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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Happy Wednesday!

Star Point Counseling would like to wish everyone a happy Wednesday! We hope the rest of your week is fast and furious!! But, don’t forget to live life by the moment. Often times we wait for the weekend to enjoy our lives. It may be important, however to look at how much you learn and grow from your every day interactions with others. Whether its at the workplace, in a doctor’s office, or at the grocery store. Every moment is an opportunity to become more aware of yourself and others, which can help to provide you with a more fulfilled day. And, in turn, a more fulfilled life.

Have a great day everyone!


There always comes a time when you realize that there are things that need to be done, changed, or kept the same.  Remember those new year’s resolutions?  Whether it is to lose weight, get a new job or car, or to simply be happy, we all have those goals that we end up fulfilling… or in worse cases, not fulfilling.

We all have to admit, sometimes life gets in the way and we tend to forget about our resolutions, but we must take time to actually reflect on ourselves (the right way) and realize our resolutions/goals.

Here are some simple steps to follow in order to be successful in putting action towards your goals:

  • First, ask yourself questions.

For example, if you are unhappy at your current job, ask yourself, ‘how can you be happy at your job?’  Asking yourself ‘how’ as opposed to ‘why’ questions can be effective in figuring out what steps to take in order to answer that question.

  • Next, be truthful to yourself and make a decision that you can stick to.

Once you have found what you can realistically do to fulfilling your resolution, you are on step closer to a happier you.

  • Commit.

You have all heard that phrase – ‘action speaks louder than words.’  Reflecting on yourself can be moot if you just recognize what is wrong with your life without doing anything about it… what you need to do is commit to a plan and put your plan into action.  It may all seem hard to do, but when you put your mind to it, everything just falls into place.

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Hope everyone had a great fourth of July!  As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to email us!

Are You Living A Balanced Life?

Clarissa Crystal-Belle, LMHC works with couples, families and individuals counseling in both Brandon, Florida and Tampa, Florida,  at the Star Point Counseling Center, helping improve the quality of their daily life experience.  She refers to the following five aspects of being:

  • Spiritual
  • Personal
  • Family/Social
  • Educational/Occupational
  • Recreational

She explains that by allowing deficits in one or more of the five aspects, all other aspects of being are compromised. Simply put, if you are not connected and fulfilled spiritually you will not be content. If you do not nurture, tender, and discipline yourself, on a personal level, you will have little to give in any relationship. If you are starving spiritually, personally, and interpersonally, you will have less of yourself to apply in the workplace, and, if you do not refresh yourself in healthy ways, you will compromise the quality of your life in every other aspect of being.

Clarissa contends that one of the biggest obstacles to sustainging a meaningful relationship with a loved one is stress. She points out that stress is more of a state of mind than a testament of circumstances. She has said,

“When people put too much emphasis on the getting and keeping of things and not enough on raising their consciousness of all that they have received and everyting they have yet to give, it stresses them out.”

Stress also comes from lamenting too much about the time it took and all that occurred to get them there, without balancing that with an appreciation or meaningful plans for the time they have left.