Individual therapy sessions focus on the individual therapeutic goals we set together at the beginning of therapy. When looking at research, it is proven time and time again that therapy works for a variety of problems you may face throughout your lifetime. However, this is not guaranteed, nor is it easy. There are several factors that play into successful therapeutic outcomes. If you are struggling with a problem and are wanting to change, why not choose therapy, if it has shown to be effective?
Individual therapy sessions consist of 45-60 minute sessions, often once per week.
Relationships can be difficult. Whether you are a new couple, or have been together for many years, issues can arise that result in a breakdown of communication, compromise intimacy, or challenge trust in each other. A lot of times, these issues are related to unmet needs. Therapy is an excellent opportunity to discuss the difficulties and receive professional guidance and feedback. In addition, therapy allows the time, energy, and safe space to discuss both sides of the relationship.
Many times, especially when working with children or adolescents, family therapy may be necessary. An issue for one family member may be the symptom of a larger family problem. Only treating one family member is like putting a band-aid on a cut requiring stitches. Any change in one family member will affect the family as a whole and each family member individually. Family therapy provides the space to discuss these changes and how they affect one or many family members within the family system.
Research shows that children and adolescents can both benefit from therapy. We use a multitude of creative modalities and interventions to engage the child or adolescent in the therapeutic process. Although the child or adolescent may be our client, we still know that therapy works best with parental involvement. A child or adolescent must be treated within the family system. At the beginning or ending of the session, I will meet with the parent to provide an update and any suggestions regarding the child, while still respecting the child’s privacy.
Reunification Therapy is typically appropriate for parents and children who have experienced a disruption in their relationship due to resistance or refusal of visitation, introduction of a parent to a child, or a court order. Reunification therapy can be challenging and difficult, as both sides want to “win”. This is not a “cookie cutter” process, and everyone’s case is different. We take pride in these cases, as they can take a long time to complete and there may be multiple bumps and hiccups along the way. Our Reunification Therapy Agreement further outlines the process and provides “rules and recommendations” for this process.
Substance Abuse Counseling
There is a lot involved when one is struggling with addiction. There are struggles within the individual, struggles with managing stress, and struggles with relationships that have been affected by the addiction. Calming Waters has a licensed clinical addiction specialist (LCAS) to offer substance abuse counseling to those in need.
Your First Appointment
Once we have connected and scheduled your first appointment, the first session or two will center around fully assessing the problem that brought you into the office, and answering any initial questions you may have. We want to get to know you, and build trust so that we can best assist you. Subsequent sessions will be based on your identified goals, which we can discuss together, so we can work together to achieve what initially brought you into my office.
New Client Paperwork
Please print, complete, and bring to your first appointment the following forms:
If you will be using your health insurance to pay for therapy, please bring your insurance card and a photo ID.
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address: 447 S. Sharon Amity Rd., Suite 105, Charlotte, North Carolina 28211 phone: (980) 299-7436 fax: (980) 226-5507