Hurricane Irma Updates

September 6th, 2017

Hurricane Irma 

As all of Central Florida is recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma, the therapists of Discovery stand with you.  All of our offices are currently open and our trained therapists are ready to help walk with you through this challenging time.

Office Phone: (407) 376-3773

We will continue to pray for safety for all of you as well as our Central Florida community.  Please take care to stay safe even though the storm has passed.

Updates:

Tuesday, Sept 12, 10:00am  Discovery has Power!  Discovery’s North Orlando office is back up and running.  We will officially re-open Wednesday at 8am.  Please confirm your next appointment with your therapist or the main office.  Thanks!

Monday, Sept 11, 3:00pm  Discovery’s North Orlando office survived the storm but is without power.  We will be closed through Tuesday, September 12 at this point.  Please reschedule with your therapist and pray that we will get power so we can open on Wednesday.

Thursday, Sept. 7, 5:00pm  Discovery’s offices will be closed on Monday, September 11.  If you have an appointment, please contact your therapist to reschedule.   We will update for Tuesday, Sept. 12th’s appointments as soon as we can.

New Office Open!

November 15th, 2016

North Orlando Office

Discovery has moved our main office to a new location in Spring Centre!

Discovery Counseling of Orlando, Inc.
North Orlando Office
1180 Spring Centre South Blvd.
Suite #212
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

Conveniently located just over a mile away, Spring Centre is just off 434 on the West side of I-4.  It is right behind St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Burger King and Starbucks near Douglas Ave.

In the Spring Centre, we are located in Suite #212 on the second floor.  Come into the lobby from either side of the building.  Take the elevator or stairs to the second floor lobby.  In the second floor lobby area there are chairs to wait in, restrooms, and a water fountain.  Feel free to wait in that lobby and we will come and get you for your appointment.  Our office is located at the end of the west hallway with our name on the door.

We’ve included driving directions to the office as well as a Google Maps link for you.  We look forward to sharing our new space with you and seeing you here!

Map & Directions

Ubuntu!

October 26th, 2015

Ubuntu KidsUbuntu Community

Since I am very interested about different cultures I research.  Today I came across an African term and a story that fascinated me. The word is Ubuntu.

An anthropologist was studying a tribe in Africa in order to find out their ways of living. So, he gathered all the children and proposed a game. He placed a huge basket full of candy under a tree and suggested a competition: whoever runs the fastest and gets to the basket can have all of the candy.  The children listed to the instructions carefully and lined up to run. When he said Go the children held hands and ran together towards the basket and celebrated together! The anthropologist found that action extremely curious to say the least and looked in disbelief as the children were sharing in happiness the candy from the basket. One of the children noticed his perplexity and said to him: Ubuntu! How could one child be happy when all of the others would be sad?
Ubuntu is a word that represents a philosophyan ethical way of living that relies on : “I am who I am because we are all we! “ A person with Ubuntu understands that he/she is affected when a loved one is affected.  A person with Ubuntu respects others, shared with others, is compassionate with one another, and can emphasize with others.  Ubuntu says that in order for you to be a human being is like being another person.
All of that lead me to elevate my thoughts to God and His teachings. God is three even though He is only one God. Its amazing how He can be One in Three. He is an eternal communion of Three divine beings.  When Jesus prayed to God He prayed so we could be one as He was One with the Father. This concept of unity yet pluralism is amazing. The fact that God cares for us indicates to me that we should also care for others.
That we should develop compassion and understanding about each others pain and suffering. That is the Ubuntu philosophy! According to the Hebrews we were made from each other. God created Adam and then created Eve from Adam. Maybe this is the root of the term “us”. It’s very difficult to be happy when you are alone, no-one comes to this world alone, no-one goes to heaven alone.
Humans can feel more complete if they can understand that we need other people in community to be more human.  We need to be a real person in order to be a person that can be what God has designed us to be.  It’s important to connect with people so you can feel more human and practice loving humanity.  The more you do for people, the closer you feel to God. God did not make us to be alone… Maybe that’s the reason why, when Jesus taught us to pray, He says that the Father is OURS and the bread is OURS.  However, when we ask for forgiveness, He is asking for OUR trespasses. Jesus is the answer for forgiveness and He is The One who can teach us the need to love people. His love and sacrifice for us brings freedom to be in community and love humanity.
Lesson learnt- Apply togetherness, apply compassion, apply humanity, apply UBUNTU!
Renata Cerveira, MA, LMHC

