Brannon S. La Force, LPC-S

Relationship & Crisis Counselor Brannon S. La Force is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a PhD Candidate in Clinical and Health Psychology.

He earned a BA from Asbury College in Wilmore, KY, with a MS from the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, and is completing a dissertation in fulfillment for a PhD from Walden University, Minneapolis, MN. Mr. La Force conducted research and provided treatment for Rwandan genocide survivors with posttraumatic stress disorder in the country of Rwanda, Africa. He completed his doctoral internship at Larned State Hospital in Larned, Kansas where he ran the Competency to Stand Trial Unit for adult male forensic patients. In 2008, Mr. La Force completed a stint in Queensland, Australia where he wrote behavior plans for intellectually disadvantaged adults while in the service of the Queensland government. Prior to his work in Australia, Mr. La Force owned a private counseling practice for 17 years in Mobile, Alabama. It was during that time that he hosted a weekly live call-in radio talk show. La Force's areas of specialty are trauma, compulsive sexual behavior, sexual orientation and faith, and borderline personality disorder.

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[01/19/21]   The Forge - A Group for Men

Beginning Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7 pm CST (5 pm PST), The Forge - A Group for Men, led by Brannon La Force, will meet virtually. The Forge is a group for men who are seeking to enhance their personal and professional lives by answering the following questions:
Who Am I?
What is My Purpose?
And from Where do I Derive my Passion?
The group will meet for 12 consecutive weeks. The group will offer both instruction and processing time as we seek to clarify, refine and embolden our identities, purpose and passion. If you are interested in the group, please TEXT: FORGE2021 to 214-517-1181 along with your NAME.

[01/19/21]   Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Beginning Tuesday, February 3, 2021 at 6 pm CST (4 pm PST) and 7 pm CST (5 pm PST) respectively, I will be offering DBT groups for both men and women. These groups use the work of Marsha Linehan to assist individuals who suffer from abandonment, trauma, chronic depression, anxiety and mood instability.
We will be learning and practicing the four skills of DBT:
Mindfulness,
Interpersonal Effectiveness,
Emotions Management, and
Distress Tolerance.
If you are interested in participating in one of these groups, please TEXT DBTTUES and your NAME to 214-517-1181.

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[05/03/19]   Help for Depression, Anxiety and Relationship Issues.... using DBT

New Session of DBT at Brannon La Force, LPC-S & Associates

Our next session of DBT starts on Thursday, May 16 at 6 pm at my offices on Herschel Avenue in Uptown Dallas. Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT was developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD to address the challenges of borderline personality disorder. For some time now, DBT has also shown great promise for those dealing with chronic depression and anxiety. I have been working with individuals with these issues for the last 20 years. I am committed to alleviating the very real suffering caused by these disorders and empowering individuals to manage their thoughts and emotions in spite of the pain. I have found DBT to be an effective arsenal of skills to address these challenges. Please call 214-666-8127 ext 2 or email [email protected] to reserve your place in the group.

[04/03/19]   Bridge Over Troubled Water

When you're weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I'll dry them all (all)
I'm on your side, oh, when times get rough
And friends just can't be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
When you're down and out
When you're on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you (ooo)
I'll take your part, oh, when darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Sail on silver girl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
Oh, if you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

Songwriters: Paul Simon
Bridge over Troubled Water lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

psychologytoday.com 03/30/2019

Couples Therapy: Does It Really Work?

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-it-together/201712/couples-therapy-does-it-really-work

psychologytoday.com How to predict your chances of success in couples counseling.

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Couples Therapy: Does It Really Work?

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psychologytoday.com How to predict your chances of success in couples counseling.

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Is Depression Really On The Rise? If So, Why?

http://www.psyarticles.com/emotion/depression.htm

psyarticles.com What, if anything, is going on? What do people think is behind this problem?

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She was dancing on the roof and talking gibberish. A special kind of ER helped her — CNN

This is so needed.....

apple.news With mental health beds in short supply, emergency rooms increasingly have become the care of first and last resort for people in the grips of a psychiatric episode. Now, hospitals around the country are opening emergency units that calmly cater to patients with mental health needs.

[01/17/19]   This Emotion May Be the Most Complex of All

There’s one emotion that I rarely see on the faces of the clients in my office—especially in the beginning. It’s happiness. It’s a state which we all pursue, but for some, it remains elusive. Why is that? To experience happiness, one must be pleased with his or her current situation. It’s a bit like Christmas morning. Everyone opens their gifts and likes what they received. It’s a happy moment for sure. There are times, however, when that desired toy breaks, the shirt does not fit, or the giver ended up purchasing the wrong brand. Happiness quickly evaporates and we are back to a state of dis-ease. Happiness we discover is fleeting at best. While it may be fleeting, it does not mean we should not enjoy it when it comes. The study below suggests that it may be the most complex emotion of all. It appears to vary in intensity according to the study.

