Individual Counseling INCLUDING DBT AND SAND TRAY THERAPY
OFFERED at Marin
In our practice, we have found that a compassionate, empathetic approach utilizing various therapeutic modalities is a necessity when providing counseling.
A significant aspect to counseling is that to be truly effective, a person must feel comfortable with their therapist and build considerable trust to help facilitate their healing. Our goal is to find the best approach that works for you maximizing the benefit you will receive in counseling.
We also offer Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a well- researched and comprehensive counseling treatment approach. DBT works by teaching you actual skills and tools as part of the counseling process to become more aware of your particular sensitivity to negative emotions such as anxiety, anger, depression, etc. . At the same time, it teaches you skills you can use to not only recognize what is triggering these feelings but how to better cope with them and minimize them quite effectively. DBT also teaches assertiveness skills to enable you, when needed, to effectively begin asking for what you want from others and saying no to things you don't want in a comfortable, easy manner.
We have successfully helped people who suffer from depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, difficult life transitions as well as many other issues. We work solely with individuals- late teens, adults and seniors.
We believe since individuals and their experiences are unique, we will work with you in collaboration to find the treatment modality that best suits you.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A COUNSELING SESSION?
We are people just like you. The only difference is our education and training help us, help you. When you come in for your counseling appointment, we will discuss whatever feelings, thoughts, experiences, and concerns you have. In our weekly sessions, we meet one-on-one in a relaxed setting and talk about what concerns you most.
Part of counseling includes processing feelings, thoughts and memories that may be unpleasant at times. Although none of us likes to feel things such as sadness, anger, etc., it is a necessary part of healing in the release of these feelings and experiences. This way they can stop haunting you.
At the end of every session, we always make sure you have skills to utilize in between counseling sessions and we build upon those skills each time we meet. You will leave with whatever was discussed sealed up and with the tools you need to live more comfortably. As counseling continues, you will build those skills and tools growing better suited to meet life's challenges.
If you need a boost between counseling sessions, we do check our messages and are available to help you. As you progress, you will feel more confident in between sessions.
Counseling means holding a safe space for you. We do so without judgment but with acceptance.
Sand Tray Therapy
for Adults and Children
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. - Carl Jung
What Is It?
In Sand play a scene is made from figures and objects placed in a box of sand. The construction of the scene is guided almost entirely by the choices made by the hands of the client, while the therapist watches nearby in respectful silence. Sand play is a form of therapy that gives both child and adult clients the opportunity to portray, rather than verbalize, feelings and experiences often inaccessible and/or difficult to express in words. Sand play also provides a balance to the extroverted, verbal, and outer-focused everyday world. It can lead to a more open and integrated way of life. In the midst of an age and time that rushes toward the future, the simplicity and depth of Sand play helps maintain a place of internal integrity as well as a sanctuary for contact with the symbolic world out of which can emerge a healing experience. - Harriet S. Friedman, M.A., M.F.T., J.A.
How does it work?
A basic premise of Sand play therapy is that the psyche possesses a natural tendency to heal itself, given the proper conditions. Similar to how our physical wounds heal under beneficial conditions, the psyche also has an instinctual wisdom that emerges when left free to operate naturally in a protected environment. The aim of Sand play is to activate healing energies at the deepest level of the psyche through the use of miniatures and the sand tray to reflect the client’s inner world. By this symbolic activity and through the experience of free and creative play, unconscious processes are made visible in this three-dimensional form, much like the dream experience. - Harriet S. Friedman, M.A., M.F.T., J.A.
Who DO YOU USE THIS FOR?
Adults and Teens over 15 years old
Beth works with adults and teens who need help understanding their thoughts and feelings related to life challenges. For teens especially, it's important for them to understand their thoughts and feelings when they are young so that they will be more prepared as adults to manage strong emotions and exhibit behaviors that help them achieve their goals rather than hinder their progress and happiness.
What about Parents when Teens are seen?
Parents are a valued part of the therapeutic process. With teens 15 and over, they do have privacy rights. At the first meeting, parents (with their teen's permission) will be brought into the office and an initial evaluation, including the purpose and goals for counseling, will be discussed with both parent and teen present. If possible, parents are encouraged to wait in the waiting area during any follow-up sessions. It is important that a strong relationship between therapist and teen be made so that the teen may receive the most benefit from therapy. Follow-up sessions will include 10-15 minutes of time with the parent or guardian (again with the teen's permission) to check in on any concerns, questions, and to monitor progress seen at home. There may be times it may be helpful to have parents and/or other family members present at the counseling session to help improve the relationship as a whole, and we can discuss this on an individual basis. Overall, we don't provide family counseling on a regular or ongoing basis.
A Note about insurance:
Regular counseling rates apply. Beth is an in-network provider for Aetna and is out-of-network for other insurances. If you are unsure of your out-of-network benefits, please call the Customer Service number on the back of your insurance card and a member of the company will be glad to answer any questions you may about your benefits including how to submit a claim. We will provide you with an itemized receipt to allow you to get reimbursed for services rendered. ·