What is the typical length of your sessions?
Spoken Heart Counseling Center is based on a concierge model of client care. This means individualized attention is paramount to your care and we want to be sure to commit the time needed to help you maximize the benefit of psychotherapy and play therapy. Sessions are generally 50 – 60 minutes in length, though many adults prefer 75-minute sessions to get the most out of their time and to maximize the benefit. Family and couples’ sessions are 75-minutes. At times, a double-session (110-minutes) is recommended for the process of trauma, parenting sessions, family sessions, and couples sessions.
What ages of people do you see for therapy?
Spoken Heart Counseling Center provides therapy to children, teens, and adults. Sara Anderson is a Registered Play Therapist / Supervisor. This means she has post-graduate education and training in working with children and adolescents in therapy and completed a play therapy residency. Sara specializes in the use of play therapy, which is most commonly used for children ages 3-12.
In general, the older a child gets, the more talking will be incorporated into the sessions, along with age-appropriate play therapy activities. Play therapy activities used along with “talk therapy” has been shown to be effective for teens and adults. Teens and adults may be invited to use some play therapy techniques in session, such as SandTray therapy, expressive or art therapy, or narrative therapy. Many teens and adults enjoy using these alternate forms of therapy during their sessions.
Do you only work with people who have stress and anxiety?
Many people identify stress from a number of different experiences. For example, children often experience stress because of on-going exposure to parents who are fighting or separating, scary situations, death of a beloved pet or family member, bullying at school, pressure for good grades at school or to be popular, the pressure of competitive sports, or parents who struggle with their own issues.
Adults may report workplace stress, relationship stress, or financial stress. Both adults and kids may struggle with the effect of traumatic stress from an upsetting experience or debilitating health condition.
Because stress is so prevalent, Spoken Heart Counseling Center focuses on individuals who struggle with a stress reaction and anxiety.
However, psychotherapy is not limited to just stress and anxiety. Individuals struggling with other conditions, such as depression, grief and loss, and long-term alcohol or drug recovery issues may also experience relief and resolve from psychotherapy.
Do you provide Telemental Health Counseling?
Yes, Telemental Health Counseling is available for residents of Georgia and is called Online Counseling. Online Counseling is a relatively new concept and is a growing field. Online Counseling uses secure video conferencing to conduct psychotherapy sessions. The session length is the same as face-to-face psychotherapy sessions. Telemental Health Counseling is not provided by Spoken Heart Counseling Center to children under the age of 18 at this time. Many clients like the convenience and flexibility of Telemental Health Counseling. It is an excellent option for many busy professionals, parents, and college students.
Do you work with people who have an alcohol or drug problem or who are in recovery?
Yes, as a Certified Addiction Counselor and National Certified Master Addiction Counselor, Sara Anderson has considerable training and experience in working with individuals who struggle with the effect of alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and are in active recovery. Many people who have completed a treatment program or are actively engaged in AA, NA, or Celebrate Recovery find that the introspective and individualized approach of psychotherapy is an excellent adjunct to their already established recovery program. In addition, family and friends of an alcohol or addict also find psychotherapy a helpful support to learn how to deal with the addictive behaviors.
For individuals who are currently and actively using alcohol or drugs, and because each situation is different, a thorough assessment is needed to determine the appropriate type of treatment. At times, a more structured treatment program may be needed and appropriate referrals will be provided.
Do you only provide family counseling?
No, Spoken Heart Counseling Center provides individual psychotherapy for adults, teens, and kids, group therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy. Together we will determine the right approach for you.
Do you work with people who have chronic pain or medical problems?
Struggling with chronic pain or chronic medical problems can certainly cause and exacerbate anxiety and stress. Oftentimes people with these conditions will benefit from the strategies and skills learned in psychotherapy, which can go a long way in managing chronic health conditions.
For families whose child has been diagnosed with cancer, Sara Anderson is contracted with the Cure Childhood Cancer project in Georgia. This project provides a number of counseling sessions to help support children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Whether you are at the initial diagnosis or have been battling this for a long time, these sessions are available to you. For more information, call the office at 770-415-7043.
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