What We Do
The problem is these statements don’t take into account any underlying factors triggering the behavior. We help people who want to get out of unproductive patterns causing them difficulty.
Most of us know when we’re doing something that is causing trouble, but many times we continue to do it anyway. At Hope For Families we delve into the issue deep enough to figure out why the pattern continues, and then coach the person on how to get their needs met more productively.
Instead of just telling you to stop, we help you find better solutions.
How We Do It…
We start with a very thorough 3 part assessment.
First, we have a diagnostic interview with the client, we also meet with the family to assess their point of view and identify any counterproductive patterns. The last part of the assessment process, we use neuro-cognitive testing to diagnose any underlying mental health or organic issues that may be adding to the problem. Because we know our clients are looking for direct feedback, we want to make sure we have a clear picture of what’s going on.
Changing behavior generally requires a change in thinking and some strategic changes in the person’s living environment. So, after gathering all the appropriate information, we develop an individualized treatment plan to address these factors. Most often we will want the family to continue to see our family counselor to receive education, as well as, learn how to best support the changes their loved one is trying to make.
Who We Do It For…
Most of our clients have sought help in other places before finding Hope For Families.
What our clients tell us is, they were tired of getting vague, confusing advice and were ready for some real direction. We’re an action orientated practice, so we work best with people who are looking to change behaviors and get real results. Some people who go to counseling are just looking for a someone to listen to them and explore their thoughts and feelings. Sure we do that too, but our goal is to change unproductive behaviors.
The clients that come to our office are already exhausted and frustrated with their problem. The last thing they want is some evasive “look deep within and you will find your answers” kind of comment. That’s like my accountant telling me to look deep down inside and I’ll figure out tax code (That’s just never gonna happen!)
Assessments & Testing
Intensive Outpatient Counseling Services
Recovery Monitoring Services
Outpatient Counseling Services for Adults, Adolescents, and Families
Everyone on our clinical team works with adults and we are all trained in both mental health and addictive disorders, but each of us have little sub-specialties. Amber works with people who have Substance Use Disorders. Cole treats young adults with Substance Use Disorders. Campbell typically works with parents who have children with Substance Use Disorders. Kim works with women who are having relationship difficulties, and Virginia works with individuals who are having problems with anxiety or who have a history of trauma.
But typically we work in teams to treat entire family systems, click here to read more about our approach. For example, Kim & Cole work together to see couples, and Amber and Campbell (often referred to as the Camber team) work together to see teens with addictions and their parents. We work hard to put together the perfect treatment team for your family situation. Hope For Families will customize the perfect plan for your situation.
Adolescents and Young Adults
If you’ve sent your teenager to individual counseling before, then you might have found yourself frustrated with the system. What typically happens is counselors get stuck in the middle between teens and their parents. They either have to align with the parents (which makes the kid not trust them) or they align with the teen (which makes the parents not trust them). This old way of doing counseling has some real limitations. It is vital for both sides to be heard.
We work with the entire family by giving the parents and the teen their own counselor. We call this approach “lawyering.” This way, everyone has their own advocate, each voice gets heard, and we as the counselors get the WHOLE story. Our team works to mediate important issues between adolescents and their parents.
Teens love our model and so do parents. Teenagers love that we listen to them and help them communicate frustrations appropriately (while at the same time, we help them see how they may be contributing to their own problem). Meanwhile, we work closely with the parents to ensure we have all the information needed to provide relevant feedback and coaching to create lasting change.
Intensive Outpatient Services for Substance Abuse
Hope For Families offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for teens and adults struggling with Substance Use Disorders. Most typically, we work best with what you might call the “functioning alcoholic/addict”. We don’t believe that a person has to “hit bottom” to get better. In fact, the sooner that you can treat an addiction the better chances for recovery. Most people are scared to enter Substance Abuse Treatment because they don’t want to interrupt their entire lives (no one wants to go away to rehab).
Through the combination of our Intensive Outpatient Program and our recovery monitoring services (Soberlink, urine drug screens, and drug patches), we are able to help most individuals get better without having to take time away from work or school. We believe it is best to get sober in your regular environment if at all possible, because eventually you have to learn how to navigate life in recovery.
Our IOP is a bit different than others. Our IOP groups are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5-8PM. We also schedule weekly individual and family sessions according to client/family availability and need. We believe that the combination of group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy offers our clients the best chance for creating long-term recovery. Traditional IOP services often only offer 3 days of group therapy. Here at Hope for Families, we want to ensure that you get your SPECIFIC needs met through the combination of both group and individual attention.