Heal From Within Counseling

Kellie Garza LMHC, CST, QS

Profile PicI am a licensed mental health counselor and certified sex therapist that treats individuals and couples. I specialize in sexual dysfunction, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, dissociation and PTSD. There are many other life issues I treat including Codependency, Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders/Phobias, Bipolar disorder, Depression, LGBT issues, Personality Disorders, Self­ Esteem, Women’s Issues and many other life issues. I use a variety of treatments depending on the clients needs. Some of the treatments I use are EMDR, Hypnosis, Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Sex Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.

My therapy style is open, compassionate, humorous when appropriate and educational while offering unbiased support. It is often hard to find a therapist that you can connect with and feel that you can trust. I understand how difficult it can be sometimes to go to a stranger for help for things you may have never told anyone. My goal is to make my clients feel as comfortable as possible from day one with the therapeutic process in a professional environment. Whether you just need an unbiased ear or things have become unmanageable, counseling can create the life you want and envision for yourself.

My Approach

Person-centered therapy was developed by Carl R. Rogers. This type of therapy diverged from the traditional views of the therapist as an expert and moved instead toward a non-directive approach that embodied the theory of actualizing tendency. The theory of actualizing tendency says humans have the potential to discover the realization of their own personal abilities. The foundation of this method of therapy is derived from the belief that every human being strives to find their own fulfillment and the fulfillment of his or her own potential. Carl R. Rogers stated that, “Individuals have within themselves vast resources for self-understanding and for altering their self-concepts, basic attitudes, and self-directed behavior; these resources can be tapped if a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided” (from Carl R. Rogers. Way of Being. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980, p.115-117).

Rogerian Theory in Psychotherapy

Rogerian psychology, also known as person-centered therapy, is based on the theories of Carl Rogers. Rogers believed that all people are essentially good and want to achieve mental health. He theorized that each person is motivated by an actualizing tendency, a force that drives us to reach our maximum potential, physically, spiritually and emotionally. This is the underlying force behind all of our actions and reactions, and cannot be denied. Rogers theorized that when people suppress this natural actualizing tendency, they realize emotional pain and suffering, and never grow to their fullest potential. But because each of us has this natural tendency to achieve mental health and are capable of it, our inherent behavior is to choose actions and behaviors that will result in growth and emotional well-being.
Person-centered therapy relies on the client to be the catalyst for their own healing. Rogers believed in the power of each of us to heal ourselves. By discovering our own capabilities we are able to find solutions to problems that plague us. In person centered therapy, the therapist acts as a model for communication, but does not provide answers for the client. The therapists’ role is to provide guidance and structure, so that the client can discover the solutions within themselves, using the techniques and strategies taught by the therapist. The therapist provides unconditional acceptance and support to the client so that they can comfortably and confidently move forward and inward on their journey of self-discovery.