The initial session is called an intake or assessment. During this initial session the individual will complete their forms and meet with the counselor for 90 minutes. A personal history, review of any medications, past therapy, family history, and any medical and /or psychological concerns will be discussed, and then collaboratively working together we will formulate a treatment plan for future appointments. Before leaving, the client will make several appointments of 50 minutes to then implement the desired goal each individual desires along with the counselor’s guidance.
Your counselor will provide a confidential, safe, judgment-free environment. You can expect some homework from time to time. Effective therapy is one-part counseling and one-part personal work. The only person you can change is yourself- your therapist is there to assist, suggest and guide, but at the end of the day the only one who can make the change is you. Your therapist may also suggest various assessments, teachings on psycho-education and book recommendations to aide in the healing process. Group therapy may also be an option.
The initial session will be 90 minutes with the purpose of gaining the needed information from both partners. We offer many different types of marital therapy or couple’s therapy and those options will be discussed with you at the initial appointment. You may choose to see Charles Wimmer- Pastoral counselor, his wife Buffy Wimmer- MACC, Licensed Professional Counselor or both together. Or one of the other therapist in the group. We find the most productive appointments are when couples attend together and also schedule individual sessions. We also provide an intensive which consists of 1-3 days of therapy with the couple and individually. An intensive may be discussed at the first appointment. Apart from our own personal experience being married for 39 years, we utilize Prepare/Enrich, research and techniques by Gottman, and the Biblical principles of Two Becoming One by Don and Sally Meridith.
Group therapy, a form of psychotherapy in which a group of patients meet to describe and discuss their problems together under the supervision of a therapist and/or a trained leader, are offered two to four times a year . Buffy leads women in “Search for Significance “by Robert McGee- which helps women discover their identity and purpose. These sessions are 12 weeks, meeting once a week for an hour and a half. . Reservations are encouraged since the groups are limited to 6-10 women of all ages. This course will be offered to the public and not just current clients, so feel free to invite others. Buffy will also provide group therapy for individuals who have family members struggling with mental illness (Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety) or for those who’s lives have been touched by suicide. These groups are similar to “Alanon” for the loved ones of those struggling with mental illness. These groups will have additional therapist who will help facilitate.
Charles uses the 12-step recovery model to aid men of all ages in recovery from mental illness, addictions, emotional as well as identity issues. Charles is also certified in, and will train any individual wanting to become a facilitator for Prepare/Enrich. He will provide said training four times a year. Dates and locations can be found here: www.prepare-enrich.com.
The American Psychological Association defines trauma as: an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Therapist can help these individuals find constructive ways of managing their emotions. This is what is called a big “T” trauma.
Individuals can also experience small “t” traumas. These are described as smaller or less traumatic events stemming from childhood to young adult that leave a person with similar problems as a large T but not diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome or PTSD. Examples can be name calling in childhood, to trauma in childbirth, divorce, car accidents, etc.
Buffy is trained 40 hours in both Level I and II in EMDR. (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). To understand the process please review the information page of EMDR at www.emdr.com .
If you would like more information or make an appointment please call 980-250-2439
Fort Mill Office
852 Gold Hill Rd. Suite 206 Fort Mill, SC 29708
2225 Freedom Drive Suite 2 Charlotte, NC 28208
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