We Specialize In...
Providing mental health counseling for adults of all ages dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, and burnout related to life transitions (divorce, job changes, moving, family transitions, role changes), stress management, retirement and transition coaching, aging complications, chronic conditions, health changes, dementia support, caregiving stress, compassion fatigue, managing responsibilities, loss of purpose and direction, and grief support through death and loss.
Purpose & Direction
Are you feeling disconnected from your sense of self and purpose? Does your profession align with your purpose? Are you wondering if there is more to your life than just hard work?
Caring for Others
Do you feel stressed? Overwhelmed? A mix of guilt and resentment? Are you dealing with kids and parents (sandwich generation)? Are you feeling burned out and ready to explode?
Aging & Adjustment
Are you grieving the loss of a spouse? Losing your independence? Dealing with complicated family dynamics? Having anxiety dealing with an illness? Coping with your mortality?
Health & Recovery
Are you struggling with a chronic condition? Menopause? Disability? Recovering from surgery, accident, or injury? Depression and anxiety from body changes? Experiencing a loss of function?
How can we help you?
We utilize a variety of evidenced-based methods and styles to meet your needs.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps you understand the connection between your thoughts and feelings and how they influence your behavior. Often times we have unconscious long-held beliefs that create automatic thoughts that drive our moods, behaviors and relationships with others. Sometimes these thoughts can be disruptive and even harmful to ourselves and the people we love. CBT is a highly-effect solution for a variety of concerns including Anxiety, Depression, and caregiver burnout just to name a few.
When a disturbing event occurs, it can get locked in the brain with the same images, sounds, thoughts, feelings and body sensations. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) seems to stimulate the information and allows the brain to process the experience. That may be what is happening in REM or dream sleep. EMDR uses various bilateral stimulation techniques to help you process the material. EMDR therapy is now one of the most efficient and effective treatments for trauma and allows you to heal from your past experiences so you can move forward with the life you want to live.
Grief takes on many different forms and can impact us beyond just the death of a loved one. As a caregiver you can experience anticipatory grief, you can grieve for a lost job or a home you had to move away from. Grief can strike again many years after the death of someone dear. It can affect you in many different ways impacting your physical, emotional, social, spiritual and cognitive health. At Connection First Counseling we don’t try to chase the grief away, instead, we understand that it’s ok when you don’t feel ok. We offer a safe, compassionate place for you to come and be fully present with your grief. We are not afraid to sit with you in your pain and help you gain the strength to take steps toward healing.
Support Group Counseling
CFC offers various support groups in the community. Coming together with other people dealing with similar setbacks and struggles can provide an amazing synergy of solutions and support. The ideas, encouragement, and validation provided from a counselor-led support group often strengthen progress made in one-to-one counseling. Combining these two therapies can boost your healing process.
ACT Therapy and Mindfulness
Mindfulness helps to increase your moment-to-moment awareness of feelings, thoughts and body sensations and surroundings in a non-judgmental way. Mindfulness uses a combination of guided imagery, breathing techniques, body scans, and meditation. It is a wonderful way to quiet the inner critic that drives most of our negative thoughts and personal critiques. It offers just enough space in your awareness to invite openness and change to appear.
We can help you determine what type of therapy is best for you. In certain cases, multiple forms of therapy may be beneficial.
How can we help you?
If you’re interested in becoming a better, happier, more fulfilled you, We would love to work with you every step of the way. Please contact us today!