Service Info

Here you will find more detailed information on the services we offer.

Addictions

No problem in America has been more costly in daily lives, misery and money than addictions, and no problem has generated more stubborn conflict and confusion in families, friendships and business relationships.

Raintree Wellness Counseling offers individualized outpatient substance abuse/addiction treatment to families and business professionals. We focus on the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of each individual incorporating individualized relapse prevention planning. The combination of these tools delivers a powerful preventive mechanism for the perils of recidivism and relapse.

Anger Management

Many individuals struggle with issues stemming from the mismanagement of anger. Such is clearly the case with people who repeatedly have problems with “bad tempers” leading to abusive behaviors at work, on the road, or at home. However, the mismanagement of anger is not only evident through acts of verbal or physical aggression. When anger is repressed or avoided for fear of its destructive potential or for fear of conflict, the consequences can also be quite damaging. Therefore, effective anger management is not about learning how to “not be angry”, but focuses instead on separating the emotion of anger (a normal response to real or perceived threats to our well-being) from behaviors which are destructive to self or others (e.g. verbal or physical aggression, passive-aggression, or passivity leading to non-action).

Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most distressing emotions that people feel. It is sometimes called fear or nervousness. The word “anxiety” describes a number of problems including phobias (fear of specific things or situations, such as heights, elevators, insects, flying in airplanes), panic attacks (intense feelings of anxiety in which people often feel like they are about to die or go crazy), posttraumatic stress disorder (repeated, memories of terrible traumas with high levels of distress), or obsessive-compulsive disorder (a mixture of worries and anxiety symptoms experienced most of the time). We also use the word “anxiety” to describe brief periods of nervousness or fear that we experience when faced with difficult experiences in our life.

Most people who are anxious are very aware of a change in physical symptoms; jitteriness, tension, sweaty palms, light-headedness, difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, and flushed cheeks. Important events in our lives can contribute to increased feelings of anxiety. Sometimes, those feelings become overwhelming. All the physical, behavioral, and thinking changes we experience when we are anxious are part of the anxiety responses called “fight, flight, or freeze.”

Boundaries

Family systems are a place designed for all of us to learn, grow, and love; not all family systems teach and model healthy relationship, communication, assertiveness and boundary skills.

Boundaries involve your belief system, values, morals, emotions and your life experiences. Healthy boundaries serve to define who you are, contain you and protect your essence. Boundaries are the guidelines that assist you with appropriate closeness and separateness in relation with self and others.

Establishing healthy boundaries can be a difficult task, but one that offers great rewards of closeness and connection. Boundary setting is a process with certain distinguishable steps that lead to greater intimacy emotionally, physically, sexually and spiritually.

Raintree Wellness Counseling offers assertiveness skill and boundary training related to a healthier self for both males and females, couples and dating relationships, parenting, families, professional and working partnerships. Victims of trauma and abuse and those who have violated the boundaries of others can greatly benefit from these specialized services.

Healthy boundaries insure self-respect, self-love, and self-accountability. Healthy boundaries teach us to be responsible and lead to self-trust which leads to a mature life in which we can enter and sustain intimate relationships.

Codependency

We provide hope for individuals who struggle with issues of codependence. Codependency is when a person’s sense of self comes from an external source. A codependent person relies on the approval of others to feel good about himself/herself. Codependents focus on other’s needs and feelings at the expense of her own needs in order to feel valued or important. As a result, a codependent person is usually not aware of his own thoughts, feelings, needs and wants. Instead, a codependent person values the opinions of others above his own and puts aside her own interests in order to spend time sharing other’s. His sense of value and importance is based on whether other people like or accept him not on his own internal awareness.

Communication Skills

The ability to send and receive clear, direct messages is the foundation of good communication. Whether you want to improve the intimacy in your marriage, increase the understanding in family interactions, or improve your work relationships, we can help. We will help you understand yourself and provide you tools to take charge of your relationships and become more effective.

Couples: Married and Pre-married

Our Couples therapy focuses on helping couples sharpen their ability to talk, listen, resolve conflict, and manage anger effectively. Understanding the unique dance of relational reactivity between partners is critical for the growth of healthy intimacy in a couple. Each couple is challenged to identify ways in which they offend the relationship intimacy and are equipped through therapeutic intervention to cultivate healthy intimacy. We can help you not only prevent divorce but increase your relational satisfaction as a couple. A variety of tools are available to assist couples in identifying their strengths and increase their awareness of future stressors.

