We Provide the Following Services
LaKettra Priestly Counseling Services was founded to address the therapeutic needs of all persons over the age of 7. We focus on a variety of behavioral disorders, including but not limited to, Mood Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, and Depression. Additionally, Mrs. Priestly specializes in Cultural and Ethnic Issues as well as Divorce/Blended Family Issues, and Family Therapy.
We understand that seeking counseling for any reason is never an easy choice. In most cases therapy is the final step in healing from the emotional distress found in one’s life. In order to address the concerns and confidentiality associated with seeking therapy, LaKettra Priestly specializes in providing in-home therapy. That means that your appointments will be scheduled in advance and Mrs. Priestly will show up at your residence to provide the counseling session. Each session is anticipated to last no more than 45 to 60 minutes
1You will start with an intial session. During this time, your therapist will ask a great deal of historical information. If you have any notes, psychological or information from other providers, please bring this to the initial session. All of this information will help with formulation of the treatment plan.
2The next phase is Discussion of Treatment Plan: Within a reasonable period of time after the initiation of treatment, your therapist will discuss with you their working understanding of the problem, treatment plan, therapeutic objectives and their view of the possible outcomes of treatment. If you have any unanswered questions about any of the procedures used in the course of your therapy, their possible risks, your therapist’s expertise in employing them, or about the treatment plan, please ask and you will be answered fully. You also have the right to ask about other treatments for your condition and their risks and benefits. If you could benefit from any treatment that your therapist does not provide, your therapist has an ethical obligation to assist you in obtaining these treatments.
3You will then begin therapy on the established plan of weekly, biweekly, monthly, etc sessions. Participation in therapy can result in a number of benefits to you, including improving interpersonal relationships and resolution of the specific concerns that led you to seek therapy. Working toward these benefits; however, requires effort on your part. Psychotherapy requires your very active involvement, honesty, and openness in order to change your thoughts, feelings, and/or behavior. Your therapist will ask for your feedback and views on your therapy, its progress, and other aspects of the therapy, and will expect you to respond openly and honestly. During therapy, remembering, or talking about unpleasant events, feelings, or thoughts can result in you experiencing considerable discomfort or strong feelings of anger, sadness, worry, fear, etc …
or experiencing anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc. Your therapist may challenge some of your assumptions or perceptions, or propose different ways of looking at, thinking about, or handling situations that can cause you to feel upset, angry, depressed, challenged, or disappointed. Attempting to resolve issues that brought you to therapy in the first place, such as personal or interpersonal relationships, may result in changes that were not originally intended. Psychotherapy may result in decisions about changing behaviors, employment, substance use, schooling, housing or relationships. Sometimes a decision that is positive for one family member is viewed quite negatively by another family member. Change will sometimes be easy and swift, but more often it will be slow and even frustrating. There is no guarantee that psychotherapy will yield positive or intended results.