Helping Families Thrive!
We’re Not Just Talk Therapy!
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.
- 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.
- Romantic Relationship Concerns
- Spouse Issues
- Problems with Anger
- Difficulty Keeping Friends
- Family Conflicts
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
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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?
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
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
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 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?
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.
Dimensions of Gender
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.
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.
What Is Telehealth Therapy?
Increased Anxiety and Stress
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.
When do you know you should seek 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.”
Yoga for Children and Adults
What Therapeutic Yoga Can Help With:
- Addictions (both process & substance)
- Body image issues
- Compulsive disorders
- Eating disorders
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Grief & loss
- 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
- Guided Imagery
BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS
- 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)
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 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 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.