Cynthia Dowdy Herlong, Phd

Licensed Professional Counselor

Phone: 919-349-2146
Fax: 919-786-0604

Counseling Services

Services Provided For Adolescents and Adults

Clinical Services
ADD and ADHD
Depression
Disability and Chronic Illness
Bi-Polar
Grief and Loss
Learning Disabilities
Personality Styles and Disorders
Stress, Anxiety, Panic, PTSD, OCD
Life Transitions and Personal Development
Career Development and Transition (layoffs, relocation, job change)
Caring for Aging Parents
Divorce
Healthy Lifestyle Balance
Infertility and Miscarriage
Menopause
Parenting
Pregnancy and Birth
Relationships
Retirement

Counseling gives you the opportunity to explore dreams and emotions; create new opportunities and adventures; learn how to build love, friendship, caring, and intimacy into your life; discover who you are and how your beliefs, values, and philosophies influence your daily living.

Previous Work Settings

  • Community Mental Health Center
  • American Red Cross Disaster Relief Centers
  • University and College Counseling Centers
  • High School Special Education Program
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Misdemeanor Program
  • At-Risk Youth Service Agency
  • Domestic Violence and Parents Assistance Center

Therapeutic Approach

Each person is unique, what works for one person in counseling may not work for another, therefore, I choose the therapeutic approach that matches the unique characteristics and experiences of each individual. I look at each person's life from a bio-psychosocial perspective, which means that I work with you to discover how the mental, physical, and social/spiritual components of your life are balanced and what areas you would like to change. From a humanistic perspective I see each individual as being in charge of their life, so as a counselor I serve you as a facilitator, coach, and mentor in developing healthy solutions to life's challenges.

The therapeutic approach I most often use to facilitate change and the development of healthy solutions, is the Cognitive-Behavioral therapy approach. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an action and solution oriented form of psychosocial therapy that focuses on thinking patterns and counter-productive behaviors. Treatment focuses on changing thought patterns in order to change behavior and emotional states. I also use my biofeedback training to help clients become more aware of physiological as well as cognitive and emotional responses to stressors. I will work with you in learning relaxation techniques and educating you on how your body and mind can work together in positive ways to heal. Existential therapy looks at your beliefs, values, and how they fit with your perspective on the meaning to life. I feel this therapeutic approach is important in understanding what you want for your future and who you want to be. This unique blend of approaches offers you a comprehensive program for health and wellness.

I have found in my 23 years of counseling experience that successful results from therapy require clients to take an active role in the treatment process by participating in treatment goal setting and keeping the change process alive by completing homework between counseling sessions. All therapeutic approaches require us to build an honest, trusting, and respectful relationship.

Confidentiality

Information you share with me will be regarded with respect and handled in a professional manner.  Confidentiality is protected by state law and ethical principles, to which I adhere as a licensed professional counselor.  Additional information is provided in the HIPPA and Professional Disclosure Statements.

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