Posted 3/15/2015 • Estimated Read Time: 3 minutes

Who seeks counseling?
Counseling is for adults, adolescents, and children who are experiencing any distress and need short-term support services.  Individuals, couples, and families can find relief for some disruption in emotional well-being through outpatient services.  Recent national surveys indicated that:

17.8% of adults in the U.S. have some form of mental illness.

21% of children are diagnosed with some form of mental illness. 

10.7% of 12 to 17 year olds, or 2.6 million youth, experienced an episode of major depression in 2013 (SAMHSA, 2014). 
Why counseling?
We often need support in dealing with adjusting to change, coping with serious or traumatic life events, or responding to challenging behaviors from our children.  These experiences can result in conflicts, unpleasant emotions, or disruptions to our daily lives.  Counseling may provide relief for difficulties like these.  It may be time to see a counselor if an episode lasts two weeks or longer and includes feelings of depression, disrupted sleeping patterns or eating habits, or changes in energy, concentration, or feelings of self-worth. 

What does counseling look like?
Counseling services are designed to address a wide variety of problems and are tailored to meet individual needs.  Services are brief, solution-focused treatment for individuals.  Counseling is designed to help with mild to moderate symptoms of a mental health disorder.   Counseling can be a treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma, parent-child problems, anger management difficulties, and impulse control disorders.  Treatment is based upon the individual’s needs.  In order to utilize third-party funding for counseling services, individuals must have an Axis I diagnosis from the DSM-V and the provider must be a participating provider for the third-party payer. 

Getting help is easy
At first, mental illness and substance abuse may only affect one’s life in subtle ways, but if left untreated, the quality of one’s personal, school, and/or work life can be greatly impacted. 

Counseling Services at Laurel Life
Laurel Life Services are designed to create relationships and learning experiences that make a difference.  Laurel Life counseling staff provides individual, group, and family therapy.   Laurel Life serves individuals of all age ranges.  

Laurel Life clinicians provide psychotherapy designed to assist individuals to recover from a multitude of issues.  Clinicians will work with individuals to create a plan for success. Our Therapists utilize research-based resiliency practices, behavior techniques, and clinical interventions.  

Philosophical Approach
Our counseling services focus on family involvement, addressing individual characteristics, and improving one’s environment.  Counseling treatment has demonstrated positive results in addressing problems such as anxiety, depression,  hyperactivity and aggression.  Ultimately, our services focus on fostering recovery and resiliency through building protective factors both within the individual and in his/her environment.   

Resiliency is the attribute, the concept, the process that epitomizes and operationalizes the strengths perspective.  Resiliency combines the interaction of two conditions:

risk factors – stressful life events or adverse environmental conditions that increase the vulnerability of individuals
protective factors – personal, familial, and community factors that buffer, moderate, and protect against those invulnerabilities

Predominance of protective factors enable sustained competent functioning even in the presence of major life stressors.  One’s level of resiliency varies over the lifetime; it is an attribute that varies based on combination of factors present at a point in time.  Adversity is additive over time and decreases likelihood of resiliency.  

Building resiliency using a comprehensive, integrated approach is the fundamental goal of the Laurel Life.   Our capacity to successfully operate in our environment is at its best when resilience-building conditions exist in our lives.  Resiliency for individuals comes through establishing order, stability, and confidence in a positive, nurturing environment.  Services focus on building one’s capability to cope with adversity.  Interventions are designed to build upon strengths and assets and improve relationships. 

Laurel Life provides trauma-informed counseling care.  Our approach is resiliency interventions based on brain-science offers an advantage over resiliency initiatives based on social science.  

Get help before it’s too late with Laurel Life
Our wide range of Counseling Services is personalized to reflect an individual’s unique needs and circumstances. Whether struggling to cope with life’s challenges or significant mental health needs, our licensed counselors, social workers and doctoral-level psychologists are here to help you meet your goals.

Personalized interventions in a safe and supportive atmosphere
Laurel Life provides individual, group and family therapy as well as  psychiatric treatment to individuals facing any of the following personal or professional difficulties:

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Relationship problems
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Anger management problems
  • Excessive worrying
  • Eating disorders
  • Difficulties with making decisions
  • Loss of productivity due to absenteeism or tardiness
  • Change in personal appearance
  • Inattention and poor concentration
  • Accidents and work place injuries
  • Conflicts with co-workers and supervisors

A collaborative approach 

All of Laurel Life’s Outpatient Counseling Services are based on the principles of recovery and resiliency. By emphasizing treatment partnerships and increasing one’s strengths and resources, our skilled and knowledgeable therapists empower individuals to meet their goals and maximize independence. 

Available for children, adolescents and adults, Laurel Life’s treatment options include:  

  • Psychiatric and psychological evaluations for children and adolescents only
  • Medication management for children and adolescents only
  • Individual counseling and psychotherapy
  • Family, couples and marital counseling
  • Group counseling psychotherapy groups

Take the next step
To learn more or to make a referral, contact Laurel Life today at an office near you.



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