SERVICES

Adoption-Related Counseling

Behavior counseling, including treating clients with ADHD

Collaborative divorce mental health services

Insight-oriented therapy

Marriage counseling

Mood disorders, such as anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and depression

Parenting skills, including parenting special needs children

Play therapy

We offer qualified supervision for Masters Level Social Workers who are seeking licensure. Margot Logan, LCSW, the founder and lead therapist of “A Better Life”, has over 20 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and over 15 years of experience supervising Social Work interns in field placements and Masters Level Social Workers seeking licensure. Supervision is open to individuals and small groups. We strive to make supervision a meaningful learning experience.

 

Insurance Information

We accept many commercial, Medicare, Employee Assistance, and Medicaid insurance plans. We also have a sliding scale for self-pay clients.

 

Currently we accept the following insurance plans:

  • AvMed
  • Camaraderie Foundation
  • Cigna
  • United Health Care
  • Beacon
  • ChampVA
  • E-4 Health
  • Wellcare (Staywell)
  • Medicare
  • Value Options
  • ComPsych
  • Tricare
  • Workplace Options
  • Psychcare
  • Simply
  • Magellan
  • CarePlus
  • Clear Health Alliance Medicaid
  • Humana
  • Freedom Dual
  • FreedomHealth Medicare
  • Molina
  • Optimum
  • PCP
  • Prestige
  • Simply Healthcare

We are always happy to discuss adding a new insurance company contract to meet our clients’ needs.

 

Rollins College Faculty, Staff, and Students:

A Better Life Counseling Services participates in the Perks program. Call us today for an appointment.

Insight Orientated Therapy

At A Better Life, one of the therapeutic models used is Insight Orientated Therapy. Insight Orientated Therapy is sometimes referred to as “talk therapy”. Insight Orientated Therapy delves into how life events, desires, past and current relationships, and unconscious conflicts affect your feelings and behavior. Insight oriented therapy is based on the assumption that the better you know yourself, the better you will function. “Better functioning” includes symptom improvement and alleviation, along with improvement in our work, academic, social, romance, and even athletic life. Insight oriented therapy strives to teach you how and why you function in the ways you do, and to clarify your motivations. It will also help you identify compromises you’ve made to defend yourself against painful thoughts or emotions and examine how they relate to your current situation. It show you that you have an internal world, and it interprets how that internal world operates. Other therapy models may be incorporated into Insight Orientated Therapy. Insight Orientated Therapy promotes self-knowledge. Most of all, it gives you freedom. When you have freedom, you have power. You have a greater range of choices available to you in any given situation. Insight Orientated Therapy allows you to break free from old habits and patterns of behavior. It lets you choose new ones as you see fit.

The goal of Insight Orientated Therapy is freedom at the deepest level. In taking part in the counseling services at A Better Life, the competent staff led by Margot Logan will assist you in learning more about yourself to more clearly understand yourself and why you feel or act as you have. In doing so, you will gain a new awareness and freedom to increase the choices you have to grow in order to have new ways of dealing with situations and feelings in order to make better choices with a new self awareness. The goal at A Better Life is to work with you to provide you with the skills you need to achieve your best life possible.

Anxiety

Anxiety. Such a small word could mean so many things and have the most profound of impacts on a person. Anxiety can present in many different forms such as tenseness in the body, inability to sleep and/or feelings of fatigue, racing thoughts, frequent sickness and/or headaches, inability to concentrate, panic attacks, and feelings of irritability. (And that’s only the tip of the iceberg). Sometimes people can feel overwhelmed by changes happening in their lives or even by the changes happening in the world every day, and that is perfectly normal.

Here, our counselors have been trained to help clients explore and manage their feelings of anxiety through a variety of ways. Some employ the use of mindfulness and meditation while others attempt to excavate the roots of the thoughts that are causing the anxiety. Counselors will also help clients learn and implement concrete methods to alleviate the symptoms outside of session in order to enhance day-to-day well-being.

Mood Disorder Treatment

Another area that A Better Life assists its clients is in treating mood disorders. Everyone experiences emotional ups and downs. Life is fraught with people and situations that lead to irritability, agitation and moodiness. A healthy individual will rebound and find emotional balance. If you struggle to find that balance, or if your attitude and emotional are out of balance with your current circumstances, you might be suffering from a mood disorder. As many as one in ten adults suffer from mood disorders. You are not alone! Mood disorders take many forms and may include: anxiety, depression, substance related depression issues, and bi-polar disorders. The goal of therapy is to help you come to grips with your underlying mental issue and to find ways you can alleviate stress in your day-to-day life. One type of treatment used to treat mood disorders is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This treatment combines established cognitive and behavioral theories into one method that focuses on your actions and behaviors. You’ll learn to recognize distorted or self-defeating thought patterns, and then actively work to replace them with healthier beliefs.

