COUNSELING FOR ADULTS, CHILDREN, TEENS, AND COUPLES

In individual therapy you work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, accepting, and confidential environment to identify aspects of your life you would like to change. Individual therapy can help you gain a better understanding of yourself and whatever issue led you to seek help. One thing is for sure; you are not crazy, or broken. There is nothing inherently wrong with you. Life can be hard, things change, trauma happens. Therapy can help you work through issues to difficult to face alone.

With your therapist's help and support you will set personal goals, and work toward desired change. Benefits of therapy are often a greater sense of well-being, increased positive feelings, such as compassion and self-esteem, skills for handling difficult situations, making healthy decisions, healthier relationships, and reaching personal goals. Overall, you will likely have a greater sense of empowerment by having more control over your life and emotions.

Typically, counseling sessions are held once a week, with each session lasting about an hour. You and your counselor will determine what will work best for you. How long you engage in counseling really depends on your unique needs and personal goals for therapy.

Common Reasons to Seek Individual Therapy

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Life Transitions
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Addictions
  • Bi-polar
  • Marital or Family Stress
  • Self-Esteem
  • Childhood neglect or abuse.
  • Adult neglect or abuse.
  • PTSD
  • Workplace Stress
  • Spiritual Issues
  • LGBQT+ Issues
  • Parenting

Couple's therapy focuses on helping two people involved in a romantic relationship gain insight into their relationship, resolve conflict, and improve relationship satisfaction. Sessions are designed to help couple's gain insight into the qualities of a healthy relationship, improve problem solving, build communication skills, and identify life goals and relationship responsibilities. Other common issues may include infidelity, financial problems, illness, other life changes, and anger. While the focus of couple's counseling tends to be on the relationship, at times sessions may need to focus on the issues of one, or both, individuals in the relationship. Some issues that couple's present with such as abuse, domestic violence, emotional neglect, and personality disorders may necessitate a recommendation for individual counseling. Your couple's therapist can help you decide if this maybe beneficial.

During your time in couples therapy, your therapist will help you and your partner gain insight into the relational dynamics maintaining the problem, while helping both partners understand each of their roles in the dysfunctional interactions. Although gaining insight is important, another crucial aspect of couples therapy involves actually changing behaviors and ways of interacting with each other.

Most couples can come away from couples therapy having gained insight into relational patterns, increased emotional expression and developed the skills necessary to communicate and problem-solve with their partners more effectively.

Common Reasons to Seek Couple's Counseling

  • Relationship Stress
  • Poor Communication
  • Conflict
  • Parenting
  • Intimacy Issues
  • Financial Stress
  • Medical Issues
  • Blended Families
  • Work/Home Balance
  • Roles
  • Infidelity
  • Adjustment
  • Phase of Life Stresses
  • Family of Origin Stress

Common Reasons to Seek Counseling for Children

  • Changes in Family
  • Stress
  • Academic Problems
  • Social Problems
  • Bullying
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Self-Harming
  • Medical Issues
  • Anger
  • OCD/Phobias
  • Perfectionism
  • Suicidal Ideation

Seeking therapy for your child is brave. It does not mean that you have failed as a parent; it means that you are wise know that sometimes you just need a little help doing what is best for your child. Play therapy is a well researched, and evidence based therapeutic approach used with children ages 3 to 12 to help them explore their lives, and freely express thoughts and emotions through play. Play therapy responds to the unique developmental needs of young children, who often express themselves better through play and other activities than through verbal communication. The therapist uses play and other creative activities to communicate with the child and observe how the child uses these activities to express thoughts and feelings that are not expressed in words.

Therapeutic play takes place in a safe, comfortable playroom. Therapeutic play helps children with social or emotional deficits learn to communicate better, change their behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and relate to others in positive ways. It is appropriate for children undergoing or witnessing stressful events in their lives, such as a serious illness or hospitalization, domestic violence abuse, trauma, a family crisis, or an upsetting change in their environment. Play therapy can also help children who experience academic and social problems, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, anxiety, depression, grief, or anger, as well as those with attention deficit disorders or who are on the autism spectrum.

Common Reasons to Seek Counseling for Teens

  • Changes in Family
  • Stress
  • Academic Problems
  • Social Problems
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Self-Harming
  • Body Images
  • Addictions
  • Anger
  • OCD/Phobias
  • Medical Issues
  • Perfectionism
  • Suicidal Ideation

Teens face real concerns and real struggles on a daily basis. Some of these concerns and struggles are normal but for some teens they can be overwhelming. The time between ages 13 and 19 years of age are ones of rapid change; both internally and externally. They go through, and are expected to cope with hormonal changes, puberty, social and parental forces, work and school, social media, societal unrest, pressure to make decisions about college, careers, and futures, and so on. They have a lot to manage, but few skills to manage them with. Counseling can help your teen develop the skills needed to navigate this challenging time in healthy and meaningful ways.

While adults may believe that what their teen is experience is normal, temporary, and something that will pass; but it is real to them. It's normal for teens to be moody or have changes in behavior. Here are some signs that your teen may benefit from counseling: increased risk taking behavior, notable changes from their normal "self", increased anger, irritability, or defiance. Changes in eating habit, sleep patterns, grades, or social contacts. Self-harming behavior such as cutting, or making statements about death or dying.

Not everything that is hard is traumatic, but everything that is traumatic is hard. More than hard; sometimes unbearable. Trauma is different than the normal difficulties or challenges we experience in life. Trauma overwhelms our natural abilities to heal and move past a difficult event. Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of a stressful event, or multiple stressful events, that shatter our sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety (your own or someone you love), but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can result in trauma, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective circumstances that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized. Emotional and psychological trauma can be caused by one-time events, ongoing relentless stress, medical conditions or procedures, loss of jobs, natural disasters, chronic exposure to violence, physical harm, or death.

Traumatic experiences change our brain and is stored in the body, which is why we get emotionally overwhelmed and have difficulty coping. The good news is that trauma can be healed. It does not have to be a life long sentence. The bad news is that it does not tend to go away on it's own, it isn't something that we just get over, or something that we out age. If you have experienced a trauma, it is important that you get help.

There are several effective approaches to treating trauma. Some of them are:

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Brainspotting
  • Somatic Processing



More information on trauma approaches can be found here:

https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/trauma/what-is-trauma-therapy-and-how-does-it-work

Common Traumatic Experiences

  • Childhood trauma
  • Childhood neglect
  • Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Medical Procedures
  • Life Threatening Illnesses
  • Natural Disaster
  • Accidents
  • Divorce or Infidelity
  • Survivor of someone who dies from suicide
  • Loss of home
  • Financial devastation
  • Prolonged exposure to violence or death
  • Death of a loved one
  • Birthing experience where mother or child were in danger