Areas of Experience

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Premarital Sessions

Marriage is such an exciting event and a new stage of life.  The best way to ensure a successful is to have a solid foundation.  Premarital sessions include discussing the follow:  good communication, conflict resolutions skills, firm but fair boundaries, family of origin exploration, finances, intimacy, chores, and love languages.  Before the ceremony is the time to negotiate the rules and make needs, wants, and expectations clear.

Couples Counseling

Sometimes  couples come to a crossroads or impass, are unable to resolve conflict, or need help with communication or re-connection.  Couples counseling is a safe environment to find assistance from an expert who can help mediate and translate feelings.  We all could use outside help for guidance.

Blended Families

With the divorce rate so high, blended families are a common phenomenon.  Adding extra people to the family unit can become complicated.  Family support from a counselor can help with transitions and adjustment to new family dynamics.

Relationship Support

Family dynamics, romantic relationships, friendships, business colleagues, church congregations:  our lives are filled with interactions with people.  Sometimes we get stuck, hurt, confused, and angry about the relationships and need a sounding board to help with relational stress.

Parenting Ideas

Don't we as parents wish our children came with manuals?  With the help of therapy, parents can collaborate on practical ideas, techniques, and learn how to become a united front.

Divorce Recovery

Divorce falls in the top 10 life stressors.  It is painful, overwhelming, and traumatizing.  Unfortunately, it takes two "yes's" to continue a marriage and only one "no" to dissolve it.  Therapy is a safe way to express feelings, cry, get angry and receive additional support.

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Gay/Lesbian Counseling

At Upstate Family Solutions, we are accepting of all race, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion.  Couples in the LGBT community are welcomed.

Grief/Spousal Loss

Grief is experienced in different ways and people process loss in their own order and time frame.  However, if severe symptoms continue longer that three months, our grief has become complicated.  If grief is suppressed and not processed, we may be experiencing unresolved grief.  Healing begins when the loss can be processed, resolved, and acceptance follows.

Addiction Recovery

One in three people struggles with drug/alcohol abuse or addiction.  When the disease comes greater than ourselves, outside help in needed to facilitate the recovery process.  In counseling, we can identify triggers, design a relapse prevention plan, and learn healthy coping skills to replace destructive patterns and behavior.  The more tools in our tool box the great the chance of success.

Depression

Feeling unmotivated, sleeping too little or too much, no desire to eat or binge eating, wanting to stay in bed, withdrawl from family and friends, finding little pleasure in activities once enjoyed, being lethargic, or irritable are all signs of depression.  It is paramount to recognize and identify symptoms of depression.  The goal is to treat depression swiftly as not to fall too deep in the hole.

Anxiety

A heaviness in the chest, trouble getting a full breathe, a knot in your stomach, sweating, dizzy, physical shaking are all indications of anxiety which can range from mild to severe.  Some anxiety is normal but other times, it can be debilitating.  With behavioral techniques, changes in thinking, and healthy coping skills, anxiety can be tamed to a tolerable level.

PTSD

Combat soldiers, EMS first responders, survivors of natural disasters, serious car crashes, and victims of rape are just a few examples of people susceptible to PTSD.  Processing the trauma, sharing the trauma narrative, and transitioning to a survivor and not a victim, builds resilience and promotes healing.

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Bipolar Disorder

Living with bipolar disorder can be frustrating and confusing to the client and those around them.  Understanding causes of the disorder, factors that are protectors, and if medically recommended finding the appropriate medication, can help find more balance and stability.  Although a primary symptom of  bipolar is extremem fluctuation is moods, presenting symptoms can be different person to person which can make diagnosis difficult.  However, with the right tools, bipolar can be successfully managed.

Physical, Emotional, and Sex Abuse

Physical, Emotional, Verbal, and Sexual abuse are too often a part of life experience.  All forms of abuse are devastating and color our view of the world and those in it.  Abuse does not discriminate by gender, race, socioeconomic status, or religion.  Remember the outside presentation is not necessarily the truth of what goes on behind closed doors.  Be a survivor!