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Description of Counseling Services

Life Counseling

Designed to meet emotional, and spiritual needs of the individual. Our purpose is to assist hurting people in identifying, understanding and coping with problems in their lives that have resulted in dysfunctional and destructive feelings and behaviors.

Group Counseling

Group counseling involves a small group of people (usually 6-10) who meet together weekly, along with one or two trained members of the Counseling Center staff, to talk about their struggles and problems. These groups can take a variety of forms. Some focus on a specific topic or problem, while others address a number of different concerns. When people come into a group and interact freely with other group members, they tend to recreate those difficulties that brought them to counseling in the first place. Under the skilled direction of the group facilitators, the group is able to give support, offer alternatives, or gently confront the an individual. In this way, the difficulty is resolved, alternative behaviors are learned, and the individual develops new social skills or ways of relating to people. Group counseling has been found to be a very effective means of treatment and, in some cases, the best form of treatment for a particular individual or a particular type of concern.

Couples Counseling

Couple’s counseling is based on the premise that individuals and their problems are best handled within the context of the relationship. Typically, both partners in the relationship attend the counseling session to discuss the couple’s specific issues. The aim of couple’s counseling is to help a couple deal appropriately with their immediate problems and to learn better ways of relating in general. This type of counseling is a useful for couples who are experiencing difficulties such as repetitive arguments, feelings of distance or emptiness in the relationship, pervasive feelings of anger, resentment and or dissatisfaction or lack of interest in affection or in a physical relationship with one another.

Individual Counseling

In individual counseling you have the full attention of one of our counselors in an one-to-one atmosphere of understanding, warmth, and insight. Our counselors can help you in a variety of ways because they are excellent sounding-boards, compassionate listeners, and skillful experts in problems of living. Our counselors have different personal styles, but we all share a compassion for your personal story and feel that the counseling relationship can make a difference in the life of a client.

Family Counseling

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 the approaching death of a family member. 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. Part of the goal of the therapist is to observe interactions between family members. Another part is to observe the perception of non-interacting family members. Thus if two family members get into an argument in a session, the therapist might want to know how the other family members are dealing with the disagreement or the way in which the two fighting members comfort themselves.

In addition to observation, the therapist often helps the family reflect on better ways of communicating with each other. So 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.

Trauma/Grief Counseling

Everyone experiences and expresses grief in their own way. It is not uncommon for a person to withdraw from their friends and family and feel helpless; some might be angry and want to take action. One can expect a wide range of emotions and behaviors. In all places and cultures, the grieving person benefits from the support of others. Where that is lacking, counseling may provide an avenue for healthy resolution. Similarly, where the process of grieving is interrupted for example, by simultaneously having to deal with practical issues of survival or by being the strong one and holding a family together, it can remain unresolved and later resurface.

Co-Dependency

Hope Counseling provides professional guidance to individuals suffering with co-dependency. The co-dependent person exhibits behavior that controls, makes excuses for, pities, and takes other actions to continue the problematic condition of the person they are trying to help. The co-dependent person does this because of their desire to be needed and fear of doing anything that would change the relationship. Help is available to those who have become a victim of their own efforts to be helpful and define their value. You can become empowered and learn how to live free and fulfilled without waiting for your loved one to change.

Substance Abuse

Substance misuse, abuse, and addiction problems involve families and individuals across all cultures. The issues affect the individual, the family and society. The costs are staggering, both financially and emotionally. Family treatment for abusers and their families is an approach that has the support of current research and is the goal of Hope Counseling.

Mental Health

Mental health is defined as the successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with other people and the ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity; from early childhood until late life, mental health is the springboard of thinking and communications skills. Hope Counseling is dedicated to assisting individuals in attaining and maintaining mental health.