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Counseling Services


Stress is all around us.  When life is too stressful it can lead to physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual struggles. Relationships, work, health and life events can all make stress more prevalent. Compounded with other issues, stress may seem unbearable. Learning to cope with stress can help.


Grief is a natural response to loss. It can be activated with loss of a loved one, a pet, a job, a divorce or any other major loss. Grief can distract one from properly caring for self which causes many issues.  Learning to adjust to the loss is important.


Heightened emotions of worry or fear can interrupt emotional well-being. Anxiety may be expressed in the body with distressed breathing, increased heart rate, trembling, sweating, and tightened muscles. Learning to relax the body can help.


What is trauma?  Trauma can occur when a tragedy is experienced that leaves a physical, emotional, intellectual, social, or spiritual response that interrupts life. For example: physical or sexual assault, natural disasters, accidents, or witnessing violence.

Trauma can be identified with tightness in the body, haunting memories or pictures in the mind, nightmares, flashbacks, emotional dysregulation, avoidance behaviors, lack of focus, and/or social withdrawl.


Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, social withdrawal, isolation, and a lack of interest or little pleasure in activities. Depression often affects a person's physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual areas. Specifically it can lead to depressed motor skills, lack of motivation, changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, and low energy.

Mood disorders

Mood disorders are characterized by significant disturbances in a person's emotional state or mood. These disorders have heightened emotional response that go beyond the norm. The two main types of mood disorders are:

a) Major Depressive Disorder that involves persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, or loss of interest in activities. It can cause physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual impairment, such as high and low appetite, sleep disturbances, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of death or suicide.

b) Bipolar Disorder: characterized by periods highs and lows of extreme mood swings. 


Sleep disorders

Sleep is one of the most important factors for having positive emotional health.  Sleep disorders like sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome prevent the body from healing with releasing, relaxing, and restoring the body. We provide useful tools which may improve sleep which helps with emotional regulation.

Phobias and Fears

Phobias are heightened fears of specific things such as fear of flying, heights, animals, amphibians, speaking in public.... Phobias can cause significant distress and may lead to avoidance behaviors. Since COVID, we have seen more social phobia cases.

Nutrition for Emotional Health

It is more difficult today to have good nutrition, yet it is vital to create positive mental health. Fast foods, processed foods, increased sugar intake, and man-made improvements to food production have impacted nutrition negatively. Without good nutrition, our bodies and brains are compromised which increases the likelihood of emotional dysregulation.  Adequate intake of nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, magnesium, have positive results on mental health. Making mindful food choices and maintaining a nutritious diet can improve mental health.

Anger Management 

Fight, flight, or freeze are responses that are result of the survival mode activating.  Anger is the result of the fight mode. Once a pattern is built for this mode, it is difficult to break the cycle, but it can be done. Using tools to interrupt the cycle may help.

Career Counseling

Career counseling involves guidance in making career decisions. Exploring interests, skill sets, values, goals, and problem solving will support to individuals in making career-related decisions. In addition, addressing challenges related to work, career transitions, and work-life balance can be addressed with career counseling.

Family Conflict

Each family is unique and different. Family counseling, involves working with families no matter how they came to be a family unit.  Are you a blended family with unique challenges? Are the adolescents in the family seeking more independence? Whatever the case, resolving conflicts, improving communication, setting boundaries with consequences, dealing with major changes in the family, strengthening relationships and other issues may be goals for therapy for your family.  

Gender Identity Exploration

Gender identity exploration is a normal part of human growth and development. This exploration may include questioning societal expectations and norms surrounding gender, exploring different expressions of gender, and seeking support and understanding from others. 

Relationship Issues

Relationships can be challenging.  Often we do not fully communicate which causes hurt feelings due to misunderstandings.  Unfulfilled relationships can cause additional problems as one seeks validation.  Having a counselor help find the miscommunications, promote a more fulfilling relationship can be a great support.

Life Transitions & Adjustments

Life transitions and adjustments refer to significant changes that individuals experience throughout their lives. At times, processing and adapting to these changes is very difficult. Examples of transitions:  going to a new school, losing a loved one, starting a new job, moving to a new city, getting married, becoming a parent, or going through a divorce.  Often, one adjusts without assistance.  Some however, need help navigating the social, and emotional, aspects of transitions by learning new ways to cope.

Body Image Issues

Body image issues involve negative perceptions, thoughts, and feelings about one's own body or physical appearance. A poor body image can cause physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual issues.  They can lead to a range problems. For example:  body dissatisfaction, low self-confidence, social withdrawal, disordered eating, or excessive exercise. Learning to accept one's own body can be a challenge. Practicing self-care, self-compassion, identifying negative cognitions about self can improve emotional regulation and poor thinking patterns.

Parenting child/adolescents

Parenting child and adolescent behaviors involves understanding human growth and development and addressing the behaviors and needs of children and adolescents. Learning parenting strategies and approaches to help physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual development may improve the relationship between parent and child. Setting boundaries and expectations with consequences provides a consistent plan for the child.  The plan grows as the child grows leading to eventual independence and solid problem-solving skills. At each stage of life, parents are helping to mold their child into a positive, productive, and compassionate adult.

Conduct Disorders

Conduct disorders are a group of behavioral and emotional disorders that typically begin in childhood or adolescence, and become more troublesome in adulthood.  Violating the rights of others, lacking compassion for others and other negative behaviors such as: rule breaking, aggression, lying, and defiance may manifest in childhood. These expressions may cause social issues and educational issues.


ADHD presents many challenges for the individual and those close to them.  Attention with focus, attention and organization is one presentation of ADHD. Hyperactive/Impulsive is another presentation of ADHD. Lack of self control, constant movement, and other impulsive behaviors can be extremely noticeable in group settings.  Some exhibit a combined presentation of both presentations.

Suicidal ideation

Suicidal ideation refers to thoughts about ending one's own life. It can range from fleeting thoughts to detailed plans: having a time, place and method in mind. Ensuring safety is the primary concern. It requires immediate attention and intervention.


ADD is no longer used as a separate diagnosis. Instead, the term ADHD is used to include both the inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive presentations.


Self-harm is often a negative coping mechanism used to deal with stress, emotional pain, or high emotions. Self-harm, is also known as self-injury or self-mutilation. Cutting, pulling one's hair out, burning, hitting oneself, banging one's head against another object, excessive nail biting causing bleeding, and other self-harming behaviors may be a sign of emotional distress that has been unaddressed.


Developing a healthy and realistic opinion of self is important. Character building is a valuable component of having a positive self-esteem.  Compassion, generosity, sharing, honesty and other character traits can help one see value in self.

Substance Abuse/Addiction

  1. Substance abuse: Substance abuse refers to the harmful or excessive use of substances such as alcohol, drugs, or other substances that can lead to negative consequences. 

  2. Addiction: Addiction, also known as substance use disorder, is a chronic and complex condition characterized by compulsive and uncontrollable substance use, despite harmful consequences. 


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