Whether step-family, single-parent, multi-ethnic, or “traditional”---families today are increasingly complex and vulnerable to division, disharmony, and dysfunction. The bombardment of social media, technology, and shifting values can place stress on family structure.
Regardless of the problem, involving families in solution-oriented, emotion-focused, or systemic counseling can reduce tensions and build healthy family relationships.
Relationship counseling fine tunes communication and other skills to negotiate differences, problem solve, and even argue in a healthier way. Trust, empathy, and connection improve so that a couple can form and achieve a vision of the relationship they desire.
While couples counseling may be short-term, requiring only a few sessions to resolve a crisis, or remove a blockage, more complex difficulties may need counseling for several months.
Often couples come for counseling, not so much to rehabilitate an ailing relationship, but to polish the skills that enhance a healthy one.
Counseling and therapy is often helpful when faced with emotional, relationship, psychological, parenting, family, grief, or employment problems. Many difficulties may need only a few sessions, while others may require several months of counseling to produce lasting benefits.
Many people seek counseling for personal growth, relapse prevention, or emotional support through grief recovery. Our counselors provide calmness, acceptance, and compassionate attention to the difficulties you face.
Whether it is dependence on substances (drugs or alcohol) or behaviors (gambling or sex), addiction involves compulsively seeking to use a substance or engage in a behavior regardless of the potentially negative social, psychological, relational, and physical consequences. Breaking an addiction is difficult, but not impossible. Our treatments for addiction may help you beat your dependence.
Help with Parenting
To reduce conflict and promote childhood development toward maturation, parents often find that working with a counselor to build and refine their parenting skills can frequently remedy current problems, as well as diminish the frequency and intensity of future ones.
Counselors at Woodlands Family Institute are skilled at solution-oriented approaches that address specific challenges that parents face.
You know the difficulties in just managing your life, or you see the behaviors your child has that seem to make every moment the source chronic worry and frustration.
But how do you know where to begin? Psychological or education assessment often answers that question by pin-pointing just the right adjustment that makes all the difference or by uncovering the information that points the way forward through a carefully crafted treatment plan or behavioral program to restore optimal growth and functioning.
Therapy with children may involve simply talking about the child’s concerns, but very often children are too young to verbally articulate what is on their minds. Working with children facing tough times, our therapists often use Play as a way to help children learn to self-regulate behavior and emotions, problem-solve, reduce anxieties and fears, and build self-esteem.
Trauma can be as slight as a child’s humiliating moment at school, or it can be as horrific as rape, surviving a life-threatening car accident, or being exposed to combat.
At Woodlands Family Institute, we approach trauma from several perspectives. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Meditation, and Mindfulness have all been shown through research to be helpful.
But no matter what therapeutic approach is used, we know that is is safety, empathy, and trust that helps move a person past the crippling effects of trauma. Our counselors are careful to provide this relationship and environment in order to reduce the intensity of trauma’s aftereffects.
Supervision for Licensed Professional Counselor Interns
Woodlands Family Institute currently has three Licensed Professional Counselors offering supervision to interns needing to complete internship hours. Our supervisors are: Theora Noble, Josh Parham, and Jennifer Strauss. Please call or email them if you are a LPC intern seeking supervision. .