Lutheran Counseling Services is here for you when you have difficulties on your journey through life. Within a Christian context that honors diversity and autonomy, we work with you to explore what choices are available and the effects each choice may have. We will help you look at many aspects of your life – physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual.
Our counselors are doctoral- or master-trained and supervised by a licensed clinician. They receive ongoing professional training in providing behavioral health services. Please click here to meet our current staff.
Lutheran Counseling Services offers many different session-types and areas of focus.
Types of Counseling:
- Couples: Marriage counseling helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through couples therapy you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding your relationship.
- Families: Family therapy helps family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. Family therapy is designed to teach skills which deepen family connections and assist with stressful times, even after formal therapy sessions have concluded. Treatment plans are developed specifically to meet the needs of the family. Lutheran Counseling Services staff is committed to working with all family members until issues are resolved to their satisfaction.
- Individuals: Individual counseling provides an opportunity to talk confidentially with a counselor about personal concerns to facilitate personal growth. In this type of therapy, the counselor and the client work together to define and discuss personal issues and reach mutually agreed upon goals.
- School-Based: School-based counseling services teach students in kindergarten through grade 12 how to identify thoughts related to anxiety, depression, anger and other concerns, as well as provide the necessary skills to cope with these feelings both in school and at home. The program includes weekly individual therapy sessions for students throughout the school year, including summer sessions, if needed.
- Adjustment to Life Stressors: Unexpected changes at work or home, illness, death, a new job, home or baby can cause stress, anxiety or depression, sometimes making normal routines feel overwhelming. Most people adjust to these types of changes in a few months, but sometimes the adjustment is more difficult and can lead to feelings of lethargy, sadness or self-destruction or poor decision-making. Seeking help from a licensed counselor can help you regain your emotional control and move forward with your life.
- Anxiety: Feelings of worry, nervousness or unease are all signs of anxiety and typically are associated with an imminent event or an occasion with an uncertain outcome. You may feel like you need to do something, or have an uncertainty about what that action should be. More severe cases of anxiety can be described as excessive apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior and panic attacks. Lutheran Counseling Services can help you overcome minor or severe anxiety through a variety of methods.
- Couple and Family Issues: Family therapists treat a wide variety of psychological, emotional and relational problems related to individuals, couples, families and community groups. Family therapists share the premise that human behavior occurs within family, social, and cultural contexts.
- Depression: The National Institute of Mental Health recognizes several types of depression disorders.
1. Major Depression: Characterized by severe symptoms that interfere with your ability to work, sleep, study, eat and enjoy life. An episode can occur only once in a person’s lifetime, but more often a person has several episodes.
2. Persistent Depressive Disorder: Symptoms include a depressed mood that lasts for at least two years. A person diagnosed with persistent depressive disorder may have episodes of major depression or less severe symptoms, but symptoms must last for two years.
3. Psychotic Depression: A type of depression which occurs when a person has severe depression in addition to some form of psychosis, such as having disturbing false beliefs or a break with reality (delusions) or hearing or seeing upsetting things that others cannot hear or see (hallucinations).
- Loss and Grief: Grief is something everyone experiences at some point in their lives. The most intense grief typically comes after the death of a loved one. Feeling empty or numb is common, as are deep feelings of sadness and sorrow. Guilt, regret, anxiety, fear, ambivalence or helplessness are other common feelings associated with death and loss. There is no timetable for the grieving process, although experts generally agree on five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
Each individual needs to find his or her own way to heal after a loss. Some people find it beneficial to have an impartial person there to listen. Others need help navigating the road back to normalcy. Whatever your need, Lutheran Counseling Services is here to help you with feelings of loss or grief.
- Marriage Preparation: Once you and your partner have made the decision to marry, marriage preparation can help the two of you identify potential relationship issues prior to saying your vows. Lutheran Counseling Services can help you and your partner enter the next stage of your lives confident that you have the resources to help overcome life’s challenges together.
- Parent Training: Becoming a parent can be an overwhelming experience. After your bundle of joy is finally sleeping through the night, another set of challenges comes into focus. Lutheran Counseling Services staff can talk you through some of the questions you are facing to come up with the best possible solution.
- Stress Management: Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. The sources might not always be obvious, and it is all too easy to overlook thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Lutheran Counseling Services staff can help walk you through the process of identifying stressors, even those you may overlook yourself, and addressing them with you. In time, you and your counselor can form a plan to de-stress your life and cope with stress that is a normal part of life.
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