What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matter compared to what lies within us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Empower. Support. Encourage. Strengthen. Educate.
We work with adolescents and adults adults (11+) going through difficult transitions and seasons of their lives.
What to expect
The therapeutic relationship is built on mutual respect and communication. The beginning is an important time of building the foundation for the counseling relationship, establishing goals, and collaboratively determining the best way to move forward.
With adults, the initial session will primarily consist of completing and discussing paperwork, and the next few sessions will allow for you and your counselor to get to know one another before delving into the deeper issues. This period of time also allows for you to determine if you feel comfortable and safe, and to ask any questions you may have about the process.
With children, the first session will consist of speaking with the parent or parents regarding paperwork, discussing confidentiality with the child (this is a safe place), and starting the process of developing rapport with the child.
Counseling fees are equal to the current industry standards based on experience, education and licensing qualifications. Initial phone consultations are free. Medicaid accepted, please inquire about other insurance companies.
Healing and Change
We believe the therapeutic relationship between an individual and counselor is an essential component and important catalyst for change, and that clients must feel safe within that relationship before they can move toward a more holistic version of themselves.
We strive to help clients feel safe by developing genuine relationships, and journeying with them through the process of self-exploration.
Change is a highly individualized process, and it does not happen in the same way or in the same amount of time for all clients. It typically is not a single occurrence, nor an epiphany that suddenly gives direct insight into issues or a direct route toward healing. It tends to be a process of learning and growth that occurs at the pace an individual is comfortable with.
Humans were created to be relational beings and that all humans have a desire to know and to truly be known - as a whole person encompassing both light and darkness. It is in the context of relationship that we learn how to view the world, how to relate to others, and how to view ourselves. Relationships can both hurt us and heal us. Some relationships can be highly destructive and damaging to us, and negatively distort our understanding of who we are and were created to be; and other relationships can be incredibly healing and can challenge and encourage us to become the best version of ourselves.
It is in the context of safe relationships, such as the relationship between client and counselor, that we can let our defenses down enough to reveal our most desperate thoughts and explore our shadows. These relationships can also act as a mirror for us, reflecting our irrational and harmful thought and behavioral patterns, and help us to see the kind of people we want to become.