Cape Cod Alcohol and Drug Counseling and Couples Counselor
A Private Practice Therapist in Mashpee MA. Evening Hours Available.

                                    Call Sandra now for Individualized Counseling
                                                                     Massachusetts "Counselor of the Year " for 2016
                       Sandra has also been awarded "National Counselor of the Year" at the annual  NAADAC convention


Summer hours are Tues. - Thurs. 10 am to 7 pm

                       Marriage and Couples Counselor .......   Depression Counseling

Counselor Info.


Counseling For Today’s Issues

Sandra Farrell, MS,CADC

Specializing in Couples Counseling and Alcohol and Drug Recovery

Comments from the Counselor:

CFTI provides clients with individualized treatment for relationship and communication development, substance abuse, mental health issues and personal growth.  It is important to understand that the counseling required to assist a client with these issues takes time and on-going support.  Motivation is a key ingredient to moving forward in counseling.

However, motivation and resistance are ever changing states of readiness.  To lower the client’s resistance positive action is required from the client.  Even with these positive actions change is difficult and the client may feel stuck.  Nevertheless, action and change help predict new behaviors.  New behaviors encourage clients to move forward and to reach their goals.  But there is a big difference between thinking about change and taking action to make those changes.  The client is taught how to develop healthy habits of self-advocacy.  CFTI clients develop the necessary skills to address this.  They will focus on verbalizing optimism and demonstrate commitment.

This work is essential to personal growth and counseling can encourage individuals to face the adversity and barriers they encounter as they move forward in their recovery program. It is a move forward to self-actualization.  Clients are offered the opportunity to talk about and understand their fluctuating emotions. The client can then act on what needs to be changed.   Client’s lives are improved by taking one step at a time.  Clients begin to believe, I am worth the effort to get better.

Clients do not want to lose those they love, to isolate from the world, to have anxiety and confusion, to experience deep depression or to completely lose trust in themselves and others.  Nevertheless, that is often their reality when they enter treatment.  With counseling support, clients develop the power to turn things around for themselves.  They understand that thoughts, feelings, behaviors, goals and self-caring are areas they need to work on in sessions and outside of sessions.  They work toward the positive adjustments needed and that takes time.

If you need help please call Sandra Farrell, director at Counseling For Today’s Issues, (508-873-2132) and discuss what your needs and concerns are.  Begin your healthier and happier existence.  Individuals have the capacity to change their lives.


                 WHEN SOMEONE SHOULD SEEK THERAPY
  •     Depression or mood swings
  •  substance_abuse_counselors_falmouth-2.png    Employment issues
  •     Loneliness
  •     Difficulties in relationships
  •     Life events:  marriage, divorce, death, parenthood,       retirement
  •     Chronic physical illness caused by tension and stress
  •    Problems following traumatic events such as  accidents, childhood abuse, etc.
  •    Problems with domestic violence or other forms of abuse
  •    Stress in the face of chronic or terminal illness or   other health problems
  •    Constant worries or obsessions
  •    Excessive anger, frustration, or guilt with no resolution
  •    Self-destructive thoughts and behavior
  •    Problems with drugs or alcohol
  •    Undue, prolonged anxiety
  •    Isolation and Emotional Dysfunction


 
Change Your Thinking To Change Your Behaviors

Change means having  goals and knowing how to reach those goals.

Understand how individuals set goals.  Someone else can not set your goals for you.  Successful goals need to reflect your new way of thinking.  New behaviors will follow.

One of the most successful ways to develop goals is to make them BEHAVIORAL.  This identifies them clearly and gives you a specific place to start.

Break the goals down to be as specific as possible.

Goals are most helpful when set in a positive direction.  Not just the removal of something negative.  Behaviors should be seen and structured as something positive.

Strive towards a counter conditioning approach.   Set a positive goal that is incompatible with a negative behavior or the problem itself.

Identify and talk about a successful experience you have had due to developing a clear goal.  Then build more ideas on that.

Go SLOW!  Take the ‘first step’.  Then take the ‘second step’.  Then take a ‘third step’.  Short-range goals are good beginnings.  Intermediate goals will follow and that will lead into long range goals.  

“First Things First”.  Take the most urgent problem first.  Look at your situation.

 Assess your situation and begin to develop steps to rectify your problem. Understand how your thinking needs to change..

Be alert!  Avoid situations that could be potential problems..  Identify problems early.

Build in a feedback mechanism.  (Whom do you trust to share your ideas with?)

Change thinking – develop goals.  Change behaviors – reach those goals.


KEEP PERSONAL NOTES  ON HOW YOU ARE CHANGING YOUR THINKING AND YOUR BEHAVIOR.  YOU WILL SEE YOUR PROGRESS.

Sandra Farrell Director
Counseling For Today's Issues
39 Nobska Road
Mashpee, Cape Cod , MA , 02649
508 873 2132