Play Therapy is useful for children who require counseling. Children do not have the verbal skills or emotional intellect that adults do when explaining what is going on in their lives. Children talk by playing. I provide certain toys so a child is able to come in and express whatever emotions they are experiencing. By observing the child at play, therapists are able to understand the child's world and help them make sense of that world. I understand that play is a child's language and toys are their words. I practice child centered play therapy where children are allowed to direct their play in a safe and accepting environment.
I get many calls from frustrated parents dealing with the pre-teen and teenage years. Their kids may be experiencing any number of situations from family difficulties, peer pressure at school, eating disorders, cutting behaviors, skipping school, failing grades, sexual activity, or other stressful situation. I have many years of experience in working with adolescents and teenagers and am here to help.
Research has demonstrated that using animals as "co-therapists" may be of assistance to counselors in working with withdrawn or non-communicative clients. Animals have been found to lower anxiety and motivate participation in therapy with individuals or groups of any age. Animals can help facilitate a trusting bond between the therapist and client. For some clients, talking to the animal is easier than talking to the therapist about difficult issues. Animals can help clients get in touch with feelings by offering nurturing and unconditional acceptance. Animals have been known to help in the following areas: Improve socialization and communication; reduce isolation, boredom and loneliness; brighten affect and mood; reduce depression; improve memory and recall; improve self-esteem; improve cooperation and problem-solving ability; improve concentration and attention, increase engagement; decrease manipulative behaviors; improve verbalizations of feelings; reduce anxiety; reduce abusive behavior; improve ability to trust; learn appropriate touch. I have a long haired miniature dachshund named "Doc" that I often bring with me to the counseling session.
Doc - went to Heaven 3/10/17
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a form of acupressure that utilizes various meridian points on the body to bring about change. It can be taught during the first session and used at home as often as is desired to alleviate many emotional and physical symptoms such as: anxiety, panic attacks, stress, fears/phobias, anger issues, traumatic memories, relationship issues, and many others. It is easily learned by anyone and self-applied; there are no drugs or equipment involved, no touching of the body by the therapist (clients use this on themselves), and the effects can be rapid and long lasting.
I believe that God is the creator of our minds and bodies. We know that our minds can be the source of illness and pain and I believe that our minds can also be the source of health and healing.
Meeting one-on-one with people is what I specialize in. So much of our communication with others is spent either on the phone, emailing, or texting and it's difficult to find someone who will sit down and listen to us when we really need to talk. I am here to not only listen to your concerns, but also give you Godly wisdom based on my training and years of experience. The Bible encourages us to share one another's burdens (Gal. 6:2) and it is my privilege to share and help you unload your burdens.
Marriage counseling issues may encompass conflict resolution, finances, sexual dysfunction, affairs, possible separation and or divorce, communication skills, blended families, premarital issues and Biblical principles for these concerns. I work with many couples, and when commitment is combined with hope, healing can occur. I believe God has a purpose and a plan for marriage, and am here to help you realize this in your relationship.
Many couples think that falling in love and getting married is the answer to life's problems. However, each person carries baggage that must be dealt with before getting married in order to have a healthy relationship with their future spouse. Research has shown that couples who attend pre-marital counseling sessions have better skills at working through problems that arise and their marriages are healthier than those who have not participated in pre-marital counseling.