and Family Therapy for Adults
- Do your thoughts seem to
be working against you?
- Do you have trouble really
believing in yourself and that you can reach your goals?
- Do you desire satisfying
personal and romantic relationships?
You can quiet negative thoughts,
increase control over your emotions, and decrease behaviors that
are holding you back. In our sessions you will be able to identify
what you want out of life and make it happen. An additional focus
will be on strengthening your support system and making sure
that you have people to encourage you in your community as you
make positive changes.
and Family Therapy for Children and Teens
- Are you confused about
how to manage the behavior of your 21st century child?
- Are you struggling with
- Are Poor grades, low self-esteem
or social problems challenging your child or teen?
Supportive Solutions teaches practical,
easy to implement parenting strategies to help your child manage
emotions, improve behavior at home and school and help families
get along better. Appointments will use a mixture of parent meetings,
individual work with children/teens to identify challenges and
solutions and what positive changes you child would like to make,
and full family sessions to comprehensively address problems.
What approach does Supportive Solutions offer if my child does
not want to talk?
Supportive Solutions offers a play therapy, which can help children and teens express concerns when they cannot say their thoughts and feelings in words. Through play, children are taught more adaptive skills when there are emotional or social problems. Play offers a safe distance from a child's problem and allows them to express their true thoughts and feelings at their individual developmental level. This therapy also allows children to change the way they think about, feel toward, and resolve their problems. Once a child has worked through their problems through play, the therapist is able to help find solutions to address their problems in life. The positive relationship formed between therapist and the child can provide another dimension of healing. See more
information below in the Play Therapy section.
Brainspotting is a powerful mind/body therapy that promotes rapid and effective change. After years of studying how people access information, we know that where we look affects how we feel. Pay attention to a person you engage in a conversation. You will notice the person look in various directions as their eye positons helps recall information and a person can feel differently when looking in various directions.
During this therapeutic process, the most important factor is the relationship and connection between the Therapist and the Client. The way a person reacts to a traumatic or difficult event is fight, flight, or freeze. When a person freezes they are not able to fully process their experience; that moment can become encoded in the brain and become the lens to view other events that feel similar to the original event. Your counselor will assist you in clarifying the challenges you wish to improve. Using music and a finding a specific eye position, the event that is not fully processed will have the chance to complete processing while releasing previously stuck thoughts and emotions.
People take away messages from difficult events and many of them manifest as negative beliefs. Brainspotting allows you to resolve the past event with a fresh perspective, complete the movement that did not happen in the original trauma, and can clear the negative beliefs on a brain level so you are more balanced and confident in new positive beliefs.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization
EMDR is an information
processing therapy and uses an eight-phase approach to address
past experiences that may be contributing to your problem
today. For more information on the eight-phase approach please
EMDR attends to:
- Past experiences that have
set the groundwork for unhealthy beliefs and actions
- Current challenging situations
that trigger unpleasant emotions, beliefs and sensations
- The positive experience
needed to increase future desired behaviors while promoting
EMDR has positive results
when used to address:
- Grief and loss
- Trauma from assault
- Panic, anxiety, and phobias
- Experiencing natural disasters
- Unhealthy relationships
- Problems that were not helped
by talk therapy
- Chemical dependency
- Enhancing performance for
athletes, business professionals, and artists
Why Play? Play is a fun,
enjoyable activity that elevates your spirit and brightens
your outlook on life. Play expands self-expression, self-knowledge,
and self-actualization. Play relieves feelings of stress
and boredom, creates connections to people in a positive
way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates
emotion, and boost egos. In addition, play allows us
to practice skills and role in a safe environment that
are needed to be successful in life. Learning and development
are best fostered through play.
Play Therapy can help children and others to:
- Take responsibility
for their behavior and replace inappropriate behavior with
more successful behavior
new and creative solutions to their problems
respect and acceptance of themselves and others
- Learn to
experience/express emotion and to be empathetic with respect
to the thoughts/feelings
- Learn new
Who can benefit
from Play Therapy?
Play Therapy has been used successfully with
whose problems are related to
life stressors such
as divorce, death, relocation,
hospitalization, chronic illness, physical/sexual abuse, domestic
Play is a natural process for
children but play therapy can be helpful to people of all ages
How will Play Therapy
benefit my child and family?
Research supports the effectiveness of Play Therapy with children experiencing
a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems, including:
post traumatic stress, conduct problems, aggression, anxiety/fearfulness, depression,
ADHD, impulsivity, low self-concept, reading difficulties, and social withdrawal.
Adapted from the Association for Play Therapy, Inc. www.a4pt.org