Definitions and Descriptions ...
One on one interaction with the client.
Individual counseling can be for a number of
issues, relating from career counseling to
daily monitoring. Individual
counseling is a chance to express yourself, be
heard and have someone else lead you to
clarity through processing the information
coming from within or without. Working
together to make since of it all and most
importantly makes sense of yourself.
Groups are topic/issue driven such as
Petty Theft, Conflict Resolution,
Citizenship, Domestic Violence
and Anger Management.
COUPLES / MARITAL & FAMILY COUNSELING
Couples & Family counseling session often times start with one person
and later involve those in the relationship.
Anxiety happens to people almost everyday.
Excessive worrying, apprehensiveness,
restlessness, irritability, feeling easily
fatigued are just a few symptoms of anxiety.
The worry and physical symptoms of anxiety
can cause significant distress and
impairment in a persons social,
occupational or other important areas of
functioning. Shortened attention span,
reduced concentration, and poor memory can
also accompany anxiety.
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
PTSD is a disorder that can be caused by a
traumatic event. The traumatic event can
cause you to respond with helplessness, fear
and even horror. If PTSD symptoms are
severe, this disorder may be disabling. Some
symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
may include avoiding situations that remind
you of the event, flashbacks, distressing
memories of the event, difficulty sleeping,
nightmares, and fear of injury to yourself
The cause of depression is unclear; it is
thought to be linked to certain imbalances
of the brain chemicals. Many people do not
seek treatment because they think they can
work out the problems themselves, or they
might be embarrassed. While some depression
may be a normal reaction to life stressors,
if depression becomes prolonged it can lead
to a poor quality of life and even risk of
suicide. Symptoms of depression include sad
mood, tearfulness, irritability, withdrawal
from friends and family, poor appetite or
overeating, insomnia or hypersomnia, low
energy or fatigue, low self-esteem, poor
concentration, difficulty making decisions,
feelings of hopelessness, and thoughts of
ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
(ADD) Children and Adults
ADD is a neurological disorder that affects
at least 5% of the population. The symptoms
for ADD include: short attention span,
distractibility, Impulsiveness, and
hyperactivity or restlessness, failure to
pay close attention to details, difficulty
sustaining attention in tasks, problems
listening, misplacing things, being easily
distracted, forgetful, problems following
through on instructions, difficulties
completing work, chores, or duties, and
avoidance or dislike of prolonged tasks
(i.e. schoolwork, homework, long movies,
books). If ADD is left untreated it may
greatly affect self-esteem, relationships
and work. Proper treatment can change the
ADD persons life.
(ADHD) Children and Adults
Symptoms of ADHD include: hyperactivity,
restlessness, short attention span,
distractibility, fidgeting with hands and
feet, talks excessively, difficulty playing
quietly, and being always on the go or
driven by motor. Without proper treatment,
ADHD can affect ones schoolwork,
occupation, relationships and everyday
functioning. Many children and adults prefer
to avoid or decrease usage of stimulant
drugs in preference to alternative
treatments. A new study in 2002 indicated
that ADHD patients who have a course of
biofeedback / neurobiofeedback therapy were
able to reduce or eliminate their need for
CONCUSSION / BRAIN INJURY (TBI) AND STROKE
A person who is diagnosed with post
concussion syndrome will have had a history
of traumatic injury to the head by direct
impact, brainlash / whiplash, or an accident
such as an automobile collision, slip and
fall, or sports injuries (especially boxing,
football, and other contact sports). A
stroke or cardiovascular accident occurs
when there is either bleeding in the brain
or blockage of blood circulation to the
brain tissues. This can result in speech
problems, comprehension problems, inability
to perform mental reasoning, personality
changes, body weakness, numbness, or loss of
Psychotherapy pertains to patient-therapist
counseling and psychological techniques.
These techniques may include eye movement
desensitization retraining (EMDR), hypnosis,
behavioral and desensitization techniques.
Dr. Gard is a cognitive-behavioral therapist
who helps patients to cope with stress and
emotional problems, working on problems in
the "here-and-now". Cognitive behavioral
therapy is a way to address the way we
think, feel and behave. Looking at how
people feel can help them determine
different ways to thinking in order to cope
better. It helps people learn new methods
of thinking, problem-solving, and reacting
in order to improve their quality of life,
work, and relationships.
NEUROFEEDBACK / EEG
Neurofeedback/EEG entails the use of
sensors, placed on the scalp in order to
retrain the brainwaves. Brainwaves vary
from slow to fast. Generally, the faster
they go, the more alert and focused we
become (to a point). In this way patients
can learn to reduce anxiety, depression,
pain and distractibility, and to improve
mental focus, learning, memory and specific
bodily functioning. Neurofeedback can also
be used to enhance peak mental performance
in areas of work, school or sports.
FOS IS AN INSURANCE FREE ZONE
Insurance Free Zone means that Family
Optimum Services does not accept insurance
from any providers. This in the end
keeps costs down and the focus on high
quality therapy. The benefits for
doing this are many. One, your privacy
is kept in higher confidence and your
become part of your medical history/record.
Secondly, you have control over your
treatment entirely. This means you
pursue the level of care you can afford. Insurance
will determine the best care for you, based
on what is best for them.
CLIENTS PAY AS THEY
Payment is required at time of treatment in
all, but a few arranged cases at the
$100 an 50 minute session. Clients are
aloud to have consecutive session to ensure
sufficient time for the clients needs.
$100 an 50 minute session. These
sessions very from one to two people
depending on circumstances and the
therapists therapeutic approach.
Clients are aloud to have consecutive
session to ensure sufficient time for the
Tests or Psychometric Test are referred to
as instruments, inventories or tools.
Like tools they are expensive, but unlike
tools they can be used only once and then a
new tool is needed.
test very in price. The tools we use
at FOS range in cost from $25 to $700 each.
Tools are not that useful alone, so more
then one tool is used at a time. This
is called a battery of tests. As many
as 4 test can be used at a time. The
cost of the test does not count for the time
of the test administrator (generally the
therapist) who also take time to score and
analyze the results.
Court Appearances require munch
perpetration and time from other clients.
Thus, court appearances will be billed at
$130/hour from a minimum of 3 hours. If
additional research or reports are
requested, they will be prepared at a rate
of $100/hour. The person(s)/agency/attorney
that requests a therapist presence will be
FOS does accept payment plans in the
form of Pre-Payment Plans. You may
make payment toward future therapy sessions
and use the credit to pay for that therapy.
It is not in FOS's
best interest to provide payment plans
(Post-Payment Plans) for services already
rendered. These cases are handled on a
case by case situation at the therapist
discretion. Terms on Post-Payment
Plans are negotiated and are unique to each
client. Please understand that
the nature of Post-Payment Plans puts Family
Services in the position of collections. Thus, Post-Payment Plans are avoided.