Our Services Explained
Life can be very stressful. Unexpected events, such as illness, job loss, and relocation can make it difficult for even any of us who function well. Counseling at this point can help you deal with your life stresses, with a minimal impact on you and your family.
It is not difficult to recognize the inherent problems in life-stage crises such as divorce, aging parents, or even death of a loved one. Often people seek out a therapist during these events and find relief. However, there are predictable life-stage crises that are less obvious, but can also cause problems such as the birth of a child, a child leaving for college, retirement. All can put emotional stress on an individual, couple or family. Counseling can help.
Some trauma is short term and acute. Incidents such as being involved in a car accident, assault, plane crash, or even surviving a natural or man-made disaster (think 9/11). Some trauma is chronic, such as growing up in an alcoholic or physically or sexually abusive home. Either way, trauma leaves a deep mark on its survivors, and they can be affected for years. Symptoms may include difficulty sleeping, anxiety, irritability, poor concentration, eating issues, hyper-vigilance, and even substance abuse. It is rare that these symptoms will resolve without counseling. Therapists trained in trauma work can help an individual achieve a calmer, more fulfilling life.
Loss and Grief
Interface Center offers counseling and psychotherapy to ease the trauma of grief and loss as well as the anxiety and depression which can be triggered by such losses.
All of Interface Centerís staff are well trained in the techniques of individual psychotherapy, a form of counseling in which the focus is on working with the client alone to relieve distress from their psychological symptoms (such as anxiety and depression) to understand the origins of their problems and to develop skill to deal with them more effectively.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy which uses bilateral stimulation of the brain (such as eye movements) to treat trauma as well as a variety of other conditions, such as anxiety (panic and phobias and performance anxiety), disturbing memories (including sexual and physical abuse), and pain disorders.
Parent-Child Conflict is the ongoing fighting and arguing present between a parent and a child exceeding the normal disagreements and friction in a family which often occurs during the developmental stage of separation individuation. Parent-child conflict results when a balance between control and permissiveness is not reached. Adolescent and childrenís counseling and/or family counseling helps alleviate parent-child conflict and help ease these tensions.
School Adjustment and School Avoidance Difficulties
School adjustment and school avoidance difficulties are varied and can manifest through symptoms of social, emotional (such as anxiety and depression) and academic difficulties. Determining the root of these issues requires careful assessment and will differ from child to child. If your child is having problems in school, consult a trained and licensed professional for assessment and treatment.
Depression is very common. More than 19 million Americans are diagnosed with depression every year. It causes people to lose pleasure in life, frequently complicates other medical conditions, and can be serious enough to lead individuals to attempt suicide. Depression can occur with anyone, at any age, of any race or ethnic group.
Fewer than half the people suffering from depression seek treatment. This is unfortunate because people almost always find treatment for depression is successful. The most common treatment options are psychotherapy, counseling, and medication.
Symptoms of depression include depressed mood, sadness, emptiness, diminished pleasure or interest in activities once enjoyed, sleep and appetite disturbance, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and remembering, difficulty making decisions, thoughts of suicide or death, etc. In adolescents and children, depression is frequently seen in increased irritability, agitation, anger, or hostility.
Anxiety is an apprehension or nervousness associated with anticipation of danger or misfortune. It is accompanied by feelings of being upset and symptoms of tension (e.g. sweaty palms, heart palpitations).
Normal anxiety occurs for most people before important events such as a speech, a wedding, or on a first day on the job. Normal anxiety helps us to focus our thoughts and energy to provide concentration on a task.
However, abnormal anxiety causes people to feel frightened, distressed, and uneasy for no apparent reason. The level of anxiety is beyond what one would expect and interferes with a personís functioning.
Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. These behaviors can range from mild to disabling. Early diagnosis and intervention are critical for the best prognosis. It is believed one in 150 children will have autism.
There are other developmental disorders known as autistic spectrum disorders. These include Aspergerís Disorder, Rett Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).
Several professionals believe there are adult forms of autism that can be helped in counseling by teaching social skills and structure. People with autism can also suffer from other emotional issues (e.g. depression, anxiety) that can be helped by psychotherapy/counseling.
Sometimes anxiety, depression and other symptoms stem from the stress of marriage and relationship problems. These can originate from poor communication skills, learned patterns for families of origin or the psychological problems of one or both individuals. Interface Centerís therapists are trained to provide marriage and couples counseling (including Imago Relationship Therapy) to help deal with such problems.
Marital and Couple Therapy
Relationships can often cause significant distress for individuals (such as anxiety, depression and even trauma). Marital and couple therapy is focused on dealing with problems in the relationships such as communication problems or unhealthy behavioral strategies learned in families of origin.
Family counseling involves all the individuals in the family system to either help ease the problems of the hurting individual or to heal the conflict or discord in the family itself.