THERAPY AND COUNSELING
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.
Couples therapy or couples counseling is designed to address specific issues that affect the psychological health of partnered relationships, such as major life transitions or mental health conditions. It may be used as the primary mode of treatment or as a complementary approach. We currently offer couples counseling exclusively through teletherapy.
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.
Our Therapist, Elisa, has completed Basic Training Levels I and II in EMDR and has received additional training, including implementing with children.
Children naturally process the world around them though by playing. Play therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach that helps children to express their thoughts and feelings through play.
Our Therapists have 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.
Iowa Family Counseling provides play therapy as part of our school-based therapy services and in our home office's dedicated play therapy room.
"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 when the provider and client are not at the same physical location.
Our Therapists are able to provide quality care within a convenient online format that is designed to meet the needs of all clients.
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, Iowa Family Counseling provides services within area schools including the Highland and Mid-Prairie Community School Districts.
THERAPIST LICENSURE SUPERVISION
Elisa is able to provide individual and group clinical supervision to mental health counselors in training (tLMHC, LMSW) in the State of Iowa, working towards permanent licensure. She is able to offer supervision in person, phone, videoconferencing and/or combination of all.
I can be changed by what happens to me.
But I refuse to be reduced by it.