapist?

All therapists are required to meet the same standards of training and education for licensure and practice.  The difference lies in the professional therapeutic relationship between therapist and client.  All our therapists are either part of the LGBT community or allies. We work with a solution-focused, problem-solving, strengths-based model with a touch of warmth and wit and are dedicated to customer service.  Your calls and emails will be answered promptly by our support staff you can rest assured that your appointment will always begin and end on time, so you can get on with your day.