Individual counseling (sometimes called psychotherapy or talk therapy) is a process in which clients work one-on-one with a trained mental health clinician in a safe, caring, and confidential environment.
Counseling allows individuals to explore their feelings, beliefs, and behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.
Family therapy or family counseling is designed to address specific issues that affect the psychological health of the family, such as major life transitions or mental health conditions. It may be used as the primary mode of treatment or as a complementary approach.
Elisa has completed Basic Training Levels I and II in EMDR and has received additional training, including implementing with children.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a mental health treatment that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the resolution of mental health symptoms from adverse life experiences. EMDR therapy can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see upsetting experiences in a new and less disturbing way.
Elisa has received much training over the years in play therapy, art therapy and sand tray therapy, and uses those techniques with most of her younger clients.
"Play is the work of childhood”- Jean Piaget
Iowa Family Counseling can provide convenient tele-therapy services to clients across the state of Iowa, through a HIPAA compliant program. Tele-therapy, by definition, is the delivery of therapeutic services by which the provider and client are not at the same physical location.
SCHOOL BASED THERAPY
Life is busy. It can be difficult to find the time to get your child into therapy. Often, ensuring your child gets to appointments means taking off work, or sacrificing other activities. We understand that it is not always easy to take time away from life to go to therapy, that is why we offer school-based therapy services!
Currently, Elisa provides services within the Highland, Solon, Mid-Prairie, Columbus Junction and Muscatine Community School Districts.
THERAPIST LICENSURE SUPERVISION
Elisa is able to provide individual and group clinical supervision to mental health counselors in training (i.e. tLMHC) in the State of Iowa, working towards permanent licensure. She is able to offer supervision in person, phone, videoconferencing and/or combination of all.