Today I want to answer the question, “What is Evolution Mental Health Services?”.  There are two parts to that answer.  The first part is the name.  The second part is the process.  Here’s the first part.


Evolution Mental Health Services is just me.  It’s the name of my private practice.  I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), and I have a private practice in South Tulsa.  I call my private practice, Evolution Mental Health Services, or Evolution for short.  You might be wondering why I gave my private practice its own name instead of just using my actual name like a lot of therapists do.  There are three reasons for that.


First, my name is difficult for a lot of people.  My name is Greg Sutmiller.  A lot of people mess up that name, Sutmiller.  They mispronounce it.  They misspell it.  I wind up having to go over how it’s spelled and pronounced multiple times.  It’s just not a common name so a lot of people mess it up. It didn’t make a lot of sense to me to try to market a name that was going to be difficult for people.


Second, I wanted to give myself room for expansion.  Right now, Evolution Mental Health Services is just me.  However, someday it may be more than just me.  I would love to get to the point where I have more people coming to me than I can see and have to consider hiring another therapist.  If I were to expand and have other therapists working under my banner, it makes more sense to me to use an agency name and not my actual name.


Finally, I picked the name, Evolution Mental Health Services because that’s what I’m about as a therapist. My MO is personal growth.  I want my clients to become the best possible version of themselves.  Most people have an idealized version of themselves.  They can imagine this person they want to be under all the right circumstances.  I want to help my clients EVOLVE into that idealized version of themselves, hence the name, Evolution.  That brings me to what I really want to address.


Most of the time in therapy the focus is on a problem.  You are depressed.  Okay, let’s treat your depression.  You have an addiction.  Okay, let’s treat your addiction.  You have marriage problems.  Okay, lets treat your marriage problems.  I don’t want to just treat problems.  I want to treat the whole person. I don’t want to only focus on problems. I want to focus on goals and potential.


Most of the time, when someone is searching for a therapist, they have a specific problem in mind that they want to address.  I get that.  We will address your problems.  If you come in to see me and say, “I want help with my anxiety,” I’m not going to say, “Forget your anxiety.  Let’s look at all this other stuff.”  Of course not.  We have to address your anxiety because that’s part of helping you be the best you can possibly be.  I just don’t want to stop at your anxiety.


See, I have this theory. I believe if I’m working to be the best version of me I can be, I’m going to address my problems, but if I’m focusing on one singular problem, I’m going to slip in other areas.  For example, if I’m focusing on being the best at my job that I can possibly be, I may improve at my job, but I may also slip in other areas of my life.  My relationships may suffer.  I may neglect community responsibilities.  I may not take as good of care of my health as I should. Likewise, if I’m only focused on my relationship, other areas of my life will suffer.  And eventually what happens is those other areas of my life that are suffering will come back around and negatively impact my relationship. However, if I’m focusing on being the best me I can be, I will be a good husband and a good father and a good worker. I will take care of myself.  I’ll address all those things because they are all included in me being the best version of me.


That’s how I approach therapy and my clients.  That’s what’s behind the name, Evolution Mental Health Services.  I want to help you become who you want to be, that idealized version of yourself.  I want to help you evolve.