These services are offered to best meet the needs of the individual, couple, or family who desire help and change.
- Parent Groups
Professional Clinical Counseling is defined as the application of counseling interventions and psychotherapeutic techniques to identify and remediate cognitive, mental, and emotional issues, including personal growth, adjustments to disability, crisis intervention, and psychosocial and environmental problems. It may include conducting assessments and making mental health diagnosis for the purpose of establishing counseling goals and objectives to empower individuals to deal adequately with life situations, reduce stress, experience growth, change behavior, and make well-informed rational decisions.
Therapy where the counselor meets with one individual for the benefit of maximizing the time between therapist and clients to ensure a clear diagnosis and treatment of that one individual.
Healing of Memories.
Problems in the present often have their roots in the past. If we can bring about a healing of “heart scars” from those earlier life experiences, in most instances we can break free from the bondage of psychological distress. We then can become all that God has intended us to be in the present. The Lord brings healing to our lives in many different ways. He sometimes chooses to use Christian counseling and psychotherapy as the vehicle for His healing touch. A breakthrough form of treatment for healing of memories called EMDR is available at Centered for Life.
Neurotherapy, also called neurofeedback (NFB), EEG biofeedback, or brainwave training is a type of alternative therapy, more specifically a type of biofeedback that uses realtime displays of electroencephalography (EEG) to illustrate brain activity. There is no electricity going into the brain during neurotherapy. The neurotherapy hardware only reads the brain’s realtime activity as the therapeutic process itself helps to “train” the brain to be healthier.
Here is a “real life” experience with Neuro-feedback. In this documentary a woman asks the hard questions and gets some actual experience with this form of therapy.
Therapy where the life coach of counselor meets with family members to improve communication, solve family problems, understand and handle special family situations (for example: death, serious physical or mental illness, or child and adolescent issues) and create a better functioning home environment.
Many couples get caught up in spending time planning their weddings without developing a concrete and intentional plan for a successful marriage. The ideal time to become more conscious about your upcoming marriage is when the feelings you have for your partner are positive. Pre-marital counseling can give you insight into where your particular relationship dynamics might be heading in the wrong direction. Centered for Life specializes in the use of an assessment called Prepare/Enrich to ensure a holistic and comprehensive overview of the relationship and the strengths and weaknesses that are present. Ideally, this is done in six to ten sessions.
The focus of couples therapy is to identify the presence of dissatisfaction and distress in the relationship, and to devise and implement a treatment plan with objectives designed to improve or alleviate the presenting symptoms and restore the relationship to a better and healthier level of functioning. Clients should be advised that honesty, providing all necessary information, cooperation, keeping appointments on time, and a sincere desire for change and improvement are all imperative to increase the chance of a successful outcome. Marriage counseling also focus’ on understanding both client’s symptoms and the way the interactions contribute to problems in the marriage relationship. Typically, during the sessions, we are given background information about the couple, what the current problem(s) is/are, and help the couple find a solution that is best for them. We help couples learn to deal more effectively with their problems, and help prevent small problems from becoming serious problems. A multitude of relational tools and assessments are used to maximize treatment.
Group encompasses several types of groups for variety of purposes. All groups exists to help individuals grow emotionally and solve personal problems. Unlike the simple two-person relationship between client and counselor in individual therapy, group therapy offers multiple relationships to assist the individual in growth and problem solving. This provides for the opportunity for the individuals to develop authentic community and to practice new skills in a safe, loving environment.
Pastoral Counseling/Spiritual Direction
Pastoral counseling means the services we offer are nurturing and sensitive to leading for the Holy Spirit and God’s Word. An important supporting belief in our pastoral work is that an individuals spiritual life is a valuable resource for resolving conflict, healing wounds, and creating meaning and value in the lives of persons. Pastoral counseling uses both psychological and theological resources to provide a holistic solutions to the problems at hand. We have found if individuals embrace their spiritual lives they tend to grow spiritually, relationally and emotionally exponentially.
Life coaching experts focus on how to harness mental skills in order to achieve optimal levels of performance through increased confidence, consistency, and character development. In addition, life coaching sessions are action-oriented, focus on future hopes and desires and may occur in a variety of settings, including our office, your place of work, or other public places to meet.
Crisis Intervention & First Responders
Crisis intervention is emergency psychological first aid aimed at assisting individuals in a crisis situation to restore balance to a person’s life. The priority is stabilization. Crises are usually temporary with a short span so the intervention care given is usually very time oriented and crisis-specific.
Recently we have begun offering Life Coaching sessions via video chat software such as Skype or FaceTime. This service is not provided by all therapists/coaches, so please check with your counselor if this is a service you are interested in.
Women’s retreat is for the purpose of setting aside time from their daily routine to focus their hearts and minds on emotional and spiritual growth. The time usually consists of a speaker or facilitator, small group discussion along with music and worship. It is held at a retreat or conference center over the course of a weekend.
Marriage Retreats are held for the purpose of setting aside very specific time to focus on a couples relationship. The time consists of a speaker or facilitator, small group discussion, and plenty of down time to process new tools that have been reviewed. It is held over a weekend, and length depends on subjects covered and speaker used.
Marriage Workshops at Centered for Life are held in a four hour time slot with three different sessions and fifteen minute breaks held in between sessions. These “Refresh” Workshops talk about God’s idea of what marriage was supposed to be, what the world has done to destroy the concept of a healthy marriage, and give you tools, encouragement and practical help to work on your marriage.
These are perfect for the couple who would benefit from a weekend of therapy as opposed to having weekly counseling sessions to help maneuver through the mountain of pain and gain valuable tools to help heal your marriage. This concentrated time will give you the advantage of working consecutive hours and days to focus on therapy in order to accomplish restoring love and rebuilding trust at a much deeper level. This is ideal for the busy professional who would rather get down to the root problem quickly rather than take several months of counseling. These intensives allow couples to escape the distractions of work, children, computer, cell phones, etc. so that spouses can give their undivided attention to each other. Marriage Intensives are appropriate for couples who are at different stages of chaos in their marriage.
All services are provided in a comfortable, private and confidential setting and are scheduled by appointment.