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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 apart 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 an 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 andexperiences 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 at 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. Whenanger becomes the predominantly feeling behavior or it becomes harder and harder to manage, instinctively emotions can result to 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 to 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.

PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISION (FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS)

Veronica offers individual clinical supervision and consultation to emerging therapists. She also enjoys work with individuals beginning and/or expanding their private practice.

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.