With the guidance of the counselors at A Better Life led by Ms. Logan, you will be able to uncover unhealthy, negative beliefs and patterns such as “black-and-white” thinking patterns, generalizing situations with a negative bias, exaggerating circumstances in our life, forming snap decisions or conclusions based on emotion, overlooking the positive side of situations, and assuming the worst is about to happen. People with mood disorders often believe they have to live up to some sort of invented standards to fit in or receive the approval of others. CBT can help overcome that mistaken fear. Have you worried that you can’t live well unless you are successful, like and appreciated? If so, cognitive behavioral therapy can help you. This type of approach is particularly effective for depression. If your mood disorder is manifesting as low-level depressive behavior, it’s possible that CBT is the only treatment you’ll need to correct your symptoms. CBT is also effective in cases of anxiety where the treatment can help to teach you to better cope with life’s difficult circumstances. Bipolar disorder generally requires treatment with medication, but CBT can serve as an adjunct to drug protocols. Studies involving children and teens have shown that bipolar disorder can be effectively moderated with cognitive behavioral therapy.

Ultimately, CBT is effective at teaching you that your current patterns of belief are not only inaccurate but also harmful. We can help you recognize these self defeating thought patterns and assist you to gain an increased self awareness as well as a new way to cope with situations, thoughts, feelings, and actions in order to overcome the way you may be feeling as a result of emotional ups and downs. The goal at A Better Life is to work with you to provide you with the skills you need to achieve your best life possible.

Depression

Depression can hit you like a bad cold. You can’t eat, you can’t sleep, you’ve lots pleasure in things you used to enjoy. Nobody wants to feel that way. Many people experience depression. Depression is one of the most common reasons people seek therapy.

Depression is a medical condition and there is no shame in experiencing it. If you broke your arm, you wouldn’t be ashamed of yourself—of course not. You’d go to the doctor and let the doctor put you in a cast and monitor your healing. Talk therapy is a way to heal from depression without using medication.

With talk therapy, you and your therapist can create a safe environment to explore what’s hurting you. You’ll find where the hurt began and how it spread in your life. And you’ll be given tools to deal with the pain when it emerges in daily life. This awakening is part of the healing process. The therapists at A Better Life want to go on the healing journey with you.

Family

The word “family” can bring up different thoughts and feelings for each person because each person has a different experience and definition of what a family is and what family means to them. Sometimes family can be a source of strength and sometimes it can be a source of stress and frustration. Our counselors understand how complex family can be for our clients and how the system itself can have an effect even from generations back. Each counselor has a unique view of what family means and uses different techniques and theories to explore that concept with each client.

Whether it is looking at the entire system as a whole and the generations it includes or focusing more on the relationships within the family and how those tend to play out, our counselors will shift focus depending on what’s more meaningful to the client. We also have counselors with training specific to couples and families as well as adoption competency. We can assist with fostering healthier and more effective communication styles as well as help with creating stronger bonds within relationships.

For those families with children, we also have counselors on staff who have been trained in Play therapy, which allows children to express themselves through play. We have experience working with children with ADHD, sibling relationships, families with adoptive children, and teaching parenting skills (to name a few).  Whatever family means to you; we are here to help.

Mindfulness

When was the last time you truly took even just a short moment to stop and really check in to see how you were feeling? If no, do so now and if yes, try it again. Stop and focus on the words on this page and just breath. Concentrate on how your breathing feels. Do you notice anything about it? If so, make a short note of it and continue concentrating on that breath. Now that you’ve made it this far, did you actually do it? If so, you were just practicing something called “mindfulness”.

Mindfulness is the practice of experiencing and appreciating the current moment. It is an exercise in centering your mind and focusing on your entire being on a moment-to-moment basis. We say exercise because practicing mindfulness is sort of like strengthening a muscle: it takes time and practice. Since our practice focuses on the overall wellness of our clients, mindfulness is something our counselors employ to help our clients with a variety of issues including (but not limited to) anxiety and depression. Some mindfulness techniques that our counselors are trained in include meditation, breathing exercises (like the one above), and body scanning. The purpose of these is to shift the awareness from the past and future to the now and what is happening in this moment.

Relationship Issues

Have you been experiencing the same dissatisfying relationship patterns throughout your life? Sometimes we get stuck in a cycle and we need someone to help pull us out of it. Counseling is a great way to consider what your relationships have had in common. That knowledge can reveal what makes a relationship successful or unsuccessful.
Maybe you’ve got patterns in your relationships that you’ve ad since childhood. Maybe there was a recent shift in your relationships that seems unexplainable. Why not explore that with a therapist at A Better Life?

Qualified Licensing Supervision

For Master’s level professionals seeking licensure, the state of Florida requires 1 hour of clinical supervision for every 15 hours of client contact. Margot Logan, LCSW, is a Florida Qualified Supervisor. Sessions can be individual, group, or a combination of both to accommodate your schedule and state requirements.