Counseling or Therapy?

Counseling is the sharing-listening process focused on specific problems and situations. Through counseling, support and direction emerge. Some typical counseling situations include marriage preparation, marriage problems, stress, grief, divorce, anxiety, family conflict, communication difficulties, and depression. Dr. Croninger’s commitment is to provide the best professional help needed in the fewest number of sessions.

Therapy is a process of self-discovery and healing. Unlike counseling, therapy focuses more upon the personality than the situation.  Healing from previous traumas, discovering the roots of repressed anger, overcoming inhibitions, exploring sexuality, managing phobias, changing self-defeating behaviors, and freeing new dimensions of one’s self are some typical kinds of therapeutic goals.

Marriage and family therapy involves a specific approach to solving individual, couple, and family problems utilizing principles and concepts of family systems theory. Marriage and family therapists treat many of the same types of presenting problems that psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors treat, but they do so from the social systems framework of the entire family. The main goals of family therapy are to help families change and to help individuals change within the context of the entire family system.

Internal Family Systems therapy is a process of working with traumatized clients to help them find ways to heal their inner conflicts.  It is based on the exploration of “parts” to assist the return of “self” to lead the inner system.  Parts are seen as welcome, but immature and unable to lead.  Since trauma has caused the self to abdicate, parts have taken over in the vacuum of leadership.  Over time, parts that have been deeply hurt are unburdened, self is back in leadership, and the other parts are able move to more appropriate roles.

Dr. Croninger holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University, a master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree in Radio-TV Journalism from the University of Tulsa. He has completed 20 hours of post-doctoral marriage and family studies at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University and completed clinical training at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City, where he worked in the inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency units.

HealthChoice insurance accepted.

Video platform sessions are available.

5100 N. Brookline, Suite 620
Oklahoma City, OK 73112


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