Complete Counseling Services, Inc. | 155 W. Main St | Bedford, VA 24523 | Phone:
540-586-8146 or Fax: 540-587-7647
What is Counseling and Why Go To A Counselor?
Contrary to popular belief, counseling is not about a counselor giving specific directions
on how to fix another’s problem. Counselors do not profess to be all knowing and
often remind clients that they do not have a “magic wand”.
Counseling is about a specially trained and experienced professional helping a client
identify alternative solutions, evaluate pluses and minuses of each option, and become
empowered to make his/her own decision. Counseling is about teamwork and hard work!
Going to counseling does not mean one is weak minded or “crazy”. The cultural stigma
around counseling is gradually waning as the public becomes more aware of the variety
of services counselors can provide and the numerous situations in which such services
are helpful. The typical client is an ordinary person seeking the input of a mental
health specialist in providing objective, rational, insightful, practical feedback
and collaboration on everyday issues. (Its comparable to seeing a Podiatrist for
a foot problem or an Optometrist for a vision problem.) Most of the time, the issues
are common ones many of us will face at some point in life. In todays world it is
possible for anyone to become over whelmed. Sometimes just having someone who listens
and “getting it off one’s chest” can be the first step toward feeling better.
Counseling clients are best described as honest, brave, practical, and resourceful.
Going to counseling is about asking for professional help with feelings, thinking,
and/or behaviors that may be getting in the way of living life to its fullest. The
person who goes to counseling is simply using a resource that may help get the issue
resolved quicker and with less pain and strain on the patient/client.
As a counseling professional, Ms. Mantooth is committed to insuring the highest level
of confidentiality for every client. The client can rest assured that their being
a client is not revealed to any individual or entity without the client’s written
permission. The client’s medical record is not released without the client’s written
permission. The staff at Ms. Mantooth’s office is equally committed to protecting
each client’s confidentiality. Ms. Mantooth’s motto is “anything that is said here
or happens here, stays here”. The legally mandated exceptions to this rule are about
suspected child abuse, elder abuse, suicide and homicide.
Ms. Mantooth works with children four and older, adolescents, adults, couples, and
families. She has over 16 years of solid clinical experience. Her clients include
school teachers, banking executives, business owners, skilled tradesmen, lawyers,
waitresses, students, caregivers, nurses, retail clerks, construction workers, retirees,
newlyweds, stay-at-home-moms and dads, the disabled, and more. She offers short-term
and long-term treatment which is goal oriented and solution-focused.
Counseling Issues Treated
Ms. Mantooth has experience treating a wide variety of emotional and psychiatric
problems. She treats depression, anxiety and panic, post traumatic stress disorder,
anger management problems, drug and alcohol problems, family problems, marital problems,
psychotic disorders, parenting problems, work related problems, blended family issues,
grief due to loss of a loved one, adults molested as children, assertiveness problems,
self esteem issues, communication issues, caregiver issues, divorce and custody-related
issues, and other common issues many of us face in life.
Ms. Mantooth’s treatment is founded upon genuine respect for clients, a non-judgmental
outlook, individualized treatment planning, forming a collaborative partnership with
the client in achieving treatment goals, and helping clients build skills and “tools”
to be used in the client’s everyday life. Her goal with every client is moving the
client toward independence rather than fostering dependency.
Ms. Mantooth and her staff provide personalized professional service in a relaxed,
comfortable environment which recognizes each client as a human being, not as a case
number. Ms. Mantooth is known for her genuine concern and compassion in dealing with
clients. She attempts to work with clients who have special scheduling needs. Her
office is handicapped accessible.
Theoretical Treatment Base
Ms. Mantooth uses an approach which views the spirit, mind, and body as a connected
whole and each as integral in helping clients. She believes all aspects of the self
must be in harmony for clients to gain optimum quality of life. However, she does
not force her personal views on any client, and respects the individual qualities
and choices of every client.
Ms. Mantooth believes that one of her primary reasons for living is to help people
who are struggling, wounded, and hurting. She extends empathy, active listening,
and creating hope as standard parts of treatment protocol. She truly cares about
her client’s welfare.
She uses play therapy, insight building, skill building, and talk therapy as parts
of treatment depending on the age, intellectual/developmental level, and individual
needs of each client. She frequently uses cognitive thinking and/or behavioral therapy
with clients as appropriate. She also uses several other treatment theories as a
basis for treatment.
Ms. Mantooth works with children 4 and older, adolescents, adults, couples and families.