William L. Sutherland, M.Ed., M.F.A., P. L.P.C.
Missouri License NO. 2011026062
Member, American Counseling Association
Affiliated with Wakonda Center, under supervision of Jeanette Parker, M.Ed., LPC
(573) 268-3311 WWW.wlsutherland.com
Education: University of Massachusetts/Boston,
University of Alaska, Fairbanks,
Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri
My areas of expertise and interest focus on the following areas:
Trauma, including resolution of traumatic memories of all types
Identity and gender issues
Life fulfillment and empowerment issues
Generally, my practice is limited to individual therapy with adults, adolescents, and children. I use an eclectic approach toward counseling, utilizing the techniques which I think best suits the client’s needs. These may include techniques from Person-Centered therapy, Existential therapy, Narrative therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and most importantly Grovian Therapy. This therapy was developed by David Grove over the last several years and consists of brief, client-centered psychodynamic interventions. I had the privilege to train with David several times before his death. A more detailed description of these techniques can be found on our website.
About therapy in general
In the counseling process clients learn to better their understanding about themselves: their strengths and abilities, their feelings, thoughts and behaviors. These insights can help clients in many ways, including in their relationships to others, their formation of goals, and their achievement of goals. My therapeutic philosophy centers around client knowledge and helping clients to discover what they already know, but may not have access to. My interventions are designed to help clients return to or achieve their best selves, to find meaning and happiness in their lives, even after experiencing trauma, whether in childhood or adulthood.
It is important to realize that not all people benefit from counseling, and I can make no promises about any particular outcome. It is common for clients to feel challenged, annoyed, or even anxious as they process their self-knowledge. My role is to support and guide you on your psychological journey.
My obligations as your counselor
I will render my services in a professional and ethical manner. I will choose techniques and interventions based on my training and what I believe will be the most efficacious treatment for you. I will maintain open and honest communication with your throughout the process and answer any questions or concerns you might have. If either of us believe that you would benefit from a change of counselors, I will provide some referral choices to you.
Your obligations as a client
We are partners in the therapeutic process. I expect you as a client to assume some responsibility for their outcomes. You will be expected to complete homework assignments, be willing to challenge old ways of thinking and behavior, and be forthright and honest during sessions. If you have an issues or questions about our work together, you should feel free to bring them up.
If you have concerns or complaints about our work together, I urge you to bring to me immediately. You may also register a complaint with the
American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304-3300 or the Committee for Professional Counselors, 3605 Missouri Boulevard, P.O. Box 1335, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335 (Telephone 573.751.0018)
Information that passes between the counselor and client during a session remains confidential. Both verbal information and written records cannot be released to anyone without your written consent. If you have managed care information will have to be reported to your insurance company. Confidentiality may also be broken if I am ordered by a court to provide information, or if I believe you present a danger to yourself, or intend to harm others. I have a legal obligation to take action if you disclose information of ongoing child abuse. If I am counseling your child, it will be important to keep confidentiality as much as possible in order to build a trusting therapeutic relationship with that child. With younger children under twelve, I may want to share more than I would with a child aged twelve to eighteen. With these older children I will give parents only general information about our progress, unless I believe the child may be harmed by withholding information.