Personal and Family Counseling

Personal Counseling (adults, teens, and deaf children )

Individuals come into counseling when they are having difficulties with life, relationships, or health. Issues such as depression, anxiety, a new medical diagnosis, upcoming surgery, death of a loved one, can interfere in ones usual life experiences. Personal and Family CounselingPeople also come to expand their personal growth and self-awareness. Once they feel comfortable with the counselor/therapist they can talk, explore, and learn new skills. Often people come to counseling with concerns about how previous experiences, traumas, or abuses (sexual, physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental) affect them (e.g. depression, suicidal thinking, cutting, eating disorders, relationships, behavior problems, etc.). By looking at these concerns from different perspectives and processing the emotions each client can resolve conflicts and heal. At the same time, the client learns and practices communication, confidence, analytical, and assertiveness skills, which will be used in their daily lives.

Techniques developed through Cognitive-Behavioral, Art, Client-Centered, Didactic, Reality, Rational Emotive Behavioral, Anger Management, Relaxation / Stress Reduction, Solution Focused, Biblio- and Pet Therapy, among others, are combined to match each client’s needs. Support, education, challenge, honest feedback, and encouragement combine to assist each client in moving beyond pain, sadness, fear, grief, and unhealthy coping patterns so they may “ENJOY LIFE MORE”.

Family Counseling

Families are incredibly complicated, and influential. How parents, brothers, and sisters interact sets the foundation for future relationships. Counseling with families is adventurous and rewarding. It provides active, on-the-spot interactions. Instead of relying on one individual’s perspective, family counseling offers multiple perspectives. This results in ample opportunities to practice variations in communication and behavior. Counselors assist this process by listening, giving feedback, teaching skills, and couching clients through conflicts. When family members agree to work in counseling, and they are physically, sexually and emotionally safe, they grow closer as a family and stronger as individuals.

Counseling/Therapy techniques I use with families include all those listed under Personal Counseling as well as Cognitive-Behavioral Dialectic, Assertiveness, Psychodrama, Imago, etc. The key is to have the participation of all family members, especially those over 5 years old.