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Blissful Counseling Services LLC

Angela Pastas LPC

My Approach

As a holistic mental health professional counselor I am conscious that every person is unique. Therefore, I take an integrative approach to healing the mind, taking into consideration the five main aspects of personal health; emotional, physical, social, intellectual and spiritual. I address the individual as whole person rather than as someone who is sick. My practice is rooted in the psychodynamic theory, which emphasizes the unconscious psychological processes (for example, wishes and fears of which we are not fully aware), and contends that childhood experiences are crucial in shaping adult personality. I also take a trauma focused approach, while also incorporate behavioral modalities like CBT.

Along Psychodynamic and CBT, I also incorporate the

Inner child work, also referred to as inner child healing, which is a way to address our needs that haven't been met as children and heal the attachment wounds we've developed throughout the years. 

I divide therapy into three phases, the first phase will be the Exploration phase. In this stage of therapy we will explore family dynamics, culture, significant events in your life, family and trauma history. We will also understand the function of feelings and how to listen to the messages they want to tell you instead of ignoring or suppressing them. The second phase will be the Integration phase, here you will use the information gathered from the exploration phase and reflect on your behavior and feelings, going from autopilot behavior to increasing self-awareness.  The last phase will be the Utilization of techniques, during this phase, you will be educated on how to use new abilities, techniques and coping mechanisms to deal with everyday frustrations. 

Warm Up on the Beach

"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become"
-Carl Gustav Jung-

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