At a minimum, counseling can provide at least two things. First, counseling provides a safe place to talk over your difficulties with someone who has experience in helping people. Second, counseling generally adds some clarity about decision making options and provides a healthy place to brainstorm ideas about what to try next. Whatever the case, counseling can be tailored to your situation and, together with your therapist, you can sort out the goals that will make counseling meaningful for you.
Family therapy is a type of psychotherapy that helps families or individuals within a family understand and improve the way family members interact with each other and resolve conflicts together. This type of therapy strengthens the entire family, allowing each family member to rely on one another to work towards desired family change. Family therapy is usually provided by therapists known as marriage and family therapists. These therapists provide the same mental health services as other therapists, simply with a specific focus — family relationships. The family can be the biggest source of support, comfort, joy and love. At times, it can also be your greatest source of strain and grief. A health crisis, marital struggle, mental illness, work problems or teenage rebellion may threaten to tear your family apart.
Marriage counseling can help open communication in a relationship when both spouses are committed to working toward change. However there's still hope for you and your marriage even if your spouse refuses to go to marriage counseling, states they are not "in love" with you any longer, wants a separation/divorce, or is already living apart from you. The first step is improving communication to express your thoughts and feelings appropriately concerning the current state of the relationship. Communicating effectively takes practice and a great deal of effort. Without healthy communication, it is nearly impossible to resolve conflicts or grow your marital relationship.
Child & Teen Counseling
Children often struggle to express their feelings and emotions verbally. Therapy with children, unlike conventional talk-therapies, uses playful, creative activities as the primary medium for communicating. Utilizing this approach with children helps facilitate social, emotional, and behavioral growth and change in children with a wide range of emotional or developmental challenges, and the therapeutic change occurs in a safe and trusting environment.
There is no “typical” teenager because adolescents express themselves in such a variety of behaviors. However, there is often one common theme that runs through the lives of our teenagers: difficulty coping with life’s challenges in a healthy and productive manner. Utilizing an individualized and strengths-based approach, Family Solutions Counseling Center effectively addresses a wide diversity of issues teenagers are often dealing with self-esteem, anger, defiance, anxiety, substance abuse and depression.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the only scientifically validated approach for the treatment of Autism. ABA therapy is the only treatment approach that is approved by the U.S. Surgeon General and the American Pediatric Association. ABA involves assessing the current skills and needs of the client and applying behavior principals such as positive reinforcement to develop socially significant skills.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating various mental disorders. A psychiatrist's training starts with four years of medical school and is followed by a one year internship and at least three years of specialized training as a psychiatric resident. Upon completion of training, psychiatrists may become certified in their specialty by their governing professional organization, which is the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Approximately 60% of psychiatrists practicing in the United States have this added degree of qualification, as far as successfully completing a rigorous and thorough examination process which further validates their ability to provide quality care in their specialty.
As a physician, a psychiatrist is licensed to write prescriptions for psychotropic medications. Depending on potential side effects of these medications or coexisting medical conditions, a psychiatrist may also monitor vital signs and laboratory functions during the course of treatment. Many mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, or bipolar disorder, can be treated effectively with specific medications, and sometimes medication alone is enough to treat the mental illness. However, more often than not, a combination of medication and psychotherapy or counseling is needed.
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Clinical Psychologist
- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
- AAMFT Approved Supervisor
- Licensed Addictions Counselor
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Licensed Speech Language Pathologist
- Licensed Occupational Therapist
- Licensed Physical Therapist
- Registered Nurse
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration