From childhood through late adulthood, there are certain times when people need help in addressing problems or issues which are causing significant distress for the individual, couple or family.
We can help you with identifying your problems and assist you in finding the best way to cope with your situation, all in a safe atmosphere of trust and respect.
After you attend your first appointment, your therapist will help design a treatment program that is just right for you. We are trained to provide evaluation, counseling and psychotherapy with children, teens, adults, couples and families. If other services are needed beyond what we provide (e.g., medication, psycho-educational testing, more intensive substance abuse treatment, etc.), we are able to refer to and work in coordination with other appropriate health professionals in the area.
The decision to seek counseling is an important step. Too often, people do not get help because they feel guilt, shame or embarrassment. By choosing counseling, you have made a choice to feel better and to improve your life The FIRST STEP is to call for an initial appointment.
We will be happy to discuss our experience and qualifications, or any other questions you might have at that time.
Individual Counseling is recommended when problems affect an individual and his/her feelings, thoughts and behaviors. People meet one-on-one with the counselor in a safe, confidential and professional atmosphere in which problem area are identified and goals for change are established. Some common problems that people come to individual therapy for include anxiety, depression, anger, phobias, grief, sexual issues and personal growth - But there are also many other reasons people seek individual counseling.
Couples counseling, marriage counseling, and marital therapy all refer to the same basic process. Couples counseling helps with problems existing in the relationship between two people, but can often involve some focus on individual symptoms and problems as well. Your therapist will help you and your partner identify the conflict issues within your relationship, and then decide on the changes needed to feel more satisfied with the relationship.
We also offer Couples Co-Therapy. Each person has their own therapist to work with between couples sessions, and then both therapists meet with the couple together. This approach is often very effective when a couple has been arguing for a long period, or complicated situations such as when an affair has been disclosed.
In many cases, an issue affecting one family member also affects the rest of the family. With family counseling, family members work with the therapist in learning how to get along better as they also resolve conflicts and misunderstandings. Improved ways of communicating and problem-solving can be explored and practiced, and a spirit of cooperation and teamwork is encouraged.
Usually geared toward children – but also appropriate for the developmentally disabled, play therapy uses a variety of activities such as painting, drawing, games, or role-playing to establish communication and rapport with the therapist as well as resolve problems. Play allows the child to express emotions and problems that could be too difficult for a child to put into words or discuss with an adult directly.
In group counseling, people come to discuss their problems together and a trained counselor guides the sessions. Members in the group often share the same problem, but not always. The group session provides a place where people can confide with others who understand their struggles, and can gain strength in knowing that they are not alone with their problems. Members learn how their views of themselves shape the way others see them, along with better ways of thinking and behaving. Group counseling is useful for a variety of problems including but not limited to depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and abuse survivor issues. Check with one of our therapists to see what groups are currently available.
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