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Counseling

Anthropos Provides Affordable Therapy that Works and Supports Your Interests

Sometimes making the first phone call to get help is the hardest part of the counseling process. All of our counselors offer a free phone consultation of 15 to 20 minutes before your first counseling appointment to assist you in finding the counselor that best fits your needs.

Anthropos Supports Your Freedom, Your Privacy and Your Confidentiality

At Anthropos we support a philosophy where you make the choice in therapist and the length of treatment without an insurance company’s oversight or interference. When you make use of your insurance for mental health, your plan will often set the fee, decide if treatment is covered, determine the number of sessions you can attend, and require reports with a diagnosis from your counselor. Anthropos believes your privacy and confidentiality are best supported when you choose your therapist and the type and length of treatment that works for you.

“How Long Will I Need to Come?”

Regardless of the concerns drawing you to seek counseling, our trained counselors are here for you. Our counselors carefully evaluate your problems and concerns and tailor your therapy to your goals. Clients often want to know “How long will I need to come?” Since Anthropos does not contract with any insurance companies, the choice is yours. Some people only want brief therapy, while others desire a deeper type of work that addresses their issues in greater depth.

Anthropos Cares for You in Many Ways…

People seek counseling for various reasons and we have a variety of counselors with different training and experience to support you. The following is a sample list of the ways the counselors here at Anthropos can help you in your journey.

  • Individual, Couple, Children, Teen, Family Therapy
  • Feelings of Loneliness, Depression, Moodiness
  • Excessive Fears, Anxiety, Panic Attacks
  • Separation and Divorce Issues
  • Relationship or Sexual Problems
  • LGBTQ Support and the Coming Out Process
  • Drug, Alcohol, Codependency Problems
  • Emotional, Physical, Sexual abuse
  • Parenting Education and Concerns
  • Communication and Conflict Management Skills
  • Anger Management
  • Grief and Loss
  • Performance, Job, Career Transitions

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is one of the most common ways people participate in therapy and is a highly effective way to bring about growth and change. The issues addressed in individual counseling are wide and varied from depression to anxiety to the taboo.

The therapeutic relationship in individual counseling is between two people: the therapist and you, the client. The foundation of this relationship is based on confidentiality where anything said between you and your therapist is kept private with the exception of someone’s safety being in jeopardy. This relationship is focused on your life.

As the relationship between you and your therapist develops over time, you’ll gain wisdom and awareness about what is going on within you. Patterns of thoughts and emotions that compromise the connection between with yourself and others emerge in ways that allow for self reflection and thus, different choices.

Sometimes individuals may consider this form of therapy when a partner refuses to attend couples counseling. Be assured, that if these are your circumstances, we believe in the transformative nature of therapy. Thus, when one person works to bring about positive change and growth in his/her life, the other partner is impacted by this change as well, whether they are directly a part of the therapeutic process or not.

As individuals themselves, our therapists bring their own unique perspective, experiences, specialized training, and theoretical orientation. The therapeutic relationship between therapist and client is much like alchemy wherein the relationship between the two individuals paves the way for a transformative process for the client. We encourage you to review our staff bios in order to choose the right therapist for your unique circumstances.

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Couples Counseling

Couples counseling provides support to two individuals striving to create a strong intimate relationship. At its most basic, couples counseling promotes personal growth through mutual growth. When a couple’s relationship is in distress, negative habits and poor relationship patterns emerge as ineffective coping strategies. Often, one or both members reach a point where they can no longer tolerate how they are feeling and turn to therapy for assistance. We understand the challenges couples face today in co-creating a relationship that meets each others’ needs and believe in the helpfulness couples counseling can provide when you and your partner are in distress.

The therapeutic relationship in couples counseling is based on the therapists treatment of your relationship. Your therapist supports each of you in a process of exploration to gain wisdom about the patterns of emotions and behaviors that get in the way of creating a healthy connection. With your therapist’s assistance, you and your partner will develop better communication and a deeper intimacy with each other.

Our therapists understand that couples, like individuals, present their own unique perspectives and issues. Our therapists support and work with people who are in relationships regardless of sexual orientation or relationship configuration. Finding the right therapeutic fit between couple and therapist is extremely important and we invite you to review our staff bios in order to choose the right therapist for you.

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Child Counseling

Unlike adults, when children are distressed they express what is happening through the symbolic language of play rather than verbal language alone. As a result, the counseling between therapist and child is called “Play Therapy” and takes place in a specially equipped room called a “Play Room.” Toys work like the child’s words and play is the child’s language. Through play therapy, a child learns to communicate with others, express feelings, change behavior, develop problem-solving skills and learn new ways of relating.

