We believe in brief solution based counseling for most situations. Usually, our goal is not to keep young people in therapy long-term. It is our goal to help you help them adjust relational skills and start living independently with more success.
We partner with you by helping your children learn how to mend trust relationships, to learn healthier coping skills, integrate positive strategies, and to live without self-harm.
We understand that sometimes young adults can get blindsided by emotional pain and can make terrible choices. Our therapists hope to be your "translator" to help them communicate their issue without feeling too vulnerable or judged. We work with them, to help them untangle the mess, so you all can rebuild trust and start living positively again.
Although there is a place for it in the world – At Blue Sky Counseling Center we do not make our clients lay down on a chase sofa and tell us all about when they were 4 years old – nor do we sit behind them and write copious notes and saying Mmmm and uh Huh the whole time. For children we do not play with doh for an hour and then ask them how they feel.
What we DO! We know that therapy needs to be a conversation – extending and sharing insight together. Our therapists have many tools, lessons, strategies, and activities to keep the sessions interesting and focused on a counseling skill. True learning occurs when young adults are emotionally engaged able to ask questions and compare how their beliefs join with the life-skill at hand. We are skilled at overcoming adolescent resistance and have a long history of success forming an effective relationships. We understand the complications that arise with college age adult children and the stress involved with common power struggle and dependency issues. Let us help your family with the important LAUNCH into adulthood.
Referral Assistance: We are connected with trusted licensed professionals to offer a multitude of services and have the ability to make effective referrals.
APPOINTMENTS: Generally very young, and elementary aged children are seen in the mornings and mid-day times. We reserve aftershool appointments for high school students attending in person full time high school. Evening appointments are reserved for family group meetings and or interventions. Please speak to your therapist about scheduling individually as they control their own calendars.
We understand that sometimes parents just want to help their young adult, teen or child increase social, family, career or educational SUCCESS
When long-term feelings of anxiety or depression steal away the ability to think clearly – sometimes people resort to negative coping or self-injurious behaviors. We understand this and are not shocked or appalled by their truth. Our goal is to create a relationship of openness – because thoughts about self harm are exactly the things we should be talking about. Our goal is offer all options in life saving intervention with you as our partner.
Even though in therapy we discuss serious issues - Counseling doesn’t need to be scary.
Teen Emotional Check-Ups Teen Mental Health Focus: Truth and Trust are only one letter apart - At our Teen Emotional Health Check-Ups Parents and Teens meet for one - two sessions. A brief questionnaire which looks into the emotional experience of adolescents is discussed. The roller coaster of high school or college, young adulthood is fast and going off course can lead to a lifetime of avoidable problems. Parents and teen are given an update on current coping strategies, resiliency, and future abilitiy to handle tough challenges. Our team is also available to assist families with treatment or referrals if issues are recognized. This is an over all positive experience where true prevention of serious teen pit falls are realized. We go to the dentist and the doctor for check ups...Why not an emotional wellness check?
We listen to you
Most of our our parents come to counseling when everything else they have tried to fix the problems have not succeeded. We understand that we need to listen and problem solve with you to create a therapeutic plan which includes honoring all the hard work that you have done before meeting with us. With your permission we partner with medical professionals, and educators to formulate a plan to improve your child’s emotional, social, and academic wellness.
We believe that therapy is not one size fits all. With open accepting hopeful communication we know that all humans have the ability to find resiliency from within to heal and change so they can live more productive and peaceful lives. Our therapists are very comfortable with difference and believe that individual human difference does not mean that they are deficit in any way. As clinicla director, Dr Jennica Jenkins and staff are committed to providing an atmosphere of trust and safety to all humans regardless of similarity or difference.
We concentrate on your parenting strengths and your core goodness
We know that you have spent a long time thinking about what is wrong with your situation, that you might have even heard from many different sources how what you are currently doing is not “parenting right”. The truth is: Failure Hurts. Parenting comes with a lot of guilt as it is, without any shame from an outside source. We concentrate on your parenting strengths, your core goodness, and teach successful life strategies to help you help your child combine what is working with the areas that need improvement.