Areas of Expertise
Children (5-12 Years Old)
Children (5-12 years old) are not immune to stress, anxiety, depression and other challenges of life. Often times, puberty, transitions and changes at home and/or school can cause behavioral changes in children. If you have noticed that your child is displaying negative behaviors that are persistent and uncharacteristic of his/her normal patterns of behavior and you feel the both of you may need help understanding and resolving these issues; call NorthStar Counseling Services today. Early interventions work best.
Teens (13-18 Years Old)
Teens (13-18 years old) Hormonal changes during this time are inevitable. Parents and caregivers can expect many changes to your child during these years. Some common things that teens may struggle with are identity, self-esteem, body image, new importance of and changes in peer groups, moodiness, interests in sex, struggles with independence, questions about drug use, and finding their own style. Oftentimes teens need help in dealing with these changes and it is the job of loved ones to help them positively cope with the many challenges they will encounter. Sometimes you may not be sure if your teen's behaviors are a normal part of growing up or if you should be alarmed. If you notice significant changes such as an inability to cope with problems and daily activities, changes in sleeping and/or eating habits, prolonged and persistent negative mood and attitude, persistent worries or anxieties that get in the way of school or other social activities, use of alcohol and/or drugs, threats to harm others, severe worries about body image, self injury, suicidal thoughts, or others that concern you, call us today. We can help.
Young Adults-(18-25 year old) Transitioning into adulthood can be very stressful. Young adults often experience stressors over living on their own, achieving goals, entering the workforce/college, sexuality, relationships, social and cultural preferences and an unrestricted availability of illegal substances. Young adults sometimes have a difficult time seeking help because they feel they should be independent and sufficient enough to handle these challenges on their own. If you or a loved one is overwhelmed and need help managing stressors, call us today.
Adults- Life can be stressful and overwhelming at times. Lots of things can contribute to mental health problems. Excessive stress due to physical health conditions, work related issues, relationship problems (past or current), parenting challenges, financial burdens, caring for parents, marriage, separation or divorce, loss of a loved one and a host of other factors and challenges can have a severe impact on mental health. Problems and the way you handle them, sometimes indicate that there is a need to get help for yourself. If you feel that you are at the end of your rope and that it is getting increasingly more and more difficult to manage your daily activities because of excessive worry, anxiety, fear, or anger, please call us. If you have been withdrawn, extremely sad, have marked changes in sleeping and/or eating habits, have unexplained physical ailments, hear or see things others don't see, have suicidal thoughts, medicate your pain with substances, feel like you are in crisis; please call us. Mental health conditions are common and manageable. Call us today.
There are a variety of factors that make a healthy relationship. Two of the most important characteristics of a healthy relationship are effective communication and trust. The stresses and issues that arise within the complex dynamics of a relationship can impact all those involved; the situations that affect one usually affects all. Couples and families often have some of the following concerns: commitment issues, communication issues, emotional abuse, employment concerns, domestic violence, financial problems, guilt, intimacy related issues, stress, substance abuse, trust issues and more. If you are experiencing these things in your relationship, all parties should be committed to address the issues head on. You won't be able to solve the problems and move forward into a healthier relationship if you are walking on eggshells or tiptoeing around the issues. We can help. Call us today.