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    ADD/ADHD Counseling

    While it’s normal for kids to forget their homework, daydream during class or act without thinking, inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement to speech to assertiveness.

    Some children with ADHD may be constantly in-motion, bouncing off the walls and disrupting others around them. Other children with ADHD may sit quietly, with their attention miles away.

    Children with ADHD may:

    • Have trouble staying focused or get easily distracted
    • Appear not to be listening when spoken to
    • Constantly fidget and squirm
    • Talk excessively
    • Act without thinking
    • Interrupt often, or say the wrong thing at the wrong time
    • Have a quick temper or “short fuse”

    Whether or not your child’s symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity are due to ADHD, they can cause problems if left untreated. Children who can’t focus or control themselves or get into trouble at school often find it hard to make friends. These frustrations can later lead to low self-esteem as well as friction for the whole family.

    Treatment can make a dramatic difference in your child’s symptoms. With the right support, your child can get on track for success in all areas of life.

    If you’re interested in learning more about ADD and ADHD therapy, contact us today for a free consultation. We would be happy to share how we can help your child achieve success and grow.

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    Anger Management

    When you’re angry, do you start name-calling? Do you get angry when someone wants you to open up and share your feelings? Do you lack patience? Are your family members or kids afraid to talk to you? Are you easily irritated or blow up easily?

    If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it may be time to consider anger management therapy.

    Anger Management has proven to be effective for the following types of individuals:

    • Violent offenders
    • People who display bullying behaviors
    • People affected by behavioral changes associated with traumatic brain injury
    • People who experience behavioral changes associated with posttraumatic stress
    • People experiencing substance dependency or undergoing recovery
    • People with cognitive or mental health issues that make it difficult to control anger

    Anger issues aren’t uncommon and the first step towards change is an admittance of the problem. Learning to stop isn’t as simple as some may think, but together we can come up with a game plan tailored exclusively to you.

    If you or someone you know is experiencing anger management issues, contact us today for a free consultation.

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    Anxiety

    Is anxiety taking over your life? Does it feel like you can’t control it no matter how hard you try? Have you already tried therapy but found it ineffective?

    If this sounds like you, we’re confident we can help. Our practice offers the most effective forms of treatment, to get the relief from anxiety that you deserve.

    When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research shows that therapy is usually the most effective option. That’s because anxiety therapy – as opposed to anxiety medication – treats more than just symptoms to the problem.

    Often, these are the symptoms of anxiety:

    • Nervousness, restlessness or being tense
    • Feelings of danger, panic or dread
    • Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
    • Increased or heavy sweating
    • Trembling or muscle twitching
    • Weakness or lethargy
    • Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
    • Insomnia
    • Obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder

    Therapy can help to uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears, learn how to relax, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills.

    If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, we invite you to contact us today for a free consultation.

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    Christian Counseling

    Has your light become dimmer over the years? Are you struggling to find your true path and calling? Do you wish for guidance from a trained professional who will understand and respect that your number one priority is building a relationship with God?

    If so, you are definitely not alone. More and more of our clients are looking for faith-based counseling that can heal the mind and the soul. They want to be able to not only discuss the issues they are having but also openly discuss God, the Bible and their belief in the power of prayer.

    And we are not the only counselors who have noticed that people prefer to seek guidance from those who support, rather than challenge, their faith. In fact, according to a nationwide survey by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), 83% of Americans believe their spiritual faith and religious beliefs are closely tied to their state of mental and emotional health. Three-quarters have stated it’s important for them to work with a therapist who integrates their values and beliefs into the counseling process. And more respondents said they would prefer to see a religious counselor (29%) than a psychiatrist (27%), psychologist (17%) or family doctor (13%).

    Beyond this, some faith-based therapists aim to holistically integrate the mind, body and spirit for people of all faiths, while others focus solely on applying scripture to modern day problems instead of social sciences.

    If you or someone you love is interested in exploring faith-based treatment, please be in touch with us. We would be happy to discuss how we may be able to help. In our practice, all faiths are welcome.

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    Depression

    Are you feeling hopeless, isolated and not your usual self?

    Do these thoughts often enter your mind?

    • I am worthless and can’t do anything about it.
    • I feel guilty for just wanting to eat, sleep and be alone.
    • I hate who I am these days.
    • I can’t stop crying, which makes me want to stay away from others.
    • I feel gut-wrenching pain, but no one understands.
    • My life and the world around me are dark. I hate it, but I can’t change it.

    If you have had any variation of these thoughts and don’t feel like your usual self, chances are you may be suffering from depression.

    We want you to know that you are not alone and there are people who can help. Many of our clients find relief in realizing that their struggle does not own them and that there are many options available to once again have hope for their lives.

    We understand the social stigmas that come with label of being depressed, and thus aim to help clients sort out their environmental, biological and circumstantial factors while offering support and care through a very dark time in their lives.

    If you are hoping to finally lighten this load and feel like yourself again, contact us today for a free consultation.

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    Family Counseling

    Our family affects who we are and who we become, both for the better and for worse. We learn our vocabulary, our habits, our customs and rituals, and how to view and observe the world around us.

    Anyone seeking healthier, closer family relationships can benefit from family therapy.

