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What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?
I offer couple, family, and individual therapy to adults, children, and adolescents. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I have specialized training for working with dynamic systems, specifically families and couples in addition to all the general counseling training of working with individual and groups. I treat an array of issues including addiction and recovery, sexual issues, physical and emotional trauma, general anxiety and depression, etc. and with my expertise in relationships, the family and couple’s issues that stem form or result in these symptoms.
What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?
As a behavioral health provider, my focus is emotions, relationships, and how these integral aspects of our lives affect all our behaviors. Without delving deeply into therapeutic theory and jargon, I will simply state that my approach to therapy is highly dynamic and depends on the needs of my clients. In my multi-systemic approach, I generally pull from EFT, Solution-Focused, Gottman Relational, and Structural theories.
When should one seek treatment?
I believe that all people, therapists included, can benefit from and should seek therapy at some point in their life. That being said, not all people believe they need help, and if they do they are sometimes unsure of how or when to seek it or are simply too scared to do anything about it. For those that have even a brief thought about seeking treatment, I encourage them to reach out as soon as they notice an issue in their life. If all people sought therapy as often as they do medical assistance, I feel that the taboo of "something is wrong with me" could be broken, and thus more people would seek help sooner rather than later. Ideally, with a combination of therapy, support, medical treatment, and outside resources, the majority of people's issues would be manageable.
What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?
I would say that there is high level of comorbidity between the two in that many people with mental health issues struggle with substance abuse and vice versa, but even beyond that, it is often that people who struggle with one commonly struggle with the other at some point down the line. In my practice and professional career, it has been my experience that the highest rate of recovery, something we all need and is not limited to mental health or substance abuse, is a combination approach to treatment. This could mean seeking regular therapy, participating in a support group, consulting with a physician or medical specialist, or seeking intensive treatment if necessary. This does not mean that all of these avenues work best for everyone or that they all need to be done simultaneously. More often, depending upon the phase of recovery one is in, I would recommend a course of treatment personalized for that individual’s needs. For example, after inpatient treatment, I would recommend a client is best suited to have regular therapy and medical care while beginning involvement with a 12-step program, and that once balance is reached, the program’s accountability and sponsorship roles can help maintain and promote growth and healing while therapy and medical care are more on an as-needed basis. Of course, whatever the course of treatment, I believe that collaboration between me and other professionals and resources is key to helping my clients navigate in a positive direction.
Gregory Derderian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Lubbock, Texas. For more information regarding Gregory’s services, please call (210) 557-8596.
Lubbock, TX 79424