Aftercare Recovery Group
Monica AustinLicensed Marital and Family Therapist My passion is to help couples, families and individuals maneuver through the storms of life and embrace the process. Are you experiencing difficulties in your marriage, other relationships, struggling with depression, anxiety or asking what planet your teenager is from? You are not alone, almost everyone will have to deal with one or more of these types of challenges at some point in their life. Read more Monica Austin
Rebel BuersmeyerLicensed Marital and Family Therapist
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counseor
Do you desire a better life, do you hope for a healthier future? Change is possible! I hope to partner with you to enable you to heal your past, live your present, and embrace your future. You will find that I use an integrated approach to treatment which means treating the whole person, not just the symptom. In working with my clients, I assess psychological, biological and social factors that may be contributing to the presenting problems. My mission is to empower families, couples, and individuals to become proactive in facilitating a healthy productive life. Read more Rebel Buersmeyer
Amanda BrandonLicensed Professional Counselor
EMDR Trained
Have you found yourself stuck, not knowing which way to turn or how you will make it through? It is my hope for you and our time together that you gain insight to behaviors and patterns in your life and come to identify your strengths and use them to overcome these challenges. You can develop the skills and tools necessary to manage these and other life challenges. Child therapy, family therapy, and individual therapy can help. Read more Amanda Brandon
Joshua NicholsLicensed Marital and Family Therapist
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
I have a passion for helping build and strengthen marital and parent-child relationships as well as helping individuals with personal growth. My expertise cover a wide-array of mental health and relational issues. Read more Joshua Nichols
Lauren ThompsonLicensed Professional Counselor I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who enjoys working with individuals, families, children and adolescents. Asking for help can be overwhelming and difficult, but it shows great strength and determination. I believe that counseling is a collaborative process between therapist and client; and that each client is different and unique. Read more Lauren Thompson
Cara McCartyLPC Candidate Let’s face it, life can be very difficult and dark at times. Life becomes very challenging when we try to maneuver through it in darkness. Therefore, when we are able to expose the darkness of life to the light, we take away the power the darkness has over us. Whatever has caused the darkness, therapy can help. I believe the process of counseling is all about bringing the dark things out into the light. I would love to partner with you as an individual, couple, or family in effort to conquer the darkness and bring you into the light. Read more Cara McCarty
Nancy SolizLicensed Marital and Family Therapist
Registered Play Therapist
As a play therapist, I believe that play can be used to help families and children find solutions. Play is our first language. Play can build trust, regulate emotions, and help us express thoughts and feelings that might otherwise remain hidden. And as a marital and family therapist, I believe that play therapy works best when parents/caregivers and families are actively involved in the treatment process. I want to work with your child and family to help you reconnect. Read more Nancy Soliz
Carrie KygerLicensed Marital & Family Therapist
LMFT Clinical Supervisior
Many people find themselves struggling with love, family members, parenting, depression, anxiety or difficult events at one time in their life. You do not have to struggle or wander alone. Couple's counseling, marriage therapy, family therapy or individual therapy can help. Investing time and attention in your health, marriages, couple relationships, parent child relationships and other close relationships is often the best way to manage stress, depression, anxiety or conflict. Read more Carrie Kyger
Heather WarfieldLicensed Marital & Family Therapy Candidate I am passionate about helping people build insight, skills, and confidence in order to promote positive relationships, achieve goals, and meet their full potential in life. In order to do this, I find it essential to create a safe environment to explore presenting issues as well as the histories, events, and relationships that created and continue such hardships. As a therapist, I see my role as an advocate and coach in assisting each person, couple, and family through their unique journey of growth and change. Read more Heather Warfield
Gabe YandellLicensed Marital & Family Therapist Today, you can begin a different path in relationships with others and with yourself. No person exists outside of relationships and every relationship has flaws. In some way, we are shaped every day by our view of ourselves and by those around us. I am here to empower you to be the person you want to be. Depression, anxiety, shame, resentment, and other issues all can be addressed through gaining understanding and self-expression. Read more Gabe Yandell

Parenting is the hardest job you will ever have. It’s easy to get caught up or stuck in a rut. Connecting with your children, especially your teenagers can be a daunting task. Finding the right words to say when “everything you do and say is embarrassing or wrong” is a lot of pressure to put on yourself. Therefore, in effort to support you in this challenging endeavor known as “parenting,” I have listed below five ways to connect, support, and empower your teen. 
Let them choose. Giving your child a choice is empowering. It shows them their opinion matters, that their choice is valued and that you respect it. Obviously everything cannot be a choice, but certain things can. Letting your child choose (with limitations, of course) things like their extra-curricular activities, clothing, what sport they want to play or movie to see helps to give them a sense of ownership and independence.  Choice increases motivation, pride and inspires people to work hard for what they chose to do.

5 Ways to Empower Your Teen

  1. Choice
  2. Empathy
  3. Humility
  4. Emotional Safety
  5. Active Listening
Empathize. It is important to remember that empathy is not sympathy. Empathy is your ability to identify and understand the emptions of another person. Verbalize how you think your child is feeling (examples: “you look so sad”, “I know this is so hard”, “I would be so mad too”). Empathizing with your child shows them that you recognize their emotion as valid, eventhough sometimes you are unable to change what is causing the emotion.
Admit your own mistakes. Even though you might not know it, your child watches you all the time. If you say something you wish you hadn’t, apologize. If you punished too harshly, admit it and make a change. If you forgot to do something you said you would, verbalize your error and let them know when you will work harder follow through with your promises. Acknowledging when you mess up, and modeling how to make amends, teaches your child that it is okay to make mistakes, and shows them how to make a right their wrongs.
Give emotionally support. This skill takes empathy a step further, in that, it involves teaching your child about their feelings. Help them find the language to express what they are feeling. For some, knowing what to do when another person is upset is confusing and difficult. Teaching your child how to appropriately express anger, frustration, hurt, embarrassment is one of the most important life and relational skills they can have, because emotions impact every aspect of our lives. Show and communicate to your child that how they feel is always okay, they just need to know how to appropriately respond to those feelings.
Be an active listener. Listen first, respond second. If at all possible give your child your undivided attention, put away your phone while they are talking. Use eye contact, show you are listening using nonverbal communication such as head nods, mmhmm’s, and clarifying questions. Remember to work hard at empathizing and deferring judgment and/or advice. After your child has finished talking, ask your child if they are wanting advice, a solution, or if they simply want you to listen. 
Again, parenting can be such a challenging endeavor; and with all the research and literature on the subject, there are still no “correct” ways to do it.  However, improvement should be on your list of priorities.  Thus, I hope these few suggestions are helpful for you in your efforts to “do it better.”  If you have any concerns about your children or family, feel free to contact me as I would be pleased to serve you if I am able.

Lauren Thompson

  • Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor

Aftercare Recovery Group: A Post-Residential Treatment Group

Stepping into and out of residential treatment can be some of the scariest and most difficult decisions a person may face.  Finding and utilizing support throughout the recovery process is crucial to maintaining strength to prevent relapse.  Through this group, you will build relationships with others in recovery and gain information and tools to guide you through the journey of recovery.  


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