Services

We offer individual, family, group therapy, and Social Skills/ Psycho Social Skill Building  to address a number of presenting concerns.

Behavioral Indicators:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Aggressive or disruptive behavior
  • Frequent absences / truancy / excessive tardiness
  • Poor interpersonal relations
  • Lack of self-control
  • Hyperactivity
  • ADHD
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Homicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Helplessness
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Drop in school performance
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Change in behavior or personality
  • Withdrawal / isolation
  • Running away from home or school
  • Poor self-esteem

Child Counseling

Our child counselors utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, an effective mental health approach regardless of age, gender or nature of the problem, as a method for children to express themselves in a safe way. The goal of play therapy is for children to learn how to better express themselves, resolve problems and self-advocate.  Child counseling is most effective when a parent, family member or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process.

Clients are often seeking help with:

  • Social development and relational skills
  • Behavior problems, anger management, emotional self-regulation
  • Managing behavior disorders related to anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism or pervasive developmental disorders, physical or learning disabilities and conduct disorder
  • Increasing positive communication between parent and child
  • Coping with grief and loss, divorce and abandonment, or crisis and trauma

Adolescent Counseling

Our counselors who work with teens approach therapy as a collaborative, safe and trusting relationship between client and counselor. As adolescents are developing a sense of self within the family while preparing for adulthood, counseling is a way for adolescents to gain emotional regulation skills while increasing their familial communication and strengthening their sense of self in the world.

Some areas of focus include:

  • Recognizing and changing negative patterns of behavior
  • Emotional and behavior difficulties related to traumatic life events
  • Working toward future social, academic and independence goals
  • Support for mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, thoughts of self-harm, or risk-taking behaviors
  • Teens experiencing defiant behaviors, not listening and/or arguing with their parents
  • Low self-esteem, social isolation

Individual Counseling

In individual counseling, the client and counselor meet in a one-on-one supportive context to clarify the presenting problem, set goals and create a plan to create positive change. Individual counseling facilitates clients to increase their understanding of self, transform negative states, and strengthen their capacity to effectively manage personal and professional challenges. Counseling can be short- or long-term, depending on the client’s unique socio-cultural context, needs and personal goals. Areas of individual counseling include:

  • Strengthening a positive sense of self
  • Coping with grief, loss, and trauma
  • Navigating life transitions
  • Transforming anxiety, depression, and post-partum blues/depression
  • Managing states of anger, panic, loss of control
  • Embracing body image, post-partum depression
  • Balancing the demands of professional and family life

Family Counseling

Trained in family systems, our therapists work collaboratively with family members to set goals, foster effective communication skills, and to appreciate the uniqueness of themselves and their family members. Using strength-based therapies tailored to each individual’s needs, family therapists consider the sociocultural context of the clients’ lives, and work in partnership ‘with’ families to create positive change in their lives. Typical areas of focus in family therapy are:

  • Developing problem solving skills
  • Navigating through family changes, while enhancing broader support systems
  • Increasing the well-being of individual family members, while strengthening bonds between them
  • Fostering understanding and insight while working through family lifecycle transitions
  • Addressing the full spectrum of mental and emotional disorders in the context of family systems

Crisis Intervention

Crisis Intervention refers to the methods used to offer immediate, short-term help to individuals who experience an event that produces emotional, mental, physical, and behavioral distress or problems. A crisis can refer to any situation in which the individual perceives a sudden loss of his or her ability to use effective problem-solving and coping skills. A number of events or circumstances can be considered a crisis: life-threatening situations, such as natural disasters (such as an earthquake or tornado), sexual assault or other criminal victimization; medical illness; mental illness; thoughts of suicide or homicide; and loss or drastic changes in relationships (death of a loved one or divorce, for example).