Therapy and Social-Emotional Skill Building for Adults, Teens and Tweens
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Through a collaborative counselor-client partnership, we work together to help you gain a better understanding of your symptoms, thoughts and behaviors, how they came to be and the purposes they are serving, and the ways in which you are responding to internal and external barriers. From a place of greater self-awareness, we can expand your coping strategies and improve your relationships—with yourself, and with others.
Rooted in cognitive-behavioral therapy, our work together can involve taking a closer look at your self talk, the internal dialogue we all have when we are thinking. If we identify a supportive internal dialogue, we can zero in on the strengths and traits you possess and can draw upon when you need to tap into your resiliency. If we identify negative self talk, we can help you to become aware of your thought patterns, explore their origins, and begin to develop a more realistic and self-supportive set of messages.
We can also work together to expand your toolkit of coping skills with an emphasis on mindfulness. Becoming more mindful can allow you to make more intentional choices, reduce impulsive thoughts or actions, get to know yourself better, and improve your ability to relax.
Some common concerns that bring adults to counseling include:
Filling in the space between family and peer support, individual counseling for adolescents often involves a focus on relationships with self and others. Many teens are challenged as they work toward a healthy self-concept, leaving them at higher risk for depression, anxiety, unhealthy relationships, substance abuse, academic decline, suicidal thoughts and self-injurious behaviors.
Our work together can involve developing a better understanding of yourself and your values and where it becomes challenging to live out those values in the world. It can also involve a strengthening of the reflection and communication skills necessary to navigate relationships with parents, friends, and other important individuals in your life.
Some common concerns that bring teens to counseling include:
- anxiety and social anxiety
- school and academic pressures
- relationship concerns
- navigating life online
- emerging sexual development
- risk-taking behaviors
- body image
Common changes experienced during later childhood include growing independence, a greater focus on dynamics with peers, the beginnings of puberty, and the fine-tuning of circuits in the brain. The arrival of the ability to think about thinking can lead to seemingly endless comparisons and insecurities about fitting in with and measuring up to peers. Individual counseling with tweens often involves taking a closer look at what is being communicated by emotions and behaviors—if we look at feelings as a foreign language, we can consider what you might be trying to tell yourself and others, and where those messages may be getting misunderstood or mistranslated.
Some common concerns that bring tweens to counseling include:
- regulating big feelings
- navigating peer relationships
- social hierarchies and cliques
- body self-consciousness
- interpreting the messages of popular culture
- sadness and moodiness
Social-emotional learning is the process through which individuals take in and apply information, skills, and mindsets that contribute to:
*The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
Social-emotional learning IS intentional living in action. It involves understanding and developing social and emotional skills, and placing a more deliberate focus on the process of making thoughtful and responsible decisions. Too often, SEL skills are overlooked or left to chance. If an individual is never taught how to identify or express emotions, or how to look at a situation from another person's perspective, it's quite likely that these skills will be un- or underdeveloped. Children are explicitly taught mathematical computation and phonics; so too should we intentionally teach these essential intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to best prepare all of us to interact successfully and thoughtfully with others.
And, if we have only recently begun to teach SEL skills to children, it's clear that most adults have gaps in their own social-emotional education. Thus, SEL serves as a core principle informing the counseling services at Intentional Living, delivered through individual and group counseling, and class or workshop modalities for adults, teens and tweens. Upcoming SEL groups and workshops at Intentional Living will be posted here. Check the Collaborations page for SEL groups, workshops, classes, and camps offered within other programs and organizations in and around the Rochester area.
The fee for an initial 60-minute appointment is $125. The fee for each 50-60 minute follow-up session for individuals, couples, and/or families is $100. Fees for groups or workshops will be communicated at the time of enrollment. Payment can be made by cash, check, or by placing a credit card on file. Payment can also be made using a health savings account (HSA) or flex savings account (FSA).
At this time, I am considered an out-of-network (OON) provider for all insurances. If you will be using OON insurance benefits, the full session fee will be due from you after each session. You will receive a monthly superbill electronically that you can then submit to your insurance company to receive any reimbursement to which you are entitled. I would be happy to speak with you and/or assist you in speaking with your insurance company to further clarify your OON benefits and how they may be accessed.