Power of Connection

October 16th, 2014

The Power of ConnectionBusy_people

Some people pride themselves in the fact that they are independent but we all have a very basic human need to depend on each other, to a certain degree.  Don’t get me wrong, dependency, when unbalanced, is not healthy.  Beginning with infancy, dependency is vital to our ability to feel secure and thrive.  Through relationships with others, we feel loved and a sense of belonging.  In connection, we share rich life experiences, milestones, joy and celebrations.  We also have a need for connection through support when we inevitably will face stress, fear, loss, challenging growth, difficult decisions and disappointments.  Some might think expressing this need makes them weak-do you?  Maslow’s hierarchy of needs places love and belonging only above food, water and physical safety (McLaud, S. A., 2007)

At times, I enjoy watching people and how they interact with each other. (Living in a tourist community creates many entertaining opportunities for this pastime).  Recently, I noticed a strange pattern, I’ll call it: “elective isolation.”  People are actively choosing to disconnect and move about in a personal bubble of isolation, totally void of connection, for the better part of their daily lives.  I noticed many walking around very disconnected, with blank stares (if eyes are not on phones) not connected to surroundings or others in their midst.  I’m sure you’ve observed the table in a restaurant where the electronic devices are out and everyone is silently surfing, checking statuses, texting, emailing etc., not much physical connection is taking place.  This can be seen in couples, friends, families and various group dynamics.  With an almost infinite number of internet and entertainment options available at our fingertips, we are lured out of our actual environments and into virtual ones.  More and more is vying for our attention, we barely remember to look each other in the eye when we communicate.  We are losing social interactive skills, we don’t exchange a smile or say “hello,” to those we pass by and sometimes not even to those we love.  We can’t seem to get out of our bubbles.  Maybe we don’t want to.  Getting out of our bubble is risky.  Connecting requires the risk of our vulnerability.  This need for connection/love/belonging appears to be deemed unworthy of our risk and we’ve convinced ourselves we need it less and less.

The 5-levels of the pyramid of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs are: Physiological, Safety, Love and Belonging, Self-Esteem, and Self-Actualization.  Our needs are built upon each other.  When our physiological needs are met, we then move on to fill our need for safety and so on. (McLaud, S. A., 2007).  We have healthy functioning when we make progress and are moving toward personal growth and the apex of the pyramid, which is “self-actualization.”  Self-actualization means to find purpose and meaning in life, and to realize and become the best version of ourselves.

Much like a home built without a strong foundation, when the foundational building blocks of our lower level needs are missing, the pyramid crumbles.  Throw in any life experience which shakes the core of our foundations and the result can feel devastating.  When we suffer a deficiency, that need becomes our strongest drive.  If that need is love and belonging, we do all that we can to fill the void, even when it can be unhealthy.  Many times this void is filled with: numbing, overworking, addictions, affairs, the pursuit of money, power or material things.

Some people possess the ability to recover and rebuild their foundation well when shaken or broken.  These people are what those in the mental health profession refer to as: “resilient.”  One common factor found in those who are resilient is that they have strong support systems and are deeply connected with satisfying relationships.  Resilient people reach out to others for help, for support.  They recognize when they are struggling and need support in order to heal and move forward.  It is a well-known fact that twelve step-programs succeed largely because of the connection with a sponsor and shared experiences in group.  Trauma victims survive in part because they connect with and lean on the support of others.  When the chronically ill or the elderly suffer loss, those who have a loving support system fair far better in life by lead fulfilling lives, despite their losses.  When someone who is bullied or made to feel like an outcast in one setting feels loved and a sense of belonging elsewhere, he is far more resilient and better able to cope with the challenges he faces.

