Each member of the clinical team at Between Us Associates brings unique experience and areas of expertise to their practice. Utilizing an integrated and interactive approach, our treatment team draws on experience in both individual counseling and couples and family therapy to assist our clients in finding healthy solutions to a wide range of life challenges. Working from a strengh based perspective, treatment approaches and areas of specialization include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Solution Focused Techniques, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT).
Individual counseling can help adults and youth experiencing depression, anxiety, substance abuse or addiction, post traumatic stress, and other mental health / psychological disorders. We offer supportive, solution-oriented individual therapy that keeps clients in charge of the direction and focus of our work together. Individual therapy can further help people attempting to navigate life transitions such as having children, work and career challenges, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered orientation, parent caretaking, grandparents raising grandchildren, and grief, loss and bereavement.
Professional Consulation and Supervision
Whether for recent graduates from Master's Degree programs in Marriage and Family Therapy or Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or for any other supervision needs, our therapists can offer clinical supervision.
Shawn Hassell offers supervison to mental health professionals at all levels of experience. For MFTs, Shawn is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and can offer supervision during the post-graduate practical experience period for marriage and family therapists planning to apply for licensure.
For mental health counselors planning to apply for licensure, Christine Lavoie is an approved supervisor for candidates for licensure for the LCMHC. As an approved supervisor, she is familiar with the requirements of both the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice and post-graduate practical experience for clinical mental health counselors in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and elsewhere.
Addiction counseling addresses the symptoms of addiction and related areas of impaired functioning. With the primary goal of helping the client achieve and maintain abstinence from addictive chemicals and behaviors, addiction counseling helps the client recover from the damage the addiction has done to the client's life.
The process of addiction counseling begins with helping the client recognize the existence of a problem and the associated irrational thinking. Next steps include encouraging the client to achieve and maintain abstinence and develop the necessary skills to maintain abstinence.
Couple and Family Therapy
Couple and Family Therapy assists couples and families experiencing conflict, communication problems, child and adolescent behavior problems, oppositional defiant disorder, adolescent self harm, family violence, separation and divorce, infertility challenges, sexual problems, infidelity and cybersex, one or both partners with addiction, post-divorce/separation conflict, military couples impacted by the trauma of war and loss, and challenges with deployment and reintegration in military families. Family therapy generally includes all family members living together in a household, but will often include meetings with individuals or sub-groups of a family. Couples therapy begins with an assessment of couple communication, each partner's goals and wishes, and the feasibility, possible approaches, and parameters of couples work.
Trauma Therapy / EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative approach that focuses on the way memory is stored in the brain. EMDR has been extensively researched and has proven effective for the treatment of trauma and has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
What to Expect
Our goals are to help you improve relationships, enhance skill and sense of success at navigating life, career, or other challenges, and expand your potential to resolve current and future problems. We value diversity and appreciate the challenges and great potential brought by differences in life experience.
The first meeting provides clients an opportunity to identify and discuss the primary reason for seeking therapy. For clients seeking family therapy, we generally ask that all family members living in the same household come to the first appointment as there are benefits to all members coming to the first session, including reviewing opening paperwork and hearing the voice and views of everyone affected by the problems that bring you into therapy.
Types of Therapy
At Between Us Associates, our therapists see life challenges and their solutions as interpersonal and relational. We believe that problems, their resolution, and personal experiences of change occur within a broader framework of family, community and society. Whether you are seeking therapy for personal growth, to improve interpersonal relationships or to receive support and problem solving skills to better manage the stress of daily life, the therapeutic process is designed to provide a new perspective on the challenges of life and point you in the direction of a healthy solution.
Clients at Between Us Associates are seen as experts on their own family situation and history, and as authentic partners in the change process. You can expect to be regularly consulted on the direction of goal-setting, the process of therapy, and your own progress. Identifying goals agreed-upon by therapist and clients is one key factor to successful outcomes in therapy. Your therapist will ask about your goals for therapy and encourage you to make them specific and achievable. This makes it possible for therapist and clients together to evaluate the progress made and next steps.
Appointments and Scheduling
We offer morning, day and evening appointments, appointment scheduling generally starts out with regular, weekly appointments, so that assessment and goal-setting can happen early on. This is important to help clients gain comfort with their therapist and a sense of ownership of the process. The ongoing frequency and duration of services is worked out between the therapist and the client(s).
In Network Providers
Please contact the office directly to inquire about our fee for service rates and out of network options. We are able to accept checks, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express a nd most Flex Spending or HSA cards.