Talking with a therapist helps many people improve their well-being and health by finding practical solutions to problems. Often, people seek therapy on the advice of a physician or a loved one. Some people are interested in learning how to prevent everyday troubles from becoming serious problems. Frequently, it is an overwhelming life crisis that may cause a person to seek help from a therapist.
Common issues addressed in counseling: depression, anxiety, divorce adjustment, self-esteem, grief, life transition, caregiver stress, postpartum depression, infertility, relationship stress involving girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse/sibling/co-worker/parent/in-laws, etc.
All couples experience conflict. However, the highest predictor of relationship success is HOW a couple manages that conflict. Marriage counseling helps couples identify the ineffective behavioral patterns that are getting in the way of conflict resolution and teaches couples healthier conflict resolution skills.
Pre-marital counseling is an under-utilized prevention/education tool for those seeking long term marital success. We highly recommend all couples considering marriage to attend counseling to gain the necessary tools and knowledge for marital success.
PREPARE, ENRICH, MATE
These testing inventories are available for couples preparing for marriage, or couples seeking to enrich and revitalize their marriage or couples contemplating the changes related to retirement-planning. Assessment tools are helpful in focusing couples on establishing common goals for treatment.
Common issues couples bring to marriage counseling: chronic conflict about money, in-laws, parenting, intimacy; affairs, addictions, step-parenting, empty nest adjustment, loss of meaning or connection, etc.
Adolescent counseling includes individual counseling and family work. Parenting an adolescent is difficult and often parents need guidance on how to help their child manage the stress and pressure they face; and even more often, parents need help communicating with their child who has become resistant to their leadership. Therapy begins with engaging your adolescent in the process of counseling and then works to establish healthy communication and problem solving between you and your adolescent.
A full mental health evaluation is done to rule out any significant issues, such as: depression, performance or school anxiety, school avoidance, self-injurious behavior, adjustment to divorce/new marriage, self-esteem, social pressure, drug/alcohol use.
Family Therapy can involve teens and their parents, step-families attempting to join together and from a new family, adults and their parents, adult siblings, a married couple and their parents… Family Therapy is emotionally intense but can be very therapeutic to healing old wounds and preventing future bitterness and resentment. When damage is done in a family relationship, it seems easier to “cut-off” from the relationship and move on without that person in your life. However, research and personal experience show that the relationship usually haunts you for the rest of your life. A “cut-off” should always be the last option in dealing with a difficult family member. Engaging in therapy may at the least, help you say, “I tried”.