Grace Counseling of Athens provides the following counseling services :
Grief Support and Bereavement Counseling
The loss of a close loved one through death, divorce, serious illness or other tragedies touches the very fabric of our beings, changing the landscape of life as we once knew it. The perils of grief, loss and sorrow may be so profound leaving us with a sense of uncertainty, upheaval and feeling lost and unsure of how to find our way through such uncharted waters.
At Grace Counseling of Athens, our counselors are passionate about walking with others on their journey of loss and grief. We provide grief support and bereavement counseling to serve as a guide and compass to help others learn and find new ways of carrying on to eventually find acceptance and the ability to move forward.
Play Therapy and Expressive Therapies such as Art and Sand Tray
These services are used primarily in our work with children and young people. For younger children, due to their developmental age, they do not yet have the vocabulary, language skills and abstract thinking abilities of an adult.
For the child, play is a natural mode of communication. Therefore, the use of therapeutic play allows the child to indirectly communicate about thoughts, feelings and experiences which they may otherwise not have words for or which are too threatening to communicate about directly.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the idea that our thoughts and beliefs impact the way we feel, act and behave. CBT is especially beneficial in the treatment of Anxiety and Depression, and Trauma Focused CBT is beneficial for victims of emotional trauma.
Counselors may use CBT interventions to help those who are hurting to identify the thoughts and beliefs that trigger negative emotional and behavioral reactions. Counselors also teach new ways of coping and challenging harmful thought patterns to help others become more adaptable and emotionally healthy.
When facing life’s challenges and difficulties, often existential questions of faith, purpose and meaning go hand and hand when people are seeking help. Our counselors are members of the American Association of Christian Counselors and have participated in ongoing education in Christian
counseling practices and techniques.
For individuals who choose to incorporate their Christian faith into their counseling sessions we may, when appropriate, use Bible scriptural references, music, prayer, etc.
Trauma Focused Therapy
A trauma focused therapy approach is helpful for victims of emotional trauma to help them learn ways to process and cope with traumatic images, memories, situations and triggers that may arouse a strong physical or emotional response.
ADHD and Learning Problems
A diagnosis of ADHD or any other learning difficulty is a starting point of understanding the make up and specific learning styles of an individual. Gaining information about the specific diagnosis and collecting tools and resources to support and strengthen the individual and the family can influence the future success of a person. Our counselors work to create a space for conversation and resource sharing, a climate of compassion and encouragement, and teaching that brings clarity and help to the family.
Using Behavior Therapy techniques, therapists work to build relation to the social, emotional and behavioral skills for children and parents. Often executive functioning skills (organization, time management and motivation) are struggles for children and adults with ADHD. Giving specific tools and training in these areas builds patterns and habits to help individuals and families be successful in their everyday life.
Academic Life Coaching
The Academic Life Coaching Program is created to help individuals understand their personal thinking styles, core motivations and common pitfalls as they relate to academic and life skills. The methods and practices of this program aim to help individuals be proactive in school, in their college or career choice and when confronted with dissatisfaction in jobs or everyday life. Academic life coaching helps develop personal leadership skills for all areas of life.
This process is guided by Stephanie Atkinson, who is a Certified Academic Life Coach.
Interpersonal therapies are designed to help an individual understand and work through troubled relationships that may be causing emotional distress. When important personal relationships are at the root of depression treatment to improve communication patterns and how a person relates to others can be beneficial in bringing relief.
Caring for an aging loved one or a sick spouse or child can have stressful effects on our emotions, relationships, and responsibilities. Our counselors come alongside those in this transitional life stage to offer support, encouragement and resources.
Through caregiver support, counselors serve as a neutral outside ear to help individuals process and plan for the various changing roles that occur during this time.
Postpartum, Fertility & Women’s Issues
Whether struggling with postpartum, miscarriage, infertility or symptoms of menopause, our counselors are here to listen and walk alongside you during this journey. Each of these struggles can feel very lonely and isolating. Our counselors will help you sift through the thoughts, emotions, and physical elements that can be so very overwhelming.