Programs and Services

The House of Mercy and Encouragement offers the following services “under one roof”:

Play Therapy

  • Play therapy is a method of counseling children two years old through 11 years old. Children use the language of play to express their thoughts, feelings and perceptions of the world around them. A trained play therapist can successfully guide children to assist them in resolving their problems.

Family Therapy

  • Resolving family conflicts and encouraging positive communication can be achieved through family counseling. Our therapists are well-trained to help families deal with stress and strengthen relationships between the members of the family system.

Individual Adult Therapy

  • We provide different methods of psychotherapy for adults including solution-focused, client centered, cognitive therapy, and behavior therapy. Depending on the individual and their particular issues, our therapists work hard to find the right fit to help support our clients to resolve their challenges

Tutoring

  • Children may need help in completing their homework or they may need help in acquiring math, reading, or writing skills.  Our qualified tutors consult with the parents to understand their concerns.  At the parent’s request and with written permission, tutors can speak with the child’s teacher to learn more about the learning challenges the child may be experiencing at school.  Our tutors work on academic success, while building the child’s self-esteem and motivation for learning!

Referral / Networking

  • Referring to another professional is used when a family or individual has specific needs which must be met through another source. The assessment process at the house of mercy and encouragement will determine what kind of help is needed.

ADD/ADHD Counseling

  • After a child has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD specific recommendations can be me made for a treatment plan to address the unique needs of the child. Academic, social, emotional and behavioral problems may accompany the existing diagnoses. If needed, the child can be taught pro social skills, anger management, and self-control techniques through counseling. The ADD/ADHD child may be diagnosed with comorbid conditions such as anxiety and depression. Techniques to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression and strategies to increase feelings of competency and self-esteem help children to realize their full potential.

Behavior Management

  • All children need to learn appropriate behavior at home, school, and social settings. Some children find behaving appropriately more challenging than others. Reasons are varied. The child may naturally be “strong willed” or there may be physiological or biochemical reasons for noncompliance. Specific goals can be constructed by the therapist, parent, and child to develop appropriate behaviors and responses. Positive reinforcement, shaping and contingency contracting are some of the behavior management techniques that can be used to help the child learn self-control and appropriate responses. Used in combination with other interventions, behavior modification may be an especially effective tool in increasing desirable behavior.

Mental Health Workshops

  • Workshops for parents, teachers, day care providers, and counselors are available. You may request a topic or choose from the following:
    • SOS Help for Parents: this seminar contains methods for helping children ages two through 12 improve their behavior. Based on the multimedia program and books written by Lynn Clark, Ph.D. SOS Help for Parents and SOS Help for Emotions, this workshop is clear, concise, and chock full of ideas.
    • Is My Child Depressed? What are the signs and symptoms of childhood depression? 10-15% of children and adolescents exhibit symptoms of depression at some point in time.(Source: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Resource for Families). Depression may coexist with other conditions such as ADHD, PTSD, learning disabilities, or anxiety disorders. Depression may manifest itself in dysthymia, bipolar disorder, or other mood disorders. Treatment is essential and may include cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, play therapy techniques or family therapy. This workshop will review the various causes of childhood depression and what can be done to help the child.
    • Childhood Anxiety: Stomachaches, headaches, fidgeting, inability to sleep, school refusal or inability to focus on school work may be signs of childhood anxiety. Learn the different types of anxiety and how they are demonstrated during preschool, elementary, and adolescent years. Some types of anxiety to be reviewed include:
      Social Anxiety Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
      School Anxiety Panic Disorders
      Selective Mutism Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
      Specific Phobias General Anxiety Disorder
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