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Adult Counseling

One of the unique aspects of Kaleidoscope’s approach to therapy is a strong emphasis on individually customized treatments.

 During the initial consultation, you and your counselor discuss your background, your therapeutic concerns and goals, your schedule availability, and your financial resources. At the end of the consultation, you and your counselor agree on the best treatment plan, which may consist of one or more of the counseling formats. Before deciding on the best approach to therapy, your counselor also carefully considers your individual needs, wants, strengths and resources.

Through Counseling, You Learn To:

  • Explore, understand, and work through problems on a one-to-one basis.
  • Find alternatives, expand choices and overcome obstacles that interfere with your personal development.
  • Clarify and resolve personal problems and stabilize and enhance interpersonal relationships.
  • Discover a sense of well-being.

A main advantage to individual counseling is the way in which it facilitates a very intense personal relationship between you and the therapist. This allows you to explore and play out interpersonal patterns that may influence other close
relationships throughout your life without the same complications that exist in friendships, family relationships and other significant interpersonal relationships.

Personal Difficulties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Recovery from Abuse and Trauma
  • Grief and Loss Issues
  • Disordered or Disruptive Eating Issues
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Career Indecision or Confusion

Here are some reasons why you should consider speaking with a therapist: Friends and family can be great sources of support. Because disclosing vulnerable information can often result in feeling judged by the listening party. Avoid putting yourself in a position where you’re judged for something you’re going through. Prioritizing mental health promotes healthy self-care practices. Talking about your problems to a licensed professional without censoring any of the sensitive details can be liberating and cathartic. Therapy can widen your perspective on difficult situations and provide distance between you and your problem, helping to approach and eventually overcome the stressor impacting your wellbeing.

Interpersonal Difficulties:

  • Shyness
  • Romantic Relationship Concerns
  • Spouse Issues
  • Problems with Anger
  • Difficulty Keeping Friends
  • Family Conflicts

Couples Counseling

All couples have conflicts or disagreements. But the difference between a happily married (aka committed) couple and an unhappy union most frequently involves the ability to discuss and resolve differences in a positive manner that respects the interests and needs of each individual.

Connection

The goal of Couples Counseling is to provide couples with the wisdom and know-how for building a relationship of profound connection, one that greatly increases intimacy while honoring and supporting individuality. Couples learn powerful skills for creating loving, deeply satisfying, and enduring partnerships that will continue to serve as a firm foundation for an
on-going relationship.

Damaging Interactions

Common unhealthy, damaging relationship communications usually include such interactions as:

  • Hostility, or verbal or physical attacks on the other person.
  • Put-downs, name-calling or other contempt for the partner.
  • Dragging old information or experiences into a current argument.
  • Defensive responses.
  • Withdrawal from a disagreement.
  • Escalating negativity in the relationship.

Restore & Balance

Through counseling, couples can…

  • Improve communication patterns.
  • Develop empathetic, active listening skills.
  • Improve problem-solving skills.
  • Resolve conflicts in ways that meet the needs of both partners.
  • Explore ways for old wounds to be healed (from this or previous relationships).
  • If possible, find ways to stay together in a positive and mutually satisfying relationship.
  • If not possible to stay together, then to separate in a healthy and respectful way.

Family Counseling

They are supposed to be the foundation of so many good things…but how many of us really feel like that? Is your family any fun to be around?

Here is One Image of a Family

Most of the time at home is spent separately. Everybody is plugged into their own thing, avoiding each other with games, phones, activities, and videos. When they are together, the kids feel out of control, and everyone is resentful and waiting for the inevitable fight to happen. Parents yell, feel stressed out and wish they could do it differently, but are too overwhelmed to rethink the way they do their lives. Happy children laying on green grass.

Here is Another View

Everyone comes and goes at times, but enjoys their time together. They look forward to talking, laughing, playing games, watching movies, and eating together. They feel as much at rest with each other as they do alone. They can have a dart gun war with only minor skirmishes. Other families like to be around them and they get invited to lots of barbecues!

Would You Believe This is The Same Family?

It doesn’t have to take a miracle to see changes like this. Think of what it’s like when you drive your car. You can look at the gas or oil gauge and know if things are OK. There are even lights that tell you if your tires are inflated properly. But there are NO lights to tell you your wheels are about to fall off! If you’re in the vehicle, you can’t know that until it’s too late! A family counselor is like having someone outside the car to help you see what you otherwise can’t.

