Child & Adolescent Counseling
Parenting can be one of the most challenging task a person will ever undertake. Couple the already difficult task of parenting with a child who is struggling with grief, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, addiction or behavioral problems and it is overwhelming. Kids are often dealing with similar stressors as adults including divorce, grief, addiction, and crime. Counseling with children and adolescents will often require the parents involvement. Although some children can benefit from individual therapy, parental or other adult caregiver involvement in the process can be the key to long term success. Parents have a significant impact on their children’s lives and will be there after the therapist is gone. For this reason parents and/or other adult caregivers will often be invited in to sessions and may even be asked to participate in individual sessions with the therapist. Read more about child & adolescent counseling
It is through our family that we first develop how we view our self, others and the world. As children look to their parents they learn what it means to be a woman, a man, a mother, a father, etc. The family is the primary influence and system through which all else develops. The relationships that are established within a family are a vital determinate of psychological health.Family’s today are faced with a number of stressors including divorce and remarriage, depression, sexual abuse, substance abuse, and simply balancing the stress of life with the time that a family needs to connect. Family counseling is designed to assist family’s in identifying the sources of conflict and learning healthy ways to solve problems and communicate. Read more about family counseling.
According to the latest statistics provided by the Institute of Psychology nearly 50% of first marriages end in divorce and that percentage rises for second (63%) and third (75%) marriages. The decision to seek marital therapy often comes at a difficult and sensitive time in a couple's relationship. A couple may be struggling with the stress of raising children, infidelity, substance abuse, or basic difficulties with communication.
The first one to two sessions with your therapist will be spent collecting information, identifying goals, and gaining a better understanding of the dynamics of the relationship. The therapist may wish to meet with both members of the relationship concurrently or may ask each partner to attend individual sessions. The therapist will also likely assign "homework" to the couple to be done outside of sessions. Working with a therapist will assist you in learning the skills to improve your relationship including improving communication, identifying problem solving skills, and learning ways to discuss differences in a fair and calm way. Read more about marital counseling.
Parent Study Groups
Our philosophy is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolph Dreikurs, two of the most influential Austrian psychiatrists of the 20th century. They believed that misbehaving children were really discouraged children who had mistaken ideas about how to “belong” and feel important. Based on this primary assumption, we teach an approach to discipline that addresses the child’s belief as well as the behavior. Caregivers learn a positive way to teach children without punishment. Our approach is different from the counting, sticker charts and grounding that many parents and teachers have found to be frustrating, time-consuming and, ultimately, ineffectual. Read more about parent study groups.
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that most of us experience on a daily basis. This phenomenon is something that most of us utilize naturally without even realizing it. You may be skeptical of the use of hypnosis, or that you experience a form of it on most days. It is what happens when we stop intentionally analyzing things and just let go. Hypnosis is a way to allow our conscious, subconscious, and unconscious minds to work together as one and allows us to become the person we want to be.
It is likely that each of you encounter experiences similar to hypnosis almost daily. You may experience this while driving or reading a magazine. Maybe you have found yourself getting lost in a movie, a good book, or another life experience. For example, many of us have had driving experiences in which we spaced out for a few miles without recalling the scenery we’ve passed. Others may have experienced reading a book or magazine in which they realize that they are at the bottom of a page, but did not recall reading the previous lines or paragraphs. Read more about hypnosis.
Educational Testing & Consulting
The Oak Tree Guidance & Wellness Center offers a wide range of testing & assessment services. Psychological testing is used for a wide range of services to learn specific information about a person including their strengths and weaknesses. Psychological assessment can be used to predict future behavior as well as to inform others of how one might function and of what supports might be most useful to a person.
There are basically three aspects to psychological testing. Firstly, the psychologist completing the assessment will complete a clinical interview. The clinical interview is a one to two hour session during which a basic history is gathered to assist the psychologist in better understanding the person being assessed. To learn more about psychological testing services offered at Oak Tree Guidance & Wellness Center click here.
Seminars & Workshops
The Oak Tree Guidance & Wellness Center offers seminars and workshops to those who are interested. Our psychologists are specially trained and certified in a number of areas. Schools, employers, day care centers, parent support groups, and other entities are among a few populations who we have done presentations for in the past. Groups may wish to learn more information about a particular topic or simply engage in a team building exercise to increase morale or communication.
For a list of potential topics that can be presented on please see below. To book a seminar or workshop for your group please contact our office. Read more about seminars and workshops.
After a complete health history followed by observation of the tongue and pulse, acu-points are selected which are relevant to the treatment of your health concern; fine filaments are gently inserted into the appropriate points, and left in place for about 20 minutes while you rest comfortably on the table. All filaments are sterile, single-use, and solid; they are as fine as a human hair, and most patients report very little discomfort during insertion and when resting with filaments in place.
If you have an aversion to or fear of needles, or choose to decline acupuncture for any reason, there are several therapies available which are less invasive and still quite effective. Read more about acupuncture.
Yoga is not just about working out, it’s about a healthy lifestyle. The practice of yoga allows students to be still in a world consumed with chaos. Peace and tranquility achieved through focused training appeals to everyone.
Yoga’s deep breathing and meditation practices help foster an inner shift from to-do lists, kids and spouse’s needs, financial concerns and relational struggles to something a little bit bigger than the issues you face. Yoga helps relieve stress and unclutter the mind, and helps you get more focused. Read more about yoga.