Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is Useful for: Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders, phobias.

Based on the idea that we can make permanent changes in the way we behave by shifting our negative patterns of thinking, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT for short) is short-term and goal-oriented. The therapist and patient work together to identify the behaviors the patient wants to change and then come up with an action plan to do so.

What to Expect: Sessions are structured and the relationship with the therapist can be more “business-like” than in other kinds of therapy. In other words, the patient and therapist will work together to identify and change problematic patterns of thinking and behaving. The patient is given “homework,” which consists of keeping a record of his or her thoughts, feelings, and behaviors between sessions. At Starpoint Counseling Center, we have licensed and trained therapist that will work with you.

Term of Treatment: Four to seven months, with meetings every one to three weeks. Call or text us at Starpoint Counseling Center (813) 244-1251, to schedule your appointment.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine for Mind and Body!


Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.


Physical Health Benefits:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease

Mental Health Benefits:

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience

Social Benefits:

  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding

“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.” -Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.


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Signs of Verbal Abuse


How do you know if you are in a verbally abusive relationship?

Another name for verbal abuse is emotional abuse. Emotional abuse is defined as a form of abuse characterized by a person subjecting or exposing another to behavior that may result in psychological trauma, including anxiety, chronic depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Imagine a situation where a person yells at you, calls you names, and embarrasses you in front of others. That is emotional abuse. It depletes your self-esteem, and can often make you feel like you are crazy.

In the beginning stages of a relationship, the “courting stage,” it is really hard to identify signs of emotional abuse. Things are really good at that period. However, experts say one red flag is a person’s desire to get serious too soon. This is known as an attempt at control masked as romantic love.

Telltale signs of emotional abuse you can look for in your relationship:

  1. You feel worse after disagreements
  2. He calls his ex “crazy” for her allegations
  3. You don’t feel free to spend time with the people and pursuits you love
  4. You feel like you’re dating Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  5. He threatens to kill himself, you, your child, or the pet if you leave

Emotional abuse is common (1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence). It happens to males too. If you have experienced emotional abuse, it is important to realize it was not your fault. You can get out, and you can get help.

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Mood Boosters!!!

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Update from SAMSHA- Community Conversations


What do you know about mental health? Is the information factual, accurate, or strictly based on opinion? Have you experienced trouble in your life from a personal mental health disorder, or known someone who has? What are your ideas about counseling, and medication for mental health disorders?

These are all questions that can be used to help guide and promote community conversations about mental health. Without accurate information, first hand accounts, and a realization of a problem, mental health issues would not be discussed. Do you want to know how to start and maintain these important talks? Check out this information posted from SAMSHA on the importance of community conversations about mental health:

For your mental health needs in Brandon and Tampa, call Star Point Counseling at 813-244-1251 to make an appointment. We have several registered and licensed counselors dedicated to helping you live the life you know that you deserve!

National Childrens Mental Health Awareness Week


On top of May being named National Mental Health Awareness Month, the week of May 5th through May 11th is National Childrens Mental Health Awareness Week. Millions of American children suffer from Mental Health Disorders that include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Anxiety, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Autism, Bipolar Disorder, and even Schizophrenia, just to name a few.These disorders are sometimes even co-occuring, where more than one exists within a given child. These illnesses are real and effect children in many aspects of life from school, to home, to recreational activities. The Center for Disease Control, or CDC, estimates that somewhere between 3% to 7% of children who are of school age suffer from ADHD, but recent studies are suggesting even higher amounts in the range of 5% to 15%. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that about 11% of the population of kids age 13-18 have experienced Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and/or Dysthymic Disorder.

With these astounding statistics it is important that at least a week of the year be set aside for awareness of these serious issues. Environment, parenting deficits, and lack of knowledge may also be factors that perpetuate and exacerbate some of these issues. Without knowledge of how to handle a child with a mental health issues, parents, caretakers, and the community could be adding to the problem, even with their good intentions. It is extremely important that we all make ourselves more prepared to handle and help children with mental health disorders, as well as other children who are having a hard time coping with life in general. For additional information please click the link below

Power Struggles in Relationships

Often times couples come to therapy with the notion that their problems can be fixed by the therapist telling them what to do. Sometimes people ask for these all important “tools” that will magically save the relationship from the downward spiral it is taking. Arguments ensue over when something happened, or even how a conversation went down providing a power struggle that MUST include “someone winning and someone giving up” (note the quotations as a sign of sarcasm*). Is this really true, however? Do all struggles and conflict have to end with one person holding the proclaimed whip?

According to author Peter Granger, the power struggle does not have to end with an unhealthy argument where we are expecting to take from the other person. But rather this conflict can be seen as an opportunity for the couple to learn and grow. Is having your way really the most important thing? Or, can we look at giving what we may not be receiving?

Want to learn more? Call Star Point Counseling for an appointment today and learn how you can enhance your romantic relationship. 813-244-1251 We have two convenient locations to better help you in Brandon and Tampa Fl.

Meet Our Clinical Director!

Here is a little information about our Clinical Director and Co-founder Clarissa Crystal-Belle.
Clarissa Crystal-Belle Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), is co-founder and the Executive Clinical Director at Star Point Counseling Center. She has over 20 years of clinical therapy experience and has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) since 1997.

Clarissa has extensive experience providing counseling and therapy for children, teens, individuals, couples and families. She has helped many people with issues of depression, stress, anxiety, relationships, marriage and family dynamic issues, separation and divorce, grief and loss, parenting skills, PTSD, repeated negative behavior as well as addictions. Please visit our website for more information at

What is Counseling Anyway?

What is counseling? Well, several sources can be used to come up with a comprehensive definition for the term. Many believe that counseling is somewhere to “talk about your feelings,” or even a safe place to resolve conflict with a significant other. What people may not know is that counseling is more about developing a relationship with someone who can motivate and facilitate change while challenging some of the irrational thinking patterns that may be negatively affecting a person’s life. It takes a great deal of work, and if done correctly, can help bring about a lasting change. Self awareness is really the key to changing some of the challenging behavioral patterns that we so easily get into. The goal of counseling is ultimately to improve the quality of your daily life. With the right insight, and the appropriate tools in place, you too can live the life that you deserve.
Star Point Counseling Center offers two convenient locations to better serve you, one in Tampa and one in Brandon. We have several qualified and licensed staff members here to help. Call Sam to make an appointment today! 813-244-1251

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New Years Resolutions

What is your New Year’s Resolution? Perhaps you have committed to eating better, or maybe you have purchased a gym membership. Like most of the country your New Year’s resolution may be revolved around physical health, but what about your emotional health? The American Psychological Association reports that most people, including children, are currently living with moderate to high stress levels. While exercising and healthy eating habits can help reduce the negative effects of stress on the body, external stressors still exist. Bills still need to be paid, and family, work, and other responsibilities still need your time. Counseling can help you deal with the stresses of every day life, and may empower you to enjoy your life in the now. The mind/body/spirit connection is important when working on the self, so this new year do not forget to attend to your emotional needs as well so that you can have an overall fulfilling life!

Call Star Point Counseling today to make an appointment 813-244-1251. We have two convenient locations, in Tampa and Brandon, and experienced therapists to help you to have the life you deserve!