Most people who come to the Center do so because they have been referred by a friend or family member who has benefitted from the services. Others come by virtue of a referral from a minister, a friend or a doctor. Occasionally, lawyers also are a good referral source.
Individual therapy may be for a variety of reasons. The most common reason for people seeking individual therapy is due to situational difficulties that cause emotional, relational or physical distress. This could be a marital struggle, problems with children, difficulties with other family members, a job situation, loss of a job, loss of health or any number of other problems with which people have to contend in this modern world. In any of these situations, most people desire to reflect on their predicament in light of their faith and their particular religious tradition. Counselors are trained to respect anyone who comes in for therapy and direct people to the best possible resources to answer the questions they are facing.
Another reason for seeking individual therapy is due to biological shifts that cause chemical imbalances in the body. This may result in various types of depression, anxiety or other psychological problems. Therapists are trained to diagnose and treat most of these areas of concern and work in partnership with medical people to insure the most thorough and comprehensive care possible. As an aside, it is generally and broadly accepted in medical circles that the best treatment of such things as major depression is best accomplished with a combination of medication and face to face therapy with a trained mental health counselor such as we have at this Center.
People also seek individual therapy due to traumatic situations that have occurred in their lives. This could have been a recent trauma, or things that have occurred many, many years ago. People who have suffered the trauma of combat, sexual abuse, or severe physical abuse often need specialized individual therapy to find healing and closure to these very deep emotional wounds. Many courageous people have come through the doors of this Center and have found healing from these extreme forms of horror in their lives. In these situations--and all counseling situations of the Center--a high premium is placed to insure confidentiality and safety for those who risk sharing the most vulnerable areas of their lives. The trained professionals of the Center will do anything to honor this very high trust placed in them.