Avoidant Personality Disorder

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An anxious avoidance response pattern is normal, at least until it becomes what is called “Avoidant Personality Disorder.” That leaves you with the question;


What makes Avoidant Personality Disorder a disorder?

We all unconsciously seek to avoid situations that make us anxious. That makes sense, right? After all, why expose ourselves to a stressful situation if we don’t have to?

As children we learn to hide behind mom or dad to reduce our anxiety around other people and strangers, until we learn from experience how and who to trust.

But what does the child who is raised in a dysfunctional home learn? Read More

Cognitive-Behavioral Christian Counseling | Johnson City TN

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I frequently get the question; “What type of counseling should I look for?” The research says that “Cognitive-Behavioral Counseling” is the most effective, however here in Johnson City TN religious faith beliefs are also very important to us.

What is the difference between these two forms of counseling?

Glad you asked!

First, let’s define each of these forms of counseling and then consider if they can be integrated into a more holistic form of Cognitive Behavioral Christian Counseling. Read More

Coping with Chronic Pain: Learn to Differentiate Physical Pain from Emotional Suffering

By | Chronic Pain | 2 Comments

Here at Choice Counseling in Johnson City TN, we know there are tens of millions of Americans who suffer with Chronic Pain. The most common source is back pain followed closely by chronic joint pain. Both forms of pain can be the result of either injury, disease, or both. Your orthopedic doctor can treat the physiological illness. A pain management specialist may be called in to treat physical pain that can not be relieved.

But all of these forms of medicine are designed to only treat the physical pain associated with your illness or injury.

Here are some important questions to ask yourself if you suffer with “chronic pain” Read More

Coping with Chronic Pain – FREE SEMINAR – Tuesday Sept 13th 7 – 8:30pm

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Coping with Chronic Pain

Doug Fox of Choice Counseling will be presenting a free seminar in a few weeks where you will learn…

  • How to understand the difference between acute and chronic physical pain.
  • Learn to differentiate chronic physical pain from emotional suffering.
  • Learn behavioral skills to help improve your ability to cope with your pain.
  • Learn cognitive skills to cope with the emotional suffering associated with your physical pain. Read More

Choice Counseling | FREE Initial Telephone Consults | Johnson City TN

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Choice Counseling in Johnson City TN is offering Free Initial Telephone Consults for new Clients.

Developing an effective counseling relationship takes time, effort, and trust. It is important that you feel safe and comfortable with the therapist that you choose.

That is why Doug Fox feels it is important to offer a free initial telephone consult to all new clients. You have to feel like you can work with and trust your therapist or counseling won’t work.

Before you decide who to work with call Doug at 423-502-4158 during regular business hours and discuss what your needs are and decide for yourself if the two of you can work together.


Rediscover Hope!

Doug Fox LPC, MDiv.  (423-502-4158)