for children, adolescents, and adults
Individual therapy (sometimes referred to as counseling, psychotherapy, or talk therapy) is a process through which clients work with a trained and licensed mental health counselor one-on-one in a safe, caring, non-judgmental, and confidential environment. In the beginning, therapeutic goals are established and clients work towards those goals in order to better cope with their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, as well as, gaining insight and working towards desired changes.
Play Therapy & Expressive Therapies
for children and adolescents (and adults too)
Play therapy is a developmentally appropriate method used to help children communicate their feelings and emotions. Due to a child’s limited vocabulary and cognitive skills, children use toys to play out their feelings, wants and needs, and past experiences. Just as adults “talk” about their feelings and problems, children “play out” their feelings and problems to make sense of their world.
Other expressive (or non-verbal) forms of therapy include art therapy (using art materials to express emotions, including paints, clay, creating a collage, etc.) and sandtray therapy (creating stories in a sand tray from a therapeutic collection of miniatures).
Adults can benefit from expressive therapies as well; however, some adult may feel this type of work is too childish for them. However, when adults are able to let down their guard and explore their creative side, they are able to see the benefits and healing that come from expressive therapies.
Marriage/Couples Therapy & Family Therapy
for couples and families
Marriage/couples therapy is the process through which a couple seeks professional help to improve their relationship and/or address a relationship concern or conflict. Our couple’s counselors are either Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists or have had additional training in understanding couples work from a systemic approach, which means they understand that feelings/emotions, behaviors/actions, and communication patterns are all working together within a system, the couple’s relational system. In the beginning, therapeutic goals for the couple are established and the couple work together towards those goals in order to improve their relationship and help resolve their concerns.
Family therapy is the process through which two or more family members seek professional help to improve their relationship and/or address a relational concern or conflict. Families are viewed from a systemic approach, which means that feelings/emotions, behaviors/actions, and communication patterns are all working together within the system, the family’s relational system. Family therapy may consist of a parent(s) and child(ren), siblings, blended family members, extended family members, or any combination of family members. In the beginning, therapeutic goals for the family are established and the family members work together towards those goals in order to improve their relationships and help resolve their concerns.