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What is Online Counseling?

Sigmund Freud used letters to augment and continue therapy with his patients who were at a distance, so it’s not really a new concept. Counseling over the Internet has been increasingly accepted as the newest addition to the forms of therapeutic communication used by clients and counselors. In point of fact, since 1997 the Internet … Continue reading What is Online Counseling?

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:30

Balancing Spiritual, Physical, Financial, and Emotional Fitness

I would like to introduce myself to you.  My name is Diana Smith.  I am a counselor and the owner of Serenity Mental Health Services.  Serenity Mental Health Services utilizes the Serenity Prayer to apply psychological concepts to the process of establishing and maintaining mental health in the clients that are treated. Much like hurricane … Continue reading Balancing Spiritual, Physical, Financial, and Emotional Fitness

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:29

Mission Statement

Serenity Mental Health Services provides outpatient services for drug, alcohol and gambling addiction and mental health services. The focus of Serenity Mental Health Services is to contribute to the development or stabilization of mental health by fostering Social Interest in the lives of the clients served. The therapeutic change process is anchored in Alfred Adler’s … Continue reading Mission Statement

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:27

The Counselor’s Role

Alfred Adler (1938) in a late work titled “Social Interest: A Challenge to Mankind” discusses the subject of metaphysics where he integrates Jan Smuts’ evolutionary holism with the idea of teleology and community: “sub specie aeternitatus”. Adler argues his vision of society: “Social feeling means above all a struggle for a communal form that must … Continue reading The Counselor’s Role

Thu, 11/04/2010 - 03:24

Who uses Internet counseling?

Counseling over the Internet can provide an option for people who may not access services in the more traditional face to face therapy that is offered in our office. It is not uncommon for first time users of counseling services, to have never been to traditional therapy. It could be their first attempt at getting … Continue reading Who uses Internet counseling?

Sun, 10/03/2010 - 11:07

Your healing journey toward serenity begins with the first step.

The healing process although at times difficult can also be comforting.  The comfort of having someone witness the transformation that takes place as we feel the pain and then let go of the past so that healing can be achieved. It is important for us to be known by ourselves as well as by someone … Continue reading Your healing journey toward serenity begins with the first step.

Sun, 10/03/2010 - 10:45
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Diana Smith, PhD, LPC-MH owns and operates Serenity Mental Health Services and is licensed by the National Board of Certified Counselors. License number is LPC-MH2025 and she follows the ethical guidelines described by the NBCC found at their web site Diana is a member of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Certification Number 43911. In addition, she is also a member of the American Counseling Association, Member ID# 5140627. Online counseling can help you right now. Research has made it clear that this manner of offering therapy is effective and those who’ve experienced it have said they would seek it out again.

Dr. Diana is an APA (American Psychological Association) EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) approved Therapist in Training.