We offer a variety of comprehensive services designed to help you overcome challenges and achieve your goals. Look below or visit our therapist's pages to determine what service best fits your needs.
According to a recent study by the American Psychological Association, around 1 in 5 people (43 Million) suffer from some sort of mental illness every single year. Often, when we think of mental illness in regards to ourselves, we think of poorly crafted notions that have been perpetuated and stigmatized throughout the years. Ironically, the same study concluded that an overwhelming majority of people (with and without mental illness) believe that with proper treatment, those suffering from mental illness can lead normal lives.
At The Counseling Center For Change, we know that to be true. With a collective 75+ years of experience, our professionals utilize an array of methods and approaches to help adults, teenagers and children identify the challenges that are preventing them from living happy, fulfilled lives and develop solutions to overcome those challenges.
We all struggle with something at some point in our lives. Having a proven, trustworthy mental health professional to confide in, lean on and talk to can make a vast difference in how we work through those struggles. The Counseling Center For Change is currently accepting new patients. Click below to schedule your appointment today.
Pre/Postoperative Bariatric Counseling & Evaluations
Undergoing bariatric surgery can be a challenging undertaking, but it can also have an incredibly positive effect on a patient's well-being. Health benefits such as substantial weight loss, reduced risk of Diabetes, improved blood-pressure, and back pain relief are only a few potential benefits patients can experience after undergoing surgery.Pre-bariatric surgery psychological evaluations are usually required by both surgeons and insurance companies. Most surgeons recognize that weight loss surgery is not only a medical issue, but also a life-changing event. They want to make sure that patients are emotionally ready for the surgery and that they not only understand the risks and outcomes, but have the support needed to make lifestyle and behavioral changes after surgery.
These evaluations are a requirement based on guidelines established by the National Institute of Health for all patients before bariatric surgery can be offered. Weight loss surgery is a life altering procedure - surgeons as well as insurance companies require these evaluations to ensure a patient's health and safety. With any major surgery, weight loss surgery can have complications including death. For these reasons, the decision to go forward with surgery should not be taken lightly. An evaluation ensures that patients are:
1. Able to make such a decision.
2. Understand the consequences of their decision.
3. Have no underlying psychological conditions that would prohibit them from adhering to the life changes that are required following surgery.
Bariatric surgery has the potential to change lives. A good understanding of the surgical procedure, the outcomes, and the required lifestyle changes makes a vast difference in a patient's success. The Counseling Center For Change offers a thorough pre-surgical evaluation designed to help patients fully understand bariatric surgery and identify potential challenges and solutions. Most patients remark that they find the evaluation to be very helpful, both before and after surgery. After consulting with your surgeon, click below to schedule your evaluation today.
As human beings we spend our lives doing three things: Thinking, Feeling, and Behaving. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that addresses the way patients are thinking about things, feeling about things, and acting on things. CBT is a clinically-proven, highly effective treatment for Depression, Anxiety (panic attacks, phobias, OCD, and other stress disorders), relationship problems, low self-esteem, and more. This focused, problem-solving therapy was developed in the 1970’s by Aaron T. Beck, M.D.
CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this is that we can change the way we think to feel better or act better even if the situation does not change. CBT is a method that essentially identifies and helps a person to correct specific errors in what he or she is thinking that produces negative and painful feelings. These erroneous or distorted thoughts also influence the person on a behavioral level, and result in maladaptive choices or reactions. While we cannot change what happens in our environment, we can choose how we will respond to it. In CBT, the most effective point of intervention is targeting negative thoughts, and when changes are made in thinking (automatic thoughts, core beliefs, and assumptions), positive changes in emotions and behavior will follow.
The Counseling Center For Change offers many forms of CBT but excels in its options of CBT Groups for both adults and teenagers (ages 13+) many of which have expressed a sense of community and belonging by engaging in these groups. To view a schedule of our ongoing and upcoming groups, click below.