Services Provided //
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.
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.
Professional Supervision and Consultation
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 and Jennifer Rowe both are approved supervisors for candidates for licensure for the LCMHC. As approved supervisors each are familar 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.
A LADC evaluation is a substance abuse evaluation by a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC or MLADC).
Often these types of court-ordered evaluations are not covered by insurance plans. Therefore, one should expect to pay out-of pocket the cost of the evaluation at the time of service. The evaluation process consists of a biopsychosocial interview which includes a comprehensive evaluation of alcohol and drug use history, legal history, social and relationship history, family history, medical history, and history of counseling or treatment, history of mental/emotion health concerns, strengths, weaknesses, education and work history and any other major life events that you have experienced.
The goal is to draw an overall picture of your life and the impact alcohol and other drugs have on your goals and quality of life. The evaluation summarizes all of this information and then concludes with the counselor’s clinical impression and clinical recommendations
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.
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.