What is a Mental Health Disorder?
A mental health disorder causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to effectively cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines. Mental health disorders may be caused by a reaction to environmental stresses, genetic factors, biochemical imbalances, or a combination of these. With proper care and treatment many individuals learn to cope or recover from a mental illness or emotional disorder.
What is Mental Health Counseling?
Mental Health Counseling is a tool used to address mental health problems. It is a joint effort between the professional counselor and the client to identify goals and explore solutions to problems that cause emotional distress. Counselors work with clients to develop a plan of action to address the areas of distress and find resources needed.
At Authentic Journey, we believe that counseling is time limited and the goal is to help you find relief, gain coping skills, and help you on your path to healing.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Positive Behavior Support (PBS)
- Person Centered Therapy
- Interpersonal Therapy
- Trauma Focused
- Family Systems
Areas of Specialty
Trauma (childhood and adult)
Teen dating violence
Domestic violence (victim focus)
Individual counseling is a personal opportunity to receive support and experience growth during challenging times in life. Individual counseling can help you deal with many personal topics in life such as anger, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, marriage and relationship challenges, parenting problems, school difficulties, career changes etc.
Every couple experiences ups and downs in their levels of closeness and harmony over time. This can range from basic concerns of stagnation to serious expressions of aggressive behavior. Marriage counseling or couples counseling can help resolve conflicts and heal wounds. Overall, couples counseling can help couples slow down their downward spiral and reestablish realistic expectations and goals.
Family counseling is often sought due to a life change or stress negatively affecting one or all areas of family closeness, family structure (rules and roles) or communication style. This mode of counseling can take a variety of forms. Sometimes it is best to see an entire family together for several sessions. Common issues addressed in family counseling are concerns around parenting, sibling conflict, loss of family members, new members entering the family, dealing with a major move or a general change affecting the family system.
Group counseling allows you to find out that you are not alone in your type of life challenge. To be involved in a group of peers who are in a similar place not only increases your understanding of the struggles around the topic but also the variety in the possible solutions available. Groups revolve around a common topic like: anger management, self-esteem, divorce, domestic violence, recovery from abuse and trauma, parenting, substance abuse and recovery, etc.
What You Should Expect from Us
You can expect to be treated with respect, dignity, and to have a voice in your treatment. One of our counselors will have an initial intake session in which they will explore your concerns and help you come up with a plan of action to address these concerns. The frequency of counseling sessions will be established and we will answer any questions you may have. Counseling is a collaborative effort and it is important that you feel comfortable with your counselor in order to make the progress you are looking for. At Authentic Journey, we believe in transparency and honesty and we are happy to partner with you in your journey to recovery.
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