Therapeutic Connections Counseling Services
                    Erika Meek, M.Ed., LPC, NCC

                         Individual, Family and Group Counseling

Services

Play Therapy

Individual Counseling:
Adults and Teens

Family Counseling

Group Counseling

Play Therapy

Play therapy is the ideal choice for children ages 4 to 12. During play therapy sessions, children are given the opportunity to express themselves through their natural form of communication, play.  Children are able to express feelings of stress, anger, sadness and fear through the use carefully selected toys.  Play stimulates creativity, self exploration, and practice with social skills, life skills and problem solving skills. Children are able to express what is troubling them even if they do not have the verbal language to do so. During play therapy, children are provided a safe and supportive environment and a trusting therapeutic relationship to work through internal struggles and learn more adaptive behaviors. 

Additional information on Play therapy


                                                  
Adolescent/Teens


Adults often seek counseling services for support and advice on working through life issues, but teens are in the process of forming their own identity and typically do not want more advice from an adult. Adults choose to attend counseling where as teens can feel forced to attend by their parents.  The first goal in counseling is for the teen to feel respected and to show them that with their help they can feel understood. Trust is the essential element in counseling and without it the therapy process comes to a hault.  Once the teen feels safe and comfortable with the counselor then we can begin to work through the issues that brought them to counseling. Most teens are able to relax in the session when given an activity to work on, therefore art, music, and other activities that foster expression of feelings are incorporated into counseling.

Adults

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and Individual Psychology Oriented Therapy is available to adults to address the following issues:
       
            Depression                        Anxiety
            Grief/Loss                        Anger Management
            Social Skills                       Parenting Skills
            Self Esteem                       Stress Management
            Relationship Conflict        Communication Skills
                

Family Counseling

Members of a family are each unique and possess different feelings, needs, wants and viewpoints. Differences can lead to difficulties and conflict within families. Family therapy focuses on the family as a unit or system and not just individual members. A therapist can help a family work towards healthier relationships and facilitate improved communication so that all members feel valued, understood and accepted. 

Animal Assisted Therapy 

The formal definition of Animal Assisted Therapy: "AAT is a goal-directed intervetion in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an intergral part of the treatment process. AAT is directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise, and within the scope of practice of his/her profession."

AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning (cognitive functioning refers to thinking and intellectual skills). AAT is provided in a variety of settings and may be group or individual in nature.

AAT is used in counseling to assist in meeting the following goals:
            Improvement in mental health
            Increased attention skills
            Develop leisure/recreation skills
            Increase self-esteem
            Reduce anxiety
            Reduce loneliness
            Increase motivation
            Improve willingness to be involved in group activity
            Improve interactions with others.
            Increase exercise.

 

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