“You can’t stop the waves, you can learn to surf.”
-Jon Cabbot Zen
You want someone who has “been there and done that.” Who gets you, knows how frustrated and unhappy you are, how overwhelmed you feel and how lost you are. Who understands you are just trying to survive your day. You’ve tried it all; you’ve maybe tried the therapy thing before and either the person wasn’t helpful or you were turned off by them talking at you or your child. You want to know “Can someone really help me?” “Can someone really help my child?”
At Waves Counseling Services, LLC we get it! LIFE is hard, it’s even harder when you feel alone.
It’s even harder when there’s limited resources available.
We don’t believe it’s our job to fix you or your child.
We believe it’s our job to give you and your child the tools and space needed to grow and improve. By giving you these tools, you learn to surf the waves.
People who understand this, are the people we have helped succeed. Understanding you have to work and be committed helps therapy be a success for you or your child.
There’s no magic wand, no quick fix. Problems didn’t start overnight, they took time to build.
People we work best with want someone whose straightforward and calls it like it is. We definitely participate in your treatment. Therapy will seem like you’re talking to a friend. When clients enter the office they will meet someone who’s laid back, casually dressed (jeans, tennis shoes, or flip-flops), down to earth and inviting. Your Clinician is not easily offended by language and have been known themselves to drop a word or two.
Our Clinicians are passionate about working with parents who want help through a variety of issues with their child/teen such as communication, discipline, and conflict.
Our Clinicians are passionate about helping you with a variety of issues and in a variety of ways. Our Clinicians use a holistic approach. You can rest-assured, any faith, religion, spiritual beliefs are accepted and welcomed. Any gender and any sexual orientation are welcome. Pro-nouns are affirmed. We use She/Her, and He/Him.
We are affirming and an ally. Whether you’re searching, exploring or questioning, we are here to help you find YOU.
When you enter the doors of our space, you will be greeted and provided instructions either in writing or by a friendly face. You are welcome to help yourself to coffee or water. We have hot tea by resquest. We offer snacks for the children as needed. We offer a space for families to spend time together without digital devices and we encourage this. This can be a time for you and your child to play outside in our spacious green area, read a book, or play board games while waiting. We offer outdoor games and indoor games. Music is often playing and can be changed per your request. If you’re not comfortable we invite you to request what you need to make your visit more comfortable, even if this means taking your shoes off.
Education & Licensure
At Waves Counseling Services, LLC we believe in furthering the field of mental health. Therefore, we are a teaching practice. We have clinicians who are still in college and completing an internship, clinicians who have graduated and working towards a full Clinical License (the highest of acheivements) and Clinicians who are fully Licensed and working on specialty areas.
All of our Clinicians are under the direct supervision and consultation of a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Our Clinicians use a variety of evidence-based models and approaches in therapy which put you right at ease. They are trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing); Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Clinical Trauma and are those who are not, are provided consultation and supervision by a Nationally Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and an EMDR trained Clinician who is seeking Certification.
Hopefully, this information has been helpful in your decision to choose the right person for your child, teen or yourself. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact our office at Contact. Not only will we not try to convince you we’re the best; we will help you figure out what you’re looking for and refer you to the person we think could help you best.
Association for Play Therapy (A4Pt.org)
International Association of Trauma Professionals
National Association of Social Work
National Board of Certified Counselors