We provide counseling services to youth ages 3 years through college-age, and address a wide-variety of issues. The overarching focus is typically how to handle and manage big feelings and behaviors; from dealing with big life transitions and stress management, coming out of the "COVID years", parental relationships and maintaining expectations for communication and boundaries, difficulties with peer relationships, aggression, anger, anxiety, depression, self-harm behaviors, and suicidal ideation. What type of approach is determined by the age and need of the client. Play-based techniques for young children combined with parent collaboration, older children enjoy games and activities, and teens like to talk through what's going on.
The goal is to empower our clients to make good decisions, build a positive self-concept, and gain a tool box of skills and strategies that they can use.
“Testing” is a vague term that includes many different ways to measure different skills and abilities of an individual. The testing process includes interviews, questionnaires and rating scales, and standardized assessments. Exactly what testing will look like depends on what the concerns are and what questions you want answered. Different areas of assessment include:
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (AD/HD)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Behavior and/or Social-Emotional
Cognitive Delays and Adaptive Functioning
PLAY THERAPY & FAMILY SUPPORT
Play therapy strategies is specialized work with young children from infancy through preschool years. Part of the focus is on parent-child relationship, but also how the child is developing a wide range of skills from language and communication, social skills, emotional development, and thinking and problem-solving.
Therapy is through child-led play and a developmental-based model, the interventions take into consideration attachment and utilize a Child Parent Psychotherapy, FirstPlay, TheraPlay eclectic framework.This work also addresses parenting issues and stress-reduction.
Working with young children, as early as infancy, can help support families that have concerns regarding their child's development, as well as provide information to parents who have questions about parenting their unique child.
The family support involves meeting with caretakers and problem-solving to figure out ways to best support the child/ren, as well as helping the family to function their best. The goal is to decrease family stress, and increase the sense of belonging together as a whole.