C.H.O.I.C.E. Counseling Services was originally founded in 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia by Duane Williams, MA, LPC-S. C.H.O.I.C.E. was afforded a contract by the Georgia Association of Homes and Services for Children (GAHSC) to provide comprehensive, client-focused counseling services. C.H.O.I.C.E. offered various services including community-based individual, family, and group counseling as well as completed comprehensive child and family assessments for children and families affiliated with foster care system via the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Mr. Williams relocated the business to Shreveport, Louisiana in 2011.
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Duane Williams, MA, LPC-S
Duane Williams, MA, LPC-S has more than fifteen years of experience counseling individuals, couples, and families. Mr. Williams is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. He is a graduate of C.E. Byrd High School. Upon his graduation, Mr. Williams enlisted into the United States Army where he completed two years of active duty. After obtaining an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Mr. Williams enlisted in the United States Army National Guard where he completed an additional eight years of service to his country.
Mr. Williams attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana also while enlisted in the U.S. National Army Guard. He graduated from Northwestern State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. After graduation, he enrolled in Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. He obtained a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance at Louisiana Tech University and eventually completed all requirement by the Louisiana LPC Board of Examiners to become a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor.
Serving Clients in Various Settings
Mr. Williams’ counseling experience afforded him the opportunity to service clients in a variety of settings, from adolescent group homes to an adult correctional facility and a vocational training program for adolescents and young adults. His experience encompasses community-based social services, foster care, and mental health rehabilitation.
He did assessments for the DCFS, including comprehensive children and family assessments (CCFA) as well as substance abuse, domestic violence, and psychosocial assessments. He also provided other services for the DCFS through the GAHSC contract, such as individual and family counseling, parenting skills, domestic violence, drug screening, home evaluations, paternity testing, and supervision of family visitation.
Mr. Williams possesses an empathetic understanding of the emotional and developmental needs of individuals and families. Committed to uplifting and empowering individuals and families, he uses an eclectic, innovative, and evidence-based therapeutic approach to support clients as they pursue self-sufficiency, self-confidence, and enhanced functionality.
His client-centered approach increases his clients’ pursuit of self-actualization. He emphasizes genuineness, unconditional positive regard, and empathetic understanding. His clients learn to adjust their self-concept to achieve congruence and a more realistic view of themselves and the world.
Mr. Williams uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients understand how their thoughts and feelings influence their behaviors. Through CBT, clients are encouraged to identify and change destructive or disturbing thoughts that negatively influence behavior and emotions.
In addition, he encourages alternative thinking patterns appropriate choices and application to enhance, rebuild, and restore lives and relationships.