Life knocks us down sometimes.  We’ve all been there at one time or another.  When you find yourself with a shaky foundation or unable to move forward, don’t isolate yourself in a bubble.  Reach out, take a risk, and become vulnerable.  Put all your efforts into building a strong support system of friends, family, peers, teachers, religious leaders, counselors and advocates.  A counselor can be an important part of that system.  With a strong support system in place, you are better equipped to move toward becoming your best self.  You just might find you can move beyond the apex of self-actualization and into what Maslow describes in his expanded hierarchy as, “transcendence.”  Reaching this level is when those who were once supported, become the supporter.

By Kristy Fox-Hart, Graduate Student Intern on October 16, 2014

McLaud, S. A. (2007). Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Retrieved from         http://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html

Having Others Hear You

September 16th, 2014

Having Others Hear You

 

Most of us can recall watching the classic ‘Charlie Brown’ videos in our living room.  Do you remember what you would hear whenever an adult speaks to the children?  A sad sounding trombone!  Not a single word was heard, only a bunch of muffled noises.peanuts listening hear  Can you relate?  Do you ever feel that someone switched your voice out for one of those trombones?  Maybe you even recognize whose fingerprints are on the instrument!  Maybe you feel like you have ‘tried every trick in the book’ to get your point across to your partner, children, staff, and friends, but they keep tuning you out.  Have you ever seriously asked yourself, ‘How many times do I have to say _____ for ____ to hear me?  Unfortunately, there is no magical number for us to say the same thing again and again and for the other person to finally get it.

So, what do we do when we feel like someone is intentionally tuning us out?  Well if you are like most of us, we crank up the volume!  We feel increasing our volume must get the point across loud and clear.  Yet, what do you think the other person has heard?  An even LOUDER sad sounding trombone.  What do you think his or her reaction will be?  Now he or she is wearing earplugs or earbuds and quickly disengaging from the conversation.  Why?  Think about the music that your family used to listen to when you were a kid or teenager. Did your parents have those ‘certain songs’ that they played that drove you nuts?  And what happened when your parents tried to convince you about the quality of their music by turning up the volume?  It was like suddenly you were a sprinter in the Olympic games making a mad dash to your room or any quiet area away from the noise.  We all have those ‘certain songs’ that are our ‘certain sayings’ that we keep repeating to our loved ones , but they never seem to get the point.

After turning up the volume, what’s the next course of action we take?  Here we get creative, and we may try a whole lot of other ‘musical numbers’ with our noisy trombone.  We give consequences.  We express how unfair it is.  We have others bring their trombones to make a little band.  When this still doesn’t work, then we find what’s ‘wrong’ with the other person.  ‘He never listens to me because he ____ (doesn’t love me or insists on being stubborn).’  ‘She never listens to me because she ____ (always thinks she knows better or doesn’t care about what I have to say).’  Are these fair judgments?  Think back to Charlie Brown and his gang. Were they a bunch of school hooligans who were disrespectful and all around troublemakers?  No.  They just were not connected to the message that adults were trying to get across to them.  Could it be the people tuning us out are not such bad people too?  Could it be that we are also having a hard time understanding them?  Sadly, for many of us after making these judgments as to why they are not listening, we ‘throw in the towel’ and distance ourselves emotionally and/or physically from the person.

It doesn’t have to be this way.  We do have better choices!  And we do have a way to get that stupid sounding trombone out of our vocal chords.  This requires opening up new ways of communicating with the other person to produce new and better results than ever before.  By initiating a change of communication on your end, the other person now has the opportunity to communicate in new ways with you.  The power to produce change is yours!  One of the first things you can do when you feel that the other person has not heard what you have said is to kindly ask them what they heard you say.  This does not sound like, ‘What did I just say?!’  Instead, you want to be genuinely curious if your loved one has just heard your voice or a trombone playing in the background.  You can open up a new dialogue by saying something like, ‘I would really like to know something.  What did you hear me say?’ or ‘Can you put it in your own words what you think I am saying?’  Remember, your tone with this question will have a greater impact than the exact words you choose.  Your tone will express if you really want to know what they hear or if you don’t.  He or she will sense if you are being genuine just like you sense he or she may have tuned you out.

Here’s an example dialogue of using this communication tool.  Imagine yourself and the person you have been struggling with.  Imagine yourself in this dialogue and see if you can sense the difference.

You – ‘I want you to come with me to the class this Saturday.’

