The meaning behind PORT Counseling comes from it’s dictionary definition:
port/pȯrt (noun) city, town, or other place where ships load or unload. place along a coast in which ships may take refuge from storms; harbor.
Within the context of the therapeutic process, PORT Counseling is a place where you can take refuge from your stressors. It’s the space for you to unload the unhelpful thoughts and ways of relating with the world around you. It is the setting where you will get to load up on skills and strategies to help you through.
We’re confident that together we can work to help equip you with the necessary tools to help you face and overcome these challenges. Whether you’re struggling with interpersonal relationship issues, depression, or anxiety, it is important that you know you don’t have to be alone in this journey. We have the experience to help you achieve your goals, overcome these struggles, and live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
We understand no two individuals are the same, and we tailor our sessions together to address challenges unique to you. We will work together to understand the root cause of your struggles and address those issues with long-lasting strategies, helping you get closer to the life you’ve always wanted.
MORE ABOUT OUR PRACTICE
Our practice space is a calming environment that is cool and soothing. We believe in an inclusive treatment environment that is affirming to all. Our compassionate care team is invested in your success.
Our office is handicap accessible and open for appointments on weekends.
OUR ADVICE TO POTENTIAL CLIENTS
Our advice for someone contemplating treatment is to take one step at a time. Start with the consultation and go from there. Thinking steps ahead often serves to detract from the present moment and thwart efforts to get help. After the phone consultation, clients often feel a sense of relief. They feel that they finally have a space that is their own, and specifically for them.
WHAT TO EXPECT YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
Your first appointment will primarily consist of us building a rapport with one another, while also identifying all presenting issues, history, and goals. Not much preparation is needed. Simply come with a degree of openness to share at your own pace.
**AMANDA N. DAVIS, LMFT
My Core Beliefs:
I believe anyone has the power to change! All it takes is insight and awareness of the problem and the courage to begin treatment.
In treatment, I believe in using a non-judgmental approach where you are the expert on your life and your relationships.
What it will look like in your session: I will guide you via an expert relational approach that is evidenced based and proven effective in treating mental health illnesses and problems. You and I will collaborate in session to develop your treatment planning and goals to learn how to reach your desired results and preferred self.
Who Are My Clients:
My clients are anyone from age 4-99 who suffer from any form of strain on self and/or familial relationships.
I treat clients who suffer from problems such as:
Day-to-day couple frustrations and constant bickering
Desire to rekindle/reconnect with spouse
Anxiety & depression related to relationship to self and others
Why I Work in this Field:
My desire to work in this field stems from personal and professional experience with watching others around me suffer from treatable mental illness, and my love of science and research. Through these passions, I assist others in changing their problematic relationships to live a more healthy and fulfilling life.
I have previously worked in community mental health, Family and Children Services, and medical and hospital professions. I have a Master of Science degree from Valdosta State University, and am currently studying Adult and Career Education at Valdosta State University to broaden my view on diversity, cultural competence, and leadership.
Some of my personal interests are exercising, hiking, baking, and reading.
**DENETRA ROBINSON, MSW, LCSW
My goal is to assist individuals in changing their thought processes and behaviors to become the best version of themselves. As a social worker, I understand that the road to personal growth is a journey of uncertain turns. I also understand that throughout this journey, different life circumstances could impact the way a person is able to function.
Therapy sessions with me will be person-centered to encourage self-determination, and encompass a strengths-based approach. I feel that it is important to build on a person’s strengths and assist them in identifying their resiliency in the face of adversity. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used to assist individuals in identifying negative thoughts and behaviors, and developing effective coping skills to modify behaviors when experiencing distress.
Who I Serve:
I work with a variety of individuals including children and adolescents, as well as women from various backgrounds and ages. Therapy is individualized to meet each person’s specific needs.
My Clients often have issues pertaining to the following
Difficulty processing and coping with trauma, abuse, and/or neglect
Inability to communicate assertively
Coping with life after grief and loss
Parenting Skills Training
Managing anger and behavioral responses when dealing with stress
Recovery from drugs and alcohol
I have had a passion for helping others since an early age, helping tutor disadvantaged elementary school age children while in high school. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Spelman College, I began working for the Department of Family and Children Services where I observed various underlying issues that impact families. I then went back to further my education and earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. With over 10 years in the field of social work, I have experience with family and children services, community based therapeutic services, crisis stabilization, and residential treatment. My passion continues to be serving those who need assistance with coping with life’s stressors.
**LYDIA J. GAMBLE, LPC
My goal is to help individuals to understand how all parts of their life are interrelated and to facilitate their individual journey in the growth process.
My individualized approach helps unique populations overcome various obstacles in order to obtain educational, employment, and social opportunities. I am committed to providing a safe space for exploration, healing and growth for and with all of my clients.
WHO ARE MY CLIENTS:
Adolescents and emerging adults that are struggling to understand how the development and cognitive changes that are taking place, impact their social and emotional well being
Adults whom are in the midst of transition and need support through life’s “ups and downs”
Those needing help with exploring how past events influence our sense of self and interpersonal relationships with others
Parents wanting guidance on how to best support their children as they progress through their developmental stages
**MIRANDA CAMPBELL, MSM, MSW, LCSW
I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral concerns providing services that span from therapy for depression and stress management to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for.
My clients often present with concerns pertaining to:
Living a life they did not envision for themselves
Wanting a new way to exist within their relationships
Feeling unheard and/or underestimated
Constantly beating themselves up
Feeling as if they are not a “good enough” ______________ within their family, interpersonal, and professional relationships
Experiencing a dip in their mood which has led to isolation and not having the drive to do the things they once had before
Difficulties with letting go of unwanted and unhelpful thoughts about themselves and others