HOLLINGS THERAPY, LLC

Deric Hollings, LPC, LCSW - Owner and operator

 

"It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters." - Epictetus

 

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Statement Of Purpose

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To serve our clients with dignity and respect while offering a multi-lensed approach to the practice of psychotherapy and life coaching. Our mission includes: Prioritizing the cognitive and emotive needs of our clients, an overall reduction in client suffering, and supporting sustainable growth for the clients we serve.

A Little About Deric Hollings

Deric Hollings began life coaching in the late 1990s, working closely with runaway youth, minors who were placed in short- and long-term living arrangements outside their original homes, and juveniles impacted by the criminal justice system. Deric’s coaching competency increased in the early- to mid-2000s, as he contributed to governmental justice administration, leadership development, and occupational morale improvement programs. Since then, Deric has sought education and training, gained experience, and received advanced licensure as both a Licensed Professional Counselor (M.A., 2011) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (M.S., 2014).

Psychotherapeutic Style

Our staff have received advanced training in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) from the Albert Ellis Institute.

 

As explained in A Practitioner’s Guide to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (3rd ed.), “[T]he REBT position is that rational thinking can lead to feelings, even very strong negative feelings, without resulting in disturbed feelings and unnecessary suffering” (p. 19). Explained another way, we tend to disturb ourselves with rigid demands of the world and extreme beliefs which may lead to unhelpful or unhealthy emotions and behaviors.

 

In psychotherapy sessions, Hollings Therapy practitioners listen closely for demands, such as should, must, and ought. These terms often contribute to how people disturb themselves when requiring the world to conform to expectations.

Here’s an example of how illogical reasoning works:

  • I should be perfect.

  • I often make mistakes. How awful!

  • This proves I’m imperfect and therefore worthless.

 

Our staff works with clients by identifying rigid and extreme belief systems—similar to the example above—that often lead to emotional consequences (i.e., shame, guilt, sorrow, agitation, etc.) and behavioral reactions (e.g., punching a wall when upset).

Here are some examples of rigid beliefs:

  • I must do well at work.

  • Others must respect my views.

  • Society must not cause me discomfort.

 

It isn’t uncommon to derive extreme beliefs from rigid expectations.

Here are a few examples of these unhelpful combinations:

  • I must do well at work, and it will be awful if I don’t.

  • Others must respect my views, and it will devastate me if they don’t.

  • Society must not cause me discomfort, and it’s terrible when I’m uncomfortable.

 

Using an REBT approach to psychotherapy addresses how thoughts and feelings interplay, and how they impact behavior. Stress or aggression management, relational functioning, and the processing of traumatic experiences are some examples of what this sort of therapy is designed to treat.

 

Generally, psychotherapy—sometimes referred to as counseling or talk therapy—is used to address various mental health conditions. People experiencing depression, anxiety, and other mood or personality disorders typically benefit from this form of treatment.

Therapy Session

Life Coaching

Life coaching is a less structured method that affords clients—sometimes called learners—the ability to benefit from training and guidance in order to achieve specific goals. A less regulated intervention strategy, coaching may currently be conducted across a number of state borders without a specific license.

 

Some non-exhaustive examples of coaching goals with which Hollings Therapy assists clients include:

  • Life transitions (e.g., moving from one career field to a completely different type of work)

  • Assertiveness training (e.g., how to self-advocate without experiencing guilt)

  • Fitness goal attainment (e.g., addressing unhelpful routines)

  • Habit extinction (e.g., how to stop biting fingernails)

  • Social anxiety (e.g., increasing stress tolerance in group settings)

Services Offered

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Our caring staff consider it a privilege to work with you at this point in your life and to become an integral part of your support structure. By working together, we can navigate the complexity of your issues 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 is specifically tailored to you.

 

Individual Therapy: $80 for up to 50-minute sessions

Psychotherapy and/or life coaching affords you the opportunity to experience a confidential session in which you and our staff explore the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that drive your behavior. During these sessions, trained providers provide a nonjudgmental space for you to work out issues which cause stuck points, create emotional dysregulation, and prevent you from leading a healthier life.

 

It is the aim of Hollings Therapy 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 of growth.

Sliding Scale

If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact Hollings Therapy for more information on my sliding scale slots, as we have a limited number of available spaces. Further, slots may be available on an individual basis, based on need.

 

We do not accept insurance at this time. Still, we can provide you with a receipt for submission to your insurance provider, concerning possible reimbursement. **Hollings Therapy is not affiliated with any insurance network and cannot guarantee reimbursement.

Sessions

Psychotherapy and life coaching can be useful, depending on the person and presenting issue. Hollings Therapy clinicians work solely with individual adult clients for up to 50-minute sessions, during which we collaborate on effective methods to address a host of identified concerns. We offer a free initial telephonic consultation so that clients may help determine whether or not we are an appropriate fit for their specific needs.

 

Once all preliminary paperwork is complete, our initial session is devoted to building a rapport, acquiring background information, and forming treatment goals. We waste as little of your valuable time as possible. While we’ve been asked how long the treatment process usually takes, the truth is that it all depends on you and your unique needs. 

 

Generally, our providers prescribe homework to be completed prior to our next meeting. Using tools acquired in session affords you the benefit to build a proverbial toolbox with which you may build a life that better suits your needs. These tools are then tested in session for weekly-to-monthly appointments in order to assure effectiveness.

 

The practice elements our practice employs may better assist people in the areas of goal-attainment and emotional processing, with the hope of leading to improved functioning that may result in a more meaningful quality of life.

Professional Teletherapy Services

During 2020, psychotherapeutic services vastly changed for many health providers across the United States. In order to meet demands regarding the dynamic impact of clients whom we serve, Hollings Therapy instituted telehealth (virtual) services for each of our clients. This allowed an opportunity for a continuum of services related to those clients who were unable to leave their homes.

 

While digital services took some getting used to, we eventually discovered that most clients actually preferred online therapy and life coaching to that of an in-person setting. We now solely offer telehealth sessions. These services can be a good alternative to in-person, face-to-face sessions, if you experience a situation in which you often travel, are sick or homebound, or are having difficulties leaving the safety of your home environment.

 

As long as you have access to a computer or smart device, and a private place where you are comfortable speaking, the telehealth sessions Hollings Therapy provides are a simple and viable method for getting the assistance and mental wellbeing that would otherwise be difficult or near-impossible to achieve. For those who are hesitant to engage in telehealth therapy, our clinicians invite you to challenge yourself by giving our practice a try.

Areas Of Focus

We often assist people with:

 

If interested in psychotherapy or coaching, please reach out today by using the contact widget below.

 

We look forward to hearing from you soon,

 

Deric Hollings, LPC, LCSW

 

Deric Hollings is a Licensed Professional Counselor (License #85152) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (License #59311).

 

Anyone who wishes to file a complaint against a healthcare professional in the state of Texas may call the Health Professions Council toll-free complaint referral system: 1-800-821-3205. This automated, statewide number routes a complainant to the appropriate licensing agency.

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