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Congruent -- The word Congruent means that an object or thing is equal on all sides; that there is a
likeness in form. In counseling, congruence means that a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors are
working together to achieve one’s goals.
People often become frustrated when their actions or the actions of others violate their beliefs, desires,
feelings, or intentions. Those frustrations can lead to feelings of depression, anger, or apathy.
A person’s thoughts, feelings, and actions are intertwined – one affects the other. In order to achieve our
goals and to feel happy and fulfilled these attributes need to work together. It is our goal to help our
clients achieve this balance.
It is our goal to help our clients achieve this balance in a safe, comfortable and relaxing environment.
Services that we offer to help you include:
The first step to getting help is to call to schedule and assessment. An initial assessment is essential to
determine the needs of the client. Congruent Counseling Services utilizes a structured interview to
assess the needs of the client. While the initial assessment sets the direction for initial counseling,
assessment is an ongoing part of counseling. It is essential to be open and honest during your
assessment. If you are concerned about confidentiality, talk with your assessor during the assessment.
As a therapist and client learn more about each other, a reassessment or turn of direction is important.
Don’t be surprised if a therapist or counselor comes up with a different diagnosis or idea than another
therapist or doctor. It is very common for different professionals to attribute different perspectives to
an issue. If this happens to you, discuss it with your therapists or doctor. Sometimes people fit in more
than one place. More than one perspective is often helpful to resolve most issues.
Congruent accepts a broad range of insurances. Each therapist is licensed in the State of Maryland and
is individually credentialed with most insurance companies. Call us to find out who is in your network.
Please Click on the “Our Counselors” link to read about all of the Counselors at Congruent that are here
to help you and the areas that they specialize in.
Individual and Couples Counseling
Congruent Counseling Services has many
licensed therapists and Certified Counselors on
staff with a variety of experience and expertise.
While all of our therapists have experience in a
wide variety of areas, most of them have
particular specialties or interests where they can
help most. Different therapists specialize in
counseling with young children, adolescents,
adults, couples and/or families.
Our Counselors assist with Marriage Counseling,
Depression, Anxiety, Personality disorders,
Trauma, Self Esteem, ADHD, Infertility, as well
as many other issues and needs.
Dual Diagnosis Counseling
Three of our therapists are licensed as both as
mental health counselors and addictions
counselors. Three others have extensive
experience working with both mental health
and addictions. We know that many clients may
have multiple concerns.
It is our belief that these issues are not
completely separate and should not be treated
separately. For example, if a client is addicted
to alcohol and has depression, if the person
continues to be depressed, it is hard to find the
resolve to achieve sobriety. Similarly, if the
person continues their pattern of use their self
esteem will continue to suffer and the
depression will be more difficult to address.
Both issues must be addressed at the same
time. We can help do just that at one location.
It is no accident that we
chose the Chalice and
Face Illusion as the
symbol of Congruent
Counseling. We know
that people most often
feel healthy and happy
when their direction in
life is headed toward
where they want to be.
The identical faces
looking back at each
other represent a
person’s motivations and
behaviors – if they
match, a person is likely
to be happy and feel
fulfilled. The symbol of
the chalice represents
prosperity and good
fortune, as in a toast with
good friends during a
happy occasion. We
hope all our clients
achieve feelings of
prosperity, pride, and
satisfaction as might be
felt at such an event.
Child or Adolescent Counseling
All therapists are trained to work with adults. It takes a special person, with a love for children, with
specialized experience to work with children and teens. Therapists who work with young children need
to be able to work in expressive forms of therapy that do not require extensive insight or
communication skills such as art, drawing, or play therapy.
Working with teens requires an understanding of the unique perspectives teens hold. Teens are on the
cusp of adulthood without the benefit of experience and often without the insight and maturity needed
to make worldly decisions. They still need the help of adults even if they don’t feel they do.
Patience and unconditional positive regard are the gifts of the child and adolescent therapist!
Nothing is more important than family. A child’s
first conception of how the world works and how
to live in the world is learned from family
Children learn from and model parental behavior.
As children develop, peers may become more and
more important. However, it is the family that
will be there to support children as they grow and
learn to negotiate peer relations. When a family
system is not working, it affects every aspect of a
person’s life – for both parents and children.
Our therapists know the benefits of family
counseling and how to help families negotiate
healthy interactions. Families may choose to do
only family counseling alone or some members of
the family may also see an individual therapist.
Let us know how we can help!
Many of our parents find it helpful to have someone to consult – a parent guide (since you didn’t get
one when the children were born).
Having a separate counselor for parents to consult can help them break difficult patterns that may not
be helping their child. For example, a counselor for the parents may help to develop an appropriate
behavioral plan or set appropriate limits for a child who is not following rules. This may be especially
helpful for parents of kids with behavior problems in school or at home or with children abusing
Congruent Counseling has the experience to help you help your children better!
Group Counseling can be the most effective way to address many issues. It can also yield the fastest
change. It takes specialized experience and training to effectively lead groups. To help every member
in the group make change requires exceptional skills!
Every counselor who leads a group at Congruent Counseling is an exceptional group leader. The
Director, Mark Donovan, LCPC, LCADC, has been leading groups, and training group leaders, for over
See the Group Services that we offer under the Group Services link or Click Here.
|Congruent accepts a
broad range of
therapist is licensed
in the State of
Maryland and is
companies. Call us
to find out who is in
Please click on the
link to read about
all of the Counselors
at Congruent that
are here to help you
and the areas that
they specialize in.
|Congruent Counseling Services
Mental Health and Substance Abuse care for adults, teens and children