Information about Counseling Services: counseling can be useful for anyone who feels stuck but has been unable to make strides on his or her own. Counseling can be initiated to address one discrete issue or many complex issues. Regardless of the focus of the treatment, the format of the treatment can differ. Sessions may include individual, couples, or family therapy, depending upon who is affected by the issue at hand. The type of therapy chosen will depend upon the client’s needs, financial situation, and availability of time. We offer therapy services by Caucasian, Chinese and African American Therapists. Services are provided both in English and Mandarin.
Play Therapy: Play therapy is a combination of individual and family therapy. Typically the trained therapist meets with the child and his or her parent(s) for the first part of the session and spends the remainder of the session one on one with the child in the playroom. The therapist uses various play materials to help children express what is troubling them. Play therapy is most useful for children between the ages of 3 and 11 years old. Families often seek this developmentally appropriate treatment modality when their children are affected by divorce, ADHD, bereavement, trauma, peer difficulties, aggression, school misbehavior and other issues that negatively impact the child. Play-Family Therapy can also be used preventively when parents feel that the situation may decline without attention to a particular concern. Children use play to master feelings, concerns and confusing or unsettling life events. Play therapy provides children with a clinical setting in which they can create lasting resolutions that can be safely discovered, rehearsed, mastered and adapted into lifelong strategies.
Individual Therapy: Individual therapy involves one-to-one interaction with a trained therapist. Typically, a client meets with a therapist once a week until the client feels satisfied. Nearly everyone can benefit from individual therapy. Individual therapy can help people gain insight about themselves and discover the tools they need to achieve their own goals. For example, people often seek therapy because they feel depressed, experience panic attacks, have trouble dating, feel lonely, or feel fat but are unable to maintain a diet or workout routine. Individual therapy can help clients to develop healthy patterns and routines to cope with life’s ongoing challenges.
Couples Therapy: Couples therapy involves two-to-one interaction with a trained therapist. In couples therapy, the two people in a relationship typically meet weekly with a therapist. Couples therapy is appropriate for all persons in relationships. Many couples seek therapy to save a failing relationship or to work through a specific issue. Other couples seek therapy to prepare for marriage, or to gain clarity about their vulnerabilities as a couple. Sometimes one or both partners pursue individual therapy concurrently – in addition to couples therapy – to address individual issues interfering with the relationship. Couples therapy can strengthen the bond between partners.
Family Therapy: Family therapy typically involves one therapist meeting with an entire family (or several family members) to address issues that impact the whole family. Family therapy is a useful modality to help strengthen the ways in which family members relate to one another. Frequently, parents seek out family therapy when they are not getting along with their children, their kids are ‘out of control’, or there is immense sibling rivalry. Other times, family therapy is sought when a family’s capacity to handle life’s stressors is diminished due to difficult transitions, such as divorce, the loss of a job, the return of a parent to the workplace, a death in the family, or the creation of a blended family.
When seeking therapy it is always preferable to choose a therapist who has experience in helping clients with similar issues. For example, while most therapists have some knowledge about sexuality issues, sexual problems are best managed by a therapist who concentrates on sexual function/dysfunction issues and has received specialized training in these areas. Similarly, someone seeking help for an eating disorder is best helped by a therapist who specializes in eating disorders. For a better understanding of our therapists’ specialties, please refer to our biographies in the About Us section of the site as well as our Information Center where you can read many self-help articles written by our therapists. You may also contact our Director, “Alex” Caroline Robboy, CAS, ACSW, LCSW at (267) 324–9564 to discuss your particular situation.