Commonly Addressed Concerns
Trauma ~ Anxiety ~ Depression Relationships ~ Stress ~ Grief/Loss ~ Suicide ~ Abuse ~ Future Plans ~ Anger Management ~ Family Conflict ~
Marital Concerns ~ Domestic Violence ~ Pre-marriage Preparation ~ Behavioral Problems ~ Parenting ~ Spiritual Issues ~ Life Transitions ~
Bullying ~ Uncertainty ~ Coping Skills
Individuals attend therapy when something isn't going well or decisions need to be made. It is a good time for individuals to attend therapy when they are dealing with difficult or frustrating relationships, having trouble or discontentment at work or school, experiencing confusion about the future, dealing with hurt from the past, having thoughts of suicide, or struggling with any other thing that may be bothering them. Sometimes, a person feels sad, fearful, or irritable but it is difficult to identify what is “wrong.” I can meet them where they are and help sort through those confusing feelings.
Christians have hope in God and His plan for our lives. Sometimes, we lose sight of our hope in the face of problems. Just like everyone else, Christians struggle with anxiety, depression, guilt, negative feelings, confusion about the past or future, relationships, and so much more. One common difference is that Christians often experience more shame when struggling. As a Christian myself, I can provide therapy from a Christian perspective. I understand your beliefs and together, we can work through life's challenges. I also work with many people who are not Christians and I fully respect their beliefs as well. If you want to explore your beliefs/faith, we can, if not, that is okay too. Therapy is a time you can be honest about your beliefs without being judged.
The teen years bring about difficult challenges as teens are becoming more independent from parents, learning to process life in a deeper way, and having to make decisions about their future. Therapy can help teens sort through life's challenges, relationships, and negative moods. Teens often respond positively to therapy, despite some being initially resistant to attending. Too often, parents minimize their teen's problems, but that is a mistake. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third-leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds. The rate of suicide attempts is much higher, an estimated 25 attempts for every one completed teen suicide. Parents should seek help if they are concerned about their teen's mental/emotional health.
Kids do not process things in the same way adults or teens do. They process life through their most natural language, play. Kids know how to talk but it is not the best or easiest way for them to make sense of the things around them. Counseling kids often is done through what is called Play Therapy. Play Therapy uses art, books, puppets, toys, and games. Common reasons kids attend therapy include: trauma of any kind, difficulty with peers, difficulty in school, negative behaviors, physical or sexual abuse, loss of a loved one, parents arguing, parents separation/divorce, poor self-esteem, poor adjustment after changes such as moves, and birth or adoption of a sibling.
Couple and Family Therapy is also available.