Personal Counseling Theory

"I find it best to meet the client where he or she is at in life, and based on their strengths, help them to develop a positive attitude and reduce suffering so the client will feel empowered to focus on matters that bring them joy, meaning and fulfillment, and to move toward their personal goals.

I believe that reality focused, brief solution therapy is usually the most effective approach to assist clients. A thorough psycho-social assessment is the beginning of this process. The specific techniques that I employ are those of effective listening, empathy, strength-building, effective communication, re-framing stories in a positive way and assisting the client to develop positive alternatives and solutions. I find that the technique of Motivational Interviewing to be very effective."


Background

Pam has a business and counseling background.  She received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.  Working various aspects of the healthcare industry helped Pam to understand business, management, empathy and compassion.  She returned to school and received a Master's of Education in Counseling from Lynchburg College and is also trained in EMDR. She has been working as a therapist for over 10 years.  She currently works as an Employee Assistance Professional as well as owning and running Peaks View Counseling, seeing clients in Appomattox and Bedford.

Pam's professional memberships include the Virginia Counseling Association (VCA), American Counseling Association (ACA), Employee Assistance Professional Association (EAPA) and Certification as an Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).  Pam was named Lynchburg Area Community Counselor of the Year in 2011 and is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society.