Through individual counseling, clients come to a better understanding of themselves. Counseling can be short-term and solution-focused, or it can be a long-term look at our past, present and approach to the future. We make a plan together.
- Anxiety Management and Recovery
- Stress and Anger Challenges
- Depression and Extreme Sadness
- Women’s Issues
- Codependency–living through the lives of others
- PostPartum Depression–both women and men can struggle with depression after childbirth (Jill has extended training in treating post partum depression, training in Karen Kleinman in Pittsburgh, PA)
- Understanding and Changing Destructive Patterns
- Recovery from Trauma (Jill is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
- Marriage Counseling (more below)
Working with couples is one of our core missions. Jill Smith is a student of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and has been working intensely with an EFT training team in Atlanta. This is a leading-edge, attachment-based therapy approach that guides couples to observe their cycle of anger and reactivity and learn to disrupt that cycle. They learn to and communicate in a far more effective and emotionally available way–honoring that at the core of all healthy relationships is a health attachment. Couples in therapy are often asked to sign a release so that their sessions may be taped. Jill uses these tapes in a strictly confidential way to review sessions and seek consultation.
There are very few EFT therapist in the Columbia/Lexington community and Jill is very proud to offer this approach to couples.
Groups are an emotionally rich, comfortable opportunity for those who have been in therapy for some time, have done ‘their work’ and are ready for another level of growth. Our groups are considered “process groups.” This simply means we don’t focus on supporting each other through a common problem, rather we focus on the relationships in the group. In this safe environment, members can practice speaking honestly, sharing deepest feelings, handling loving feedback, literally learning to be freer, healthier, more honest with others, more comfortable in our own skin.