Psychotherapists Andalusia AL

It's important to recognize that everything in life isn't permanent. Change is wiser than we are. Oftentimes the world we want to construct is really quite a small one. Change can break that way open and reveal possibilities we never could have thought of ourselves. Change is an ally, not an enemy. The stress comes when we try to hold on too tightly.

Childs Play
(334) 222-7094
1113 Sanford Rd
Andalusia, AL
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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W Windell Williamson
(334) 493-3196
Opp, AL
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
Master Addictions Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Nami of Huntsville
(256) 534-2628
701 Andrew Jackson Way NE
Huntsville, AL
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Mental Health Center of Madison Country
(256) 533-1970
4040 Memorial Pkwy SW
Huntsville, AL
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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John R Cranton
(251) 343-0180
273 Azalea Rd Ste I 202
Mobile, AL
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Sheila Williams
Andalusia, AL
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Sports Counseling, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Lucile Piece Family Resource Center
(334) 493-8888
Alabama Counseling Assn
Opp, AL
Specialty
Anger Management
Experience
all
Education
Adult
Associated Hospitals
South Central Mental Health
Professional Memberships
Counseling

Serenity Lodge
(256) 350-2722
1351 Old Trinity Rd
Trinity, AL
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Tri-County Mr Dd Board
(205) 384-4953
85 N Walston Bridge Rd
Jasper, AL
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Michael Griffin
(205) 657-2536
2821 7th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL
Services
Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), Disability Determination or Worker Compensation Evaluation, Child Custody Evaluation, Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
Credentialed Since: 2009-04-01

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Accepting Change

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By Judy Rooks

You have a unique view regarding change. How would you describe it?

First of all, it’s important to recognize that everything in life isn’t permanent. Change is wiser than we are. Oftentimes the world we want to construct is really quite a small one. Change can break that way open and reveal possibilities we never could have thought of ourselves. Change is an ally, not an enemy. The stress comes when we try to hold on too tightly.

How should we deal with change in order to grow?

First and foremost, it’s important for you to understand—and embrace—the fact that you’re an initiate in a great rite of passage that will lead to transformation. In those moments of immense change, you die to who you were, and you are not yet reborn to who you will be. You’ve embarked on a journey.

Could you identify the stages needed to move through this process?

There are three parts to moving from one stage of life to the next. First, you separate from the world you once knew. Whether you’re fired from a job or getting married or moving, you’re experiencing separation. Your old life is behind. Next, you enter the time between “no longer and not yet.” This is an uncomfortable, scary place, because you can’t control it. Try to view this as a sacred time of wandering. Our usual way of thinking is in the box. The “no longer and not yet” offers new inspiration, breakthroughs, and recognition of overlooked strengths. Finally, you adjust. You begin to form a new life, and you bring with you your own gifts and an expanded sense of who you are. You become more fully human.

Is this a lesson in optimism?

We can all learn to think optimistically. During unwanted change, we can hold onto the idea that difficult life circumstances are challenges that provide the framework for growth. Pessimists take things personally, think problems are pervasive, and believe their situation is permanent. Optimists see change as a challenge. They believe they have choices and can control the outcome of their lives, yet they don’t waste time or spin their wheels trying to control the uncontrollable. They’re dedicated and committed people. Change is a challenge and not a threat.

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