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Want To Know More About Counseling?
According to the American Counseling Association (2019), "Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health."
Individual counseling occurs in a 1 to 1 setting during a challenging time in life. Individual counseling can you deal with any number of personal problems.
Every relationship has highs and lows. Issues can be relatively mild (i.e. feeling like your relationship is not growing) or serious (i.e. aggressive behavior or affairs). Couples counseling can help couples resolve conflicts, heal wounds, and grow in the relationship.
Family counseling is often when some form of stress affects family functioning, structure, or communication. Family counseling may look very different from session to session. Sometimes, the entire family may attend together for several sessions and other times, individual members may attend alone. Common issues addressed in family counseling include parenting issues, sibling issues, loss or addition of new family members, or other major changes that impact the family system.
Group counseling involves a group of peers who are struggling with similar issues to work together under the direction of a skilled practitioner. One of the biggest advantages to group counseling is feeling like you are not alone.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What kinds of counseling are available?
A: We have several counselors available, each with different strengths, expertise, and training. We accept clients between the ages of 2.5 and 90 for a wide variety of issues. We have practitioners trained in play therapy, TBRI, EMDR, solution focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-informed therapy, group therapy, marriage and family therapy, and more. We offer individual counseling, group counseling, child counseling, adult counseling, marriage counseling, family counseling, and much more.
Q: What issues can you treat?
A: Some of the areas we can help include:
-ADHD counseling for children
-Grief and loss
-End of life issues
Q: How does counseling work?
A: Counseling involves more than just "talking." It works because the counselor is able to stay present with the client (emotionally and physically) regardless of how "shocking" the subject matter is. A counselor does not judge. The goal is to help the client figure out how and why he or she came to the place of needing help, not to shame the client for it. Counselors know how to listen with understanding, experience emotion with you without being overwhelmed by it, and have the education to help the client develop tools for whatever their current circumstance is.
Q: Will the counselor tell anyone what we talk about?
A: No. The client can speak freely in the session and expect that the information will remain confidential. There are a few exceptions to this:
-If you are a danger to yourself
-If you are danger to others
-If you are involved in the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a child
-If I am given a court order
Q: How is counseling better than talking to friend or family?
A: The counseling relationship is different from relationships with friends. Many times, with good intentions, friends and family give advice geared toward stopping pain or "fixing" you. Friends and family aren’t always able to offer objective perspectives. Counseling offers a judgement-free setting with an objective person who is well-trained to help you develop appropriate solutions and identify barriers preventing you from moving forward when you get stuck.
Q: What kind of advice should I expect when seeing a counselor?
A: A counselor’s role is not to give advice. A counselor's role is to assist the client in finding solutions that fit their circumstances based on available resources.
Q: Can I text my counselor when I’m having struggles after session?
A: Technology provides a convenient and easy means for connecting. However, due to the nature of counseling and HIPPA requirements the practice of using text messaging can put the client and counselor at risk. Professional boundaries should be expected and practiced when managing communication using technology to protect the client’s privacy and the maintain ethical professional boundaries. If you have an emergency, please call 911 or go to the local emergency room.
Q: Will you testify in court?
A: We do not accept counseling clients when the purpose of counseling is for your counselor to appear in court. Our counselors do not make custody recommendations.
Q: Can I bring my service animal?
A: Service animals are welcome at any time. They must be under your control and up to date on vaccinations and flea/pest treatments.
Q: Can I bring my emotional support animal?
A: Emotional support animals (ESA) do not have the same protections as a service animal. Your ESA is welcome with letter from a licensed medical or mental health professional showing that the animal is necessary. As with a service animal, they must be under your control and up to date on vaccinations and flea/pest treatments.
Q: What is Play Therapy?
A: Play Therapy is a method of counseling in which play is used to help children (ages 2.5 - 11) express and communicate their feelings. A specially trained practitioner will help the child develop a set of skills including self-direction, self-regulation, frustration tolerance, and self-efficacy. Play Therapy also helps a child develop emotional language so they can use words to communicate rather than "acting out."
Q: What is Person-Centered Therapy?
A: Person-Centered Therapy follows the belief that people have experiences in their life that do not match up with their values and beliefs about themselves and the world around them. When people are allowed to work through their experiences and how they have affected them in a non-judgmental environment, they are able to experience peace within themselves and with those around them. The person-centered therapist helps individuals identify events or themes in their lives that lead to feelings of conflict within themselves and with those around them. By working through the associated emotions, a person gains understanding and acceptance of themselves.
Q: What is Solution Focused Brief Therapy?
A: The goal of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) focuses on the present and on setting goals for the future rather than on the past. SFBT encourages the client to look beyond their current conflict or past failures. Through a series of questions and conversations with the therapist, clients recognize their personal strengths as well as coping skills that are working well for them. Therapists also encourage clients to think about “exceptions to the rule” when discussing current hardships in order to focus on the positive moments, even if they are few and far between. This therapy approach assumes that clients are the experts on their own lives, and the therapist helps them implement tools and put together a plan to accomplish their goals.
Q: What is Marriage and Family Therapy?
A: Marriage and family therapy engages all the members of a family system, whether it be a blended family, foster/adoptive family, nuclear family, or single-parent family. Everyone in a family contributes to the functioning of the system as a whole. The therapist will typically work with each individual as well as the entire family to address dysfunctional relationship patterns, learn more effective methods of communication, and develop healthy roles and boundaries within the family.
Q: What is Freedom Ministry?
A: Freedom Ministry is similar to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in that it targets core beliefs/automatic thoughts that are formed out of our personal experiences, but it also adds a spiritual component. A safe, peaceful environment is created in the therapy session that is conducive to hearing God speak, and the client is guided through a series of questions to ask as they feel God’s presence with them. The goal is to hear God’s truth about negative experiences in our lives to which we have attributed meaning or around which we have built defense mechanisms that are no longer helpful to us. We then have a new perspective and understanding of what happened to us based on God’s truth that can be used moving forward in future experiences and relationships.
Q: What is Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®)?
A: TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.
Q: What is EMDR?
A: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a therapeutic treatment approach which uses bilateral stimulation. The therapist guides a client through eye movements, tones, or taps. EMDR considers a person’s physical and and emotional states. EMDR is focused on the present, specifically the way past events impact a person's physical and emotional states in the present moment.