Marilyn L. Grubbs, MA
Licensed Professional Counselor (NC # 7005)
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (NC license #7005) and do psychotherapy with all ages, from preschool through older adulthood. I use a variety of therapeutic techniques, depending on your needs and preferences:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) examines the interplay of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and how changing one of these components can affect the others. For example, the thought “I can’t do anything right” can lead you to feelings of depression or shame and the behavior of not attempting new things. Changing the thought to a more positive one may shift the emotions and/or the behavior. On the other hand, sometimes the most effective way to change thoughts and emotions is to push yourself to change behavior, and “prove yourself wrong”.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) combines CBT with mindfulness, an Eastern spiritual practice which is being used more and more in Western psychotherapy. DBT therapy incorporates specific skills in the areas of Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance. In this method, I ask you to track how often you use each of the skills over the course of a week. DBT is proven to be effective with individuals who have conflictual relationships, changeable moods, impulsive behaviors, and many other issues.
- Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a form of trauma therapy based on the assumption that traumatic experiences are “stuck” in the body energetically. The work of SE therapy is to help you identify where and in what form these experiences are held in your own body, to also identify how the experience of safety or relaxation feels in your body (surprisingly difficult for many people), and to gently let go of the energy of the trauma, without having to relive the trauma in the therapy session.
- In addition to mindfulness, clients are guided in learning to meditate, with a variety of meditation techniques to choose from. In the setting of the Whole Person Wellness Center, spiritual components of prayer and connecting with your Higher Power can be brought into this process.
- Expressive arts techniques can help you get in touch with emotions and semiconscious parts of your mind in ways that talking can not. Examples of expressive arts techniques are drawing, painting, collage, sand tray, journaling, and poetry.
- If you wish to avoid using antidepressant medications to treat depression, you can be supported in this through education about how to use nutrition, exercise, light therapy, and other alternative means. This will only be done in consultation with the client’s medical practitioner, and only if the level of depression is not life-threatening.
Pricing: I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicaid insurance. For private pay clients, I have a sliding scale based on income, ranging from $75 to $135 per session.