Partner – ‘Why? You know I don’t care about this boring class.’

You – (Sincere and open) ‘Honey, I have an important question for you, and I really want to know what you think because I need your help with this.’

Partner- (Curious) ‘What is it?’

You – ‘What did you hear me saying when I said, I want you to come to the class with me?’

Partner – (Confused) ‘What?’

You – ‘What went through your mind when you heard my request?’

Partner – ‘Oh. Well I thought here you are making me go to one of these classes again because I don’t already have enough to do.’

You- (Curious) ‘So, it felt to you that I was making you come to this class and that I’m not considering how much you already have on your plate?’

Partner- ‘Kinda. When you usually ask me to come to something, I don’t feel like you are really asking. Usually I have to go to these things or you will get mad at me. I thought I had already told you that I have a lot of work to catch up on.’

You- (Empathy) ‘I think I understand where you are coming from. I can ask things in a way where I really want you to do them. And I could’ve asked you more about what you had in mind for your schedule on Saturday.’

Partner- So you’re not mad that I don’t want to go?

You- No, I’m not mad. Can I share with you my reason for inviting you to the

class with me? I’m working on improving my communication with you.

Partner- Ok, go ahead.

You- Well the reason I invite you to come with me is because I really do enjoy learning with you. When we are in class together, you form ideas and plans that I would not conceive on my own. I feel close to you when we are together and that means a lot to me….

 

Are you starting to see how these questions can steer things in a new direction with not only your conversations, but your relationship?  It reminds me of a popular saying, ‘People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.’  In other words, if your loved one does not feel understood by you first, then it is unlikely they will take the time to understand you.  Remember when you first started dating and you truly wanted to know more and more about the other person?  Or remember when you held your child in your arms and wondered how incredible it is to be a parent?  You were cued in to recognize all the little noises he or she would make.

We can sense when people are genuinely interested in us or just giving us the time of day.  Over time, we can lose this sense of wonder and appreciation for those we once held dear.  If you care enough about your relationship to move things in a new and exciting direction, then focus first on the positive changes you can make.  Seek to understand why your loved one has been acting this way toward you and coming up with a plan together of how to make things better.  You will find freedom from that noisy ‘trombone,’ and an understanding as well as enjoyment of one other again!

 

-Posted September 16, 2014 by Eric Gilbert, MS (Registered Marriage and Family Therapist
Intern #IMT 2167)

Sexual Addiction Unveiled

March 23rd, 2013

If I were to ask you, “What is sexual addiction anyway?”  “Is it a real condition?”  “If, it is real how would you identify it in your own life or someone you are connected to?”  “Can a man or a woman be sexually addicted?”

Here is what I would like to talk to you about today.

Sexual addiction is not a myth and it is REAL. Like alcoholism and the way AA terms the addiction of alcoholism, it is cunning, powerful and baffling. Acting out sexually is so innocent in the beginning stages and in the innocence it begins to unravel one’s life one sexual act after another sexual acting out. It begins as exciting and the adrenal rush is incredible and then the person feels the preoccupation, ritualization, compulsion and despair of the addiction. In the aftermath of the sexual acting out now come the feelings of shame, guilt, isolation, loneliness, remorse and the unworthiness. Here in lies the questions that begin privately with the sex addict, “What got me here to this place in my life?” “I want to stop, but I can’t stop.” “I do the very thing I do not want to do.”

Dr. Patrick Carnes, writing in Out of the Shadows, explained sex addiction as “a pathological relationship with a mood-altering experience.”

Marnie Ferree puts it like this, “Pornography is the drug of choice among Christians.  For many years, Marnie, the daughter of a minister, struggled herself with promiscuity and extramarital affairs.  Ferree suggests, “Women definitely struggle with pornography and other forms of sexual sin — at almost the same rate as men.”

Sex addicts, she said, are people you might suspect — scantily clad women, leering men. But they’re also people you would never expect: “By and large, it affects average people who are in the pews on Sunday mornings and across all socioeconomic lines.”

Acting out behaviors may include, but this list is not limited as there may be other forms not mentioned here. They may include masturbation, the use of pornographic magazines, books, videos and as well as the internet. It can include affairs, anonymous sex, phone sex, cyber sex and chat rooms or the virtual world.

