Mental Health Counseling
Our Counseling Services Program consists of outpatient and intensive outpatient counseling programs which are specifically tailored to meet the needs of our clients. We specialize in children, adolescents, adults, families and couples with a variety of mental health and relational issues. Some common conditions we treat are depression, anxiety, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, bipolar disorder, marital/family conflict. Our clinicians have specialized training and experience in treating these and other issues and take pride in providing excellent client care. We are a Trauma-Informed Agency and have several clinicians who specialize in the treatment of trauma.
Individual therapy is a process through which a person works one-on-one with a trained therapist to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through difficult life challenges, traumatic experiences, and/or identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change. A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy. Many concerns are readily resolved with short-term therapy, and other chronic or more complex concerns require a longer time to treat before improvement is realized. Research has shown that therapy results in fewer relapses of common conditions such as depression and anxiety, and that the positive effects of good therapy extend well beyond treatment. In fact, many clients report improved conditions long after therapy has ended. In general, therapy is often more effective than psychotropic drugs or medical treatments alone. In general, the goal of therapy is help people heal, grow, and achieve productive, healthy lives. Therapists that provide therapy usually have a graduate degree in clinical psychology, social work or counseling and are typically licensed. Individual therapy sessions typically last between 45 and 60 minutes. The frequency and duration of therapy will depend largely on your needs, treatment goals, and progress. If you are experiencing a difficult time in your life, know that we can help. We are a Trauma-Informed Agency and have several clinicians who specialize in the treatment of trauma.
We are currently offering the following therapy groups. Call our office for more information.
WOMEN’S GROUP: HEALING AFTER SEXUAL ABUSE
Come join us at Life Counseling Center for an 8-12 week group focused on helping women who experienced sexual abuse feel supported, understood and connected to others who have been through similar experiences. Clinician, Alicia May-Su, a trauma informed therapist, will facilitate group discussion and activities based out of the book Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis. Weekly sessions topics will include: survival skills for healing, taking stock (how trauma affected me and my world) and aspects of healing. Adult women ages 18+ are invited to participate. You must be a survivor of sexual abuse to participate.
Girls ages 11-18 will join one another once a week to participate in learning ways to be a group leader and role model in their home, school, and community. Group will focus on empowerment, building character, defining values and growing self-confidence.
BOYS GROUP: FILL YOUR TOOLBOX
Boys ages 8-13 will join in a group designed to help boys build and grow social skills, emotion regulation skills and conflict resolution skills.
Family therapy is a type of therapy that helps family members improve communication, resolve conflicts and strengthen family relationships. Family therapy can help you improve troubled relationships with your spouse, children, or other family members. You may address specific issues such as marital or financial problems, conflict between parents and children, or the impact of substance abuse or a mental illness on the entire family. Family therapy is often short term. It may include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Your specific treatment plan will depend on your family's situation. Family therapy sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times, even after you're done going to therapy sessions. Therapists that provide family therapy usually have a graduate degree in clinical psychology, social work or counseling and are typically licensed. Family therapy doesn't automatically solve family conflicts or make an unpleasant situation go away. However, it can help you and your family members understand one another better, and it can provide you with skills to cope with challenging situations in a more effective way that strengths your familial bonds rather than eroding them.
Couples therapy is a type of therapy that helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through couples therapy, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding your relationship. Couples therapy can also help couples who plan to get married. Premarital counseling can help couples achieve a deeper understanding of each other and iron out differences before marriage. Couples therapy is often short term. You might need only a few sessions to help you weather a crisis — or you might need couples counseling for several months, particularly if your relationship has greatly deteriorated. The specific treatment plan will depend on your situation. Couples therapy is often provided by licensed therapists that have a graduate degree in clinical psychology, social work, or counseling. Making the decision to go to couple therapy can be tough. If you have a troubled relationship, however, seeking help is more effective than ignoring your problems or hoping they get better on their own.
Play therapy is a type of therapy that helps to decrease behavioral and emotional difficulties that interfere significantly with a child's normal functioning. Play therapy encourages children to express their feelings, thoughts and experiences through play, aided by toys, puppets and/or other manipulatives while interacting with the therapist. Inherent in this type of therapy is improved communication and understanding between the child and their parents. Less obvious goals include improved verbal expression, ability for self-observation, improved impulse control, more adaptive ways of coping with anxiety and frustration, and improved capacity to trust and relate to others. In play therapy, the therapist uses an understanding of cognitive development and of the different stages of emotional development as well as the conflicts common to these stages when treating the child. Reasons for treatment include, but are not limited to, temper tantrums, aggressive behavior, non-medical problems with bowel or bladder control, difficulties with sleeping or having nightmares, and experiencing worries or fears. This type of treatment is also used with children who have experienced sexual or physical abuse , neglect , the loss of a family member, medical illness, physical injury, or any experience that is traumatic. Therapists that provide play therapy usually have a graduate degree in clinical psychology, social work or counseling and are typically licensed as well as have specialty training and/or experience in providing play therapy. If you feel your child is having a difficult time emotionally, we can help and we have therapists specialized in treating children.
Our Counseling Team
LCC’s mental health counselors are all licensed and trained.
Jeff Wright, Ph.D., LCPC – Officer/Clinical Director
Jim Grigg, M.S., LCPC, LMFT – Officer
Matt Boyd, MS, LCPC – Director of Counseling Services
Alicia Ascensio, MSW, LMSW
Alicia Su, MSW, LCSW
Dustin Mays, MSW, LMSW
Joy Rood, M.S., LPC
Katie Jacobs, M.S., LCPC
Lance Kingland, MSW, LMSW
LaVelle Gardner, M.S., LCPC
Shane Thomason, M.S., LPC
Stephanie Cross, M.S., LPC
Stephen Annest, MSW, LMSW
Life Counseling Center is committed to providing services to everyone regardless of financial position. Therefore, we have provided a variety of different options for payment that allow anyone who desires counseling services to receive these services.
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