Services Available:
  • Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Pre-marital Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Marriage and Couples Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Family Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Career Counseling
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Spiritual Guidance and Direction
  • The 8 Habits of a Successful Marriage
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Thank you… A class on parenting…

Thank you… is a class based on Christian principles and the belief that parenting is a God given privilege. It recognizes the fact that this privilege can often be a frustrating and discouraging task, so practical solutions to everyday parenting challenges are discussed. Each session allows time for individual parents to bring up specific challenges. Thank you… utilizes mini lectures, maxi discussions, role- playing and stories of sharing and caring for our children. Handouts are distributed at each session.

What exactly do we talk about?

Session One… We begin by discussing children as being unique gifts that as parents, we are privileged to be a part of their growth. We take a brief historical look at how families and parenting styles have changed in the last century. We continue with a discussion of the goals, or reasons children misbehave. Session One concludes with answers to questions about how to discourage or extinguish future misbehavior.

Session Two… offers parents three more goals and solutions for misbehavior (these are particularly relevant for teens). We offer parents healthy alternatives to traditional forms of punishment. Our goal is to make parenting a more positive experience - no more yelling, spanking, grounding or nagging! We then differentiate between Praise and Encouragement. We finish by discussing why one is a more effective and healthy parenting tool than the other.

Session Three… focuses on improving Communication skills and how Family Meetings can help your family to run smoothly. These are skills that can change every relationship you have for the better!

Session Four… looks at Family Atmosphere, Family and Constellation and Birth Order. We look at our children in terms of their "psychological" position in the family and how that influences their behavior.

Session Five… is a time to review the ideas and principles introduced throughout the class. We also spend time encouraging others and ourselves as parents.

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8 Habits of a Successful Marriage Workshop

Why attend?

The CHALLENGES… Even the most committed couples encounter real and never-ending challenges within their relationships. When one is resolved, another arises. Couples need sound, adaptable strategies to address these challenges consistently and effectively.

The STRATEGIES… Using proactive and preventative approaches based on the works of Stephen R. Covey, this workshop will help couples recognize unhealthy patterns, gain skills and apply tools to build a strong foundation for more effective and enduring relationships. Not only will participants learn these new skills and tools, but it will be fun!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND…? Designed for currently married, engaged and committed couples, this engaging and interactive workshop provides greater understanding and capability in the following areas: " Accepting responsibility and accountability for roles at home " Becoming self-empowered and less co-dependent in interpersonal relationships. " Balancing work and marriage. " Changing from the inside out and becoming strong, internally driven marriage partners, with improved character and competence to keep marriages happy and healthy. " Transforming destructive, reactive behavior to life-enhancing proactive behavior.

The RESULTS… Couples achieve a high degree of self-mastery, therefore becoming far more successful in their marriage relationships, with their children and in their profession by translating the training experience into action plans wherein they: " Respond proactively building character and generating trust in the marriage. " Identify a common purpose and shared goals. " Recognize conflict triggers and develop win-win thinking. " Develop listening skills " Work to together as a team, valuing one another and recognizing strengths. " Building intimacy in all areas of marriage and renewing the relationship on a regular basis. " Adopting an attitude and ritual of self-less service.

The 8 Habits of a Successful Marriage Workshop is led by Louella B. DeVries, M.A., L.C.P.C. a licensed FranklinCovey 8 Habits facilitator and licensed clinical professional counselor specializing in marriage and family therapy. In addition to her clinical practice and facilitating the 8 Habits Workshop, Louella also leads Thank you… a class on parenting and The Power of Two marriage skills class.

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Psychological research has established that no matter how compatible two people may be, sustaining a warm and cooperative marriage partnership requires high-level skills. Choosing what movie to see, dividing household chores, allocating money, managing children and relatives; differences are inevitable. Why fight - or give up to keep the peace - if you can learn to comfortably talk over issues and consistently resolve differences with outcomes that please you both? Workshops for: " Engaged Couples " Newly Marrieds " Couples with Children " Singles seeking Marriage readiness " Couples facing marriage challenges " Couples wanting first-rate marriage skills " Couples aiming for a long-lasting and joyful marriage Power of Two workshops teach the skills to keep dreams of "living happily ever after" a reality.

About the Curriculum…

Part I: The Basics Tension-free talking Effective listening Collaborative dialogue Safe expression of anger Safety receiving anger

Part II: Advanced Skills, Fix-it talk, Shared decision-making, Cleaning up after upsets, Conflict resolution, Augmenting love, support and joy Teaching methods "Learn by doing".

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Anger is a feeling we all have had at one time or another. People struggling with anger suffer long-term consequences in both work and personal relationships. Anger is a learned response and can be unlearned with commitment and effort. The following topics will be covered during the course of the seminar to help you understand and better manage your anger:

  • The costs of anger
  • The Payoffs to your anger
  • Relaxation skills
  • Trigger thoughts
  • Anger distortions
  • Creating coping thoughts
  • Problem-solving communication skills
  • Receiving anger
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You Are Not the Only One!

This group is a therapy/education group open to all individuals 18 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with Bi-polar, Depression or Anxiety Disorders.

On the fourth Wednesday of each month, the group invites family members and friends of group members to come along and participate in group discussions.

There are two Goals for the Group:

  1. For each participant to contribute to the group process at the level of disclosure where they are comfortable.
  2. For family members to gain information and education of specific mental disorders effecting their respective families and learn the tools available to live in greater harmony with their loved ones.

Topics included in discussion:

  • Why me?
  • Historical/Genetic Information
  • Interactions with family, friends and work
  • Managing highs and lows
  • Stress, anger and frustration management
  • How substances effect these illnesses
  • Tracking moods for maintaining a positive self image
  • Why do I chose or chose not to comply?
  • Ways to cope everyday and on holidays
  • How to deal with the question: Did you take your medication today?

There will be plenty of time for group members to bring up their own specific topics. THIS IS YOUR GROUP!

You Are Not the Only One!

This is an on-going group meeting each Wednesday evening from 8 o'clock to 9:30. New members are welcome at any meeting, space permitting. To join the group at any time, call James Peterson, M.A. at (708) 638-1541.