At Primrose we Provide the following services:
Individual psychotherapy is work with a therapist that best matches your individual needs. There are many different types of psychotherapy that you may have heard about: Psycho-dynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy and many more. Our therapists are skilled in several types of therapy, but most people do not usually know much about them. The most important thing is that you build a rapport with your therapist. Once you and your therapist have a good rapport and begin to build a trusting relationship a treatment plan is developed that allows you a process for discovering thoughts and feelings and developing new coping skills. Your therapist will work with you to identify your goals for therapy and the two of you will work together to come up with a unique treatment plan that will meet your individual needs.
Sean and Sarah had been married for 16 years before they decided to begin couples counseling. They have three children, and both work full-time. Both were feeling very stressed out and disconnected from one another. They found that they were always fighting. They felt that their lives had become very mundane, yet stressful. It was working every day, coming home, and dealing with the activities of their three children. They had no time for one another. The children were beginning to act out and were fearful that their parents were going to get a divorce. When Sean and Sarah recognized the fear and acting out behaviors in their children, they decided that they needed some help with their marriage to keep their family together and healthy. When this couple came into couple’s therapy it was clear that there were a few big issues that were present for them. 1. They did not know how to communicate with each other. 2.) There was an incredible amount of stress in their lives. 3) They had lost the connection between the two of them and did not know each other in the present. Couples counseling begins with evaluating a couple’s communication style. When a couple comes in for counseling, I tell them that if they have good communication, they can solve most problems but if they do not have good communication, they have a hard time even deciding where to have dinner. The first thing we do in couple’s therapy is learn new ways to communicate. As we work on communication, we then tackle the problems in the relationship. This is much easier with new communication skills because there is no fighting like the couple was doing at home. Sessions can be difficult as the couple tries to reconnect but there is a balance to that. As couples begin to reconnect, they are asked to begin spending time tougher having fun with each other. They need to get reacquainted with the person they fell in love with. Couples counseling is not all about difficult issues, a lot of it is meant to be enjoyable and we do laugh a lot in sessions. This couple also needed to learn stress reduction. They both took advantage of some services we have right at Primrose. Sarah began doing yoga and Sean opted for some bodywork. Within 6 months this couple found a way to get away together for a vacation, just them. Today they have a stronger marriage and are teaching their children the communication skills they have learned in therapy. Couples therapy does work, and people learn a lot.
The goal of family therapy is to help restructure the dynamics in families to help families move beyond the conflicts that may be present. It is geared to help families understand one another and develop rules, roles, boundaries, and positive behaviors that meet the needs of the family system. The emphasis is on the family system and not just one individual. The client is the family. The therapists at Primrose use a variety of Family Systems techniques to best meet the needs of the individual family. There is no one definition of family and in today’s society there are many different types of families. We honor, respect, and recognize all types of families. There is no minimum age for children. Often family therapy and individual therapy are combined if the therapist finds this would be helpful. Family therapy teaches communication. It can be difficult, but it can also be lighthearted, and activities can be fun.
Mindfulness is the practice of being in the moment. For many of us who suffer from stress and anxiety one of the causes is that we are worrying about the future or looking back at the past. Learning to be in moment can bring anxiety down and teach you to connect with yourself, ground yourself and enter into a meditation practice. Meditation is a practice that helps to quiet the mind and stay in the present, notice thoughts and feelings that arise. Anyone can meditate. There are diverse types of meditation that you may be interested in such as guided imagery, breathing, body scan or progressive body relaxation. All mindfulness practices can help the body to restore and to heal. At Primrose, we work with you to find the practice that fits you.
When there is a crisis in someone’s life there needs to be immediate intervention to help give people immediate coping skills, treatment, and resources. Early intervention is critical during a crisis to help give people the best outcomes. What is a crisis? A crisis can be a wide range of unexpected things that change our lives: sudden illness, death of a loved one, depression and feeling suicidal, loss of a job or any major transition in life.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes. (EMDR.com)
Polarity Therapy is a holistic approach to healing that helps the body balance itself, removing energy blocks that can get in the way of optimal physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing, Bodywork: Polarity therapy uses a number of touch skills that help the body to relax, release tension, anxiety. The touch skills can range from a very soft touch to more rigorous or deep work depending on the needs of the client. The balancing of the energy in the body and can help the body restore health and manage pain. Emotional Wellbeing: Polarity Therapy can help clients to discover what they want for themselves on their wellness journey. Polarity Therapy can support a process of self-discovery and awareness for clients who are working on emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction Polarity therapy is one of the holistic treatment modalities used at Primrose. It can be a good adjunct to psychotherapy or a therapy all on its own. Some of the reasons someone may choose to try Polarity therapy is that it can be helpful in the treatment of Chronic Pain Addiction Trauma Depression Anxiety Physical Illness Emotional Distress Acute and Chronic Stress Disorders And many other conditions.
When taking a holistic approach, it is important to look at the relationship between nutrition and mental health. There are direct links between nutrition and depression, anxiety, substance use and recovery, eating disorders and most other mental health issues. This is why Erin came to work at Primrose and brings a valuable service to our clients. Erin takes a bio-individual approach to nutrition because there is never a one-size-fits all approach that is optimal for everyone. Each person has their own nutrition needs based on ancestry, current lifestyle, health history, current health struggles and preferences. Erin starts by addressing the foundations of health including whole-food nutrition, blood sugar balancing, good digestion, balanced fatty acids & minerals, and hydration. In supporting these foundations, our body has the amazing ability to rejuvenate itself so that we feel whole and highly functional again. Erin is a proponent of building healthy practices in small bite-sized pieces so that new lifestyle habits feel doable, and more importantly, SUSTAINABLE. Small wins will give you confidence and provide motivation to keep going. The compound effect of those small changes, done consistently over time, will lead to long-term change, and that’s what we want! When you work with Heather, you’ll have an empathetic and steadfast partner on your health journey, so you never feel you are alone in the process.
Health Coaching is different the Psychotherapy, Infact it is not Psychotherapy. Health Coaching helps individuals identify core health related goals they have and using a holistic model they are taught how to reach those goals. Clients are taught that Health is about having a balance in all areas of our lives.
Do you dread going to work each morning? Did you “follow your passion” but now find yourself feeling unfulfilled and frustrated? Are you wondering if changing careers is the right move for you? To experience a fully happy life, it’s important to have a career that you love. But a recent study concluded that over 50% of Americans are dissatisfied (if not downright unhappy) with their work. This dissatisfaction can lead to stress, anxiety and even depression. This unhappiness can also bleed over into your personal life, negatively impacting the relationships you have with friends and loved ones. Career counseling can help you choose a career or completely change your career at any stage in your life. Embarking on a new career, though exciting, can also be incredibly stressful, and most people find they could use some help navigating the journey. Career counselors have been trained to provide concrete career information resources and discuss career development. In a career counseling session, you and your counselor may discuss: Your particular skills or talents to determine which career may align best Higher educational requirements and opportunities Potential earnings of various careers Daily working environments Opportunities for advancement If you “followed your passion” but ended up in a career that no longer suits you, career counseling can help you figure out which direction to go next. If you’re interested in exploring career counseling, contact me today for a free consultation. I would be more than happy to help you get back on the right track.
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