From PSYBLOG: The face can express this emotion in 17 difference ways. Happiness can be expressed in 17 ways on the face, over half the total number of expressions we use for all emotions, new research finds. We change the type of happiness we convey by adjusting the size of our smile and the crinkles that appear around our eyes. In contrast, disgust, only requires one facial expression, while fear has three and there are five each for anger and sadness. Happiness, though, is way out in front, said Professor Aleix Martinez, study co-author: “This was delightful to discover, because it speaks to the complex nature of happiness.” The conclusions come from a study of over 7 million images collected from 31 different countries. It was inspired by the ancient idea that there are only around 7 or 8 emotions.

Professor Martinez said: “To think that humans are only capable of eight emotions is absurd. We are complex creatures. What about the different forms of joy? We experience the world on a much deeper level than just eight emotions.” The results of the study showed that there are 35 separate facial expression that convey how we are feeling to others across all these cultures. Professor Martinez said: “We were shocked, I thought there would be way, way more.” The researchers found only eight expressions that are used in almost all cultures. Happiness, though, continually emerged as the most varied. It suggests happiness is the most complex emotion, if you consider the number of facial expressions required to show its variety. Professor Martinez thinks it is because happiness helps bind people together, perhaps more than other emotions: “Happiness acts as a social glue and needs the complexity of different facial expressions; disgust is just that: disgust.”

The study was published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing (Srinivasan et al., 2018).



So what do we do when our circumstances are not pleasing and happiness remains elusive? Check back here for the answer. Is there another state of being to pursue? If you or a friend are struggling today with a painful state of being, reach out to me at 214-666-8127, ext. 700. I am glad to listen and provide direction.

[01/17/19]   Brannon La Force, LPC-S & Associates is currently accepting applications for LPCi Supervision. Mr. La Force has over 25 years of experience as a mental health professional and has been a supervisor since 1997. His areas of expertise include borderline personality disorder, addictions, trauma, crisis counseling, and relationship issues. There are opportunities to co-lead a DBT group as well as a Men's Issues group. His training is particularly suited for those interested in establishing a private practice. If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest and resume to [email protected]

[01/09/19]   Hello! Happy New Year! It may seem a bit late to hear this greeting, but in reality it's only 9 days into the New Year. I am excited about this new year. I am launching a men's group called the The Forge; there are some great things happening with the Dialectical Behavior Therapy group that I lead; I am continuing my work with a middle school group at Highland Middle School in Saginaw, and I am making plans for a return trip to East Africa in August. I will have more information on all of these topics in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I have included an article from PsyBlog that I hope you will find helpful.

Five Ways to Change Your Life for the Better

Many people make resolutions to change their lives for the better at this time of year.
While change is hard, the following five tips will help:

Establish realistic short-term goals.
Discuss the goals with friends and family.
Choose a diet that is healthy for heart and brain. This should include more omega fatty acids and less processed meat and lower sugar intake.
Avoid rapid weight loss diets.
Be flexible: if one thing doesn’t work, try something else.
Dr Carolyn Kaloostian of the Keck School of Medicine at USC, said it can be easy to get distracted from your goals:

“These start-of-the-year priorities unfortunately get sidelined due to competing obligations, responsibilities, and commitments from work or family.”

Doing things with other people can help, said Dr Kaloostian:

“I see some of the best results from patients who join a team and compete with others in obstacles races and runs.

They train together, help each other through injuries, develop great friendships due to similar goals, and have short-term goals to succeed at the upcoming course.”

Start with something easy and do-able, Dr Kaloostian recommends:

“For those who are new to getting moving, our so-called ‘couch potatoes,’

I strongly recommend starting with a short low-intensity fast-paced walk, about 15 minutes daily after stretching of course, to get into the groove and see how good it feels to just get moving.

It would be dangerous to jump into an intense workout regimen which may result in injuries.”

Be realistic about goals, but try to stay optimistic, said Dr Kaloostian:

“Approach each day with gratitude and refresh your commitment to this goal each morning.

Try to avoid adding new projects to your to-do list as this may pull you away from your goal.”

Dr Carolyn Kaloostian is the clinical assistant professor of family medicine and geriatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

01/04/2019

Brannon S. La Force, LPC-S

[01/04/19]   New Men’s Group

I am pleased to announce the first session of The Forge to begin on Wednesday, January 23rd from 7 to 9 pm at our Uptown location. The group will meet for 12 consecutive weeks. The following outlines exactly what The Forge is and who it's for: When metal is exposed to intense flame, it is refined and purified. The flame enables the metal to be wielded into a useful and effective instrument. BSL & Associates offers a unique opportunity for men to be exposed to the flame of a forge to be effective and secure in their personal identities, relationships, and careers. The Forge seeks to assist men to secure their identity, ignite their passion, and embark on their purpose. This group meets weekly for 120 minutes for 12 weeks. The meetings include solid teaching, group therapy, and presentation by professionals in the community. BSL & Associates collaborates with area fitness trainers, nutritionists, weight loss experts, fashion/style consultants, anti-aging experts, dental professionals, chiropractors, massage therapists, estheticians, and financial planners, as well as individual coaching to address childhood issues, trauma/abuse, relationships, and addictions.

