Support That Makes a Difference

Services using a strength-based approach

Life throws many surprises at us, and while we cannot predict the outcome of any situation, we can take control of how we respond to certain situations. In sessions, you’ll learn about acceptance and how to exert your power of choice over whatever life may throw at you.

Therapy can help kids develop problem-solving skills and also teach them the value of seeking help. Our therapists can help kids and families cope with stress and a variety of emotional and behavioral issues.

Effective in treating concerns that impact the family as a whole, such as depression, substance abuse, chronic illness, and food issues, or everyday concerns, like communication problems, interpersonal conflict, or behavioral problems in children and adolescents.

 

What to expect

Starting therapy can be a big decision and we hope to make the process easy for you.

After scheduling your initial appointment, your counselor will provide you with initial paperwork including some information about you and consents to treatment. At the beginning of the session, the counselor will usually go over office policies (cancellation policy, confidentiality, etc.) and answer any questions you might have about the paperwork and process. Although this all takes time, these steps are an important part of starting counseling.

In the initial appointment, your counselor will ask questions about your reasons for seeking therapy as well as questions about you. This is often followed by a series of questions designed to better understand your life story as it relates to the present issues with which you are struggling.  It will likely take more than just the initial appointment to complete this history, but the counselor uses this information to come up with a treatment plan tailored to your particular life and situation.

In the last few minutes of the session, the counselor usually summarizes their understanding of what you have shared and reviews any agreements you may have made together. The counselor will probably ask you again how you feel after the first session and you may decide on a schedule for regular appointments at this time if the relationship seems like it is a good fit. You will work together to develop a treatment plan and goals, as well as the frequency of services.

Reach out to schedule your first appointment:

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