Counseling, sometimes referred to as psychotherapy or therapy, is a process that empowers individuals, families and groups to optimize individual well being, improve the quality of one to one relationships and the overall functioning of interpersonal systems, ie. families and organizations. Counseling provides a secure, confidential, non-judgmental environment where personal challenges related to behavior, thought, mood and relationships are explored. During counseling sessions the client and therapist work together to understand how present symptoms, past experiences and current behaviors interfere with the client’s well-being and success.
Counselors can have specific or eclectic theoretical and practical orientations- from Gestalt therapy to the Expressive Arts-which influence and guide their approach to treatment. Regardless of approach, professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems by strengthening self-esteem, developing more adaptive life skills and coping behaviors. These new skills, insights and behaviors create a sense of wholeness and are developed with the fundamental goal of optimizing the meaning, satisfaction and joy experienced in meeting life’s challenges, both personally and professionally.
Individual counseling creates an opportunity to receive support and experience personal growth during challenging times in life. Individual counseling can help one deal with many personal topics in life such as anger, depression, anxiety, loss, mental illness, behavioral addictions, substance abuse, marriage and relationship challenges, parenting problems, school difficulties, career changes etc.
Every couple experiences ups and downs in their levels of harmony and dischord over time. This can range from basic concerns of stagnation to serious expressions of aggressive behavior. Marriage counseling or couples counseling can help resolve conflicts and heal wounds. It can help couples slow their downward spiral, by developing a broader shared perspective on their relationship where mutual respect, understanding, and support enhance the shared journey in life. The couple can learn to identify triggers of conflict and pain and can develop a shared system of care and support rather than division and alienation. From this shared base, the couple can redefine their committment, roles, expectations and goals toward reciprocal care and satisfaction allowing love to grow.
Family counseling is often sought when life changes or stress negatively affect one or all areas of family functioning; family closeness, family structure (rules and roles), family resources (tolerance, love and care) or communication style. Common issues addressed in family counseling are concerns around parenting, sibling conflict, loss of family members, new members entering the family, addictions, mental illness, a major move, a change in a pattern of interacting that does not serve the family system.
Group counseling allows one to experience “universality”, the experience that they are not alone in their type of life challenge. Membership in a group of peers who are in a similar place not only increases one’s understanding of their conflict, but also the variety of possible solutions available. Typically groups revolve around a common topic like: anger management, self-esteem, divorce, domestic violence, recovery from abuse and trauma, and substance abuse and recovery.
Victoria Eisner, M.A., BC-DMT, NCC Clinical Counseling & Dance Movement Therapy
Trained as a dance/movement therapist and incorporating foundational elements of traditional psychotherapies, Victoria’s integrative and holistic counseling approach is tailored to each client’s needs. She is intuitive and skilled at using a body-centered and mindfulness-based approach to discover solutions and enliven consciousness. Victoria supports her clients in achieving their health and wellness goals by bringing awareness to patterns of mind, emotion, body and behavior that lead to illness, create distress, inhibit connection and prevent authentic self-expression.
Victoria works with individuals, couples and groups, specializing in the treatment of PTSD, body image disturbances and disordered eating as well as, anger management, anxiety, depression, grief or loss, pain management, relationship issues, self-esteem and stress management.
Victoria has been a clinical therapist and teacher for over 25 years. She maintains her board certification through National Board of Certified Counselors and the American Dance/Movement Therapy Association. Her lifelong experience with the creative and performance arts, coupled with ongoing education and training in psychotherapy, MBSR, yoga therapy, chi gong, mindfulness meditation, breath work, and numerous traditional and body-centered therapies continue to inform and guide her clinical practice. In addition to strong clinical and teaching skills, Victoria demonstrates leadership, organizational and teambuilding abilities, which she deftly applies to her professional trainings and workshops.
Victoria’s appreciation of the transformative power of movement, thought, imagery, art and breath is at the core of her holistic health and wellness perspective. At the center of Victoria’s life is the vision to collaboratively create the experience of wholeness and connection with individuals and communities.
Terry McGeehan, MA, LCPC Clinical Counseling & EMDR
Terry, principal and founder of Sage River Wellness, is a licensed clinical counselor and family mediator with over 30 years professional experience. She works with clients to develop healthier ways of coping with life and creating more satisfying relationships. A non-judgmental, trusting relationship is essential. Terry uses a holistic approach to join the wisdom of the body, insight, clients’ resources and live interaction to transform dysfunction, dis-ease and conflict into conscious compassionate living.
Clients learn to recognize and live from their ‘true center” or “authentic self” where they can respond rather than react to life stressors while sustaining inner peace and compassionate presence. Experiential learning and educational materials provide the basis for lasting change.
The services Terry provides include EMDR therapy and consultation, counseling for adults, families, couples and family mediation. Areas of treatment include trauma recovery, emotional regulation, grieving & letting go, managing anxiety, depression, dissociative disorders and addictions recovery; both behavioral (eating disorders, gambling, porn) & substance use (smoking, alcohol, drugs). Relationship therapy involves developing mutual respect, creating a shared space for understanding differences, prioritizing concerns, improving communication, learning conflict resolution skills, keeping love alive and refining commitment. Methods include EMDR, Ego State Integration, Body centered or Somatic Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Humor. The work of therapy becomes the joy and satisfaction of living.