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Individual Therapy

Through individual therapy, you will actively explore your mood, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors with the plan of finding how you play a part in your own circumstances and how to feel more capable of navigating through your journey.

Individual therapy is an organic and naturally unfolding process whereby the therapist and client work as an alliance in developing specific goals and work a plan to achieve them in a trusting, supportive, and professional environment.

At the first meeting, you will be asked to complete a brief needs assessment. The number of sessions that someone meets with a therapist generally depends on the issues that are to be addressed, the severity of the issues, and existing coping mechanisms of the individual.

Child/Adolescent Therapy

Child therapy is usually based on the idea that children best express their feelings, thoughts and experiences through play, whereas adults usually express themselves through words and ideas.

Active Minds Counseling & Wellness uses a variety of specially selected toys and games that facilitate a therapeutic process between a child and their therapist. Our therapists are trained to “understand” the symbolic language of play and convey to a child their understanding, acceptance, and response to the child’s concerns. Teenagers on the other hand, often feel caught in between childhood and adulthood and are struggling to find their own identity while undergoing rapid physical, emotional and intellectual growth, and change. Therapy with adolescents often integrates both play therapy and talk therapy, and is tailored around each adolescent’s particular needs and capacity. Although adolescents can use words to convey themselves a lot better than younger children, they still have some difficulty articulating themselves.

Anxiety and depression often manifest differently for young people than they do for adults. If your child is having a hard time with their behavior at home, at school or with friends, or if they are having a hard time transitioning from one activity to another, they may be expressing unspoken concerns and fears.

Additional signs that your child may benefit from therapy may include:

  • Difficulties at school, either with teachers, peers or academics.
  • Sudden changes in mood or behavior.
  • Difficulties with sleeping, eating or going to the bathroom.
  • Irritability, difficult “temper tantrums”, excessive anger or aggression.
  • Sad or scary dreams, nightmares, or fantasies.
  • Preoccupation with ideas, thoughts or feelings that seem inappropriate to their age.

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy assists couples resolve conflicts and build a more enriched and satisfying relationship. Many couples come to counseling seeking more love and intimacy, better communication, and/ or a more satisfying sexual relationship. Couples therapy helps to create a neutral space to explore emotionally-charged issues in the relationship with the help of a therapist. Common issues include explored during therapy include threats of divorce, communication problems, infidelity, sexual problems, issues with money, drug and alcohol use, work commitments, lack of emotional intimacy, power struggles, and parenting or family problems.

Couples therapy may be as brief as 3 to 5 sessions or continue for months. Many couples; however, can reach their goals and gain the tools they need for lasting change in as little as 8 to 12 sessions. If during the therapy process, it becomes apparent that one or both partners may be struggling with individual issues that would be best supported in personal individual therapy, the couples therapist will make a referral for adjunctive therapy and discuss this with the couple.

What issues might be addressed in Couples Therapy?

  • Emotional enmeshment or estrangement.
  • Not feeling like you are on the “same page.”
  • Trouble with intimacy.
  • Sexual concerns.
  • Communication concerns.
  • Fighting excessively.
  • Impact of trauma.
  • Overly critical or withholding what is important to you.
  • Desire to strengthen your commitment to each other.
  • Exploring ways to have increased satisfaction.
  • Navigating recovery from sexual abuse.
  • Recovery for one or both of the partners from an addiction.
  • The presence of depression, anxiety, bipolar or other mental illness in one or both partners.
  • Parenting.
  • Adoption.
  • Parenting a special needs child.
  • Longing to rekindle love, passion and excitement.

Executive Life Coaching

Have you ever witnessed a top gun player in the prime of their life; in most if not all circumstances there is one common thread, they’ve all had valuable guidance and direction. As an executive life coach, we create an alliance with our clients in a dynamic, thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

During the life coach-client relationship the goal is to identify what areas in your life you want to maximize. Push yourself to the next level and achieve your dreams through this experience. You will work one-on-one with your coach to develop a master action plan that clearly states your goals and defines the steps you need to get there and methods for overcoming the obstacles in your way. Coaching begins with an initial assessment followed by regular 60 to 90-minute meetings or phone call per week, e-mail support and occasional brief check- in calls.

Topics typically discussed may include:

  • Stress Management and Balance
  • Spirituality and Personal Growth
  • Career Planning and Development
  • Motivation and Time Management
  • Health, Lifestyle and Self-Care
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development

ANGERMANAGEMENT AND STRESS MANAGEMENT CLASSES

Like all emotions, anger is a normal emotional response to a perceived threat or wrongdoing. When anger becomes the predominantly feeling behavior or it becomes harder and harder to manage, instinctively emotions can result in physical and/or verbal aggression. If left unmanaged, anger issues can affect your health, your career, and your relationship with family and friends.

Although you will never be able to eliminate every situation that triggers an angry response, with counseling and support, you can learn how to effectively manage your reaction to these situations and regain control of your life.

Like all forms of counseling, the effectiveness of treatment requires participation and commitment by the client in resolving the issues that are underlying the anger. Anger management classes are also designed for mandated clients that are in need of classes through the court as well as for individuals that are in need of class at the request of their employer or any other personal reasons.

ADDICTION COUNSELING

An addiction is a compulsive, repeated behavior characterized by a complete loss of control and an overwhelming desire to act regardless of harmful consequences that may take place.

When the term “addiction” is used in psychology, it implies that harmful effects are being wrought as a result of the repetitive behavior. Addiction takes on many forms. Virtually any type of behaviors has the potential to lead to an addiction.

Some well-recognized types of addiction include gambling, drug, and alcohol, sexual addictions, gaming and internet addictions. Addiction counseling in the most critical part of treatment for any addiction because it works in addressing underlying issues that trigger the behaviors.

DIVORCE SERVICES

Whether you are going through a divorce or break-up or trying to navigate co-parenting with an unexpected partner, we understand that establishing the legal and physical custody arrangements for your child is the most crucial legal undertaking. As a licensed family counselor and certified mediator, I work hard to create a parenting plan that reflects your needs and, most importantly, ensures that your child’s best interests are being protected. Or what if you and your co-parent both want primary custody? Whatever your unique situation, we will provide effective and compassionate representation in the often difficult process of the custody determination.

Divorce and separation can make parenting a child together a challenging task. Conflict can easily arise from differing opinions, parenting styles, and residual anger from the marital conflicts. If you find that you and the other parent have difficulty agreeing on decisions for your child, you and your co-parent may be candidates for co-parenting counseling. Co-parenting counseling focuses on improving the communication between separated or divorced parents. Some of the goals of co-parenting counseling are to develop a healthy communication system between the parents, as well as establish a method to effectively solve conflicts in the future. Co-parenting counseling is focused on moving forward, rather than dwelling on the past. The best interest of the child is always the paramount concern.

CORPORATE TEAM BUILDING

What sets apart a business from a sustainable growing business? A team of professionals that know the mission and work as an alliance to ensure that the company’s end product and services are delivered.

Corporate team building is a single workshop or series of workshops/events that foster a variety of essential qualities of any successful professional. Activities that encourage such aspects of a professional as leadership, problem-solving, communication and trust or just a few of the core characteristics that we help to shape.

Our workshops/events are designed to be dynamic and legendary with it being the talk of your group for years to come. Your workshop can be tailored to meet the needs of a business of 12-50 employees. A needs assessment is typically completed prior to the selection of workshops/events.