Jon Beaumont, MS, LPCS

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  • Licensed Professional Counselor & Supervisor
  • 5211Trenholm Rd. Suite B, COLUMBIA, South Carolina, 29206
  • Phone: (803)936-2670
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  • Session Fees: Session fees vary based on: client needs, type of insurance (or self-pay), and estimated number of sessions needed to accomplish goals.


In addition to the general forms of therapy I do that are listed on this site, I also use many techniques that are considered “out of the box.” I feel that you deserve to benefit from any technique or intervention that I can provide for you or teach you, even if they are not frequently used by many therapists. Through my wide variety of experiences in the counseling profession, I have been able to determine which of these strategies are the most effective in particular situations. Some of these approaches are listed below:

·        Attributional/Explanatory Styles Coaching: I will help you evaluate how you ‘explain’ certain events in your life, positive or negative. It is often the case that unhealthy styles of attribution are the root of many problems.

·        The Law of Attraction: I have found that when people expect things to go badly, they often do. Through a series of assignments that we can work on together, we can flip this theory to make positive things more likely to be attracted into your life.

·        Psychological Education: I am an advocate of teaching clients what is currently known about the problem or diagnosis they are dealing with. This is part of understanding yourself.

·        Neurolinguistic Programming: Though I have not been through the extensive training necessary to call this a specialty, I have studied in this area enough to develop numerous techniques that help clients ‘remap’ the way they remember certain things or change a pattern of negative expectation.

·        Movie Therapy: Exerts from carefully chosen movies are sometimes used to illustrate a concept to clients. It is often easier to understand and discuss our emotions if we witness them in others.

·        Future Focus: We may choose to create a ‘vision collage’ in order to help increase focus and motivation towards the goals for the client’s future. Daydreaming is then recommended at appropriate times, which helps maintain optimism and thereby reduces the chance of negative events causing stress.

·        ABCDE Style of Thinking: This is a technique that I have modified from a classic cognitive intervention. It is aimed to teach clients to find relief though a simple addition of thoughts.

·        The Circle of Smiles: Children and Adolescents can learn the concepts of reinforcement and consequences from this simple illustration.

·        No Such thing as Bad News: This is a concept I developed, which I will have to explain in detail during a session. It has changed the clients’ lives that have put the mental effort into using it in daily life.

·        Behavior Management Plans: Children and some adolescents often benefit from having a major part in creating a plan that allows them to earn privileges though specific positive behaviors. Creative alternatives are used to make these plans fun and interactive.

·        Neuropsychology: Through my work in the past with a brilliant Neuropsychologist, I am often able to explain certain disorders or issues with the clients in terms of how their brain is functioning.

·        Other techniques I use that I feel are worth mentioning include: Magic tricks and Card games (mainly for kids), Role-plays, Exposure Therapy, and Creating Safety Plans

The strategies listed above, along with other interventions proven in research, will inevitably lead to a healthier, less stressful quality of life; but only if they are applied by the client with enough mental effort. Clients are asked to practice their provided recommendations in the days between sessions. This will assure that your time and money are spent in the most effective possible ways.

As my client, you will never hear me say “I know exactly how you feel,” or many other ‘classic’ therapists’ lines. The fact is, anyone who tells you this is not being totally honest. I will be the first to admit that I have likely never personally experienced many of the situations you will present in sessions; therefore, I would have no way of understanding exactly how you feel about it. Even if I have been through something similar, everyone processes certain life events differently and no two are the same. So again, I do not have a magic ability to automatically see into to your intricate emotions about the things that have occurred in your life. However, this realization is what leads to what I believe is one of the most beneficial aspects of our therapeutic journey; teaching you to help yourself.

Another thing you will not hear me say is “if I were in your shoes.” Each person is unique and we all think, feel, and act differently. Although, I can honestly say that I truly enjoy trying to understand how my clients are feeling about the problems they describe to me. I try my best to relate in any way possible so that I can give another outlook on your circumstances. I have also become skilled at identifying many other possible perspectives concerning your situation. None of us always have the right answer; therefore, it is in our best interest to use every resource available to us, even if that means adopting another point of view at times. Once you and I understand the problem more completely from several viewpoints, we can use our combined efforts to work towards an achievable solution.

Clients have often described me as “easy going, non-judgmental, and easy to get along with.” I do not claim to know everything and I am not afraid to admit when I am unsure about something. However, if I do not know the answer, I will put the maximum effort into finding it before our next session. My ultimate goal is to provide clients with a safe place to work through and eventually overcome the difficulties, large or small, they are currently experiencing. It is always an honor to serve as the therapist you chose to help improve your life; a calling  which I truly enjoy.

 

 


Jon Beaumont Reaches

Columbia SC