Charlie Lucas MSW, LCSW, CIHMP
Charlie Lucas MSW, LCSW, CIHMPOwner of Lucas Counseling Group
The journey of becoming a therapist has not only served as one of my life’s purposes but has also shaped my approach.
I used to be someone without purpose or direction. I also had no confidence or belief in myself to figure out where I fit into this world. I thought either you were born with it, or you weren’t. My insecurities and mistakes were my identity and every experience filtered through them. If I succeeded at something, I minimized it and chalked it up to luck. But when I failed, I chalked it up to validation that I was inadequate.
I made one bad decision after another and one excuse after another. I abused drugs to the point of dual substance addiction. I ran from any challenge that triggered the reminder of my inadequacies. I was stuck, hated life, and was lost.
The game-changer moment
In 2005 I was diagnosed with metastatic cancer that spread to my lymph nodes. The treatment was extremely aggressive. I had multiple surgeries with chemotherapy five days a week for seven hours per day with a week break in between treatment rounds.
When the doctor told me I had cancer, something remarkable happened. I felt a 100% commitment and belief in myself that I could conquer anything in my way and was ready to start…now.
I learned just how capable I was when I could use my adversity as an opportunity for growth and strength. I then learned how to apply the new approach to many issues, including mistakes, failures, traumas, and insecurities.
I also knew the following year was going to be extremely difficult. But, instead of ruminating and dreading about how hard it was going to be, I accepted it. I decided to focus on growth and how much better things could be once I started living the lessons I was about to learn.
I will help you learn how to use your circumstances to develop your approach to life. I get excited. I can’t help it. I genuinely love witnessing people unlock their potential and achieve their goals.
I place maximum value on helping you understand what you are experiencing and what you can do about it. The more clarity and understanding you have about the core of the issue(s), the more confident and motivated you are to take deliberate action.
You will learn about various facets of the issue(s) and the treatment; which empowers you and leads to a better overall outcome
Many people beat themselves down when experiencing fluctuations in motivation and attitude towards change. I won’t judge you because of your history, experiences, or mistakes. Who the heck am I to judge you?
Part of my approach is helping you respond to your internal and external struggles in a healthier way. Judging you is unproductive, and I’m not about that.
One of the common pitfalls of the change process is expecting our mentality to carry us through goal achievement. But mentality is unstainable without a strategy. Without a plan, the lack of valuable change will likely continue to erode your psyche. I will help you establish deliberate action steps that induce a positive ripple effect on other areas of your life. My goal is to maximize the value in every move we make together.
I’m not a fan of the phrase “baby steps” because it implies “baby impact.” Many people get caught in the trap of constantly comparing where they are to where they want to be. It is also essential to periodically compare where you are to where you started. Continually taking an “ok. What’s next?” approach to change makes it challenging to acknowledge progress. Progress is the fuel that keeps you motivated to achieve your goals. I’ll help you maintain a whole-picture perspective.
Unless a goal is meaningful to us, we are not likely to remain committed to it.
There are several possible reasons why we struggle to make sustainable progress. One of the main reasons is that we start the change process on an unstable foundation. I will help you strengthen your foundation to be confident that the steps you are making will generate the best results.
I will help you assess your core values, and we will design your goals to align with them. The closer your goals align with your values, the more likely you will overcome obstacles and achieve sustainable change.
I utilize several different treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness practices.
Whether you are just starting to contemplate making a change or are ready to jump in with both feet, I will meet you where you’re at, and we’ll get to work.
Board member for Jackson Center for Conductive Education
Member of the Mooresville Chamber Of Commerce
Member of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Member of NASW