Deric Hollings, MA/S, LPC Intern, LMSW
Supervised by Louis Laves-Webb LCSW, LPC-S


“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” – Abraham Maslow, The Psychology of Science: A Reconnaissance (1966)



About My Methods

Having begun my professional practice of mental, emotional, and behavioral health care in 2011, I’ve found that people often don’t know what type of services they’re seeking. Rather, they typically understand that something in their lives is out of sorts and requires attention. That’s what I’m here for—to provide responsiveness to the nuanced issues people may not be able to resolve on their own.


This is accomplished as I provide counseling, psychotherapy, and life coaching.


Some folks may have only a hammer, attempting to strike their way through life’s delicate problems. This isn’t a very helpful strategy when the work needing to be performed requires a saw. I assist clients with the development of metaphorical tools which may be used outside of sessions.


I usually work with clients for 50-minute sessions during which we collaborate on effective methods to address a host of presenting issues. Generally, I prescribe homework to be completed prior to the next meeting. This affords an opportunity for the formation of tools to be kept in a proverbial toolbox. These tools are then tested in-session for weekly-to-monthly appointments in order to assure their effectiveness.


Though often used synonymously, counseling, therapy, and life coaching are distinctly different intervention strategies. Counseling usually serves as a short-term approach using a skills-based focus in order to help people with specific issues, such as smoking cessation, academic or vocational guidance, or debt management. I tend to use a strengths-based perspective when counseling people.


Psychotherapy can function as a somewhat lengthier approach, often used to address how thoughts and feelings interplay, and how they impact behavior. Stress or anger management, relational functioning, and the processing of traumatic experiences are some examples of what therapy is designed to treat. Generally, psychotherapy—sometimes referred to as talk therapy—is used to address various mental conditions. People experiencing depression, anxiety, and other mood or personality disorders typically benefit from this form of treatment.


Life coaching is a less structured modality that affords clients—sometimes called learners—the ability to benefit from training and guidance in order to achieve unique goals. A less regulated intervention strategy, coaching may be conducted across state borders. This differs significantly from the counseling and psychotherapeutic services I provide, which are both state-regulated fields of practice.


Counseling, psychotherapy, and life coaching may be useful, depending on the person and presenting issue. I maintain education, training, experience, and licensure as both a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (2011) and Licensed Master Social Worker (2014). As well, I have coached people in a number of capacities since the late 1990s.


While my theoretical approach tends to be more cognitive-behavior focused, my practice is further informed by mindfulness techniques, existential theory, and psychodynamic approaches. The evidence-based practice elements I employ may better assist people in the areas of goal-attainment and emotional processing. My aim is to assist people with achieving a higher level of functioning and a more meaningful quality of life.

I specialize in working with:

If you’re thinking about receiving counseling, psychotherapy, or coaching, please reach out today.


I look forward to hearing from you,


Deric Hollings, LPC Intern, LMSW

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (License #73740) and Licensed Master Social Worker (License #59311) supervised by Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S.



I consider it a privilege to work with you at this point in your life, and to become an integral part of your support structure as a means to propel you forward on your journey. As part of the collaborative process that values a client-centered approach, I want to better assist you regarding the attainment of hope, a path to exploration, and success throughout your process of growth.


By working together, we can explore your past, examine the present, and prepare for a future by challenging learned behaviors that no longer serve you well, or perhaps never did in the first place. We can work on skills designed to be exercised in-session so that you may benefit from having worked through them in a supportive environment. Each session I offer is specifically tailored to you.

I offer in-person and telehealth services.


Individual counseling, psychotherapy, or life coaching affords you the opportunity to experience a confidential session in which you and I explore the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that drive your behavior. In these 50-minute sessions, I provide a nonjudgmental space for you to work out issues which cause stuck points, create emotional dysregulation, and prevent you from leading a self-defined ideal life.


My aim is to start from a place of curiosity, respect, and compassion. Whether attending sessions for a specific issue or more profound circumstances, together we may discover what tools will best suit you on your path to growth. I look forward to booking your first session today.


Couples counseling, therapy, or coaching allows you and your partner to recognize dysfunctional patterns of communicating, better understand one another in a way you may never have thought possible, and adjust to each other’s unique needs. This may lead a more fulfilling and unified life together.


Often, one person in a relationship expresses concern about the potential for alienation during these 50-minute sessions. It is my goal not to isolate either partner, and to treat all parties with the dignity they could expect to receive when addressing some of life’s most delicate conversations. Sound like something that may fit your needs? I look forward to hearing from you.

I do not accept insurance at this time. Still I can provide you with a receipt to submit to your insurance provider for possible reimbursement. **I am not affiliated with any insurance network and cannot guarantee reimbursement.


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