Strategies for Success Counseling and Wellness Center is on the Move!!!

We are very pleased to be able to continue to be a premier resource to the South East Valley Community for Counseling and Wellness services.  Our new location is a Wellness Center and will eventually offer all types of wellness services, including: Massage Therapy, Hair Services, Retreats, Acupuncture, Chiropractor Services and Physical Therapy in the near future.  Currently we provide individual, couple and family counseling, Small Business Employee Relations Consulting, EAP Counseling, Life Coaching, Seminars, and Department of Transportation/SAP services.

We are pleased to be able to offer most of these services at convenient times, as well as online.  All visits are by appointment only, however you can always ask for soonest available as new appointments pop-up all the time, often the same day.

We are so excited to announce that our Strategies for Success Counseling and Wellness Center Office has moved to the Sun Lakes Health Center located on the corner of Alma School and Riggs Road, at 10440 E. Riggs Road, Chandler AZ 85248, just 1 mile South of the current location. 

We look forward to seeing you very soon!

 

 

New Counselor Starts in March

Curriculum vitaeStrategies for Success is excited to welcome Regina Robison to the practice starting March 23, 2015. Regina’s strengths as a clinician include being compassionate, non-judgmental, and utilizes a strengths-based approach to care. She believes it is important to look at each individual as a whole, taking into account each person’s spiritual, cultural, and environmental influences to assist clients in overcoming problems and achieve balance and happiness in their lives. Regina also believes that it is essential for people to work through past trauma in order to release residual blame and shame and break free of old patterns that can keep them stuck in maladaptive thinking and behavioral patterns in their current life stage.

Regina’s clinical experience includes over 10 years working with children, adolescents, adults, elderly and clients with disabilities. She also has experience working with individuals and couples, providing treatment for mental health issues and substance abuse concerns as well as with conduct disorder, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and loss, and relationship conflicts, to name a few. Regina has also led multiple groups on topics that include self-esteem building, anger management, social skill building, substance abuse and conflict resolution, and is excited about the possibility of leading some groups at Strategies for Success.  She has worked from a Multisystemic approach successfully,  with seriously delinquent adolescents, and is very well versed with adolescent and family concerns.
In 2008, Regina received her Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Ottawa University in Phoenix, and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University in 2004, Magna Cum Laude.  She currently holds independent Licensure with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health, as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Regina utilizes various therapeutic approaches to assist clients in achieving their goals including cognitive behavioral therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, existential therapy, insight-oriented modalities and narrative therapy. Regina is a firm believer  in the healing power of the client-therapist relationship. Each treatment plan is created and implemented collaboratively with each client, tailored to maximize positive outcomes and lasting results. To email Regina, please do so at regina.robison@saptherapist.com. To schedule with Regina starting at the end of March in our Chandler location, please call our Main Number: (480) 252-5152 or email us at appointment@saptherapist.com.

Pet Project

by Suzanne Northey, M.S. LMFT at Strategies for Success in Chandler, Arizona

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Do you ever feel unappreciated or unsupported?

Do you ever get lonely or bored?

Do you have difficulty talking yourself into getting off the couch to go outside and enjoy some physical activity?

Do you want to find additional tools to teach your kids responsibility and compassion?

Have you ever thought it would be rewarding to donate some of your time to a worthy cause?

 

If you answered yes to any of the above, having or assisting a pet could be the answer.

Here’s why:

Pets are loving, loyal, and always happy to see you. They live for your attention. There is research that shows that having a pet lowers blood pressure and decreases the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease and may even lower one’s cholesterol.

Pets are also great for mental health. That’s why so many professionals in the social service industry advocate the use of therapy dogs that go to visit residents in assisted living settings, and patients in skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. Pets simply make people feel happier.

Pets are also great entertainment. Watch a dog or cat play and see if you can keep from cracking a smile. Their behavior is spontaneous, infectious and they have no hidden agenda. Also, observing fish in an aquarium is great for your health because it slows the heart rate and helps manage stress.

And if you have wanted to begin a fitness program but haven’t found inspiration, a dog may be a great solution. Research shows that individuals that have dogs are more likely to get exercise because they walk or run their dogs, take them to a dog park, or play fetching games.

Do you want your children to learn stills to grown into responsible adults? Do you want them to be kind and compassionate in their interactions with others?  Having a child exercise, feed, and clean up after a pet teaches them accountability. Also, there is significant evidence that having and caring for a pet teaches children and teens to develop greater empathy and sensitivity towards others.

Finally, if you or your teen are passionate about giving back to the community, why not volunteer at a pet shelter or animal rescue organization?  There are so many dogs and cats in need of love, attention, and finding placement in a good home. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be a part of something so valuable?

In summary, there are multiple benefits to having a pet. It is a win-win situation for both you and your beloved furry friend. So consider welcoming in a new member of the family. You will be glad that you did.

What is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner?

by Tracy Schelle, Psy NP at Strategies for Success in Chandler, Arizona

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A psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) is an advanced practice nurse who has an extended scope of practice in psychiatry.  A PMHNP has either a Master of Science in Nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. PMHNP’s are able to provide mental health services some of which include:  psychiatric evaluation of a client, form a medical diagnosis, order and interpret lab work, prescribe treatments including medication, implement a plan of care, and conduct psychotherapy.

My role at Strategies for Success in Chandler is medication management.  An initial evaluation is about sixty minutes long and we go over medical history, psychiatric history and create a plan of care together.  The plan of care includes my recommendations for treatment, which may include medication.  A follow up appointment is twenty to thirty minutes long and we review how you are feeling on the medication and determine if the medication needs to be adjusted.  Due to time constraints, I do not do counseling but may refer you to one of the therapists in the office.  I also provide education about diagnosis and treatment, supportive care, and go over coping skills if needed.

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