Counseling

We work collaboratively to provide a comprehensive continuum of care that will best serve both individuals and families. As a group, we encourage integrated approaches to healing and offer a variety of trauma informed services to match particular needs.  All of our counselors have experience working with children and families however each clinician brings with them their life experience, expertise and style. Collectively, our clinicians share a vast knowledge of related community systems, health and wellness approaches and evidenced based therapeutic models. Some are as follows:

  • Mindfulness & Meditation Practices
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Attachment Focused Family Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Hypnosis
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques
  • Animal Assisted Services, Equine Assisted Therapy & Equine Assisted EMDR
  • Expressive Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Health & Wellness / Nutrition / Alternative Healing
  • Navigating educational, legal and health care systems

Counseling can often help people find needed relief from many of these common experiences:

  • Difficulty finding joy
  • Feeling estranged from others
  • Difficulty tolerating calm or quiet
  • Difficulty staying focused, learning or staying on task
  • Pain experienced by loss or an anticipation loss
  • Unexplained or uncontrolled fluctuations in mood
  • Sleep problems such as nightmares, insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Feeling stuck
  • Difficulties with identity or confidence
  • Managing family or work stress
  • Recovery from abuse or neglect
  • Addiction
  • Chronic pain
  • Parenting challenges

Why medication alone is not our philosophy:

Enhanced communication and exchange between client, counselor and MD provides a team approach to healing. Many things  both internally and externally can impact our physiology, energy and balance. Medication can be a powerful influence and deserves significant respect.  We believe that anything that has the power to heal has the power to hurt and by allowing more time for someone to get to know you and your environment will allow for a more natural and enduring approach to healing.

Medication is a valuable and useful treatment. There are times however when medication or lifestyle can sustain or mask symptoms.  Our counselors partner with clients and prescribers  to assess potential  needs, facilitate appointments and troubleshoot ecological barriers. This comprehensive continuum of care is an evidenced based practice that fosters trusting relationships, personalized behavioral health care and in turn, lasting change.

Additional Services

  • Telephone- $50.00 per 1/2 hr
  • Letter Writing- $25.00 per 1/4 hr
  • Meeting Attendance- $180.00 per hr
  • Collateral Contact- $25.00 per 1/4 hr
  • Telecounseling- $50.00 per 1/2 hr  for existing North Star Guidance Center Clients that reside in Massachusetts.

HIPAA compliant video telemedicine platform: vsee.com

*Above services may be subject to additional fees.

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