Family Therapists work with individuals, couples, and families. When we hear the term “Family Therapy”, we often envision the entire family sitting together in the treatment room. While this is sometimes the case, more often than not, the “client” in family therapy is a single individual motivated for change in his or her life.
At different times in our life we may find ourselves using alcohol, substances, or other self-sabotaging activities to cope with life. Patterns can develop, and while we want to stop using, sometimes we can’t seem to make the change. It’s hard to see that control is within our reach and we don’t know where to begin in turning things around. A substance abuse counselor can provide education about substance use and addictions, as well as strategies and resources for living life fully present. Individual work can help us understand why we started using substances to deal with life’s difficulties in the first place. This awareness can help us move forward as we learn alternative ways to manage feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, or boredom that may be at the root of our difficulties. Developing a leisure lifestyle and a plan for managing self are instrumental in claiming our lives.
How often you come to therapy and how long you stay in therapy is up to you. Some people attend more often at the beginning and spread sessions out after a few weeks. Others come every other week or on a monthly basis right from the start, giving themselves time to practice skills they’ve learned in between visits. If you are in crises or having a hard time managing, we may decide together to schedule weekly sessions until things improve.
Appointments are typically 45, 50, or 60 minutes in length. Occasionally, we will conduct a 30-minute appointment, but this is not the norm. All appointments are scheduled on the hour.
The Cairn is more than an interesting pile of stones stacked up on a trail. While some Cairns memorialize an important event, others serve as landmarks that show the trail’s direction when we aren’t sure where we are or where we’re going. Legends on the other hand, are stories from the past believed by many that, while not necessarily proven to be true, provide visual explanations for the way things are laid out, similar to symbols on a roadmap.
The Cairn and the name “New Legends” were selected to represent the way in which we at New Legends guide your journey. Our clinicians will walk beside you, leading from behind as you choose your own direction and make your path by walking.