Counseling Services

Rick Boyes, PhD LCPC

It is important for you to know that I am not a “passive” therapist. A former client described me, and I think somewhat accurately, as “A cross between a golden retriever and a pit bull.” I have an endless amount of compassion for the pain that life can bring and a tremendous amount of respect for the courage that it takes to look honestly at ourselves. But I will not simply sit and nod occasionally while you tip toe around the crucial issues.

I think that you can get your neighbor to do that for free and you don’t need to be paying me to fill that role. I see my job as being a catalyst, someone to speed along the process. You will find me to be very straight forward and direct in our therapy sessions. I am a strong believer in helping you feel better as quickly as is reasonably possible.

A great deal of my work over the last 40 years has been with adults who were abused as children. Sexual, physical, and emotional abuse in childhood can greatly limit the degree to which one can function fully and find fulfilling relationships. The journey to wholeness without help can be a little like trying to take out your own appendix. It's one of those areas where professional assistance is almost always a necessary part of the healing process. Low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, PTSD, panic attacks, poor relationship choices, co-dependent behavior, and phobias, are just some of the common problems I can help you with.

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