Counseling Services

At Spring Garden we provide outpatient psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. Using our knowledge and skills, we are able to treat a wide variety of mental health concerns. We also work with individuals coping with life problems such as grief, divorce, job loss, etc.

Typical client problems we treat include:

  • Mood Disorders (Depression, Bi-Polar)
  • Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, Phobias)
  • Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Relationship Issues
  • Chronic Mental Health Issues

Psychotherapy Theory and Techniques

All therapies and techniques used by the therapists at Spring Garden are well established, researched, and respected by mental health professionals. We work with clients from a strength- based stance so that existing client resources are applied to solve problems. In addition, we take an educative approach to people's problems and encourage clients to learn more about the kind of therapy we do. Some of the more common theories and techniques used at Spring Garden are described below.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

The basic premise of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is that the thoughts that one chooses directly affects one's feelings and drives one's behaviors. To demonstrate the power of our thoughts on our feelings, try this little exercise. Sit back, relax, take a deep breath, and read these words to yourself. "I am such a looser, nothing ever goes right for me, I will never be the person I want to be; never achieve my goals. It seems that everything and everyone is against me." Now, where do you feel this in your body? Do you have a knot in your stomach, a lump in your throat, tenseness in your shoulders or forehead? OK, now let's move on. Again, relax, take a deep breath, and read these words to yourself. "I do pretty well for myself. My basic needs are met and I am hopeful for the future. I am healthy and happy. I enjoy good relationships with others." Again, where do you feel this in your body? Do you feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders? The thoughts we choose are powerful. Our thoughts have the power to make us sick or well, to make life enjoyable or a living hell. At Spring Garden Counseling, we can help you modify thoughts so that they lead you to wellness, confidence, and satisfaction.

Progressive Relaxation, Visualization, and Systematic Desensitization

Another treatment provided at Spring Garden is progressive relaxation, visualization, and systematic desensitization. These techniques are effective in treating anxiety disorders such as phobias, post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Progressive relaxation and visualization work on the premise that the opposite of fear is calm. In other words, it is impossible to be both relaxed and anxious at the same time. In systematic desensitization, individuals overcome anxieties by learning to relax in the presence of stimuli that had once made them unbearably nervous and afraid. The process includes learning how to progressively relax the muscles and mind. While in a state of deep relaxation, the counselor guides the client as they create their own mental picture of a safe and peaceful place. When you create a mental picture, your body can actually respond to the visualization as if it were a real experience. Once a deep level of relaxation is achieved, stimuli that the client finds mildly anxiety-producing are introduced. In time, the counselor adds stronger anxiety-arousing stimuli until the client no longer feels anxious by the original fearful situations.

Choice Theory

When working with couples, at Spring Garden we often use an effective variation of cognitive- behavioral therapy called choice theory. The basic premise of this theory is notion that the only person whose behavior we can control is our own. All we can give another person is information. In addition, all one does from birth to death is to choose our thoughts and behaviors (our feelings result from our thoughts). Using choice theory, one gives up the illusion of control and the notion that "not only do I know what behaviors are right for me; I know what is right for you." Once the couple adopts choice theory, the counselor helps the couple develop healthy relationship habits that they can use to form a healthier, more intimate, and ultimately satisfying relationship.

425 Spring Garden St.    •    Greensboro, NC 27406    •    (336) 379-0199