The Benefits of Family Therapy Include:

  • Better understanding of healthy boundaries and family
    patterns and dynamics
  • Enhanced communication
  • Improved problem solving
  • Deeper empathy
  • Reduced conflict and better anger management skill

Parenting Can Be Difficult

A Kaleidoscope Parent Coach Can Help.

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE LOST CONTROL?

  • Do you find yourself yelling at your child more often than laughing with your child?
  • Do you feel you have lost touch with your child…don’t feel as close as you’d like?
  • Do you feel frustrated and find yourself saying the same things over and over, with no results?
  • Would you like your relationship with your child to go back to the “the way it used to be”?

YOU WILL LEARN

  • Regain control as a parent.
  • Help your child develop self-control.
  • Effectively discipline & limit inappropriate behavior.
  • Understand your child’s emotional needs.

You Will See a Noticeable Difference In:

  • Your relationship with your child.
  • Your child’s behavior.
  • Your ability to respond effectively.
  • Your confidence in your parenting skills.

Learn skills that change your life and the life of your child.

Kaleidoscope Offers Two Types of Parent Coach Services:

  1. C-P-R-T Child Parent Relationship Training is a 10-week programs that is ideal or caregivers and children 2-10 years old. Child-Parent Relationship Training C-P-R-T is a 10-session intervention where a licensed play therapist teach caregivers the attitudes and skills necessary for addressing the emotional and behavioral issues they may be experiencing with their children. Research supports that parents trained in C-P-R-T tend to report significant decreases in child behavior problems and parenting stress and improved relationships with their children.

  2. Personalized as needed parenting sessions comprised of compassionate, non-judgmental listening to guide you in identifying priorities and finding solutions. Developing a customized parenting plan that supports each individual family’s needs.

Adults & Teens

What does “LGBTQ+” mean?

The LGBTQ part of the acronym is based on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.

It’s also common to see the acronym LGBTQQIA+, expanded for a more clear representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual people.

What about the “plus”? Simply put, the addition of the “plus” symbol stands for love, acceptance, and the embracing of all; a sense of inclusion.

It also specifically includes those that don’t identify with a particular label such as gender non-binary, gender queer, asexual, pansexual, gender-expansive, and the list goes on.

And, it is even meant to include straight allies and general supporters of the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBTQ+ Mental Health

For LGBTQ individuals, the way their families and social networks accept or deny their sexual orientation and gender identity plays a huge role in their mental health and personal safety.

And, how LGBTQ+ individuals view their own sexual orientation and gender identity has an effect. The more stigma there is, the higher rates of mental health problems there are.

Here are a few statistics:

  • Americans who identify as LGBTQ+ are two to three times more likely to have depression than non-LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • A Human Rights Campaign survey showed that 28 percent of LGBTQ youth reported feeling depressed most or all of the time; for the transgender youth cohort, the rate was even higher at 40 percent.
  • Compared to youths who identify as straight, LGBTQ+ youth are four times as likely to attempt suicide, experience suicidal thoughts, and commit self-harm.
  • An estimated 20-30 percent of the LGBTQ+ community in the U.S. has substance use issues, compared to approximately nine percent of the general population.

Gender and Sexual Orientation

Personal Gender

Each dimension of gender is informed by our unique intersection of identities, experiences, and personal characteristics.

We are more than our body, gender identity and gender expression: we are also our race, ethnicity, class, faith, sense of geographic place, family history, and more.

Our gender is personal because the way that all of these identities, influences and characteristics come together is unique to each of us.

Gender vs. Sexual Orientation

Gender and sexual orientation are two distinct, but related, aspects of self.

Gender is personal (how we see ourselves), while sexual orientation is interpersonal (who we are physically, emotionally and/or romantically attracted to).

Why is it so critical to distinguish between these two concepts?

When we confuse gender with sexual orientation, we are likely to make assumptions about a young person that have nothing to do with who they are.

For example, the boy who loves to play princess is assumed to be gay, and the girl who buys clothes in the “boys’” section and favors a short haircut may be assumed to be a lesbian. These could be faulty conclusions.