Depression

Depression is a group of enduring symptoms that last anywhere from a few weeks to many years. Symptoms are broken down into 4 clusters:

  1. How you think (e.g. self-criticism, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, concentration difficulties, overall negativity)
  2. How you act (e.g. isolating, low motivation)
  3. How you feel emotionally (e.g. sad, guilty, irritable, angry, anxious)
  4. How you feel physically (e.g. appetite or sleep changes)

A negative state of mind that colors all of your experiences is the chief feature of depression. You may cry a great deal, or you may want to cry, but can’t. Simple chores require great effort and everyday problems seem overwhelming. You become your own worst critic and believe that you’re being punished for something you did wrong.

Causes of Depression

The most likely explanation of depression is that it is a built-in, natural response to feeling defeated. From an evolutionary perspective, depression allows you to shut down until the dire conditions improve. Every human, if they feel defeated enough, will become depressed.

When you become depressed, your mind and body are operating exactly as they were designed to do when faced with insurmountable obstacles. The problem is that you are reacting to an imagined total defeat, rather than a real one. In other words, the obstacles are actually NOT insurmountable – you just perceive them that way.

Divorce Prevention

When couples are either in the process of divorce, or have seriously considered it as an option, it may seem like little or no hope for relational improvement is possible. Such couples are usually in need of “emotional open-heart surgery” if change is going to occur. Raintree Wellness offers hope and healing for couples who despite being at divorce’s door, want to give their relationship the proverbial “one last chance”. Through out intensive outpatient 1 to 2 week therapy programs, or weekly sessions aimed at getting to core issues as quickly and deeply as possible, many couples are able to get past stuck points in their communication and conflict resolution, heal long-standing relational hurts, find forgiveness, restore trust, and experiences increases in relational satisfaction for which they had long given up hope. If you or someone you know is seeking a place to give their troubled relationship a chance and avoid the trauma of divorce, please contact us for more information about how we can prove helpful when the goal is “Divorce Prevention.”

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders affect many in our culture. The emphasis in this area is on treating both the individual and family system. Treatment is available for anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and compulsive eating disorders. Components of treatment include focus in the area of individual, family, body image therapy, exercise prescription, dietary planning, stress management, communication skills and life coping skills.

Grief and Loss

Grief is experienced in three major ways:

  1. Psychologically (feelings, thoughts and attitudes)
  2. Socially (behavior toward others)
  3. Physically (health and bodily symptoms)

Grief is a continuing development, involving many changes over time. PCS provides comprehensive steps toward effective grief work in addressing both physical and symbolic experiences of losses:

  • Facing the reality of the loss
  • Working through painful memories
  • Experiencing range of emotions associated with the loss
  • Coping with lifestyles changes

Intimacy and Relationships

One of our basic human needs is to experience a sense of connection with another human being. We want to be known, accepted, valued, and wanted. Intimacy is the degree that we feel emotionally close and connected with someone. Intimacy exists in a relationship when personal information and feelings are shared and there is high regard for each other. When couples lack intimacy they do not trust each other with their most vulnerable feelings and thoughts. As a protection, they build walls which create resentment and distance in the relationship. This causes problems in the couples’ communication, and in their sex life. It also limits their capacity to resolve conflict, which is key to creating the intimacy they desire in the relationships.

Marriage and Family Therapy

Marriage and Family therapy is one of the most effective methods for resolving personal and relationship issues. This format encourages communication and helps to correct problem interactional patterns. Resolving long-held resentments and finding the strengths of each relationship is also a focus of treatment.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by compulsive behaviors that are hard to understand at times. In OCD, people attempt to avoid disturbing thoughts that are difficult to stop (obsessions) by doing compulsive behaviors that don't always appear to make a lot of sense.

Obsessions may include:

  • fears that you will be harmed or considered flawed in some important way
  • fears that someone else will be harmed by you
  • worries about germs, pollution or contaminants
  • worries about you or someone you love contracting diseases

Compulsions may include:

  • checking behaviors
  • compulsive washing or cleaning
  • extreme orderliness
  • driving rituals
  • avoiding situations or people

While at times these compulsive behaviors can lead to positive outcomes, such as very clean houses or perfectionist work behaviors, many of the compulsive behaviors or "rituals" are difficult to understand by even those who are doing them. Friends and family often think a person with OCD should just "stop" doing the rituals. However, much evidence suggests that OCD does not just go away over time, despite the best intentions of people struggling with the disorder. Often people with the disorder report feeling they can't imagine stopping the behaviors and feeling hopeless that anyone will be able to help them.