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Individual and Family Counseling

Counseling for Adults

Life can be so messy. Sometimes the totality of it all is overwhelming. In today’s fast paced world, we’re expected to go go go and handle all of life’s stressors with grace and ease. But it catches up with us. The major life stressors. The everyday life stressors. The relationship conflicts. Parenting. Navigating careers. Maintaining work-life balance. Dealing with unresolved trauma that gets triggered in everyday life. You want to be present for friends and family but the pressure and demands of life have you feeling stressed and preoccupied. You find that you can’t regulate your mood. You’re easily frustrated, angry, anxious and just want to take a long vacation to get away from it all.


Individual counseling can help you identify and address the aspects of life that are causing the most distress. You can work through old, unresolved trauma, improve the negative self-talk, learn to take things in stride and improve your relationship with yourself. A byproduct of all this is a happier, more productive you who can identify and address unhelpful thoughts, patterns of responding and negative emotions to have a peaceful, fulfilling life. 

Melissa has spent her career broadening her skill set to treat clients suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD and trauma. She is also trained in several modalities of treatment, like Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) and uses evidence-based techniques to offer a wide array of tools to aid in the healing process. A Path Forward is a place where clients can receive a unique experience tailored to them, and can actively assist in their care plan design.

Counseling for Adolescents

Adolescence is a time of significant growth & development. It’s an exciting time! With growth and development comes confusion and a wide array of emotions. Let’s be honest, you’re navigating a lot-friends, school, romantic relationships, family relationships and forming your own identity. You might need a trained professional to help you sort through the complexities of life. That’s what counseling does.

Counseling is a safe, non-judgmental environment where you can talk about whatever is on your mind. The job of a counselor is to really listen to you and help you figure out how you feel and what you want. In counseling, some adolescents talk about issues at home, improving communication skills, dealing with peer pressure, understanding themselves and their feelings, dealing with adversity and disappointment, improving the ability to cope with stress and pressure and identity exploration. The goal of counseling is to equip you with the tools you need to successfully manage your emotions and your relationships in the best way possible.

One of the things that led Melissa to found A Path Forward was to take her deep experience in working with adolescents and bring it to an individual outpatient setting so she could help people through this very challenging time in life.

Counseling for Families

Family counseling is typically short-term and solution focused. Since the individual feelings, behaviors and personalities impacts the whole family, it’s important to involve the whole family.  Family counseling improves healthy communication, helps families work through a specific issue causing conflict, heal from a traumatic event experienced by the whole family and help a struggling family member through a difficult experience.

Here at A Path Forward, we can meet initially with individuals to get context and background and then bring in the group to start the resolution process.

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