Slaters' Counseling Services is built upon the belief that individuals possess the necessary skills to acquire harmony in self, family and community; that this innate drive is unique to a person and a situation while vulnerable to the challenges that are inherent to today's society. Our goal is to assist in removing any obstacle you are experiencing that inhibits your ability to fully participate and enjoy your life. This is achieved through education, support and both individual and group therapy. Our education and support draws on our many years in both private and public service while our therapeutic support is eclectic.
Individuals, Couples and Families
Seeking counseling can help to decrease anxiety and stress, improve communication in relationships and make a positive difference in your emotional well-being. Counseling can help you and your family:
- Learn effective ways to communicate
- Develop tools to work through conflict
- Repair and strengthen trust
- Get the closeness you long for
- Manage stress and anxiety
- Recover from trauma and disturbing life events
- Improve your child's behavior at home and school
- Decrease worry and increase coping skills
- Work through divorce and other issues of loss
- Improve and strengthen parent/child relationships
New Parents and Parents with young children
Slaters' Counseling Services provides education and therapeutic support for parents of children ages birth through three years of age. The early developmental years are both exciting and challenging. Successfully meeting these development goals lay the "blueprint" for your baby's healthy development. Our services are designed to assist you to identify and alleviate any blocks that interrupt the formation of the healthy and important bond between you and your very young child.
A major concern in the early parent/child relationship is the presence of postpartum depression. This diagnosis can be made up through the first year of your baby's life and can be devastating if left untreated. Slaters' Counseling Services is uniquely qualified to provide therapeutic services to parents' coping with this problem. While being a parent of a newborn is considered to be one of the greatest joys in one's life, untreated postpartum depression can cause isolation, depression and a sense of loss and guilt. You are not alone and there are recognized short term treatments for you and your family.
Slaters' Counseling Services provide help and support for parents and their teens. We provide individual and family therapy, as well as education and consultation. We will work with you and your family to help identify and obtain the goals unique to your family's situation. Some of the issues that can be addressed in therapy include;
- Self esteem problems
- Body image, identify issues
- Sexuality, acting out behaviors (such as substance abuse/use, talking back, running away, truancy, cutting and other self harming behaviors)
- The impact of divorce and blended families
- Peer and family relationships
- School or academic problems
Slaters' Counseling Services provide therapeutic support and education for parents considering adoption as well as:
- Having someone to help you navigate the emotional aspects of your decisions can be helpful in ensuring that you are making the best possible decision for everyone involved.
- Working with the birth parents, helping them transition from having a baby to giving up their baby and the possible feelings about it.
- For adoptees, both adolescents and adults, adoption counseling can help you identify and address specific issues that may come up over the course of your life time which may come from certain times of adoption related emotions.
Slaters' Counseling Services provide substance abuse assessments, individual therapy and group therapy for adults and youth with a substance abuse problem.
Some of the issues that we deal with are:
- Providing prevention and life skills.
- Addiction is a medical issue and why?
- Working with the 12 step program.
- Working individually with clients who are turned off by 12 step programs.
- Group support for family and friends of the substance abuser.
- Learning to have a fulfilling life without self-medicating.
Adult Children with Elderly Parents in Transition
Slaters' Counseling Services offers the following for adults with elderly parents:
- Support groups, education and individual counseling for adults in the role of taking care of elderly parents or loved ones,
- When your loved one is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's, the entire family is affected. Learning the difference between the two diseases.
- What is best? In home care or assisted living? When and how to make this important decision.
- Role reversal - when the adult child becomes the parent for their parent or loved one.
- Sibling roles and responsibilities. How often one sibling unintentionally becomes the sole care taker. Is this you?