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Counseling Services
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Individual Therapy • Family Therapy • Couples Therapy • Group Therapy

When you or a loved one is experiencing emotional, family, marital, or psychological difficulties, Northland Counseling Center's International Falls office staff realize that seeking the assistance of a professional can be a difficult and sometimes confusing decision. Out of respect for the importance of this decision, our staff members strive to help community members find the most appropriate match, in terms of both the type of therapy and specific therapist who will be meeting with you. Our therapists are trained in working with most emotional and psychological problems. Some examples include: behavioral, developmental, and learning problems of children; reactions to stress or grief; problems with depression or Bipolar Disorder; anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive thoughts and behaviors, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; psychosis, including Schizophrenia; Personality Disorders, including Borderline, Antisocial, Obsessive-Compulsive, and others. Northland's therapists strive to keep their skills current and to gain training and experience in new approaches, as research demonstrates that they are effective. Consequently, the International Falls Office now offers a wide array of counseling or therapy services to meet your needs.

For information or to schedule an appointment for any Counseling Services, contact: Receptionist - (218) 283-3406 Ext. 0

Individual Therapy
Much of the therapy provided through Northland Counseling Center's International Falls office is delivered individually. That is, once an initial Diagnostic Assessment is completed and treatment plan developed, an individual client (child, adolescent, or adult) meets with the clinician, alone, to address the identified problem and to work collaboratively toward achieving the client's goals. A variety of therapeutic approaches are available, depending on the client's needs and therapist's experience. Some of the most common include: Play Therapy (for children); Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal and Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy; Brief-Solution Focused Therapy; Gestalt Therapy; Client Centered Therapy; as well as more eclectic approaches, combining several different therapeutic approaches (please inquire if you are interested in a type of therapy not listed here). Sessions generally are scheduled weekly or every-other-week and last from 25 minutes to 50 minutes, depending on the client's needs. Clinicians providing individual therapy, at Northland Counseling Center, strive to be sensitive and understanding, while joining with the client to ensure that life-interfering issues are addressed and timely progress is made...

For information or to schedule an appointment for Individual Therapy, contact: Receptionist - (218) 283-3406 Ext. 0

Family Therapy
Sometimes families find themselves struggling with conflicts between family members, misbehavior of children, or simply wanting help to work together to address problems being experienced with one or more people in the family. Northland Counseling Center's International Falls office offers Family Therapy sessions in which one or more family members meet jointly with the therapist. Typical problems addressed include: parent-child conflicts, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, conflicts among siblings (brothers and/or sisters), effects of alcohol or drug abuse on the family, etc. Once a Diagnostic Assessment has been conducted to identify problems and develop a treatment plan, the therapist meets with the family members and serves the role of facilitator. The therapist helps family members develop and begin applying skills which they can use to effectively and respectfully resolve the conflicts or issues with which they have been struggling. For certain problems and families, In-home Family Therapy services are recommended. In such cases, the therapist conducts some or all of the therapy in the home of the family. This gives the therapist the opportunity to observe the family members in their own environment. For complicated cases, this can provide helpful information that might otherwise be overlooked. Also, the therapist can observe and trouble shoot as family members practice new skills in the setting where they are most needed!

Family Therapy sessions generally are scheduled weekly or every-other-week and last from 25 minutes to 50 minutes, depending on the family's needs. Our staff have training and experience with a variety of family therapy techniques -- if your family participates in Family Therapy at Northland Counseling Center, your therapist will select and employ techniques to meet the specific needs of your family.

For information or to schedule an appointment for Family Therapy, contact: Receptionist -- (218) 283-3406 Ext. 0

Couples Therapy
From time to time, even the most loving partners may experience marital or couples conflict that disrupts or threatens the relationship. Northland Counseling Center's International Falls office provides neutral professionally trained therapists. The therapist will work with the two partners, without taking sides or injecting personal bias, to help the couple begin working together, as a team, to learn and employ problem solving methods to effectively improve current and future dilemmas. Alternatively, in cases in which partners feel hurt, feel that they no longer are in love, or otherwise are thinking of ending the marriage or relationship, the therapist can help explore the extent to which a break-up or divorce really is or is not the best alternative. Sessions generally are scheduled weekly or every-other-week and last from 25 minutes to 50 minutes, depending on the couple's needs. If you are experiencing relationship difficulties, a Northland Counseling Center clinician experienced in Couples Therapy is available to offer non-judgmental assistance for you and your partner!

For information or to schedule an appointment for Couples Therapy, contact: Receptionist -- (218) 283-3406 Ext. 0

Group Therapy
For many people, anxiety, fears of confidentiality violations, and a strong negative reaction is immediately triggered by a suggestion of participation in Group Therapy with 3 to 12 other people, to discuss personal problems. However, we have found that these fears and anxieties generally disappear after attending the first two or three group meetings. Equally important is the fact that Group Therapy, facilitated by a well trained therapist, can be one of the most helpful experiences Northland Counseling Center's International Falls office has to offer. Some of the advantages that therapy groups offer over Individual Therapy include positive, empathetic support from other participants, constructive suggestions from the collective wisdom of the group, and the fact that reactions in the group actually mirror what happens to us in the "real world" - this gives participants a golden opportunity to practice new ways of coping with problems and conflicts; a chance to make important changes in a safe setting. Sometimes, it is recommended that a client attend both Individual and Group Therapy sessions, when the advantages of both are relevant to the individual's needs.

Group Therapy sessions generally are scheduled weekly and last from 50 to 100 minutes, depending on the type of group. In some therapy groups much of the time is devoted to the members sharing their experiences or discussing their thoughts and feelings (referred to as Process Groups), whereas other groups are more educational in nature and there is less discussion of members' personal problems and more of a focus on providing helpful information and skills training (referred to as Psycho-educational or Skills Training Groups). At Northland Counseling Center, new groups are developed, from time to time, depending on the needs of our clients and requests from the community.

The list of therapy groups offered through Northland Counseling Center changes from time to time. International Falls office has offered therapy groups to address the following issues:
 • Borderline Personality Disorder and self-harm
    (Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT)
 • Chronic pain
 • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
 • Men's issues
 • Women's issues
 • Northland Counseling Center always welcomes suggestions for
    new groups from community members and clients

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