for Life's Challenges
Cynthia Dowdy, PhD
Blue Ridge Medical Center II
2709 Blue Ridge Rd., Suite 290
Raleigh, NC 27607
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If you are experiencing an emergency,
do not use e-mail as a means to contact me.
Please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
When should I seek help from a Counselor?
From childhood through late
adulthood, there are times
when we may need help addressing challenges that
cause us emotional distress or make us feel overwhelmed.
We can benefit from help and support as we strive to master these
challenges. A counselor can help you identify your problems and
assist you in finding the best ways to cope with the situation.
Some indicators of when you should seek counseling are:
What is Counseling?
counseling is the application of mental
health, psychological or human development principles,
through cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic interventions,
strategies that address wellness, personal growth, or career
development, as well a pathology" (American Counseling Association).
Who are LPC's?
Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC's) are trained
in the provision of counseling and therapy. LPC's complete
Master or Doctoral degrees, are nationally certified, state
licensed, clock 3000 hours of supervised clinical practice
and are guided by the American Counseling Association
Code of Ethics.
Counseling Services Provided for:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Counseling gives you the opportunity
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 Counseling 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
Each person is unique, what works for one person in counseling
may not work for another. I customize my care by choosing
the therapeutic approach that will work best for each person.
Therapists who use a variety of counseling theories and
techniques to match the unique characteristics and
experiences of an individual are called Eclectic therapists.
I look at each personís 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 lifeís 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 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 14 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.
Information you share with me will be regarded Office
Hours and Appointments Counseling services
are provided Monday Call 919-349-2146
for an appointment. Missed appointments
will be billed unless Insurance and Payment Information I am an in-network provider with Magellan, Links National Institute of Mental Health †
with respect and handled in a professional manner.
Our conversations and my records are held confidential.
Confidentiality is protected by state law and
ethical principles, to which I adhere as a
licensed professional counselor.
through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This
schedule may change due to
holidays and professional meetings. Some weekday
evening or early morning appointments
I use a confidential voice-mail system to
receive messages and will check messages
frequently during the day. If you have an
urgent situation contact Holly Hill RESPOND
at 919-250-7000 for assistance, call 911, or go
to the nearest hospital emergency room.
there are extenuating circumstances or you
called to cancel 24 hours in advance. In the
event that I need to reschedule, I will call
24 hours in advance, except in a case of emergency
in which case I will leave a message in my voice mail.
Blue Cross Blue Shield, and United Behavioral Health.
I can provide out-of-network services with
many other insurance companies.
Payment or co-payment is expected
at the conclusion of each session.
Cash or personal checks are acceptable methods of payment
and I will provide a receipt for all fees paid.
A sliding fee scale is available upon request
for those who do not have insurance.
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Map of 2709 Blue Ridge Rd
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Office Hours and Appointments
are provided Monday
for an appointment.
will be billed unless
Insurance and Payment Information
I am an in-network provider with Magellan,
National Institute of Mental Health