Addiction can also include voyeurism, and exhibitionism. Visiting porn stores, strip clubs, topless bars, lap dances and cruising is also addictive.

There is an endless list of sexual acting out.

As Patrick Carnes says in his research, “If you knew who I really was you would not love me nor would you like me.”

Sex addicts – like most other addicts – believe their lies and rationalizations, a trait referred to as sincere delusion. In their denial they will try to convince other’s with, “I am not a sex addict, I don’t have a problem, what are you talking about.”

Part of the delusion is often blaming others for their actions:

“The addict’s blame of others for all problems is another way to protect their secret life. Fault lies with spouse, children, parents, work associates, or boss. The addict is self-righteous, critical, and judgmental. There is no acceptance of personal responsibility for mistakes, failures, or actions. This appearance of integrity further insulates the addict’s world from reality. The blame dynamic provides further justification for the addict’s behavior.” (Carnes, P., Out of the Shadows)

Patrick Carnes, the pioneer researcher of sexual addiction has defined below the cycle of sexual addiction which sex addict’s experience:

THE ADDICTION CYCLE

For sexual addicts an addictive experience progresses through a four-step cycle that intensifies with each repetition:

1. Preoccupation—this is the trance or mood that the addicts’ mind is completely engrossed with……thoughts of sex. Mentally it is a state that creates an obsessive search for sexual satisfaction/stimulation.

2. Ritualization—in this step the preoccupation in step one intensifies which causes arousal and excitement.

3. Compulsive sexual behavior—in this step the sex addict is unable to stop or even control their behavior of their end goal…..sexually acting out.

4. Despair—with this step the addict now advances into the feelings of hopelessness which they have about their acting out behavior and their powerlessness over their sexual acting out.

Sexual acting out has now occurred and the repetitive cycle of the addiction begins again and again with preoccupation, ritualization, compulsion and despair.  A vicious cycle for the sex addict with personal messages of, “I will never do that again” and then the addictive cycle starts all over again.

What drives sexual addiction are the four core beliefs which Patrick Carnes writes about in his book (one of the best in my opinion) “Out of the Shadows.”

FOUR CORE BELIEFS

1. Self-Image

“I am basically a bad, unworthy person.”

2. Relationships

“No one would love me as I am.”

3. Needs

“My needs are never going to be met if I have to depend upon others.”

4. Sexuality:

“Sex is my most important need.”

 “I am basically a bad, unworthy person.”  In the sex addict’s childhood the family system was not as connected, affectionate or loving as it could have been.  According to Carnes, 73% of addicts come from homes where there is not much affection and are rigid and “black and white.”

“No one would love me as I am.” In the SA book, Sexaholics Anonymous, it says that, “insides never matched what we saw on the outsides of others.” For the sex addict they have a tendency to hide and isolate. For obvious reasons with this belief the sex addict not only hides their acting out, but they hide their feelings, their thoughts and their insecurities.

“My needs are never going to be met if I have to depend upon others.”  In this belief the sex addict is saying internally, “I will surely be let down if I depend on others.” Patrick Carnes states, that the addiction has become the ‘trusted source of comfort.’ The SA book Sexaholics Anonymous states, “connect with me and make me whole.” The sex addict has not depended on anyone other than themselves and their addiction to sex.

4. “Sex is my most important need.” It has become their higher power or God. Many addicts won’t admit this. When a sex addict is faced with a feeling, situation, person or place where they feel disturbed, they will run to sex rather then find another way to feel comfort.

I like how Erik Bohlin puts this insidious addiction. It is a:

Disease of Perception

Addiction is a disease of perception. The person is blinded and cannot see what they are doing and how it affects those around them. They see things from the their own ego-centric point of view. Both therapy and the 12 steps assist them in seeing the world from a more realistic point of view.

Disease of Disconnection

Addiction is also a disease of disconnection. The “acting out” or “high” disconnects them from their own feelings, from their morality and value system and from those they love. The addict connects with the lust/drug rather than people or God. When one loses their sobriety, they often report a feeling of being isolated and not able to connect as they did when they are sober.

