Anxiety

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Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the United States but less than 25% of Americans with anxiety disorders receive any kind of treatment for their condition. The five most common anxiety conditions are:

Panic Disorder – recurrent, unexpected attack of acute anxiety, typically peaking within 10 minutes but possibly lasting much longer. Such panic may occur in a familiar situation, such as a crowded elevator or flying in an airplane, but often the cause seems unclear.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder – excessive anxiety or worry, occurring more days than not for six months or more.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – a preoccupation with specific thoughts, images and/or impulses, sometimes accompanied by behavioral and/or thinking rituals (repetitive behaviors).

Specific Phobia – consuming fear of a specific object or situation, often accompanied by extreme anxiety symptoms.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – repeated, anxious reliving of an event that entailed experiencing or witnessing a  traumatic event such as violence, emotional or bodily harm, or death.

Treatment standards for anxiety disorders have improved dramatically in the last fifteen years. At Directions Counseling Group, strategies may include:

  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle Changes
  • Spiritual Direction/Development
  • Medication

Many of our counselors specialize in anxiety disorders and they will work with you to develop a plan that may involve a mixture of these treatment models. If you are suffering with an anxiety problem we welcome the opportunity to help you reduce or eliminate symptoms altogether so you can live your life with confidence, enjoyment and peace.

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Employment Opportunities

Employment / Contractor Opportunities

* No walk-ins or calls will be accepted * Inquiries without a cover letter and resume will not be considered *

Independent Contractor Opportunities

Specialist in relationship counseling

DCG is seeking a licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist or licensed social worker to work with couples for premarital, marriage, affair recovery, and other relationship issues.

Ability to see clients at least 2 days a week is preferred; case load expansion is an option.

Due to the fact that this is a contracted position, this individual will choose their own hours and have the option of working remotely or at our office in Worthington, Ohio.We support our contractors with superior marketing initiatives and employ a full time administrative team who are available to manage new client intakes to expand the case load.Experience using an electronic health records database and comfort with technology is necessary.

Candidates must be in agreement with the mission, values and philosophy of Directions Counseling Group.

Please send your resume with cover letter to leslie@directionscounseling.com

Specialist in pornography, intimacy addictions

DCG is seeking a licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist or licensed social worker. Training in pornography and intimacy addictions (CSAT training) a plus, but not required.

Ability to see clients at least 2 days a week is preferred; case load expansion is an option.Due to the fact that this is a contracted position, this individual will choose their own hours and have the option of working remotely or at our office in Worthington, Ohio.

We support our contractors with superior marketing initiatives and employ a full time administrative team who are available to manage new client intakes to expand the case load.

Experience using an electronic health records database and comfort with technology is necessary.

Candidates must be in agreement with the mission, values and philosophy of Directions Counseling Group.

Please send your resume with cover letter to leslie@directionscounseling.com

Clinical Intern Positions

No current openings.

Adoption Related Issues

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Adoption

Adoption is a lifelong journey that is unique in how it affects adoptees and their family members. While adoption is a beautiful way to build a family, it is built on loss for all members of the adoption triad: adoptee, birth parents and adoptive parents. Counseling for adoption issues requires a specialized knowledge, training and skill-set. In addition to finding a therapist who is well-versed in treating issues such as abandonment, attachment issues, depression and low self-esteem, you want someone who has a heightened sensitivity to the adoption process.

Counseling in the adoption realm includes therapy and support for:

  • Prospective and waiting adoptive parents who require testing and mental health counseling prior to being qualified for adoption
  • Couples who have suffered infertility and pregnancy loss
  • Adopted children who are struggling with complex feelings and needing a place to express their feelings safely and have them normalized
  • Adoptive parents who need assistance with parenting skills or insights into adoptive children and their siblings
  • Birth parents who have chosen to relinquish a child for adoption and are experiencing grief, guilt or any other emotions that are making it difficult to navigate through life
  • Adult adoptees who are considering search and reunion with their birth families or experiencing challenges in relationships or difficulty through transitional times

The goal of counseling families with adoption experiences involves strengthening the relationships as well as providing support, encouragement and healing to promote relational well-being. We are pleased to offer adoption counseling from an insightful and uniquely trained social worker who has over 15 years of experience in the adoptive family process. Our hope is to help strengthen the sense of self and comfort in relationship for those individuals and families who’ve experienced adoption.

