Everyone experiences a time in their life where they can benefit from being able to talk with someone who is supportive and willing to help. Social Perspective is dedicated to helping create positive change. We have experience helping individuals who are managing their own or a loved one’s depression, anxiety, and stress. Counseling can cover a variety of topics, including grief and loss, bullying, trauma, addiction, and building healthy relationships. We believe that every individual can build on hope, strengthen their coping skills, accomplish goals, and overcome challenges.
We seek the best approach for everyone—families, couples, kids or adults. Our specialists come from various backgrounds giving us the ability to personalize your program. This may include individual/group sessions based on CBT and Dialectical Behavior Therapy; play and art therapy; stress management and social skill instruction.
We understand that each individual is unique and may not always fit within a specific type of therapy. We work collaboratively to discover the best approach for you and are flexible with meeting times and places. For office visits, we are close to downtown Lawrence and easy to find.
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We offer groups in 8-week sessions. Groups will be 3 – 10 people and offered at the same time each week for a total of 8 sessions. Groups will range from topics on anxiety, trauma, building healthy relationships, social skills, self-esteem, anger management, stress management, and others based on need.
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A licensed instructor will teach adults and youth techniques to manage stress and anxiety, improve communication, and strengthen resiliency. Both group and individual instruction is offered. The techniques (from the Institute of HeartMath) are easy to learn and are designed to help individuals think more clearly, make smarter decisions, and transform the physiological response to stress. The sessions will include opportunities to practice these stress management techniques by using the HeartMath desktop program (emWave2) to monitor “coherence.” Coherence is a state of synchronization between your heart, brain, and autonomic nervous system. The emWave monitors and visually displays your heart-rhythm pattern and coherence level in real time. The program also records and stores the data so you can track your progress and includes three colorful interactive coherence-building games enjoyed by individuals of all ages.
Couples and Family Counseling
Our specialists provide sessions for couples/parents, individual family members, and families together that are designed to strengthen relationships, build skills, and improve communication. Families will problem solve, learn skills, and set goals to help create a healthy, supportive home environment. Sessions will be tailored to constructively address issues that family members identify, in an innovative, collaborative approach.
Mediation is a healthy way to promote effective communication and resolve conflicts between teens and parents for issues such as curfew, chores, sibling conflict, and poor decisions. Mediation is a confidential process and voluntary method of dispute resolution. A trained mediator helps define and clarify issues and ensures that everyone in the family has an equal voice. The mediator speaks with family members as a group then with each individual to pinpoint interests, goals, and concerns, but does not make decisions for the family. The goal of mediation is to assist family members in negotiating a realistic plan for the future that emphasizes communication, cooperation, and peaceful compromise.
Sue Vernon, Ph.D., Supreme Court of Kansas Certified Mediator, Parent-Adolescent Specialty.
Our behavior specialists have experience working with at-risk students who may have difficulty remaining in the general education classroom due to behavior or emotional concerns or learning exceptionalities. Specialists will work with the student, school, and family to develop a positive behavioral plan. They are also available for individual intervention at school to implement the plan until specific goals are reached. In addition, specialists often assist with Individual Education Program (IEP) and Section 504 plans, attend related meetings when invited, meet with the student and family outside of school, and work collaboratively with the school to address areas of concern.
Social Skills Instruction
Dealing with authority figures, communicating effectively, and working with others cooperatively and productively is often not easy. Learning a variety of social skills builds confidence for dealing with a variety of situations, and provides a foundation to strengthen and maintain relationships. Social skills instruction will be tailored to reflect individual choices, build on strengths, and offer alternatives to behaviors that cause problems. Instruction is offered
individually or in group sessions. Social skills may be basic (such as giving compliments, apologizing, following directions, asking for or offering help, or supporting team members) or they may be more sophisticated (for example, accepting criticism, giving constructive feedback, accepting and giving advice, or dealing with peer pressure). Skills will be taught in easy-to-learn steps and practiced in different types of situations.