Individual & Family Counseling

Counseling is a process that can help people identify effective strategies to cope with difficult situations and to achieve their goals. In this process, you can learn about yourself, your feelings, and your relationships with others. Whether you and your family are struggling with chronic emotional problems or you simply need to talk to someone about temporary difficulties, counseling may be right for you. Clinical counseling is based on collaboration between you and your counselor in a supportive and confidential environment.

Our therapists are licensed counselors and Master level counseling students who work under the supervision of a licensed counselor. Depending on your needs, we can offer brief counseling consisting of as few as three to five sessions, or we can provide long-term counseling that will last anywhere from several months to several years.

The sessions are typically scheduled once a week and last 45-60 minutes.

Our professional therapists provide quality services and programs to people of all backgrounds. Our passion is to help individuals, couples and/or families with an array of situations, such as (but not limited to):

  • family issues, parent-child conflicts, marital problems
  • child/teen behavioral problems, school-related issues
  • interpersonal relationships, mediation
  • divorce and remarriage, blended families
  • depression, anxiety, anger management
  • addictions, PTSD, eating disorders

Do I Really Need Therapy? I Can Usually Handle My Problems.

You may find yourself in a place where you want help processing life’s challenges or relating in emotionally healthy ways. We utilize a relational approach which helps clients learn the skills needed to focus for building healthy relationships. Together, we will work on approaching all of life with mindfulness and self-empowerment. We can help you work on changing the things you can and embrace your life with freedom and confidence!

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

How Do I Know If Counseling Is Right For Me?

People have many different motivations for pursuing counseling. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.

What Is Therapy Like?

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.

Does What We Talk About In Therapy Remain Confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and therapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.

State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which we are required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, we must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, we will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, we will take further measures without their permission that are provided to us by law in order to ensure their safety.

Alcohol And Drug Use

We partner with individuals who want to explore the impact their use of alcohol and drugs is having on their lives and their relationships. Are you facing legal charges due to alcohol and drug use? If so, you may be asked to complete an alcohol or drug assessment. Learn more about how we can help in this area.

Disclaimer

The material contained on this website is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute care, treatment or other professional advice.

Due to the general nature of the information on this site, should you require specific help, you should seek the assistance of an appropriately trained professional.