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Assessments

ALCOHOL & DRUG ASSESSMENTS

Start your alcohol or drug assessment with us now at www.CourtAssessment.net

Every year thousands of Central Ohioans have legal, workplace, or school violations that involve use of alcohol or a drug. While a violation by itself may not be a sign of a true substance abuse problem – the court, employer or school will often want a professional alcohol assessment or a drug and alcohol assessment as part of their screening process. If this applies to you, we can provide you with a fair alcohol and/or drug assessment in a professional and timely manner. Most appointments can be scheduled and a report provided within 5 business days.  Rush order services are also available upon request for same day and 24 hour service.

Common Reasons for an Evaluation:

  • After a DUI/legal  charge
  • Positive drug screen at work
  • For DMV/BMV license reinstatement
  • School drug/alcohol rule violation
  • Physician requested alcohol assessment
  • DOT/SAP/safety-sensitive employee violation

You are welcome to call us for professional references. There are numerous legal firms, court representatives and mental health professionals who are aware of the quality and timely service we provide. We would be happy to put you in touch with them.

Start an online assessment now at www.CourtAssessment.net.

Get Answers to Common Questions

How Do I Know The Assessment Will Be Accepted?

Brian talks about what courts, employers, and various authorities look for to consider an assessment legitimate and acceptable.

What’s The Process?


Tessa gives a succinct overview of the assessment process from start to finish.

Will Our Assessment Obligate You for More Services With Us?


CEO Brian Davis explains that New Directions is an independent assessment service that does not obligate customers to further services and costs. Ths is an important consideration when comparing “low cost” assessments provided at some treatment centers.

What’s The Cost?


This video covers the basics of assessment costs with our service. How much, where to find cost info on the website, rush order fees, and some discussion about what you get for your money.



FAQs About Online Alcohol & Drug Assessments/Evaluations


Online assessments involve the same screening process as an in-person assessment. The 2 main differences are: 1) an online assessment saves time as you enter all of your information into your secure account online – eliminating travel and reducing in-office paperwork, and; 2) your interview is conducted via webcam or telephone.
Otherwise the finished product is the same – with the outcome being a professional report  you can view, print, download or email to a third party when you are ready to.

Online assessments/ evaluations are priced the same online as they are in-person. You can call our office at 614-888-9200 or visit ndsbs.com to check pricing for most of our assessments.

While we prefer to use a webcam for your interview, most courts and employers will accept a clinical interview done over the phone.

In most cases, courts and employers will accept an assessment done by phone if the reporting quality is high. Our reports are consistently accepted in almost all cases for this reason. If a concern exists about this please call our office to discuss it further.  We would be glad to speak with courts and employers before providing your assessment if necessary.

We find that over 99% of our online assessments are accepted as courts and employers are becoming accustomed to seeing high quality professional assessments done online. Report readers know immediately if they are reading a professional report. A professional assessment procedure includes use of the DSM-5, is performed by a licensed person, involves the use of standard screening instruments and collateral information in certain cases. There are some exceptions: CDL holders, safety-sensitive workers under DOT guidelines, aviation professionals, and persons seeking an assessment for some select state DMVs need to have their evaluations completed in-person.



FAQs About In-Person Assessments/Evaluations


A typical assessment interview requires 15-25 minutes of questionnaire completion and a 40-50 minute interview. We will have a report ready for you within 48 hours –72 hours, or sooner if you are placing a rush order. In rare cases where the requesting party requires extensive reporting and/or gathering information for verification from third parties your service may require additional time. If a concern exists we can provide you with a completion time frame before you begin the process.

Many people come to us after an incident occurs; however, the incident does not represent a pattern of problem substance use. Your evaluator will provide an objective opinion about whether they believe a problem exists and what steps are recommended if there is a concern or diagnosis.

The assessment report is yours and you decide whether or not to release it to any authorities. If you disagree with the outcome you may choose to seek additional evaluation elsewhere.



Call our office at 614-888-9200 to speak with a Client Relationship Coordinator for more information or to schedule an alcohol or drug assessment right away. You may also visit www.CourtAssessment.net to proceed with an assessment today.

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