Local Spotlight: Gateway Counseling Center

Gateway Counseling Center Boynton Beach

gateway counselingGateway Counseling is a Christian counseling center founded by Dr. John Hawkins Sr. and John D. Hawkins Jr. to provide assistance to people suffering from a variety of psychological and relational issues such as anxiety, depression and marital distress. John D. Hawkins Jr. is an experienced therapist who has assisted hundreds of clients in overcoming mental, emotional or relational distress. Also, he encourages incorporating spirituality into life uncertainties as a resource for achieving therapeutic goals.

Gateway Counseling Services

Gateway Counseling offers a variety of services when it comes to individual’s psychological and emotional issues. They acknowledge that not every patient has the same needs and specialized therapy is necessary for each case. Here are some of the most common services they serve their patients with:

  • Depression & Anxiety – This is one of the most common and treatable mental health disorders due to extensive neurological research. When patients seek therapy, they may feel overwhelming feelings of sadness, and restlessness. Some of the most common symptoms for Major Depression include overwhelming sadness, loss of interest in usual activities, weight loss or gain, changes in sleep patterns, fatigue or low energy, feelings of worthlessness, trouble concentrating, irritability and thoughts of suicide. Anxiety is commonly occurring with other mental and physical illnesses including alcohol or substance abuse. The major types of disorders are: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panis Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety and Specific Phobias.
  • Couples Counseling – One of the greatest misconceptions about couple’s counseling is that the relationship or marriage has failed. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Gateway Counseling stresses that couples counseling means that you have not given up. Healthy relationships are a balance between dependence and independence. In couples counseling, they identify these attachment styles and developmental wounds and traumas that are triggered.
  • Compulsive Behaviors Many people engage in excessive use of otherwise healthy aspects of their life, such as exercise, work, food, sex or spending. These behaviors trigger the reward sensories in our brains that make us come back for more. There are a few criterion to characterize excessive behaviors, such as loss of control, continued use despite negative consequences, and preoccupation/fantasy. Gateway Counseling identifies the triggers of these behaviors and uncovers the trauma they originated from.
  • Abuse & Trauma – Millions of people suffer from emotional, sexual, and physical abuse. Many studies show that violence and abuse are increasing as well. Trauma affects the brain and alters the brain structure. Trauma alters the limbic system which regulates emotions. Though the human brain is adaptable, abuse causes the brain to go from learning to survival mode. This can cause many disorders in children such as ADHD, learning disorders, bipolar disorder, conduct disorder or oppositional defiant disorder. Gateway Counseling provides specialized help to those suffering from those afflictions.
  • Grief & Loss – Losses can come in many shapes and sizes, including: a relationship breakup, loss of health, losing a job, loss of financial stability, death of a pet, loss of a cherished dream, a loved one’s serious illness, or loss of safety after a trauma. There are common symptoms of grief, including: shock and disbelief, sadness, guilt, anger, fear and physical symptoms. Gateway Counseling allows for an outlet for those often suppressed emotions.

Healing Through Brain Wellness

Psychological and emotional issues such as ADHD, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression and compulsive behaviors can be explained by an imbalance in brain neurotransmitters called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the brain chemicals that communicate information from our body through our brain. Out-of-balance neurotransmitters lead to negative effects in mood, sleep, and physical health. Many counseling centers seek to fix these emotional responses with medications, and while they do work to regulate the brain’s imbalances, they don’t address the underlining issue.

Gateway Counseling takes a brain wellness approach to healing that addresses physical imbalances while taking into account the underlining issues. After testing for neurotransmitter imbalances and deficiencies, Gateway Counseling will develop a treatment regimen to correct imbalances and treat underlining causes. Instead of strong medications, Gateway turns to amino acids to provide optimum brain wellness.

Why Amino Acids?

Amino acids are used as an alternative to psychotropic medications. They are precursors to neurotransmitters and converted by the body into the Serotonin and Dopamine – two key neurotransmitters in regulating focus and mood. When used correctly, amino acids are scientifically proven to help individuals form a strategy natural to the body and beneficial long-term.

Christian Counseling Services

When seeking counseling services, clients not only want their spiritual beliefs heard, but incorporated into their therapy treatment. Both Dr. John Hawkins Sr. and Dr. John Hawkins Jr. are practicing Christians who not only accept the beliefs of their clients but believe failing to do so would deny a key ingredient in treatment. Hawkins and Hawkins take their respect toward a client’s principles seriously and believe that failing to help a client explore their faith or impelling their beliefs on a client are both are violations of the therapeutic relationship. Many of Gateway Counseling’s clients seek them specifically for this level of faith-based and clinical professionalism.

You can subscribe to Gateway’s Youtube Channel for free mental health resources. John Hawkins Jr. discusses different aspects of mental health and answers any questions anyone has.

If you feel that you or a loved one need counseling to navigate through life’s problems, contact Gateway Counseling by scheduling a session online or giving them a call at (561)-797-0631.

Posted on July 7, 2019 in Local Spotlight

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