For many people coming to a counselor can be very intimidating, especially if you have never been before. Some people have the misconception that you need a serious problem or mental illness. Counseling can support people in many different areas in their lives. Some people have serious issues and have mental or behavioral issues. Other people need guidance with career, relationships, family or changes in their lives.
Counseling is a safe place to express your needs and concerns. As counselors, we provide an objective view and confidentiality, so our only goal is to support you. Since every person is different and unique, we will develop a treatment plan specific to your needs.
What to expect for your first session and going forward:
The first session we will review the Therapeutic Assessment that you can complete before your session. The goal of the Therapeutic Assessment is to plan treatments, diagnose disorders, and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions. The Counselor will review quarterly with the Client to assess their progress.
The Counselors at RVA Creative Wellness Center provide individual, couples, family and group therapy. Family looks different to everyone, so we cater our therapeutic goals to your family and their needs and concerns.
Individual counseling is a joint process between Counselor and client. People go to counseling for various reasons and the goal is for the Counselor to provide the best treatment plan for the client to live a healthy and productive life. Finding a Counselor who works best with your temperament and their therapeutic style can be the most challenging part of counseling. The Counselors at RVA Creative Wellness Center have their own style and technique, but believe that empathy, motivation and providing unique treatment plans to the client is the most important goal.
Play Therapy is an effective way to communicate with clients who have difficulty with expressing themselves through talking. Play Therapy usually is used with children from ages 3 to 11 years old, but it also can be used with adolescents and adults. It expands self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization, and self-efficacy. Play Therapy stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates our emotions, and boosts our ego. It helps release stress, anxiety and can explore a deeper insight.
Our Counselors have both been trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. It can be very effective to have both a male and female counselor during the session to provide different insights. Our Counselors will meet with couples for an assessment and then design a treatment plan. The couple will meet with one of the Counselors weekly for one hour. Then the couple will meet quarterly with both Counselors. The Counselors will review the progress of the couple each week. The couple will receive feedback and exercises to improve their relationship.
Family Counseling provides support to the whole family dealing with difficult challenges. As we stated previously, a family doesn’t have to have serious or traumatic experiences in order to receive family counseling. Families are complex with many different individuals with different needs and concerns. Sometimes families need guidance with communication or healthy conflict resolutions. Every person plays a part in the family not only the person who is struggling.
RVA Creative Wellness Center will provide many various psychosocial, therapeutic and support groups. There are differences among the types of groups. Psychosocial are educational groups to teach participants about a certain topic. Support groups are focused on supporting each other and learning how to cope with certain issues. Therapeutic groups will provide tools and education on how to live effectively with a certain mental, emotional or behavioral disorder.
Jennifer is available for the following counseling types:
Jennifer Huffman, MSW
Jennifer received her Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and is in the process of receiving her license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Jennifer is working on her play therapy certificate to become a Registered Play Therapist. She has a wide range of experience in the public and private factor in mental health. Jennifer is an informed trauma therapist and has worked with children and families with severe emotional and behavioral disorders.
Jennifer has been trained in Play Therapy, Gottman Methods Couples Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness Therapy. She has also led many groups such as Divorce Recovery, Women Empowerment, Stress and Anger Management, Self Exploration, Young Adult and Strengthening Your Relationship.
Jennifer has found that no client is the same and believes the importance of providing unique and individualized treatment goal. She is excited about providing more groups to support other special needs, such as Eating Disorders, Parents with children with autism/spectrum, Veterans, Anxiety, and Depression.
Jennifer focuses on:
- Communication Skills
- Stress Management
- Working with children, adolescents, and adults
Justin is available for the following counseling types:
Justin Huerkamp, LPC
In counseling, Justin holds the belief that it is important for families to work together as they grow together by means of mindful and creative expression involvement. That the importance of the relationship must be the crux of the significance of therapy.
Working in the field in excess of 15 years, Justin came to this profession via his Master’s in Counseling and Psychology from Mississippi College. His credentials include Licensed Professional Counselor and CSOTP. His career has included being a trauma-informed therapist who incorporates an eclectic approach geared toward the needs of each client.
Justin focuses on:
- Anger Management
- Helping youth with sexualized behaviors
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Please use the contact form below to schedule an appointment for individual, children’s, couples, or family counseling. If you are interested in group counseling, call the RVA Creative Wellness Center for more information on our next session. If you have any questions, please contact us and the front desk can assist you!