Individual and Family Counseling

Individual and family counseling utilizes the following services to treat a variety of issues including Relationship issues, Family functioning issues, Trauma, Academic issues, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and more: 

  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

I love to be outside, and if you’re OK with it, I am happy to take our sessions outside. Walking during sessions is a great way to sneak a little bit of exercise into our busy lives! In addition, this low-pressure style can be a fantastic way to start with folks who aren’t so sure about sitting face to face with someone for an hour (almost all teens, for starters).

Individual and family counseling always begins with an intake session, which is a 60 minute meeting where symptoms are discussed and a treatment plan is formed.

Individual counseling session are 45 minute individual counseling meetings and are for kids, teens, and/or adults. Parents, please note that I do expect you to be involved in your child’s treatment!

A family counseling session lasts 60 minute session and is used for 2 or more individuals when the focus of treatment is intended to address issues relating to family functioning.

Definitions and more info about types of therapy utilized:

Solution Focused Brief Therapy= a goal-directed, collaborative approach that is conducted through direct observation of clients’ responses to a series of precisely constructed questions. SFBT focuses on addressing what clients want to achieve without exploring the history and provenance of problem(s). SF therapy sessions typically focus on the present and future, focusing on the past only to the degree necessary for communicating empathy and accurate understanding of the client’s concerns. Basically, SFBT helps individuals wanting change by focusing on their strengths and goals. 

Play Therapy= a therapeutic approach using a variety of toys and games aimed at helping children express/communicate their feelings. Play is the language of childhood!

Cognitive Processing Therapy= one evidence based type of trauma-focused psychotherapy for adults, CPT teaches you how to evaluate and change the upsetting thoughts you have had since your traumatic event/s. By changing your thoughts, you can change how you feel, which changes how you act and react!

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy= an evidence based trauma focused therapy for ages 3-18, TF-CPT teaches youth and their caregivers how to navigate and recover from the effects of trauma. 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)= Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy was initially developed in 1987 for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). EMDR treatment considers symptoms of PTSD and other disorders (unless physically or chemically based) to result from past disturbing experiences that continue to cause distress because the memory was not adequately processed. Unlike other treatments that focus on directly altering the emotions, thoughts and responses resulting from traumatic experiences, EMDR therapy focuses directly on the memory, and is intended to change the way that the memory is stored in the brain, thus reducing and eliminating the problematic symptoms. While clients briefly focus on the trauma memory and simultaneously experience bilateral stimulation (BLS), the vividness and emotion of the memory are reduced.

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