It is our mission at Journey Counseling Center, to inspire and ignite hope, passion, learning, and growth. To offer a safe and healthy environment for change. To treat each individual with respect, dignity, and honesty on their journey of recovery. We aim to uncover and empower growth toward each client’s greatest and most evolved self.
We each provide comprehensive treatment for adults, adolescents, and children, including Couples and Family therapy. We also offer services to address stress management, life adjustment assistance, blended family issues, and substance use treatment. Each individual who enters services will have a unique need and therefore a specific plan for treatment will be developed just for them.
Each individual’s treatment is specifically tailored to meet their needs and assist them in reaching their goals. Once an assessment is completed you will work with your therapist to develop goals for your treatment. This will include any skills you would like to learn, behaviors to change, or issues you would like to have different. Then at each session, you will be working with your therapist to determine the best way to accomplish those goals.
For Young People:
If the client is a child, the parents are typically more involved at the beginning of treatment to assist the therapist in assessment of the child and their needs. The parents are also involved in identifying goals and determining the plan for treatment. As treatment progresses, the parents are encouraged to check in with the therapist and inform them of any ongoing issues or progress.
Depending on the young person’s age and development level, the therapist may assist the client in vocalizing their concerns or needs to parents. With older adolescents, the teen will be encouraged to communicate for themselves, to learn skills to express themselves, and to communicate their own needs in an effort to form healthy boundaries and assertiveness.
In family therapy, the identified client will come in for treatment, this may be an adult or child. The child will have a parent involved from the beginning of treatment and it would be discussed that family treatment may be a useful approach given the situation.
Individual issues will first be addressed, if necessary. The client will also address the purpose of family treatment and how best to communicate their own concerns in a healthy way that is productive. At the point in treatment that the client is prepared for family members to attend, the issues will then be addressed with family to discuss the larger issues impacting siblings, parents, or blended family members.
Blended Family Issues
Due to the complex issues that can now be observed in our society with blended families, these issues will be discussed in treatment. Every situation is so unique it is best to discuss them with your therapist to determine the most beneficial way to address the issues and who should be present for the treatment.
One individual in the couple (not married or married) is the identified client. This person is who is effected more by the conflict or issues that are being faced. That means this individual can identify symptoms they are experiencing due to the relationship problems, ei. stress, sleep problems, anxiety, worry, sadness, crying, agitation, irritability, anger, changes in appetite, etc. This person should be the one who schedules the appointment and completes the initial paperwork. However, in some situations, both individuals may be asked to complete paperwork. The sooner these issues are addressed the better given the amount of damage that can be done to the relationship when the issues are not being resolved. It is best for children not to attend these session.
Multiple methods of treatment are utilized in doing work with couples and the specific treatment used will depend on the individuals and the particular concerns they are experiencing.