Testimonial: "When I first came to see Sallie I was feeling very anxious, overwhelmed and low. I was a mom of 3 young kids ages, 4, 2, and 1 with an active duty military husband who was deployed and away often. I had been feeling so stressed for so long that I couldn't see a light at the end of the tunnel. After a few sessions with Sallie, I felt like a different person. I learned not to be so hard on myself, and I learned that I needed to take care of myself first in order to take care of everyone else. I don't know where I would be without Sallie's kindness, understanding, and support. She is truly amazing at helping others through difficult times. I would highly recommend Sallie." -- KS
Counseling Services are appropriate when a person is really not feeling well, regardless of what is going on around them. Symptoms vary greatly, but in general, counseling is for people who feel they are not dealing with their stress or handling their responsibilities as they normally would, and they don’t seem to be able to get back on track. This may manifest as feeling blue, being short-tempered, experiencing anxiety or even panic attacks, or feeling highly uncomfortable around people. People might have trouble sleeping or find they are sleeping too much. They might sleep well, but still feel tired all day long. They might have trouble eating (too much or too little) or maintaining routines. They might notice they are drinking more and possibly too much. Their relationships are often unstable. Sudden or rapid mood shifts are also a common symptom that indicates a person could benefit from seeing a counselor. In other words, the person feels unable to manage thoughts, feelings and behaviors on their own. Difficulties which persist for three or more weeks indicate the person needs to see a counselor.
Marriage counseling is a good idea for couples who are no longer able to communicate well enough to problem solve on their own. A third party can listen and hear each person and can help bridge the communication gap until the couple can reestablish trust and effective communication.
There may be circumstances that need to be discussed, but which one party fears to bring out into the open. Again, a third party can ensure difficult discussions take place safely.
Unfortunately, many couples seek the help of a counselor when their relationship is nearly over. I will help assess where both parties are with the relationship in terms of commitment to resolve issues, learn, and develop new skills. I utilize a research-based approach based on the work of Dr. John Gottman.
I expect both parties to participate honestly and intentionally in this process, and this will include reading or watching videos.
Family Counseling is also available when there are parent-child issues. I utilize a family systems approach, which means working with and seeing the whole family as a system that is greater than the sum of its parts. One person’s behaviors or life changes send ripples throughout the rest of the family, and the family system responds – sometimes in unproductive ways. I work to ensure everyone has a voice and is understood. I facilitate safe communication and hold the space until the family can once again find its “new normal” and function.