GINA GHELLER, MSW, LCSW
Houston: LA | Hollywood| Santa Monica: 281-813-8330 323-642-9439
5909 West Loop South 11901 Santa Monica Blvd
Suite 600 Suite 355
Bellaire, TX 77401 Los Angeles, CA 90025
Empowering, Solution Focused Psychotherapy
My training background emphasizes psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral treatment approaches along with motivational life coaching ideas. Each client arrives to counseling with unique life experiences. I carefully listen to reasons for deciding to seek counseling and we work together to identify problems, patterns, and solutions.
I realize that visiting a counselor for the first time can be stressful and sometimes clients are very nervous for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, the vast majority of my clients leave their first session wondering what they were so nervous about in the first place.
I am not a therapist who only sits back and says, "Hmmm....so tell me how that makes you feel?" While this question is at times necessary, my sessions typically offer a much more dynamic sort of psychotherapy. I make concrete observations and suggestions which we will discuss. I believe therapy should be a lively, open, relaxed process full of free flowing thoughts and ideas. It is my experience that clients gain the greatest insights and awareness by freely discussing their issues and feelings at their own pace. I help connect patterns, fill in missing facts, and guide clients to the, "Aha Moments" which often only occur when looking inward with a therapist as a guide, helping clients create an accurate map of where they have been and where they intend to go.
Firmly assessing and reflecting upon, "Who am I?" and, "What do I want?" greatly helps clients in their therapeutic journey. Many times people see us very differently than how we see ourselves. It is my job to help clients portray their true selves based upon who they want to be rather than people pleasing without boundaries or any sense of purpose.
We will explore your current problem and find solutions. There is often a history of patterns in relationships which has led to current life problems. We will develop solutions and I will support you as you practice your new skills. I believe empowerment, self-awareness, and a willingness to change are extremely important in making permanent life changes.