If you have been trying to figure out whether or not you have a problem with potentially addictive behaviors you can go to this website www.sexhelp.com and take the Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST) a cost-free, no-obligation questionnaire. It provides a profile of responses that help distinguish between addictive and non-addictive behaviors.

Also, if you are or have been in a relationship with someone who has a sex addiction, you have inevitably been affected by your experience. You can go to this website www.sexhelp.com and take the Partner Sexuality and Sex Addiction Survey (PSS) it will help bring you clarity about your own sexual health and provide you with a brief report about your own sexuality.

About the Author: Relationship Therapist  and Sexual Addiction Expert, Vicki M. Wotring MSW, ASAT, CADC, EMDR has worked with countless couples and individuals who have been betrayed by someone they love who struggles with sexual addiction and with those individuals who have become entangled in the web of sexual addiction. She has also provided a group “Women’s Healing Ministry” for women who have been sexually betrayed for the past three years. She can be reached at celebratelife3@aol.com regarding this group.

Resources:

Carnes, P. J. (2001). Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction. Hazelden.

NOTE: You can freely redistribute this resource, electronically or in print, provided you leave the author’s contact information below intact.

Posted December 3, 2012 by Vicki M. Wotring MSW, ASAT, CADC, EMDR

 

Multicultural Couples

March 23rd, 2013

What do you do when you fall in love with a person that is not from your culture? What are the challenges and the chances for this relationship to work? What are the steps to take in order to have a healthy long lasting relationship? These are some of the questions most people ask when they finally find someone they want to spend the rest of their lives with. There are some difficulties that are important to consider before jumping into marriage.

1. Acceptance – One of the hardest things to accomplish is acceptance. Acceptance means that you perceive reality accurately and consciously acknowledge what you perceive. Most of the times we have illusions that we can change people or make them adapt completely into our own culture. I like to say that we can adapt, but our heart will beat with a different rhythm. It seems difficult for humans to accept that God has made us unique, so we are ALL different from one another. Even people from the same background could think and act differently, so it is important to be open to accept differences. Every individual on Earth has a different baggage and a different background that they carry on into a new relationship. Thus, if there is acceptance there is love and understanding.

2. Language – Living life in a second language can be mentally exhausting. Couples who share a language will find that lack of a common mother tongue will add a layer of difficulty to their relationship. One person in the relationship will always be at the disadvantage of having to use a language that is not his or her native language. In order to communicate it is important to express feelings in your own language because they would come from the heart and not from words. It is important that in the beginning couples emerge into each other’s culture as much as they can in order to learn each others languages and expressions. Visiting each other’s country is also very important, so there is no resentment built on. It is also crucial to find a counselor who can speak the native tongue, so if there are any issues to be resolved the counselor will be able to communicate better with the partner.

3. References Points – Most of us do not realize how essential our cultural background is to who we are until we are living in another culture.  It could be challenging for you and your partner not to have references to build topics of conversation.  Lacking shared cultural reference points can sometimes make a negative impact in your life with your partner.  It is important once more to be knowledgeable about each others reference points by visiting and experiencing what your partner is talking about.  Using your five senses in order to get closer is going to help in the process of getting to know each other and building a life together.

4. Clashing philosophies – It is important to understand that if you are a multicultural couple most likely there will be clashing of philosophies and beliefs.  There will be times when what you know to be true, due to upbringing and background, is totally at odds with your partner’s own personal truths.  It is important not to fight over who is right and who is wrong, but instead it is important to explain your thoughts and feelings on the subject and compromise when possible.  There are some issues that will truly challenge the relationship so having a counselor to sort things out is essential for a healthy, long lasting relationship.

So, before couples make the decision to get married it is important to consider counseling and praying about such an important decision. If God is involved in the decision making process, things tend to be easier to manage.

Article by Renata Cerveira, LMHC

434 Construction in Longwood

October 26th, 2012

Under Construction

434 Construction in Longwood

Construction on widening SR434 in Longwood has begun. There are some significant changes to the traffic pattern in front of our Longwood office located in Crown Oak Centre.

Arriving should be fairly straightforward now that the left turn lane has been completed.

Leaving our complex, you will now only be able to turn right (East, away from I-4). To get back to I-4 you will need to drive about 1/2 mile east on 434 before you can make a U-turn to return to I-4.

