DR. CYRUS WILLIAMS, PHD, LPC
EDUCATION AND COUNSELING PHILOSOPHY
I hold a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Florida, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Hartford. My credentials include being a Nationally Certified Counselor (#68663) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida (11567) and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia (# 0701005688). Additionally, I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), and Virginia Counseling Association (VCA).
As a Counselor specializing in individual and couples counseling, I have worked in this field since 1994. I have experience working with adults and adolescents around issues of addictions, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, interpersonal and relationship issues, self-esteem, anger issues, parent/child conflicts, career construction, exploration, and adjustment. In various settings including nonprofit community agencies and higher education institutions I have helped clients as a substance abuse case worker, and as a community and career counselor. I have been practicing privately for two years in Virginia focusing on clients who are challenged with depression, addiction, interpersonal issues, anxiety, career issues and other adjustment and mental health issues. I administer career, spiritual, and simple personality assessments. Additionally, I work with couples on issues pertaining to communication, parenting issues and recovering from infidelity. I generally work with adults however I also work with adolescents ages 13-18.
My over twenty years of experience working in higher education as a professor and a student services administrator as well as a clinical counselor, have provided me the opportunity to present and facilitate workshops, trainings, and educational seminars on subjects, such as addictions and career counseling, multicultural and cross cultural counseling, as well as clinical topics such as supervision, working with low SES clients, and training staff to work with diverse populations as well as empowering and counseling at-risk students and clients.
My counseling style and philosophy focuses on building a partnership with the client. A partnership that is based on mutual respect with the acknowledgement that the client is the expert of his or her life. My job is to provide the client with insight, coping skills, as well as challenge him/her to recognize how he/she views and interacts with the world, while guiding them in concentrating on determining what can and cannot be controlled about their environment and personal relationships.
The theoretical orientation that I adhere to as a therapist is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The primary goal of CBT is to teach a client how certain thinking patterns are causing psychological/emotional difficulties, and how to manage connections between stressful situations and habitual reactions. My role is to listen, teach, and encourage, while the client's role is to express concerns, learn, and implement what he or she has learned. I seek to learn what clients want out of life (their goals) and then help clients achieve those goals. CBT is not just “talk therapy"; though we will participate in talk therapy. What is unique in our counseling sessions is that it will be structured and will require you to work in session. In order words, together we will be working on new ways to think and view yourself, your issues, and relationships that can lead to long term change. To reinforce the work we do in session, homework may be assigned in order to continue growing in between sessions.