Counseling is a collaborative relationship between the counselor and the client. Counselors or therapists assist clients in identifying goals, possible solutions, coping skills, and more. A counselor’s goal is to support clients who may be experiencing emotional and/or mental concerns. Areas of exploration may include improving communication and relational skills, strengthening self-esteem, and improving overall wellness. Usually, counseling is terminated when the goals established have become more manageable or are resolved.
Individual counseling is an opportunity to receive support and explore more difficult and uncertain times in one’s life. The areas of exploration include childhood trauma, anger, depression, anxiety, parenting problems, school difficulties, career changes, and more.
Marriage, Family, and Couple Therapy
Marriage, Family, and Couple Therapy address the behaviors of all family members and the way these behaviors affect not only individual family members but also relationships between members and the family unit. Family and couple counseling can be done with one person but can be more helpful with multiple members of the family. This form of therapy can focus on communication, coping skills, and problem-solving, as well as ways to build trust and strengthen healthy relationships in a family system in the areas of separation or divorce, parent and child conflict, alcohol, and drug abuse, depression, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, financial difficulties, grief, behavior problems in children such as self-harm, life transitions such as job loss, and difficulties with eldercare. Individual struggles can and oftentimes do affect the family and/or couple.
In couple or marriage counseling, the therapist will begin by meeting with both partners, then with everyone. In family therapy, the therapist will also begin by meeting with the entire family and then, if appropriate, meet separately with individual family members.
Group Therapy (COMING SOON!)
Group therapy is a gathering of people, often dealing with similar issues, who meet regularly under the leadership of trained therapists. Many groups are designed to target a specific problem, such as depression, obesity, panic disorder, social anxiety, chronic pain, or substance abuse. Other groups focus more generally on improving social skills and helping people deal with a range of issues such as anger, social skills, loneliness, and low self-esteem.
Groups typically consist of anywhere from five to 15 people led by one or two therapists and meet for an hour or two each week. Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits such as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help one come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge.
Groups might meet for several months or even longer, depending on the circumstances. A group can be open, where new members can join at any time, or closed, where all members start at the same time.
Groups help people learn how to relate to themselves and others in healthier ways. habits. Groups can also act as a safety net that allows members to go out and practice what they’ve learned, knowing they can come back the following week to the support of their peers.
Psychoeducational Workshops and Groups (COMING SOON!)
A psychoeducational group is an educational group therapy conducted by a mental health professional that educates clients and allow clients to share their concerns and struggles. The use of information in psychoeducational group helps to make the group not only a safe place for clients to process their feelings and struggles, but it adds a educational component. Some of the material used in a psychoeducational group include sheets with statistical information, videos, handouts, books, curriculum and even guest speakers.
Psychoeducational groups help the counselor have a topic with an agenda including activities. These groups are particularly valuable because they can provide resources that may aid in information relevant to mental wellness concerns the client may be experiencing such as depression, stress management, social anxiety, and more.
Psychoeducational groups focus on sharing information on a particular topic and/or teaching skills to the clients in the group. The members of the group are all working and/or healing from the same concern. This common experience helps the group members to connect and support each other in the group. In psychoeducational groups, the counselor has the role of an instructor and therapist. The therapist has a more active role in the therapeutic process which includes not only providing a topic for each group but having supplementary materials to educate, show examples and engage the clients in a supportive, therapeutic, and educational manner.
Counselors have the ability to share their knowledge and expertise in diverse settings and in various areas related to mental wellness such as self-care, mental health and diagnoses, suicide prevention, stress management, and more. Our competent counselor is available to speak at your next event.