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  • marriage
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  • marital expectation
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Lydia Tally

Lydia Talley, MA, LPC-S, NCC
Individual and Family Counselor

Phone: 225-287-6856
Email: Lydia@couplescarecenter.com

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Christian counselor. My areas of expertise are: Adolescents/Families, Women's Issues, Anxiety Disorders, and Trauma Recovery. I have a passion to help young people and women realize their worth and potential as individuals, and to help them see themselves as God sees them. I am dedicated to guiding survivors of childhood trauma through the difficult journey of recovery.

I have been a Christian for 17 years. My journey has not been without trials and pain, but the Lord has used the valleys to teach me His ways; to deepen my faith; and to prepare me to minister to others. My joy comes from the knowledge that Jesus is real, alive, and working in my life. My desire is that God's love for people will be poured out through me and brings healing and hope to those who are suffering.

My areas of focus are

  • Abandonment (emotional, physical)
  • Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual)
  • Adolescence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Depression
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family Systems
  • Grief and Loss
  • Parenting

Adolescents/Families
It is a misconception that adolescence is the same for today's generation as it was for your own. Much has changed in the last 40-50 years in our society in general, but in our communities specifically. In the past, kids were embraced by community. Everything they experienced growing up happened in the community, and they were accepted by everyone in it. Today, performance has become the measure of acceptance. That type of system, performance based acceptance, has left kids feeling abandoned, and looking for their own identity in a world that expects too much from them.
Stress is the major cause of so many of the problems our kids deal with, and it takes a major toll on the quality of their lives. Stress can either be positive or negative. Both cause devastating effects on our children. Below is a list of some of the problems that arise when kids are overstressed.

  • Violence
  • Obesity
  • Increased Risk of Disease
  • Increased Suicide Rates (tripled since 1958 in teens)
  • Anxiety and Depression (occurring at younger ages than ever before)

Anxiety Disorders
A certain level of anxiety is a positive force in our lives. It motivates us to study for tests and keep focused on important things. It helps us cope. But, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday things, it has become a disabling disorder. There are many different types of Anxiety Disorders. The five major types are: Generalized Anxiety Disorders (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder).
I use a combination Cognitive Behavioral Counseling, Exposure Counseling and Scripture in helping clients overcome their fears and anxieties.

Trauma
Recovery from childhood trauma is a process. It is very much like a journey, and since we are all different, the journey to recovery will vary somewhat for each person. The recovery program that I follow was created by a respected and experienced Christian counselor, Byron Kehler. Byron is the founder of Wister Park Counseling in Milwaukee, Oregon. He developed a nine-stage process through which most survivors move as they progress from presentation to closure. He calls it a Roadmap to Recovery. The value of this process is that it gives the client a definite direction in their recovery; it allows them to tell if they are making progress; and it brings an awareness of what's normal. The roadmap also helps the client to manage their anxiety and it allows the counselor to predict for the client what they might expect to see and experience next. I use a variety of techniques and tools during this process. Some of the tools I use are: Journals, Genograms, Timelines, Impact Checklists, Psycho-education, Bibliotherapy, Handouts, Letters, and more.

About Me

My Family
I have been married for 23 years to John Talley, Jr. Together we have a wonderful son, Trey, who is 19. The Lord fills us, and our home, with His Presence. I have also been blessed with three grown children. My grown children are Mike, Laurie, and Julie. They have given us seven beautiful and intelligent grandchildren, and recently our first great granddaughter. God teaches me daily, through His love and mercy, how to be a better wife, mother, and grandmother.


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