WHAT WE DO
We provide mental and behavioral health counseling, addictions counseling, life coaching, help with family systems, skills development, ADHD support, and professional and contract services. We help ease the frazzled, stuck, and angsty part of daily living and work by providing skills, tools, training, and support. We help with communication. We teach you to make the most of the strengths you have already, bringing healing, to create the life you want.
WHAT IS COUNSELING? AND, WHAT IS COACHING?
The helping profession is a varied and diverse field, encompassing many kinds of help, including: social work, human services, coaching, and psychotherapy (counseling). The differences between all these forms of help can be confusing, especially because they tend to overlap. Here at Sagestone, we offer both coaching and counseling services.
Balance is not something you find,
it's something you create.
What is Counseling?
Counseling, sometimes called psychotherapy or simply therapy, is a process of growing self awareness to address present problems. The emphasis in the process of counseling is usually on how behavioral and emotional patterns have manifested in our lives and developing insight and skills to bring about change in the present..p Counselors help clients to develop skills to recognize these patterns and use the knowledge learned from investigating the past to change the pattern or try a different way of doing or expressing.
Who can be a counselor or therapist?
A counselor or therapist has a master’s degree in counseling, psychology, social work, or related field (health and human services or addictions, for example), and is licensed by the State after learning the practice of counseling under another therapist who has several years of experience.
How long does it take?
Counseling can take several weeks to many years, depending on the needs of the client and the methods of therapy used. For example, Short-Term Brief Therapy (STBT) typically lasts between 12 and 36 weeks, while psychoanalysis can take many years. Sometimes, therapy is engaged weekly, while at other times it can be more spread out, bi-weekly or even monthly. The length of time and frequency of sessions is determined by the needs of the client.
What kinds of counseling are there?
There are two different ways in which we talk about kinds of therapy. One way is how it is delivered or engaged, and the other way is the modality or method that is used.
Individual - Individual, or one-on-one, therapy is when it is just you and the therapist working together. Occasionally, family members, partners, children, or friends may be asked to come into session, especially when the client needs or wants to address a problem or issue with the help of the therapist, but this is an exception rather than the rule.
Couple - Couple’s counseling is when intimate partners- spouses, long-term boy-friends/girl-friends, sometimes even business partners- work with a therapist to resolve relational problems between the couple.
Family - Family therapy is when all the members of a family unitwork with a therapist to address any number of things that can impact the wellness of the family unit as a whole. This method of delivery can also be applied to blended families, divorced families, co-dwellers, extended family systems, and long-term multiple roommate situations.
Group - Group therapy is when several unrelated individuals work together with a therapist, sometimes on a specific issue or topic- recovery, mental health, skills development, for example- or as a means for providing therapeutic and peer support at the same time. This method of delivery can also be used for coworkers or colleagues to develop leadership skills, communication, or cohesive teams or workgroups.
The methods of therapy a clinician uses is another way in which we talk about kinds of therapy. We call these methods “modalities,” and they are based on the training and interest of the therapist (orientation/approach), and more importantly, on the strengths and experiences of the client (specialities).
Everyone has their own way of understanding the world, and that impacts how we solve problems and make change, and this is true of therapists, too. A therapist’s orientation refers to the clinical way in which the therapist approaches the practice of counseling, and influences some of the language and interventions she may use in session. There are many different orientations, and they each emphasize a different aspect or understanding of mental health and well-being. We use an integrated approach here at Sagestone, meaning we combine several different orientations so that we have flexibility and a broad foundation from which to support our clients to the best of our ability.
In addition to orientation, every therapist also has their own take or approach within their orientation. For example, both Tam and Greta have orientations, but each applies them in different ways.
Specialities refer to particular groups, ages, or problems which a therapist either has special training to serve or an affinity for. Some clinicians work with children, while others work with teens or adults. Some work with women, while others work with men. Some clinicians may not restrict themselves to a particular age group or gender, but they may work better with marriage or relationship problems, particular illnesses, or individuals or families who have had particular experiences, like trauma, adoption, or military life.
What is Somatic Experiencing (SE)?
Somatic Experiencing is a therapeutic body-oriented approach, which accesses the primitive part of the brain, in a gentle way, with the use of pendulation (emotional regulation versus emotional dysregulation) helping to expand and contract the autonomic nervous system responses (e.g. fight, flight, freeze or collapse). This approach was developed by Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. who had a curiosity about animals who are constantly under the threat of death and show no signs of trauma. The technique is helpful when working with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, chronic pain, developmental trauma, relationship trauma and post traumatic stress disorder. The goal is to access body memories of the event and renegotiate a new and different response rather than verbally telling the story of a person's trauma.
What is Transforming the Experienced Base Brain (TEB)?
This is what is known as a bottom-up approach which is a more gentle and passive therapeutic approach with greater benefits for change. Created by Stephen Terrell, Ph.D. using physical or intentionally focused touch (underneath the kidneys, brain stem and ankles) to neutralize, enhance and expand a person’s neurological pathway that may have been interrupted during early development. For example, if a car is only operating with access to one or two functioning cylinders, not recognizing that it has two other cylinders to use, the car is using a lot more energy to operate the vehicle. Mental health issues can present similarly wherein it may have more to do with disconnection between wiring or faulty wiring of neurological pathway systems. Thus, a person feels confused and/or stuck not knowing how to change their behavior from how he often responds.
'You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it'
— Ain Eineziz
What is Coaching?
Coaching is similar to counseling, but fills a different role among the helping professions. Specifically, coaches help clients with specific goals and skill building. Rather than looking toward patterns of behavior or past experiences, however, coaching is geared to support with planning and problem-solving- the practical parts of setting and attaining one’s goals. Often, the assistance of a life coach is sought when desiring or making career changes, fostering academic or professional success, or in practical relational skills like communication or conflict resolution.
Who can be a coach?
Anyone can be a coach. There are international and national coaching certification programs that have varying levels of education and experience requirements. For those who go through training, whether as coaches or as mental health practitioners, attention is paid to practical solutions used in setting and reaching goals, problem-solving obstacles, and future planning.
How long does it take?
The length of time for coaching varies, but it is always limited to the attainment of explicitly stated goals. So, if the goal is to develop a resume or CV, coaching may only last a week or two. If it is to apply for and obtain a new position or get into a school or program, coaching may last anywhere from 1 month to 6 months. If the goal is to learn particular communication or leadership skills, coaching may last 6-8 weeks.
What kinds of coaching are there?
Life coaching is a blanket term for several categories of coaching, depending on the goals you have or the problem you wish to overcome or manage. General life coaching encompasses everything from ADHD coaching, goals related to organization and time management, to communication and relational skills and goals. Wellness coaching focuses on healthy living, managing chronic illness, and other goals related to physical health. Executive or business coaching focuses on increasing work-life balance, leadership skills development, business planning, team-building, and other commercial or professional goals. Spiritual life coaching focuses on developing mindfulness and meditation skills, as well as goals related to particular religious practices.