The cost for the group is $50 per session and your medical insurance may reimburse you for part of the cost. If you are interested in being a part of this group, please contact Alex at 214-666-8127 ext 2.

[10/29/18]   I am delighted to know of your interest in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group. As you may already know, this treatment approach was developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD to address the challenges of borderline personality disorder. For some time now, DBT has also shown great promise for those dealing with chronic depression and anxiety. I have been working with individuals with these issues for the last 20 years. I am committed to alleviating the very real suffering caused by these disorders and empowering individuals to manage their thoughts and emotions in spite of the pain. I have found DBT to be an effective arsenal of skills to address these challenges.

I invite you to join me beginning Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm to commence the next session of DBT Group. We will meet on the following dates from 6 to 7:30 pm:

11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24 and 1/31.

While Linehan recommends that one attend DBT for a minimum of one year, our group operates 12 weeks at a time. With this in mind, I ask that you commit to 12 weeks of meetings a time. We use a text called DBT Skills Training: Handouts and Worksheets, 2nd Edition by Marsha Linehan. You may obtain this workbook at Amazon.com. Please plan to bring the workbook to the first meeting.

The cost for the group is $50 per session. This includes the psycho-educational portion of the group as well as the group psychotherapy. The fee is due by the end of each meeting and you may place your credit card on file and it will be charged the following day after the meeting if you prefer. If you have health insurance, Alex, our Practice Manager, will file your claim on your behalf and any reimbursement will be sent to you directly from your insurance company. Please be advised that after the first meeting the weekly fee is due for all of the 12 sessions whether you attend or not.

Our group is limited to 10 members. If you would like to reserve your spot in the group, you will need to pay a $50 deposit (which will be applied to the first night's meeting). If you see another therapist besides me there will be some initial intake forms for you to complete along with an Release of Information so that I may collaborate with your individual therapist. Please know that you will need to be in individual therapy as well while you are in DBT group. You may see the therapist of your choice. Our 12th meeting will be on January 31, 2019

If you have questions, please reach out to Alex at 214.666.8127 ext 2 or [email protected]. I look forward to working with you and walking with you for this season of your journey.

Be well,

Brannon La Force

dshs.state.tx.us 08/28/2018

Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors Home Page

LPCi SUPERVISION

BSL & Associates provides supervision for licensed professional counselor interns in accordance with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/. Supervision is offered both one on one and in a group format. In addition to weekly supervision, the LPCi will be provided with office space, business cards, website exposure, referrals, and assistance in developing a private practice. If you are interested in LPCi supervision, please forward a letter of interest as well as a resume at [email protected]

dshs.state.tx.us The home page for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors at the Texas Department of State Health Services

[08/16/18]   Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group Offered in Three Locations in DFW by Brannon La Force, LPC-S & Associates

DBT is a treatment approach developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD to address the challenges of Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT has also shown great promise for those dealing with chronic depression and anxiety. This approach seeks to alleviate the very real suffering caused by these disorders and empower individuals to manage their thoughts and feelings in spite of the pain. These skills are often life changing.

Groups commence every 12 weeks and individuals may start the groups in August, November, February and May. The group meets 1 1/2 hours weekly and group members are encouraged to continue in individual therapy while in DBT. There are three locations to choose from: Uptown Dallas, Coppell and West Plano.
If you or someone you know is interested in participating, please contact the Group Coordinator, Alex Antonuik at 214-666-8127 ext 2 or [email protected]

07/17/2018

I am pleased to introduce our Ukrainian translator, Mary. She is a tremendous asset to our Team and brings so much more than translation skills to St Dymphna.

Mary Podvisnova is an English-Russian/Ukrainian translator with a Bachelor’s degree in English philology obtained from Ternopil Pedagogical University, Ukraine. Working as a translator for seven years, she had the opportunity to work with a variety of companies and private clients doing verbal and written translations in general in the medical, legal, finance and psychological fields. Her interest in psychology led her to cooperation with Brannon La Force and Associates.



Mary stated, “I’ve been able to take part in an incredible charity project. It feels great to be part of this project as I am really fond of volunteering and taking part in projects that help people. During my work I have learned several psychological techniques and had the opportunity to work with a brilliant psychotherapist, Tia Glenn-Honore’. Apart from this, I’ve also enjoyed seeing the progress our clients have made since I have been assisting with their treatment. I find the work greatly rewarding.”

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