Why See Me?
Jim Ciraky, PhD is a state Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Board-Certified Counselor based in Woodstock, GA, and works well with adults with an emphasis on students and professionals in academia and business entrepreneurs. Many of his clients have found success in various careers yet have concerns regarding career fulfillment or desire to succeed in personal relationships. Jim is particularly responsive to clients facing professional or personal transitions such as working from home, returning to work, job loss or shifts, breakups, and anxiety from which personal well-being may be jeopardized.
Jim’s approach is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based approach that concentrates on helping clients understand how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interrelated, so that they can start on strategies to affect change. He works to help his clients understand their own physical response to external stressors and begin to problem-solve ways to introduce peace and to choose to respond well, rather than react in the face of change.
Jim is focused on ensuring that his clients see genuine progress with an involved, interactive, and non-judgmental approach that positions clients as the specialists on where they are now and where they want to go. This approach often generates greater self-awareness and self-confidence to move forward.
Jim’s initial contact with a client is to listen to his or her story, build rapport, establish a relationship, demonstrate empathy, adapt treatments to the client/situation, use effective communication skills, and exhibit confidence in use of therapeutic techniques. This often helps the client realize he or she is an active and equal partner in the change process. As a seasoned in-person (20+ years) and telehealth provider, he offers the convenience of in-office or remote sessions to help make therapy a core component of your self-improvement calendar.
Message to clients
Asking for help may be hard for you. You’ve likely been debating seeking help for months or longer, but I am glad you found me at Advent Counseling and have taken the courageous step of making some needed changes now. I am confident that together we can equip you with the necessary tools to help you identify the causes of anxiety and marriage conflicts you face and develop a solution to overcome these challenges with proven strategies to resolve your anxiety and marriage relationship issues.
Individual Counseling is focused on the individual’s immediate or near future concerns. It may encompass career, goal setting, planning, grief after a loved one dies or dealing with problems at a job before they become insurmountable. It is a one-on-one discussion between the counselor and the client. The two form an alliance or professional relationship that enables trust, personal growth, and application of effective evidence- based strategies to manage or resolve concerns.