Do you offer counseling services?
Daniel Wysocki, Ed.S. is a psychological board-certified therapist and has worked in mental health for ten years. A graduate of Jonesboro High School and Arkansas State University, he can provide comprehensive counseling services utilizing a combination of supportive and and well-respected therapeutic techniques.
What about ADHD testing?
Our clinic takes care with accurately diagnosing ADHD in adults and children. It is so often someone remarks "that could be ADHD", but no one knows what the next step is. We are the next step, ADHD testing. We rely on psychometric tests and qualitative information to ensure the results help guide treatment decisions and provide the documentation needed for school or work accommodations. We also provide ADHD treatment, and this could involve parent training, or learning new ADHD situation specific interventions and education. These services are provided by Daniel Wysocki or Alicia Gardner.
Do you provide pre-surgical psychological assessment of bariatric surgery candidates?
Yes. The pre-operative bariatric surgery psychological evaluation aims to identify risk factors and make recommendations to both the patient and surgical group to promote the best possible outcome for the patient. It addresses whether the candidate is adequately prepared – from a mental health perspective – to go forward with bariatric surgery and whether there is evidence of any barriers that may interfere with patient safety and with adjustment to the surgical procedure.
A psychological assessment in preparation for bariatric surgery is not meant to trick someone or exclude anyone from a life-changing surgery and having current or past mental health treatment does not automatically disqualify someone from weight loss surgery. However, it is an important opportunity to voice your concerns, gain psychoeducation about stress management, and feel confident about being prepared for a successful post-surgical outcome.
For more information about weight loss surgery providers check out these local providers or contact us to schedule testing.
Is counseling for me?
There are many reasons people seek out mental health professionals including but not limited; recent break up, loss of job, feelings of hopelessness, lack of direction, worry, irritability, anger, mood swings, exposure to trauma, feeling like they don't fit in, addiction, abuse, self-harm, learning to feel happy and gaining insight into relationships. Daniel Wysocki provides counseling services, and we have partnerships with a variety of local providers including:
*If you provide counseling services and would like to be listed as a partner, please use the contact form to get in touch.
If you are unsure about meeting with a therapist but still feel like you would like to make some changes don't hesitate to continue researching treatment options and review some of these self-help books:
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive – by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
If you are in immediate crisis please use the following resources!
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Northeast Arkansas area shelter, crisis care, support
* Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet usage might be monitored, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline
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What happens with what I tell my therapist?
Your information is protected by The HIPAA Privacy Rule. As quoted from https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/privacy/index.html “The HIPPA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically. The rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information, and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization. The Rule also gives patients’ rights over their health information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records, and to request corrections.”
However, in regards to a patient requesting a copy of their health records, there are special exemptions for psychotherapy notes (which are per HIPPA definition: notes recorded by a health care provider who is a mental health professional documenting or analyzing the contents of conversation during a private counseling session or a group, joint, or family counseling session and that are separated from the rest of the individual’s medical record. Psychotherapy notes excludes medication prescription and monitoring, counseling session start and stop times, the modalities and frequencies of treatment furnished, results of clinical tests, and any summary of the following items: diagnosis, functional status, the treatment plan, symptoms, prognosis, and progress to date.)
Is it like you see on TV? I’ll lay on a couch and talk about my parents?
The type of counseling you often see portrayed in media is an interpretation of psychoanalysis. This media portrayal you're recalling is likely inaccurate. Yes, offices will often have couches and you are welcome to make yourself comfortable during session, but there are many misconceptions about counseling which can be overcome by a meet and greet with a local mental health professional.
If you are interested in the history of psychoanalysis and some of the techniques employed, history and criticisms utilize this link https://positivepsychology.com/psychoanalysis/ for further reading.
How long do I have to go to counseling to see progress?
Tough question and there is no standard answer. Some therapies, such as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, are directed at allowing patients reach non-clinically levels of discomfort within a few sessions.
However, some patient’s treatment may take months or years before there is a feeling of symptom reduction. It is often cases of extreme trauma which require more intensive and lengthier treatment. This is because the reactions to experienced trauma often have to be addressed through learning relaxation techniques and breathing exercises before a patient feels comfortable and safe addressing experienced trauma.
There are many different ways to treat trauma during counseling. Each patient is different and the help of an experienced mental health professional can be a great asset to improving mental health.
One more answer, some patients do better in a few sessions by gaining access to resources, information and connections to other sources of care a mental health professional may be able to provide. Don’t think counseling will be a lifetime commitment as that may not be correct in your specific case.
Additional information about Solution-Focused Brief Therapy if you were curious about this treatment :
Can I be provided medication?
It depends on the office. Our office does not write prescriptions. If during the course of treatment there is evidence medication management would support your treatment there is a network of physicians we utilize and will provide a treatment recommendation and make a referral containing your current symptoms which would benefit from the insight of a professional who specializes in psychotropics. Our office will only make a referral and the decision will be made by the physician.