Pennock Center offers counseling on an individual, couple, family or group basis. Counseling helps people overcome destructive patterns, resolves trauma, facilitates grieving, helps in problem solving, and strengthens relationships.
This is a one-on-one counseling for adults, adolescents or children. Counseling focuses on the needs and goals of the client, along with the factors contributing to the difficulties. Often the focus of therapy is on coming to a fuller understanding of the problem, increasing self-awareness and learning to manage difficult emotions related to the problem.
In couple’s counseling the therapist works with the couple to resolve the problems that are getting in the way of a satisfying, healthy relationship. The therapist helps facilitate the following: mutual understanding between the partners, improved emotional connection and more effective communication.
Sometimes the entire family benefits most from doing counseling together where everyone is involved because all family members contribute to how the family functions. In family counseling people learn to interact more effectively and make changes that enable the family to resolve conflicts and grow closer.
Child and Adolescent Counseling
Children and adolescents benefit from individual counseling especially if they experienced something traumatic or are adjusting to a loss or major change in their lives. Counseling can help children and adolescents express their feelings and needs in direct, healthy ways and prevent acting these feelings out in problematic ways.
Groups are an effective way to work through issues if clients desire a supportive group environment that includes the opportunity for feedback and assistance from other group members. Facilitated by a therapist, counseling groups are a way to work through individual problems with the added benefit of support from others in the group.
Senior Peer Counseling
The center offers no cost counseling for seniors 55 years and older through our Senior Peer Counseling Program where seniors are matched with our trained volunteer peer counselors. Meetings can take place in a senior’s home, assisted living center, skilled nursing facility, or at our office. This program is based on the idea that seniors may be able to better relate to someone in their age group. Problems addressed can include; grief, adjustment, stress, anxiety, depression, and family issues.
Substance Abuse Therapy
As a part of our outpatient counseling service, Pennock Center addresses substance abuse problems that often accompany relationship issues and other mental health problems. Our approach includes addressing readiness to change, provides support and family intervention, as well as help with relapse prevention. We work with individuals to prepare them for more specialized substance abuse treatment, if needed, and can provide referrals.