The development of a positive emotional relationship between therapist and child is essential as it helps the child confront their problems in the safety of the play therapy room. As this relationship develops over time, the therapist strategically utilizes play therapy to help the child express troubling thoughts and feelings and develop better coping skills. The caretaker’s involvement in their child’s therapy comes via collateral sessions with the child’s therapist. These collateral sessions occur separate from their child’s therapy time. In collateral sessions, the therapist meets with the caretaker(s) in order to provide information about the progress of the therapeutic work, make suggestions that support the child’s problem resolution, and address the caretaker’s concerns.

Due to their interest, training and experience, our play therapists understand how children’s therapeutic needs differ from adults. They understand children in distress and how their difficulties may be beyond their problem-solving skills. They are here to both support your child and you. We encourage you to review our staff bios and find the child-centered therapist that is right for you and your child.

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Adolescent Counseling

The teen years are some of the most difficult for both the adolescent and their caretakers. They are a time of transition where an adolescent’s focus moves from the influence of the caretakers to the influence of their peers. At this stage, adolescents begin to form the identity that will define them for a lifetime. They often see themselves as equal or more physically and emotionally grown up as the adults around them. Some will act out and test boundaries while others retreat into themselves in response to the pressures that come with growing into adulthood. Though adolescents often want to be treated like adults, adolescent therapy and adult therapy are not the same.

The relationship between the therapist and the adolescent is somewhat unique in that the legal caretaker(s) provide consent and payment for services but the adolescent holds most of the confidentiality. Confidentiality between the therapist and the adolescent plays a primary part of the therapy in order for the adolescent to trust the therapist enough to speak about their problems. At the therapist’s discretion, the caretaker(s) are typically involved in the first session, with or without the adolescent, so the therapist can better understand the concerns for the adolescent and thereafter in collateral sessions which may or may not include the presence of the adolescent. Either way, the most important people in an adolescent’s life are the one’s who care for them and we believe your input is an important part of your adolescent’s health and happiness.

Because an adolescent is caught between childhood and adulthood, there is often a gap between an adolescent’s development versus adult maturity. They have needs that are unique to being a teenager and their therapist helps them overcome these difficulties, get their needs met, and learn skills they can make use of on their way to adulthood.

Here at Anthropos we offer two types of adolescent therapy. One type of therapy is preventative therapy. You may have concerns about the pressures and influences that face your adolescent and want to provide a safe and confidential place for them to discuss their concerns and worries in order to prevent problems from happening in the first place. The other type of therapy we offer is support therapy. Your adolescent may already be struggling with a problem, an issue and/or a troubled relationship and they have used up their coping and problem solving skills. We also understand that as their caretaker, in this difficult time of development and growth, you may feel the same and have reached your limits as well. Our therapists understand that the teenage years present their own unique challenges and issues for both the adolescent and their caretakers. We encourage you to review our staff bios and find the right therapist that is right for you and your adolescent.

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Family Counseling

Family counseling is designed to identify family dynamics, interactions, and patterns that prevent the collective growth and harmony of the family system. Poor communication, behavior problems and unresolvable conflicts are commons signs of a distressed family system. When a family is distressed, it is quite common for the members to look to one individual as the source of the problems; however, our family therapists focus on the complex relational system between the members and help to create a way of relating with each other that supports everyone’s overall health and well-being.

The therapeutic relationship in family counseling is based on the therapist engagement of your entire family system. Your therapist evaluates the processes. the internal workings and complex relationships within the family in order to clarify the significant issues and the family’s unhealthy ways of relating to each other. Your therapist also helps to foster and support good communication so problems get solved and conflicts are addressed.

Our therapists understand that raising a family in our current times can be a difficult and challenging effort. We are here to support your family in any configuration. We do not discriminate or judge. We are here to help and support your family’s health and happiness. We know every family struggles at one time or another and our therapists are here to assist you. We encourage you to review and explore the bios of our community of therapists here at the counseling center, they have a variety of experiences and backgrounds which will help your family choose the right therapist for you.

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Victims of Crime (VOC) Program

In California, a person may be eligible to receive support counseling if he or she was a direct or indirect victim of a crime involving physical injury, threat of physical injury or, in certain crimes, presumed injury. Some of the covered crimes in this program are direct victims of assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse/molestation, domestic violence, DUI, hit and run, murder, robbery, sexual assault (rape) and/or stalking. Indirect victims eligible could include parents, partners, caregivers, and siblings of crime victims.

If you have filed a police report or have had to interact with Child Protective Services, you and yours may qualify for this program even if the case did not result in a conviction. Assistance from the VOC Program is sought by completing a VOC Program application. Applications may be obtained from local county Victim/Witness Assistance Centers, by calling VOC Program at (800) 777-9229, or downloading the application from http://www.vcgcb.ca.gov/victims/howtoapply.aspx. Once your application is approved, you will receive an eligibility number which you can then use for counseling services at Anthropos.

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