Individual counseling is the most common type of counseling utilized. It is offered for all ages. It is also called psychotherapy or talk therapy. It allows for a personal connection with a therapist to receive support and experience growth during challenging times in life.
Family counseling is a form of psychotherapy that address issues between interaction of family members. This can include extended family members. Usually this is not related to one specific family member but to the family unit as a whole.
Couples Counseling helps addresses issues between couples in a variety of areas. Our goal is to explore strength and growth areas, increase communication, identify major stressors, resolve conflicts, and develop a more balanced relationship. We also need to understand personality differences and maximize teamwork. We utilize a program called Prepare Enrich. This program includes an online assessment, taken by each couple to identify areas of growth. The program is around 8 sessions, however can increase with couples in high conflict or discord. This is great for pre-marital counseling and marital counseling. It is also highly recommended for couples getting ready to have children or enter into foster care as way to work out issues and strengthen the relationship prior to kids entering the household.
What issues are addressed in counseling?
Individual counseling can help one deal with many personal topics in life such as depression, anger, anxiety, grief, trauma, relational problems, substance abuse, marital issues, parenting struggles, school or work issues or life changes.
Family counseling is focused on making system changes within the family unit and increasing communication between the family members.
Couples counseling focuses on identifying areas needing improvement to strengthen the relationship.
What is the goal of counseling?
The goal will be determined by you and your therapist. Often it is to gain insight into and minimize unwanted thoughts, feelings or behaviors. It can be to improve relationships with friends, families, children or a spouse. Goals must be realistic. Often the therapist will require you to do a lot of work and practice outside of the session in order to be successful in changes. There is no guarantee in Counseling!