Construction is due to last until 2014 so plan on giving yourself a few extra minutes to get here. Thanks for your patience!

Women’s Healing and Recovery Group

September 11th, 2012

Women’s Healing and Recovery Group

If you have experienced in your relationships past and or present sexual betrayal, deception and lies of secrecy which keeps you in bondage there is a place for you.  This group will provide you with hope and a safe atmosphere for you to heal.

There is no charge for this group except the material that is used.  For more details please call Vicki Wotring at her confidential voicemail 520-631-0886. You can also view her bio on this web site.  This group meets every Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:30 at Northland Church in the Children’s Center; Room 5100.

Partnership

December 14th, 2010

Partners with Discovery

We partner with local churches, ministries, and community organizations to offer their communities access to affordable, quality counseling. This partnership also allows these ministries, churches and organizations to reach out to their extended community. We strategically locate our centers in areas where multiple churches, ministries or organizations can utilize our services.

Our unique relationships with churches and ministries of Central Florida and surrounding areas allow us to also provide a spiritual emphasis in our counseling. Throughout the counseling process, we encourage our clients’ spiritual development and growth within the context of Christian community.

To find out more about becoming a partner with Discovery Counseling, please email or call us.

Some of our current partners include:

Partnering with Discovery Counseling of Orlando

Discovery’s mission is to offer “Soul Care” whenever and wherever it can in helping to expand God’sKingdom. We feel one way of accomplishing this is by offering counseling services in churches at very affordable rates. It is amazing to sit in a counseling room and watch God touch the lives of men and women who have struggles in varying areas for years. Christian counseling is just another way, in a different format, to present the living Word to men and women and children suffering with the pains of our times.

Discovery Counseling, as an independent ministry, was created in 2002 with the goal to distribute its counseling efforts to churches and communities in Central Florida. The idea is that Discovery will, at no cost to the church, set up a counseling center in the church’s facilities and supply the licensed counselors and/or registered interns to help the church meet the needs of its members.

The counseling center would be a collaborative effort between your church and Discovery Counseling and would work in the following manner, subject of course, to the needs of your church:

Discovery Counseling will:

  • Provide mental health counselors or/and registered mental health interns who will counsel from a Christian perspective.
  • Discovery will schedule all counseling sessions with the clients directly to ensure confidentiality.
  • Verify that each counselor working at your church has, and maintains, the supervision required by law, and moreover, ensure the counselor is moving in the direction best suited for his or her clients.
  • Ensure that each counselor is covered by professional liability insurance.
  • Fees charged to the client will be collect by the Discovery Counselor with absolutely no obligation on the part of your church.
  • Discovery Counseling will provide all operating systems necessary so as to operate the center, at your church, as if it were a stand-alone counseling center.
  • From time to time Discovery will provide marketing handouts for your church to distribute to the members, subject, of course, to your approval.

Your church will only need to:

  • Provide an office, or offices, if more than one counselor is needed, to allow for the counseling services to be provided at your church.
  • Allow for a reception area for clients to wait for their scheduled appointment as well as for them to fill out any paperwork when necessary.
  • Inform your church members of the counseling services available. This can be done in any number of ways. Some possible ways would include: providing information on the counseling center in the weekly bulletin, brief discussion on Sunday mornings, inclusion of Discovery’s handouts in the bulletin periodically, allowing one of the counselors, to speak briefly on Sundays mornings or at any other suitable times, providing a link from your website to Discovery’s, as well as many other methods.
  • Meet with a representative of Discovery Counseling from time to time to discuss this counseling center and ways in which to improve upon it.

It is Discovery’s intention that this counseling center looks like, and becomes, the counseling center of your church. Discovery’s sole purpose is to help God’s children in a complimentary way to your existing ministry. Discovery Counseling makes no profit from the fees charged for counseling services. The fees cover the salaries of the counselors, counselor supervision, and the other operating costs associated with running the counseling centers.

Andy Blanchard, Director of Discovery Counseling of Orlando, is available to meet with you to discuss the benefits of opening a center at your church. Please call 407-376-3773 to schedule an appointment or complete the contact form.

May God bless you and your congregation.