Types of Therapy

What types of therapy do you offer?

We offer Individual, Couple, Family, and Group therapy.  We do not offer inpatient treatment, detox or rehab therapy, or intensive outpatient therapy.  We offer sessions generally 1-2 hours per week for outpatient counseling services only.      

What is your philosophy of marital work?
A relationship is a crucible. It is designed to polish us off so that our true clarity can shine through. Couple’s counseling is intended to promote distinctiveness and not distance. Only when we learn to operate from the best in us, and not the worst in us, will we find harmony, unity and accord."     

What is Play Therapy?  
Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children (Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002; O'Connor & Schaefer, 1983).  Direct play therapy, allows the therapist to be direct in working with the specific issues that children bring to therapy, and need help to solve. Play is a child’s language; thus play therapy builds on the way children think about their world.  Children will actively “play” out all aspects of their world, the good, bad or the ugly.  Therapists strategically help children use play therapy to express what is troubling them when they do not have the complex verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings. Through this mode of therapy, children learn to communicate, express feelings, modify behavior, and develop problem-solving skills while learning a variety of ways to relate to others.  Since play is the child’s world, it allows a safe place to express their thoughts and feelings.

What is EMDR?  
EMDR is an effective, evidence-based method for helping our brain digest or move past obstacles interfering with our functioning, relationships, or future goals.  For example, if you experienced a stressful or disturbing event in the past, addressing that issue with EMDR techniques will help your brain to digest the memory and associated material.  Once the past material is digested/desensitized, clients find it much easier to stay fully in the present, and report they are free from feelings or beliefs about themselves previously associated with the past event(s).   

Do you have therapists on staff that specialize in working with specific age-groups?
Yes we intentionally hire therapists who specialize in various age groups.  We have therapists on staff that specialize in working with children & their families, middle-schoolers & their families, adolescent girls, adolescent boys, young women, young men, and senior adults.  

What if my spouse doesn’t want to attend marital counseling but I still want to work on my marriage?
If you look at a mobile above a baby’s crib, what happens to the rest of the mobile when the baby inevitably grabs and yanks one piece of the mobile?  Everything on the mobile moves in response to this one change.  And the same can occur in marital or family systems.  One member can greatly influence change, even when he/she is operating without the partner’s or family system’s participation.  So, yes, you are welcome to attend solo to still work toward systemic change.          

Counseling Issues

  • Relationship Issues 
    • Marital Therapy
    • Premarital Therapy
    • Relationship counseling to determine if you would like to pursue Premarital work
    • Parenting Issues
    • Boundaries
  • Depression
    • Major Depression
    • Postpartum Depression
    • Bi-Polar Disorder
    • Dysthymia
  • Anxiety, Panic, and Stress
    • Anxiety or Panic Attacks
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Job-related stress
  • EMDR  (Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)—for more information please consult www.emdria.org
  • Spiritual Issues
    • Theological Concerns
    • Relational concerns within a church context
    • Spiritual abuse (abuse of another and using a spiritual platform/language to justify)
  • Existential Issues
    • Grief & Loss
    • Shame
    • Forgiveness
  • Developmental Issues
    • Childhood Abuse
    • Stunted from growing through healthy developmental stages (see Dr. Erik Erikson’s model of Healthy Development)
  • Men’s Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Adjustment Issues
  • The Psychological Management of Chronic Medical Issues                        

Questions re: Medication       

Do you recommend psychiatrists?   
Yes, we view medication as a possible route for God to help you improve, and possibly bring a creative form of healing to your current situation.  Just as if you had diabetes, God can use insulin or oral medications to help balance your blood sugar scores, God can also use medications that a psychiatrist would administer to help balance mood or thought disorders.  And we have developed healthy, collaborative relationships with several Christian psychiatrists in the Austin area and can easily help connect you with a helpful psychiatrist.      

Can I get better by just taking my medication?
Many people take medication alone and live full and fruitful lives.  Their challenge is simply more organic in nature.      

Can an NLCC therapist write me a prescription?
No, only psychiatrists and other medical doctors can write prescriptions for medications.                           

How do I get started?
You are welcome to either phone us at the office or fill out the information here on our website to request an appointment.  

  1. Think about what you would like to work on in therapy.
  2. Contact us via phone or website so that we may connect you with the therapist most suited to your needs.
  3. Identify whether you have a preference to work with a male therapist or a female therapist.
  4. Identify whether you would like to work with a licensed professional with more experience, or an intern therapist with a more negotiable fee.
  5. We will get back with you within 24 hours (during the work-week) to see about setting an appointment. After the initial phone call your therapist will direct you to which forms to fill out and bring with you to your first appointment

 

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