Counseling & Therapy Services

Gouverneur Counselor and Telehealth Therapist

Serving Clients throughout New York and Texas

Bush Counseling Service provides counseling and therapy for real people facing real issues, from managing health anxiety related to the COVID pandemic to working through life transitions at work, at home, in your community and across cultures and society as a whole. My services are LGBTQ friendly and I believe that everyone deserves equal access to quality mental health services.

I work with clients seeking counsel and guidance for:

Anxiety and Anxiety Related Disorders

My specialty is working with anxiety. I have extensive experience working with generalized anxiety, panic disorders, phobias, chronic worry, and the many related issues associated with anxiety. I will work with you at your own pace to help you better understand the issues you face so that you can work through them in a healthy and positive way.

Depression

Depression can look and feel different for everyone. I understand the complex and weighty feelings that can come up for those who suffer from depression, and I offer a safe, supportive and private space to address them. I will make sure that you feel secure and comfortable exploring your feelings in a way that allows you to change your thought patterns and regain a natural sense of hope. No matter what you might be struggling with, from issues with weight loss and physical limitations, or struggles with relationships, traumas, grief, or everyday stressors, I can help you find a way to cope in a healthy manner.

Life Transitions

Sometimes life’s most momentous occasions are not just causes for celebration. They can actually be a source of stress too, which is a very common circumstance. Things like moving, starting a new job, getting married, having a baby, undergoing physical transitions, or graduating college can bring unexpected emotions to the surface. We can help you process these things as they come up for you.

Pregnancy and Postpartum

The physical and mental demands of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting are so widely acknowledged in our society yet somehow also somewhat overlooked. Whether you are a woman or a man, I can help you navigate the many unexpected mental obstacles that arise during pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood/fatherhood. From coping with morning sickness and breastfeeding to working through a miscarriage or postpartum depression, I can help you nurture the tools you need to maintain your mental well-being despite your physical and emotional struggles. And for the record, it’s totally okay not to feel comfortable talking to your spouse about the things you might need to seek counseling for. I know that ‘Mom Guilt’ and the ‘Baby Blues’ are real issues, not merely talking points. I also recognize that pregnancy and Postpartum issues are not only specific to women. Men can also experience challenging emotions during and after their partner’s pregnancy. Men may experience stress, anxiety, and depression when adjusting to fatherhood. So when you work with me, there are no judgments or preconceptions about how you “should” be feeling or behaving. There is only a safe space for you to express your truths in total confidence and privacy.

Additional Resources for Other Areas of Mental Health Counseling

For Help With a Gambling Addiction

I recommend consulting the New York Council on Problem Gambling.

For Trauma, Grief and Loss, or Phase of Life Transitions

I recommend Mary Dousharm, LCSW-R (315-723-9258).

For Children, Adolescent, and Family Counseling

I recommend Maple Grove Counseling, PLLC based in Gouverneur, NY.

I Can Help You Nurture a Healthier Thought Process to Improve Your Well-Being

A Realistic Approach to Counseling

My approach to counseling and therapy is to meet you where you are in your experience – not where anyone thinks you “should” be. I offer a safe and supportive environment where you can be authentic in the present moment, and when the time is right, you can step forward together at a pace that serves you in a manner that makes you feel comfortable, dignified and safe.

When you choose to participate in a Telehealth session from the comfort and discretion of your own home, I can work with you to find the most genuine and practical way to establish new and healthy thought processes that will ultimately help you uncover the healthiest and safest path from where you are now to where you want to be.

Sometimes achieving this might take only a handful of sessions. Sometimes the process might take weeks, months or perhaps a more long-term series of sessions. There is no right or wrong length of time to work on your mental health.

Whether it’s your first session or a follow-up session, I will always welcome you into a protected and neutral environment where you can show up as you are, wherever you are in your thoughts and feelings, and from that place, I will help you navigate what’s next.

I am Committed to Providing Private and Dignified Care

We All Need Help Sometimes

Everybody has bad days and off moods. Sometimes those days can start to add up to months or even years, or those moods can start to feel unshakeable. At Bush Counseling Service, I recognize that this is a normal part of the human condition and there is nothing ‘weird’ or ‘shameful’ or ‘wrong’ with wanting and needing to improve your mental wellbeing. Mental health is kind of like physical health in that way. Sometimes we have to work on it, actively, regularly and with intention, in order to see healthy changes. And sometimes, we need a little help to do that. (That’s why even therapists have therapists – we all need a little help sometimes!)

Ultimately as a counselor, I am are here to offer you the guidance, support and space you need so you can work through the hard times in the healthiest way possible. The reality of our struggles is that they are temporary, but the experience we have with them is also greatly shaped by how we perceive them. That’s why working with a mental health counselor can be so effective. You can learn to nurture healthier thought processes that will allow you to better align your perceptions with your reality and ultimately help you adapt and respond to mental health challenges in a healthy way.

Telehealth Sessions Online Provide Increased Privacy and Convenience

Use your Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop or Desktop to participate in your session through a secure video-conference from the comfort of your home.

I am are here to offer you the guidance, support and space you need to work through hard times in the healthiest way possible.

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