My Approaches to Therapy

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"The brain is wider than the sky."

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Emily Dickinson

(1830-1886)

Services
Individual Sessions

Individual therapy is available for a variety of personal concerns. We began with an initial diagnostic interview which includes discussing issues in your life, your background and goals. You will be given an assessment packet to be filled out in advance of the first session. It includes questions about you which will aid in the therapeutic process. In addition, you may be given one or more personality tests.

A therapeutic approach will be individually tailored to meet your needs.

Therapist competencies include:

  • depression

  • anger confusion dependency

  • anxiety

  • guilt/shame

  • motivation

  • ADHD

  • assertiveness

  • Post Traumatic Stress

  • Relationships

  • Women’s issues

  • Family/stepfamily concerns

  • grief/loss

  • child abuse

  • social difficulties

  • domestic violence

  • life transition

  • sexual concerns

  • LGBTQ

Family/ Couples Sessions

Family Therapy

There are times in which family members will come in individually and other times when the family is seen together. Goals include functioning as a unit rather than separately within the same home. The focus is always on positive interactions, commitments, cooperation and trust which remain as the key to successful families.

 

Marriage/Couples Therapy

A major concern in relationship therapy is not the question all of "Who is right?", But instead, "WHAT is right for you and your partner?". The therapeutic process involves identifying the issue, exploring coping strategies being used and developing new ways of interacting.

Common issues in Marriage/Family treatment:

  • Communication

  • Parenting

  • Abuse

  • sexual issues

  • anger

  • alcoholism

  • incompatibility

  • relationships

  • Money matters

  • Trust

  • Dependency

  • bringing up the past

  • suppressing feelings

  • sharing chores

  • infidelity

  • blended families

  • adoption adjustment

  • religion

Children/Adolescents

Children and adolescents display their need for help in a variety of ways. Though they may be unaware of what is troubling them, their behavior may indicate they are emotionally hurting.

 

Art and play therapy is frequently incorporated into treatment in order to assist the expression of feelings and the working through of conflicts.

Concerns often seen in treatment with children and teens:

  • academic concerns

  • behavior problems

  • emotional struggles

  • Attention Deficit

  • Depression

  • Withdrawal

  • Anxiety

  • Anger

  • Trauma

  • identity struggles

Academic concerns

Academic underachievement and related behavioral concerns may stem from a variety of causes. A few of the possibilities may include emotional issues, family concerns, time management, etc.

Therapy focuses on helping children and adolescents become more aware of feelings, understand choices they are making, the consequences of such choices and alternative behaviors they may choose.

Common symptoms of underachievement:

  • grades lower than potential

  • difficulty remaining seated

  • immature compared to classmates

  • incomplete tasks

  • indecisive, nonassertive

  • lack of motivation

  • difficulty paying attention

  • loses homework assignments

  • procrastinates, refuses doing work

  • rebellious, lies, cheats, steals

  • waste too much time

  • attention placed more on electronic games

 
Location

303 1st Avenue NE, Suite 220

Faribault, MN 55021

 507-332-8082 

© 2018 John DeFrancisco, LP New Directions Counseling Center, LLC

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