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Mobile Counseling, PLLC is an innovative approach to the delivery of professional counseling services that reach beyond the traditional couch in a therapist’s office. We offer professional counseling services where the clients want them. Read our blog for interesting and inspiring words to get you through the day.
How We Started
How We Started
In 2011, Janie Stubblefield began dreaming of a professional counseling practice that would meet the needs of clients who might not seek traditional counseling services for one reason or another.
As a businesswoman, Janie began to look at what had limited clients from seeking help in the past. For some, it was simply inconvenient to have to take the time to schedule an appointment, to travel to the location, and then sit and wait in a lobby for someone to open the door so they could be helped.
For others, there were more serious obstacles. Through various interactions with clients, it became evident that many clients were not seeking counseling services because of mobility limitations and some for fear of being seen entering a counseling office. Stigma is still very real. Other clients, especially teens, were resistant to the idea of counseling altogether.
Janie launched Mobile Counseling, PLLC in Dallas, Texas to address all these needs. From the outset, our company offered home visits to clients. For a long time, Mobile Counseling, PLLC did not have a physical office. All our services were provided through our hallmark service – home visits.
Then in early 2013, it became apparent that some clients still wanted to show up at an office and sit on a couch. In March 2013, the downtown office was opened to expand services from just home visits to “our office or your home.”
This also allowed the practice to file insurance for clients. Another expansion came as a result of the technological age. For so many people in our society, their life is lived online.
In August 2013, Mobile Counseling, PLLC expanded once again to include an online component and now offers appointments at “our office, your home, or online.” We added online telemedicine video counseling appointments because we felt that many tech-savvy clients would prefer this venue since it would minimize travel time for services.
This service is HIPAA-compliant to provide security for clients’ personal health information. Additionally, we have expanded from solely offering therapeutic services to clients to include internships for new counselors and counseling students as a second aspect of the business model.
New counseling graduates who have passed the board-approved exam for licensure are required to complete 3,000 internship hours under the supervision of a board-approved LPC-supervisor before they can be independently licensed.
The goal of Mobile Counseling, PLLC is to create a supportive therapeutic environment where clients can explore their own emotional needs and overcome barriers that limit their full potential by meeting each client where they are most comfortable – in our office, at their home, or online.
Grief: The Unexpected Trap Door
Grief: The Unexpected Trap Door
by Janie Stubblefield
by Janie Stubblefield
"He will swallow up death forever: The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove His people's disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken."
As I write this, it's been 2 years since I've been grieving the loss of my loved one.
As a professional counselor, I've been blessed for many years to serve others by leading grief support groups. I have considered it a true privilege to walk with others during their time of loss. In group, I always shared Psalm 139 where God tells us that He knows the number of our days before one is ever lived. This passage has brought me great comfort during my own time of grief to know that God was never shocked or derailed by grief.
Now, however, I have a new image of grief.
Erick & Janie
Dallas Film Festival 2016
It's a trap door that opens underneath you, and you are falling and falling, and you cannot stop, and you cannot catch your breath, and it seems to never end...
That is grief.
The recovery is slippery, and can be overwhelming. However, God will be present with you in every breath you take.
Although it been incredibly hard, I have also come to the place where I have learned to grieve the loss of my loved one while I still live my life. I don't have any idea how to do this with any sort of confidence, so I'm sure I'm just muddling through...
I want to end with a bold piece of advice - MAKE MEMORIES!!!!!
It's the wonderful memories of the love you shared that will brighten the dark journey that grief offers.
This week I challenge you to choose a time to talk with your family/friends about making memories. Plan a picnic/play day with your family; or go ice skating; or pick a place you have never visited before and plan a visit; or just try a new restaurant. The possibilities are limitless. Whatever you choose, take along the camera, and make sure that you are included in at least some of the pictures.
Put On Your Oxygen Mask
Put On Your Oxygen Mask
By Janie Stubblefield
In counseling, I often meet with individuals that are simply exhausted. Work is overwhelming, the kids misbehave, their spouse seems disconnected, their friends have all disappeared, and they just feel their life has gone in a direction they never intended.
As I gather background on their family dynamics, I often uncover a common factor. When I ask the question, “what do you do for yourself?” They all say, “Nothing.”
Knowing that I myself am a visual learner, it has been my practice for years to use pictures and scenarios to help describe situations. So, I borrowed the instructions given to all passengers on airplanes before they take-off as a visual description to help people understand what they need.
You know the instructions I’m talking about. As you sit on an airplane, the flight crew will cover basic instructions like “how to buckle a seatbelt” and the “location of emergency exits”. Then in great detail, they describe step-by-step and give visual examples of “what to do if the cabin loses air pressure.”
When I ask parents if they should help their children first or put their mask on first when the oxygen mask falls from the above bin, I almost always get the same answer, “help my child”.
In case you are thinking this is the right answer, let me be clear, “No.”
Research shows that when an airplane loses cabin pressure you have about 15 seconds to secure the oxygen mask over your face before you pass out. As a parent, if you pass out, you will be of no service to your child nor anyone else needing your help. So let me reiterate the instructions from the flight crew, “ First, put on your mask, then you can help others put on their mask.”
I believe these instructions are also relevant to life.
As an individual, you need to explore your interests to discover what may serve as “oxygen” for you – I’m being figurative here, not literal. Maybe it is reading, or yoga, or sculpting pottery, or rock climbing, or … the possibilities are endless. What is important is that you discover what gives you the feeling that you can “breathe”.
Once you discover your personal “oxygen”, you must then make time regularly to rejuvenate yourself so that you will then be healthier as a person to help those around you that need help. And before you ask the question, let me give you the answer, “no, you are not being selfish.” If you are naturally a selfish person, you are probably not spending a lot of time trying to help others. This recommendation is for the mass population out there that spends countless days, weeks, and years caring for others.
In order to more effectively help those around you, you must first make sure that you have provided for your most basic need – oxygen.
Make a Memory
Make a Memory
by Janie Stubblefield, MA, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC
am convinced that life is just a series of memories. Some are wonderful and fun to think about even weeks, months, and years later. We love to tell others about the great things we have done... like the last time I went fishing, I caught a shark. Really! And I have the pictures and video to prove it. We like to tell about the things that make us laugh and giggle. Think about it for a minute. What are some of your favorite memories?
In our lifetime of memories, however, we also have memories that are quite the opposite of our wonderful memories, and they make us sad and depressed. Sometimes we have memories that are so bad that we need to go to counseling to get help with how to cope with the memory. By the way, getting help is the best thing to do for painful memories.
But, is that all we can do? Just let life happen and hope that we have more happy memories in our future?
In short, "No!"
We can intentionally make a good memory.
I know that many of our best memories were made spontaneously, but not all.
This week I challenge you to choose a time to talk with your family about making memories. Plan a picnic and play day with your family; or go ice skating; or pick a place you have never visited before and plan a visit. Ask for ideas from everyone in the family, and schedule the time so everyone knows this is important.
Whatever you choose, take along the camera, and make sure that you are included in at least some of the pictures.
A day or two after your intentional memory day, plan a craft day with your kids where you then intentionally preserve your memory. You can make a scrapbook page together; or make a collage of pictures and frame them to display in your house; or if your kids are into computers, make a slideshow and add music. Again, whatever you choose let the project be a family project where everyone gets to take part. This is the stuff that real memories are made of…