Professional Counseling Services

Play Therapy
The systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein a trained play therapist uses the therapeutic techniques of play to help children prevent or resolve psychological difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development. In play therapy, toys are like words and play is the child’s language. This type of play is different from regular play in that therapists empower children to address and resolve current conflicts. Through this process, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, change behaviors, develop problem-solving skills, and learn how to relate to others. Play therapy is most effective with children under the age of 12.

Parent-Child Relational Therapy/Filial Therapy
This is a joint session with the child, parent, and therapist that focuses on exploring/understanding difficulties within the parent-child relationship. Parents learn to attune to their children’s psychological, emotional, behavioral, and relational needs by incorporating parenting skills and play therapy techniques.

Individual Child/Adolescent Counseling
Focuses on varying concerns/difficulties children/adolescents are experiencing. Typically, this is for older children/adolescents who can verbalize their thoughts and feelings. Play techniques may be incorporated to help the children/adolescents feel more comfortable in talking about difficult subjects.

Individual Adult Counseling
Focuses on concerns of the individual adult. The therapist and client will form a collaborative team to address the individual needs of the client.

Family Counseling
This occurs in a group setting with immediate and/or extended family. The focus is on relational difficulties within the family unit and attempts to resolve these difficulties through the process of discussion, learning skills, and working through difficult feelings.

Marriage and Couple Counseling
Focuses on relational difficulties that occur in the context of a relationship. Exploration of appropriate relationship skills including communication, intimacy, and healthy conflict resolution will be addressed during the therapeutic environment.

Personal Growth Counseling
This approach focuses on life/career goals and helping healthy individuals reach their goals. It also focuses on helping individuals gain insight for personal growth and mental health.