What someone wears and how they act is about gender expression. You cannot tell what a person’s sexual orientation is by what they have on.
Nearly 20 percent of the adult U.S. population lives with mental illness, and LGBTQ+ individuals are nearly three times more likely than others to be in that group. While the stigma surrounding mental disorders and the prejudice against LGBTQ+ individuals have lessened over the years, both are still pervasive in our society. And LGBTQ+ people coping with mental health conditions have to deal with the stresses imposed by both.

Dimensions of Gender

People tend to use the terms “sex” and “gender” interchangeably. But, while connected, the two terms are not equivalent.

Generally, we assign a newborn’s sex as either male or female based on the baby’s genitals. Once a sex is assigned, we presume the child’s gender.

Nevertheless, while gender may begin with the assignment of our sex, it doesn’t end there.

A person’s gender is the complex interrelationship between three dimensions:

  • Body: our body, our experience of our own body, how society genders bodies, and how others interact with us based on our body.
  • Identity: the name we use to convey our gender based on our deeply held, internal sense of self. Identities typically fall into binary (e.g., man, woman), Non-binary (e.g., Genderqueer, genderfluid) and ungendered (e.g., Agender, genderless) categories; the meaning associated with a particular identity can vary among individuals using the same term. A person’s Gender identity can correspond to or differ from the sex they were assigned at birth.
  • Social: how we present our gender in the world and how individuals, society, culture, and community perceive, interact with, and try to shape our gender. Social gender includes gender roles and expectations and how society uses those to try to enforce conformity to current gender norms.
Each of these dimensions can vary greatly across a range of possibilities and is distinct from, but interrelated with the others. A person’s comfort in their gender is related to the degree to which these three dimensions feel in harmony.

You are not alone. Kaleidoscope counselors are here to walk through this thing we call life; with you, with your child, and with your whole family.

Telehealth Therapy

In an effort to reduce barriers to mental health services due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Kaleidoscope Behavioral Health is now offering two types of Telehealth Therapy: Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, $55 for a 30-minute session, and Traditional Therapy 60-minute session (rate varies by provider).

What Is Telehealth Therapy?

Telehealth means the delivery of health care services through the use of interactive audio and video technology, permitting real-time communication between the patient and an experienced licensed professional counselor, for the purpose of diagnosis, consultation, or treatment. Our platform is HIPAA compliant, in order to protect your privacy and confidentiality. Our technology is at no cost to our patients. You can participate in sessions from home or any location determined appropriate by the patient and their clinician.

Increased Anxiety and Stress

The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) may be stressful for you. Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions for both you and your children. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, that is why stress looks different in others.

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones.
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
  • Worsening of chronic health problems.
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.

Telehealth Brief Solution • Focused Therapy • 30 Minutes

Unlike traditional forms of therapy that take time to analyze problems, pathology and past life events, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy concentrates on finding solutions in the present time and exploring one’s hope for the future to find quicker resolution of one’s problems. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to do to improve your own life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions. - Decrease stress and anxiety - Develop specific coping strategies for you and your family as we deal with COVID-19 - Appropriate for adults and youth 6 and older.

Telehealth Traditional Counseling • 60 Minutes

Kaleidoscope is also offering traditional counseling sessions delivered via Telehealth vs. coming in to the office. Traditional counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health. It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during these uncertain times, due to COVID-19. Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings will change over time. It’s important to notice and accept how you feel. Taking care of your emotional health will help you think clearly and react in a positive manner to those around you.

When do you know you should seek help?

How much stress can—or should—you handle by yourself? How do you know when it’s time to seek help? American Psychological Association (APA) researchers found that nearly half of all Americans don’t know how to determine when to get professional help. Most people try to “hang in there” and handle their stress alone. But ongoing stress can have serious consequences. How do you know if you need help?

The APA says it’s time to seek help when:

  • You’re so worried that you have trouble concentrating.
  • You’re so stressed that it interferes with the functions of normal living: eating, sleeping, work and relationships with others.
  • You feel so trapped that it seems there is nowhere left to turn.

Yoga for Mental Health

The term “yoga” simply means “union.”

Union of mind, body and spirit. Yoga has a powerful way to deepen spiritual connections and can truly draw us closer to God. And, the amazing thing about yoga is that it is SO much more than a physical practice and it is available to ANYONE. Yoga for Mental Health helps with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma and other psychiatric disorders.

