Building Character

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
 - Henry David Thoreau

Overcoming Obstacles

It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
 - Washington Irving


 If you have a crisis, call the Crisis Center at 205-323-7782 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.

Your Therapist

Doris D. Wood, PhD, LPC, LMFT

Mailing address:
459 Main St.,
Suite 101-102
Trussville, AL 35173

Licensed Professional Counselor

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Alabama Counseling & Development: Services Offered

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Assisting Individuals, Couples, Families, Children, Groups, Businesses

Dr. Wood is available for limited speaking engagements on these and a variety of other topics for churches, schools and businesses.

Birmingham Alabama motivational speaker
          counselor“How to Manage Your Stress”

Most people know that too much stress is harmful, but they may not know how to manage it. This program helps people gain a better understanding of stress and provides participants an opportunity to develop a personal stress management plan that can help them protect themselves against distress.

“How to Be More Self-Confident”

Many people think confidence is something with which they are born, and that if they don’t feel confident, there is nothing they can do about it.  This isn’t true at all.  This program teaches participants what confidence is and how to develop more of it.

“The Art of Effective Communication”

Most of us have spent considerable time and expense developing our technical skills in order to succeed in the workplace. However, interpersonal skills have often been neglected and need some improvement. This program provides opportunity to learn (1) skills to overcoming barriers to communication, (2) how to convey empathy and acceptance, (3) how to listen, communicate assertively, give and receive constructive feedback, resolve conflicts, and manage anger constructively.

“Managing Anger”

Anger is a very misunderstood and misused emotion. Anger is usually a learned response to stressful situations.  This program teaches what anger is and what causes it.  Participants learn how to recognize what triggers their anger, how to respond to stress in constructive ways, and how to stop the “anger spiral” once it starts.

“How to Recover From Loss”

When we lose someone important to us through death or divorce, it affects most of us deeply, often in unexpected ways.  This program teaches about stages of the grief process, common misconceptions about grief and loss, and productive strategies for recovery. Participants also learn how to help someone who is grieving and how to recognize signs that someone needs extra help.

“Take Charge of Your Life:  Plan Your Best Year Yet!”

Managing the Emotional Challenges of Caregiving”

”Managing Conflict Creatively”

“I Have Everything I’ve Ever Dreamed Of: Why Am I Not Happy?”

“Skills For Making Your Marriage Richer”

“Parenting Your Teenager”

Workshops include mini-lectures, written exercises, and group discussions.