Dr. James G. Bennett

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Highpoint Counseling - Serving  mental health needs in Puget Sound for over forty years!

Counseling Services

High Point Counseling offers mental health services in several formats, each designed to assist in unique ways for people in different situations. Traditionally, counseling and psychotherapy have been provided in a one on one private office setting. This mode continues to be the most common and is available to anyone who prefers face to face meetings.

However, different situations call for different approaches which might include on-site consultations such as house calls; or occur at one's place of work, or other out of office location. This model has proven welcome by some who are physically less able to come to the office, as well as busy working people who cannot conveniently leave their places of work.

Telephone Counseling is a more recent addition to the variety of professional service models. Although there are numerous reasons why telephone counseling may be used, the most obvious is for those who live in areas where on-site counseling services are not available. Click on telephone counseling for more details.

Starting Out!!

At first, for some people, the thought of talking with a stranger about personal problems can seem a little scary, and perhaps deflating to the ego. But once started, they soon realize that counseling, or psychotherapy is not intimidating, but it is a chance to discover their own inner strengths, health and potential. They realize that they can be empowered with greater self-mastery.

Counseling and Psychotherapy are both unique processes. The focus is always on the client’s needs. The therapist's primary concern is to facilitate the client’s growth and development, and to help him/her find the right answers from within, to the problems and difficulties they brought to therapy. In many cases, the therapist is like a teacher or coach, helping the client (or student) learn the needed tools to master their own lives and overcome their difficulties.

People who come for therapy are not deficient, lazy or weak. To the contrary, they are people who have decided to do something about their problems. They are everyday people who want to take better charge of their lives rather than just letting life happen to them. As behavioral science has developed over the decades, we have come to understand that therapy is not only about relieving psychic pain (emotional stress), but also about enhancing quality of life. Today, people seek therapy as much for personal growth as for relief from distress.

Therapeutic changes benefit careers as well as personal and family life. Many therapists have noticed that their client’s incomes rise as emotional conflicts are resolved in therapy, and the psychic energy that once went into coping with emotional turmoil becomes available for career advancements. Therapy builds self-confidence and helps develop interpersonal skills that are essential for success in any endeavor

Psychotherapy is a learning process

"Life is a school. Education is forever."

Most people who use psychotherapy are normal everyday folks who simply haven't learned coping skills needed to deal with certain kinds of problems, or else they learned the wrong ones. For them, Counseling or Psychotherapy means learning what they need to know in order to more effectively deal with the problems that life has presented to them. Or, it may mean unlearning some of the things that don't work. The goal of therapy is to not need it anymore"

Additional learning efforts are encouraged. Clients are motivated to participate fully with extra self-help reading, listening to audiocassette tapes, practicing new mental exercises, and maintaining a progress log.