Yoga for Children and Adults

Incorporating yoga and its principles into daily life makes it a powerful tool for both children and adults. It can help develop resiliency, teach coping skills, and it can assist children with ADHD by teaching them methods of concentration and focus. Yoga is also a beneficial tool for dealing with trauma, PTSD, stress and anxiety, and eating disorders. Yoga is a holistic wellness strategy and it can benefit participants in the present moment and throughout life.

What Therapeutic Yoga Can Help With:

  • Addictions (both process & substance)
  • Anxiety
  • Body image issues
  • Compulsive disorders
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Grief & loss
  • Insomnia
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Performance anxiety
  • Social anxiety

Yoga for Mental Health

Just 30 minutes of physical postures, positive affirmations, and focusing on breathing can completely change your mood, your mindset, and your future.

By letting go of whatever negative energy is pulling you toward anxiety, you can shift your perception of what is typically feeling out of control, to instead stay present and positive in the moment.

Yoga, visualization, meditation and focusing on breathing can help with letting go of worry and fear. The overall practice of yoga can elicit the relaxation response, allowing both the body and mind to gain a sense of calm and ease.

This group Yoga for Anxiety and Stress can help quiet the mind, alleviating the worries and stress that plague our day-to-day lives.

  • Breathing Exercises
  • Physical Postures
  • Meditation
  • Guided Imagery

BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS

Children aged 7-17 navigate difficult life changes, such as divorce, death in the family, homelessness, and other major family issues.
  • Yoga helps children and teens deal with stress and anxiety – and also develop life skills.
  • Yoga helps children and teens develop resiliency, teach coping skills for stress, anxiety and negative life situations.
  • Children and teens with ADHD can learn methods of concentration and focus.
  • Yoga helps children and teens with emotional regulation, social skills, and learning delayed gratification.
  • Yoga helps children and teen become less stressed, anxious and even perform better on exams.

How Yoga Therapy is Different Than Going to a Studio Class:

  • Non-intimidating practice (i.e. “You don’t have to be “good” at yoga). Dr. Madeson designs your session with specific consideration of your history, physical limitations, and current emotional state.
  • Receive necessary individualized attention from a licensed professional counselor and teacher who is sensitive and aware of triggers and knows what you need.
  • Build acceptance, mindfulness skills, patience, distress tolerance, and self-compassion.
  • Create a felt sense of safety and comfort, so you can trust yourself, others, and live life more at ease.
  • Improve your body image and helps to reconnect to your body in a positive way.
  • Alter your nervous system to reduce anxiety, depression, PTSD symptoms. * Allow for healing and relief when talking about current problems or past experiences is too overwhelming * Improve your overall wellness (emotional, mental, and physical)

Addiction Treatment

Deciding to get help with your addiction is the hardest step. Kaleidoscope will help with the rest.

Addiction can take a significant toll on an individual’s personal, occupational and family life.

Whether a chemical addiction (drugs or alcohol) or a behavioral addiction (sex, gambling, technology), the first step in getting help is recognizing the problem.

Substance Addiction

In regards to substance addiction, the DSM-IV, the ‘bible’ of psychiatry, recognizes three levels of diagnosis: use, abuse, and dependence.

“Substance use” refers to more casual, low-risk addictive behaviors. Abuse indicates that the problem is more severe, and dependence refers to full blown emotional or physical dependence on the substance, indicating withdrawals.

Key Aspects of Addiction to Explore:

  • Do you find yourself craving more of the same object in order to obtain previous ‘highs’?
  • Have people been pointing out that you may have a problem?
  • Are you constantly obsessing over the behavior? Does every conversation end up on said topic?
  • Is your work, school, personal or family life struggling as a result of the problem?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be struggling with addiction.

Behavioral Addiction

Behavioral addiction is measured differently. What most people would term ‘sex addiction’ or ‘gambling addiction’ are referred to as compulsive behaviors. Technological addiction, like playing Farmville for 10 hours a day, is not recognized as an official diagnosis. However, more professionals are starting to recognize the destructive effects of technological overuse on individual’s personal, family, and occupational lives.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, the first step is to seek treatment. For an individual who is on the ‘use’ end of the spectrum, a combination of talk therapy and medication could be appropriate.

If you or someone you know is physically dependent on drugs or alcohol, do not attempt a ‘cold turkey’ withdrawal as you could suffer physical damage.

There are specific rehabilitation facilities for those who are physically dependent on drugs or alcohol.