Preferred Medical Group is thrilled to welcome Licensed Professional Counselor, Dr. Catrece Dantzler, aboard at our Phenix City Children’s & Family Clinic location as of March 2016. She is accepting new patients for therapy, and can help children and adolescents with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse and anger management.
Here are a few words from Dr. Dantzler, just for you!
Hi Preferred Medical Group Clientele,
My name is Dr. Catrece Dantzler. Years ago when I was just in high school the Lord impressed upon my heart to be a helper to and a listener for my peers and many others that I was around. Therefore, I began working in the school counselor’s office. While in that position, I found that I liked what she did and I also liked helping others solve their problems. After that year of assisting Ms. Martin in the counselor’s office, I dreamed of becoming a counselor so that I too could assist young people in fulfilling their dreams. However, just like so many others, my life’s journey took me in a different direction. Years later, I remembered the dream that God placed in my heart and I went after it full steam ahead. I received my Marriage and Family Therapy degree in 2004 and completed my Doctorate of Education in Counseling, Education, and Supervision ten years later in 2014.
My theoretical orientation is behaviorally focused. By using a Cognitive Behavioral approach to therapy, I help clients create workable goals that lead them to succeed. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a model that has a lot of variety. Therapy can be achieved through the use of talk therapy, play therapy, educational therapy, art therapy, and many other treatment techniques. With CBT, I can focus on the problem at hand first then later deal with the underlying causes. CBT also has a number of techniques that work well with clients that get them involved even when they do not want to be such as positive reinforcements, checklists, and contracts. CBT allows the client to buy-in to their treatment. Using this approach therapy is done with the client verses to the client.
Assisting others is my purpose in life and I am able to do that by working in a profession that I love. Everyone goes through struggles. Some can deal with the struggles on their own and some need assistance. My job is to be your assistant. When life becomes unmanageable due to life’s circumstances, behavioral challenges, grief, or an illness, I can help. I ask that you allow me to assist your family in building hope for a better tomorrow and a prosperous future. I am excited about the opportunity to work with you all.