    Common reasons for seeking family therapy include:

    • Divorce
    • Parent-child conflict
    • Problems between siblings
    • Domestic violence
    • The unexpected or traumatic loss of a family member

    Family therapy is necessary to address family issues and heal a family’s wounds. If any of the above scenarios resonate with your family, consider seeking family therapy. Family therapy can be beneficial on many different levels.

    Studies show that family therapy is particularly important for families with members who struggle with substance abuse, eating disorders and other behavioral issues. When the whole family grows, each member is better off.

    If you’re interested in learning about how we can help pull your family back together, contact us today for a free consultation.

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    Grief & Bereavement Counseling

    Bereavement and grief aren’t light-hearted topics. Bereavement refers to the process of recovering from the death of a loved one, and grief is a reaction for any form of loss. Both encompass a wide range of emotions such as fear, anger and deep, deep sadness.

    The process of adapting to a loss can dramatically change from person to person, depending on his or her background, beliefs, relationship to the person who’s passed, and other factors.

    Common symptoms of grief can be physical, emotional or social.

    A few common symptoms in these categories are:

    Physical

    • Crying and sighing
    • Headaches
    • Loss of appetite
    • Difficulty sleeping
    • Weakness
    • Fatigue

    Emotional

    • Feelings of sadness and yearning
    • Feelings of worry or anger
    • Feelings of frustration or guilt

    Social

    • Feeling detached from others
    • Self-isolation from social contact
    • Behaving in ways that are not normal for you

    Every grieving experience is different. A person may be able to continue their day-to-day routine after one loss, yet not be able to get out of bed after the loss of someone else. Whatever your personal symptoms are, grief and bereavement counseling have been proven to help.

    If you are experiencing grief-related thoughts, behaviors, or feelings that are distressing, please contact us today for a free consultation.

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    Parenting the Positive Discipline Way

    “If only my child had come with an instruction manual!” That’s a thought that most parents have had at some point in their lives.

    Nothing really prepares you to become a parent. Some of us were lucky enough to have parents that set a good example. But others grew up in homes where the dynamic between child and parent was anything but functional or consistently loving.

    But the truth is, even if you did have loving parents that did right by you 24/7, you can never be fully prepared to handle sticky situations with your own children. You never really know what behavioral challenges your child may wind up struggling with, and how those will affect your other children and the family as a whole.

    This is where parenting the positive discipline way comes in.

    Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way (developed by Lynn Lott and Jane Nelsen) is a research-based parent education program that provides a step-by-step approach to starting and leading experientially based parenting groups. This program stands alone or offers significant enhancement to any program. It provides experiential activities that reach the heart to inspire deeper understanding and change. Positive Discipline focuses on building a child’s sense of his or her own capability, power to choose, and sense of self-worth. Parents love the Parents Helping Parents Problem-Solving Steps because this process provides a fun and effective way for them to get specific help with real problems.

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    Substance Misuse

    More often than not, drug addictions start with experimental use of a drug in social situations. And for some people, the drug use becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more of a drug to get their desired high, and soon a person may need the drug to simply feel “good.”

    Drug addiction symptoms and behaviors include, among others:

    • Feeling the need to use the drug regularly, which can be daily or multiple times a day
    • Having intense urges for the drug
    • Over time, needing more of the drug to get the same effect
    • Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug
    • Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities
    • Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to get the drug, such as stealing
    • Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug
    • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug
    • Failed attempts to quit using the drug

    If you can relate to any of the above symptoms or behaviors, it may be time to consider addiction counseling.

    As addiction counselors, we will address the symptoms of your addiction and the related areas of impaired functioning, and together we’ll structure the time and content of your ongoing recovery.

    We believe that there are many paths to successful recovery that will work with your goals and desires, and ensure you can make the life changes you want to make. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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    Telehealth

    Do you need support, but can’t make it to an in-person appointment? Are you a busy stay-at-home or working parent, and don’t have the time to drive across town for an appointment?

    Do you live in a more rural area, or maybe you prefer to just do things Virtually?

    If so, we can help you through virtual therapy, or telehealth.

    Telehealth allows us to provide counseling and therapy to our clients via live video conferencing. This can be done anywhere you have a computer or smartphone.

    Telehealth appointments can be very beneficial if getting to a traditional in-person appointment is not convenient, or you simply just don’t want to.

    Our telehealth solution allows you to schedule an appointment directly online and have the entire therapy session take place digitally. While you don’t need a video camera, we do recommend you use one. To learn more and get started with virtual therapy, please contact us today.

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    Trauma Counseling

    Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster.

    While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event has passed.

    In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from trauma.

    Trauma Symptoms

    According to the four types of symptoms listed in the DSM-5

    Avoidance Symptoms

    • Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
    • Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

    Re-experiencing Symptoms

    • Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks

    Hyperarousal Symptoms

    • Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
    • Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
    • Sleep disturbances

    Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms

    • Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
    • Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
    • Change in habits or behavior since the trauma

    Research has proven psychotherapy to be the most effective form of treatment for trauma. Most commonly, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are used in treating trauma.

    If you or someone you know matches the trauma symptoms listed above, we are confident that we can help and invite you to contact us today for a free consultation.

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