We believe that childhood should be a time for healthy growth and development with a happy family. For many children and teens, it is a time of great emotional stress. Children react to stress in many ways including withdrawal and acting out behaviors at home and school. Parents and school personnel want to help children become happy, loving adults, however in today’s society this can be a difficult goal. Our philosophy is to help children and families learn the life skills necessary to be successful.
Family counseling may help to promote better relationships and understanding within a family. It may be incident specific, as for example family counseling during a divorce, or a child experiencing trauma. Alternately family counseling may address the needs of the family when one family member suffers from a mental or physical illness that alters his or her behavior or habits in negative ways. The therapist often helps the family reflect on better ways of communicating with each other and because of that family counseling may in part be instruction and encouragement. In fact, family counseling often teaches family members new and more positive ways to communicate to replace old, negative communication patterns.
Marriage counseling seeks to identify areas of conflict and communication in a marriage and facilitate healthy ways of resolving them. If problems in a marriage aren’t identified or dealt with in a timely manner, they can grow out of control and bring devastation and possibly an end to the marriage. There is no such thing as a perfect marriage. Marriage counseling helps a marriage weather the storms and rebound stronger as a result of the counseling. Counseling helps a couple focus on their problems in a marriage and resolves them. Most problems include poor communication, a lack of intimacy, anger or nagging.
Individual Adult Therapy
Individual psychotherapy for adults offers a compassionate approach to therapy, which encourages clients to explore how limiting beliefs and trauma are held in the body—often below the level of conscious awareness. Specialties include trauma and PTSD; chronic illness including fibromyalgia, IBS, Lupus, insomnia, chronic fatigue and cancer. Other issues addressed include grief and loss; emotional struggles such as shame, depression, anger and anxiety, and relationship problems. Counselors have extensive post- graduate training in Self Regulation Therapy, a gentle approach that enables the nervous system to integrate overwhelming events and bring balance to the nervous system. Additionally they are trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
We at Family Christian Counseling Center specialize in treating trauma in children, teens and adults. Our therapists have been trained in several treatment models. One such model is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy that integrates somatic (body-based) and cognitive techniques to help people resolve traumatic experiences and other psychological symptoms. This therapy is based on the knowledge that…Read the rest of the blog
Dr. Perry’s Model
I thought this month I would share with you a positive story from Dr. Perry’s model (Neuro-sequential Model of Therapeutics) for children who have experienced trauma. “As an adoptive mom and child welfare professional, I have seen firsthand the incredible power of Dr. Bruce Perry’s groundbreaking insight into trauma treatment. On a stifling hot June…Read the rest of the blog
I thought this year for Christmas I would share with you some of my favorite quotes for the holidays: …and I could not resist a few of my favorite humorous ones: We at Family Christian Counseling Center do wish that the joy that filled the world when Jesus was born be found in your home…Read the rest of the blog
Regulate, Relate and Reason
I just got done rereading Dr Perry’s thoughts on working with traumatized children using the “regulate, relate, and reason” sequence from his Neurosequential model of therapeutics and I thought it would be good to review this month. Step 1: Regulate. Since it is basically impossible to do any work with traumatized children when they are…Read the rest of the blog
Gottman Therapy and 7 days
I just read a New York Times article on the book from the Gottman institute titled “The Love Prescription: Seven Days to More Intimacy, Connection, and Joy”. I thought- “really 7 days” -but as I read I realized the purpose of the article was to share some very helpful information to encourage couples in their…Read the rest of the blog
Quotes about Grandparents
I just got to share some time with my grandson last weekend and we had a fantastic time. It made me think of my favorite quotes and I thought I would share some with you about grandparents this week. “God couldn’t be everywhere so he created grandparents!” “The only thing better than having you as…Read the rest of the blog
When to seek Marriage Therapy
I just read a good article titled “When is it a good time to seek couples counseling?” and I thought I would summarize some of the great points the author made. If you would like to read the entire article please click on the link. Red Flags The article started with what it calls the…Read the rest of the blog
My Favorite Marriage Quotes
I have always enjoyed short quotes that capture the essence of a subject, I thought today I would share with you some of my favorite quotes about marriage: “A good marriage is where each one secretly suspects they got the better deal” – Unknown “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with…Read the rest of the blog