What is Counseling?
Counseling is a journey. You will work with a therapist to understand the core of your challenges, find clarity, develop a plan and feel in control of your life. People seek out counseling for a variety of reasons: depression, anxiety, stress, life changes, marital issues, parenting concerns, divorce and more. Together, we will help you to set and reach goals, feel empowered, find happiness and feel stronger than you have ever felt.
Aging can be both wonderful and challenging and at DLM we understand the needs of seniors.Whether challenged with managing chronic illness, death, family stressors, caregiving, memory loss, regrets, or financial concerns, we get it. Our staff of professionals are all skilled in helping seniors with these and other challenges. Available online or in person. WE ACCEPT MEDICARE
Some people go to counseling because they are in crisis. Others go because they have a problem or because they just need someone to help them gain perspective and talk things out. Life can be hard due to family, work, balancing life, illness, death, anxiety, depression or just everyday challenges. We can help you find that balance, reduce stress, make decisions, be empowered and feel better. Available online or in person.
Being a kid is hard and we know that parents are challenged with knowing how to help their children, manage behaviors, provide direction and feel confident in your parenting. Therapy for children and adolescents aims to address the concerns of the child/adolescent and the family.
Play therapy enables children ages 3 – 11 to work through their issues using interactive toys and games in a non – threatening environment while traditional counseling approaches are used with individuals aged 12 to young adulthood. We, at DLM, understand the challenges children and adolescents face in the demanding and fast paced environment we live in such as confusing friendships, separation, transitions, technology, bullying, feeling different, educational stressors, family challenges and many more.
We help children and adolescents learn about themselves and their relationships with others as well as the world around them. They learn how to address and resolve their own problems, communicate better with others, express their needs and feelings, explore and modify behaviors, as well as develop problem-solving skills.
We provide a safe space for children and adolescents to express their problems and encourage communication of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development. Available online or in person.
Treatment areas include
- Home Behavior Challenges
- School Behavior Challenges
- Bullying Issues
- Social Skills
- Sibling Relationships
- Stress Management
- Test Taking Anxiety
- Separation and Divorce
- Learning Disabilities
- Weight Management
- Asperger’s/ ASD
- Family Counseling
- Parenting Skills and Support
- Managing Conflict
- College and Career Issues
Off to college and on their own. College students often find themselves feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, disorganized and challenged with managing the stressors associated with college life. We offer both in person and online sessions to help college students with separation anxiety, getting organized, socializing, managing their workload, being independent and more. Available online or in person.
Family counseling can help the family improve communication, develop skills to resolve conflict, establish healthy boundaries and learn coping skills to bring you closer together. This form of therapy can be extremely beneficial in helping families with potentially dysfunctional family dynamics learn strategies of communication in order to resolve conflicts and promote understanding. Working with trained therapists, you will be able to learn how to improve these family dynamics and improve relations within the family unit. Available online or in person.
Often times couples have difficulty relating to each other, coping with stressors or resolving conflict. We help couples identify the issues, recognize the maladaptive patterns that contribute to their difficulties, and develop new and better strategies of relating to one another. Available online or in person.
We also provide Counseling for those who are thinking about or involved in the divorce process. Take a look at our divorce page for more details on the therapies and services we provide.
Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that can be an ideal choice for addressing your concerns and making positive changes in your life. With this form of therapy, individuals facing similar issues meet to discuss their own difficulties, share effective strategies for coping with and resolving problems, and offer support to the other members of the group. Groups provide a unique opportunity to learn more about yourself in working with others. Groups are led by one or more professional therapists and are offered both in person and online. Contact us to learn more about the groups we currently have running.
For children, teens, adults and seniors, if you or someone you know is being bullied we can help! We provide counseling with a trauma reduction component, education and advocacy. We also provide a bullying train the trainer workshop. Please see our DLM University Page to learn more.
Alyse writes: One day after school in April of 2004 my son Jacob came home and told me that some of the children in his class were making fun of him. He had a difficult time verbalizing the details, however, as a mother I knew in my heart that this was only the beginning for him… My heart began to break for him!! …I asked myself if this is happening to my son, how many other children are faced with the same or similar challenges? Children with and without disabilities are teased everyday by their peers. Some are teased because of the way they look, others because of the manner in which they learn and others because of the way they behave. How could I help my son and all of the other children who were being teased? That’s why Alyse created bullying educational seminars to address this issue. To learn more visit our DLM University page.
Then, in my work with adults and seniors, I came to understand that bullying affects people of all ages. Bullies grow up!! Bullies take it from the playground to the workplace and then to their retirement community. Education, awareness and empathy training are key elements in preventing and addressing bullying issues with any population. To learn more about our senior bullying education and programs check out our DLM University Programs.
How Often are Treatment Sessions Provided?
In our initial session, we decide upon a plan that will work best for you. Typically, the best work is usually done with either weekly or bi-weekly sessions to start.
What Types of Challenges Can We Help You With?
- Stress Management
- Caregivers Stress
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Family Relationships
- Work Stressors
- Educational Stressors
- Behavioral Concerns
- LGBTQ Issues
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Parenting Problems
- Special Needs Children
- Chronic or Acute Illness
- Bullying Issues
- Marital/Family Problems
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Social Skills Training
- Weight Management
- College and Career Challenges
- AND MORE…. because we understand that everyone doesn’t fit into a category!!
Types of Treatment Modalities
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Play Therapy
- Minfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Sand Tray
- Parent Child
- Positive Parenting
- AND MORE… because we know that one treatment modality does not work for everyone, we typically provide an eclectic approach to treatment utilizing multiple modalities
''When I first spoke to Alyse on the phone I was in crisis, I didn’t know where to turn for help. I was in a toxic relationship which was not only affecting me, but my children as well. Alyse and her team of therapists worked with us as a family unit and individually as well, and am happy to say that we are all thriving. Alyse helped me to gain insight into how my challenges impacted not only me, but my children as well. Her team, in working with us individually and as a family, utilized different types of therapy to help us grow, develop healthier coping skills and take healthier steps in developing more functional behavior changes and manage life better.''
''I can’t say enough about Alyse and her team. When I first contacted Different Like Me, I felt STUCK and didn’t know how to move forward in my life. I knew that I needed to make changes but couldn’t get out of my own way. I was feeling disorganized and not knowing where to start. Alyse and her team helped me to understand where my challenges were stemming from and what was holding me back. I realized it was me and not “bad luck”, I was sabotaging my own success. I am happy to say that because of Alyse and her team, I have left my job and am now very successful in my new business. I am no longer afraid of life and my potential. Thank you Alyse!''
''In relationship after relationship I always thought that it was someone else that was causing me pain and distress. In working with Alyse and her team, I came to identify my role in the challenges I was facing and the decisions I was making. Alyse helped me to learn how to take responsibility for my life and my decisions, gain Insight and for the first time in my life, feel that I was in control.''
''When my husband was diagnosed with dementia, I felt like my life was falling apart. All of our plans and dreams for a happy retirement had changed. I was feeling angry and disappointed all of the time which then led to me feeling guilty. When my husband forgot something, I would try to make him remember which only led to both of us feeling frustrated. Alyse and her team helped me to understand that my feelings were normal and taught me about the disease process from a relationship standpoint. She understood the loss I was experiencing on a daily basis. She helped me to work through my denial and learn new ways of responding to my husband which did not create frustration or anger but rather love and acceptance. I never thought I could actually feel happy again but I do. She also provided me with appropriate community resources I could utilize as my husband’s disease progressed.''