Licensed Professional Counselor
My name is Chad Ernest and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, who believes in the best in you.
10572 SE Washington St
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2011
Whether you are an individual struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, emotional duress or other mental health issues; a parent challenged with the behaviors of your child; a partner in a relationship having communication issues or problems with connection and intimacy; a family having a hard time getting along and managing emotions in the same living space; I am here to help you through your journey in discovering the best ways to work through your struggles.
I utilize Collaborative approaches to working with couples. I conduct in depth interviews to highlight what both partners feel is happening in their relationship and then find the best approach to assisting in working through these struggles. I do not promise that all relationships work out, however. It is up to each individual in the relationship to want to make that happen.
Motivational interviewing is a great technique for helping with individuals and families who are struggling to make a change in their lives for the better. Finding where you are in the Stages of Change can help you identify where you want to be and how to get to a place where you can make long lasting and impactful beneficial changes in your life.
I utilize a Family Systems approach in working with families. I take this a step further and help families to look at the environments around them as well as the supports in these environments. Working to help families see how their survival in a system impacts how they raise their children and how the choices they make can change the way they live for the better.
We are offering in person, phone and video sessions.
Parenting children can be like being dropped in the middle of a forest with only the clothes on your back and having to find your way out and survive. We don't have all the answers to working with children and sometimes our own experiences with our parents was not the best example either. I am like the woods guide who helps you learn techniques to become better at what you already know.
Whether you're child is struggling in school, has behavioral issues, been diagnosed with ADHD, a learning disorder, or is on the Autism Spectrum, I can help with learning more about how to manage behaviors and work with the children on understanding, coming to terms with, and overcoming their symptoms.
Self-esteem is the cornerstone to many mental health issues. Depression and anxiety find both their roots in low self-esteem. Being able to feel confident and good about one's self can be challenging, but with my help we can rebuild a positive self-image.
I have a lifetime of experience, both personal and professional, with helping couples work through relationship issues. Struggling with communication, thinking about divorce/breaking up, or just fighting a lot? I can help.
A psychoeducation group of twelve sessions. Teaching skills and behaviors that you can use in your everyday life. The goals of this group are: (1) To learn about anger and how to identify your physical signs, (2) To identify negative thoughts and replace them with more positive thinking to solve problems, (3) To identify and use new ways of coping with difficult feelings and situations, and (4) To learn how to communicate effectively and resolve conflicts in a healthy way.
Aspergers, Depression, Self-Esteem
We will provide a group focused on exploring emotions that will last for twelve weeks. We will explore the way emotions express themselves in our bodies. We will work on identifying our coping strategies around emotions and stress, looking at what is healthy versus unhealthy coping. We will also explore cultural conceptualizations and stereotypes around emotion and how it impedes our relationship with our emotional selves.
Exploring being more self-aware and expressive. Testosterone tends to make men feel more isolated in their emotional experience. We explore vulnerability and whether it truly is a weakness. Being able to be open about fear, powerlessness, frustrations, guilt, shame, hopes and desire can be freeing. Group work can provide additional energy in daily life, a safe practice space for expanding interpersonal skills, provide a sense of belonging and closeness that can reduce isolation and depression.
The holidays can be extra stressful for everyone. Whether you are having visitors, seeing family and friends, or even spending time alone, each situation brings its own brand of stress. There are ways to prepare yourself and your family for the holidays so that everyone can deal with the stress in the most effective way. Here are a few things to consider that may help you get through the holidays unscathed….
Feeling depressed? Try out some of these simple tips and you may find yourself on the road to feeling better.