Therapeutic Services

Psychotherapy refers to therapeutic interaction or treatment between a trained clinical practitioner professional (e.g., Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, etc.) and a patient, family, couple, or group. Together the problems are addressed and can vary in terms of their causes, influences, triggers, and potential resolutions. Our staff at Comprehensive Counseling Connections includes trained and licensed providers with extensive clinical experience in various settings including schools, college counseling centers, community mental health centers, and inpatient psychiatric units.

It is our aim to increase the individual’s sense of well-being through exploration, discovery, skill-building, problem-solving, and communication.

Couple Therapy

Couple therapy is focused on the relationship, rather than an individual. Common issues assessed and targeted are conflict and anger management, emotional detachment, lack of intimacy, unexpressed needs, not feeling heard, negativity, and misunderstandings. Skills known to bring about positive change within a relationship are effective communication (e.g., listening, using assertive versus aggressive actions, etc.), altering aversive strategies, coping with anger, taking time to reflect, and identifying “your couple system.” Couples need to learn how to avoid competing with each other, and need to identify common life goals and ways to share responsibilities within their relationship. There are times the process is very similar to individual psychotherapy, sometimes it is more like mediation, and sometimes it is educational. Combining these three components in couple therapy is what makes it effective.

Family Therapy

Family therapy focuses on changes within a family, and distinguishes the differences between family members and the ways in which family dynamics impact the feelings, behavior and psychological adjustment of every family member. Instead of meeting with one individual, all or most family members are involved in the therapeutic process. At times, the family therapist may focus on a parent-child relationship in order to repair and rebuild this relationship. Parent coaching, parent education, and parent support often proves helpful in this process of change.

In blended families, the therapist may include stepparents, step-siblings, and half-siblings, depending on where the conflicts are rooted. When children in blended families have adjustment problems, it may be helpful for all parents and stepparents to work together in family therapy long as communications remain supportive toward the child or children’s needs to resolve problems. Many divorced couples are not capable of focusing on their children’s adjustment issues; instead they rehash the couple conflicts in family therapy sessions. Such behavior is not productive, and destructive. These are issues for consideration to determine who will be included in the family therapy process, or how it needs to proceed.

Art Therapy

As defined by the American Art Therapy Association {2013}, “Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitates by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapist is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art {drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms} and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques.”

For more information on art therapy, see www.arttherapy.org.

Our Specialties Include:

  • Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children 8 through 18
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • College Planning
  • Career Changes
  • Group Therapy