Renewal’s professionals work with adults struggling with separation, divorce, remarriage, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, past abuse and trauma, grief, chemical dependency, unemployment, or current life transitions. We also specialize in working with children and adolescents who have emotional or behavioral challenges such as depression, cutting, suicidal ideation, anxiety, Learning Disabilities, Autism/Asperger’s, adjustment difficulties, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorder.
Individual counseling is a process in which clients learn how to make decisions and formulate new ways of behaving, feeling, and thinking. Counselors focus on the goals their clients wish to achieve. Clients explore their present levels of functioning and the changes that must be made to achieve personal objectives. Thus, counseling involves both choice and change, evolving through distinct stages such as exploration, goal setting, and action (Brammer, 1993; Egan, 1990).
Career and Job Search Coaching
“Pursuit IS happiness.” Career and Job Coaching can help you renovate, enhance, and energize your resume, search strategies, and interviewing skills. Coaching can help you clarify your career goals, re-define your personal sense of life mission, address the inner obstacles of inertia or anxieties, and be more effective in your job search.
- Brammer, L.M. (1993). The helping relationship (5th Ed.). Needham heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
- Egan, G. (1990) The skilled helper: a systematic approach to effective helping (4th Ed) International Thomson Publishing
Couples and Families
Renewal’s professionals also offer marriage and family counseling, which means we are not only able to help with individual challenges but can also assist the whole family system and help achieve relational healing. Marriage and family counseling focuses to help identify and change problematic patterns in relationships as well as teach strategies to handle communication and conflict resolution. Our goal is to promote healthy, connected, and safe relationships between family members. We also offer parent coaching/workshops sessions to address areas in which parents feel stuck and develop possible solutions to implement at home.
The process of building a committed and satisfying marital relationship can be greatly enhanced through a series of counseling sessions with a licensed counselor. Using a relationship assessment tool such as Prepare-Enrich, the counselor can help you and your partner understand and adjust your patterns of relating to each other. This will include being coached in communication and conflict resolution skills, learning how personality styles and relationship dynamics influence your behaviors and feelings, and candidly discussing your respective priorities, strengths, and areas for growth in your marital relationship. Prepare-Enrich assessment tools are utilized to help couples gain and grow from this process. A series of four sessions is recommended, which can be scheduled before and after the wedding date based on your needs and goals for enhancing your relationship.
Psychological, Neurological, and Educational Testing
Psychological tests are written, visual, or verbal evaluations administered to assess the cognitive, behavioral, academic, personality, and emotional functioning of children, adolescents, and adults. Psychological tests are formalized measures of mental/behavioral/emotional functioning.
Purpose: Psychological, neurological, and educational tests are used to assess a variety of mental abilities and attributes, including achievement and ability, personality, and neurological functioning. Psychological tests are administered for a wide variety of reasons; for example, diagnostic clarification for medication treatment, treatment/treatment planning for counseling, diagnosing psychopathology (e.g., personality disorder, depressive disorder, anxiety), screening job candidates, screening for educational disabilities (e.g., Autism/Asperger’s, emotional disturbance, learning disabilities, ADHD, etc.), and personality strengths and weaknesses. Psychological testing may also be used for adoption evaluations, custody, pre-cardiovascular surgery, bariatric surgery, traumatic brain injury, neurological problems, and dementia/Alzheimer.
Achievement and ability tests: For children, academic achievement, ability, and cognitive tests may be used as a tool in school placement, in determining the presence of a learning disability or a developmental delay, in identifying giftedness, or in tracking intellectual development. Intelligence/cognitive testing may be used with adults to determine vocational ability (e.g., in career counseling), to assess adult intellectual ability in the classroom, receive accommodations in college, and aide in determining the presence of ADHD/ADD.
Achievement and ability tests are designed to measure the level of an individual’s intellectual functioning and cognitive ability. Most achievement and ability tests are standardized, meaning that norms were established during the design phase of the test by administering the test to a large representative sample of the test population. Achievement and ability tests follow a uniform testing protocol, or procedure (i.e., test instructions, test conditions, and scoring procedures) and their scores can be interpreted in relation to established norms.
Neuropsychological tests: Clients who have experienced a traumatic brain injury, brain damage, or organic neurological problems (for example, dementia or Alzheimer’s) are administered neuropsychological tests to assess their level of functioning and identify areas of mental/cognitive impairment. They may also be used to evaluate the progress of a client who has undergone treatment or rehabilitation for a neurological injury or illness. In addition, certain neuropsychological measures may be used to screen children for developmental delays and/or learning disabilities.
Personality tests: and inventories evaluate the thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and behavioral traits that comprise personality. The results of these tests determine an individual’s personality strengths and weaknesses, and may identify certain disturbances in personality, or psychopathology. Personality tests are also used to screen individuals for specific psychopathologies or emotional problems for adoptions and custody evaluations.
Requirements: Psychological testing requires a clinically trained examiner. Renewal’s professionals are trained to administer, score, and interpret/analyze psychological data. Our trained professionals include Clinical Psychologist, School Psychologist, and Psychology Associates (psychology associates are doctoral candidates supervised by a Licensed Psychologist and/or Certified School Psychologist) with expertise in the appropriate area.
Psychological tests are only one element of a psychological assessment. Additional information is gathered via a detailed history of the client and a review of psychological, medical, educational (teacher reports), or other relevant records in order to lay the groundwork for interpreting the results of any psychological measurement.
Pre- Adoption Psychological Evaluations
At Renewal, Dr. Bridget Rivera (Licensed Psychologist) performs pre-adoption evaluations. Internationally and throughout the United States an increasing number of adoption agencies are requiring a pre-adoption psychological evaluation for prospective parents. Evaluations are adapted to the particular needs of the prospective parents and adoption agency. Possible measures used for a pre-adoption assessment include interview(s) with the prospective parents, self-report measures, and personality tests, all which provide data to assess the stability of prospective parents.
At Renewal, Dr. Bridget Rivera (Licensed Psychologist) serves as an expert witness for legal cases. Dr Rivera can provide reports or testimony regarding clinical psychology, DSM-V diagnostic criteria, mental health problems, insanity assessment, personality disorders, psychological damage, psychological evaluations, and psychotherapy, among other topics.
Group Counseling for Children and Adolescents
Renewal offers groups for children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Group therapy attempts to give individuals and/or couples a safe and comfortable place where they can work out problems and emotional issues. Clients gain insight into their own thoughts and behavior, and offer suggestions and support to others. In addition, clients who have a difficult time with interpersonal relationships can benefit from the social interactions that are a basic part of the group therapy experience.
Clients are typically referred for group therapy by a therapist, psychologist, school counselor, or psychiatrist. Some clients may need individual therapy first. Before group sessions begin, the therapist leading the session may conduct an intake interview with the client to determine if the group is right for the client. This interview will also allow the therapist to determine if the addition of the client will benefit the group. The client may be given some preliminary information on the group before sessions begin. This may include guidelines for success (like being open, listening to others, taking risks), rules of the group (like maintaining confidentiality), and educational information on what group therapy is about.
Educational Consultation and Advocacy
At Renewal, our Counselors, Psychologist, and Certified School Psychologist have over 15 years of experience working with parents, schools, and children/adolescents regarding Special Education and how to best educate your child. We offer support, guidance, information on educational regulations/laws, and how to follow the essential procedures of the IEP/504 Plan process. Likewise, we offer strategies regarding treatments, techniques, interventions, and therapies that are likely to benefit your child/adolescent.