Serving adolescents ages 7-17, Imprint Counseling Services offers the following services for individuals, groups, and families and addresses the following:

    • Behavioral Issues  (Home/School)

– When children are expressing anger or other emotions through their behavioral problems at school, it is often overlooked as the child simply misbehaving. Some children express their anxiety or stress through their behavior in order to gain attention or to release their emotions.

    • Social interaction with peers/authority figures

– Disrespecting elders and authority figures can often be handled through counseling to help children understand expectations. While most of these “manners” may be taught at home, some children need guidance from counselors to help them understand why appropriate interaction with both their peers and authority figures in their lives is so important as they grow.

    • Family issues

– Whether it’s divorce or simple personality conflicts, sometimes children and adults need coping mechanisms to help deal with problems that they both can control and cannot control. In addition to adult problems that children must endure, there also may be problems between siblings or with blending families through new marriages.

    • Depression/Anxiety

– Depression may be a result of internal or external struggles, and people of all ages may experience this emotional struggle. Manifested in many different manners, depression can lead to mental and physical complications.

– While death is a part of life, it certainly isn’t an easy part of it. Children and adults alike may not have readied themselves for the loss of a loved one, or the loss may have been sudden or unexpected. Death can lead to major life changes for survivors, and counseling can help those left behind.

    • Separation/Divorce

– One of the hardest blows to a family is when its nucleus, the marriage, breaks up. Children must get used to new methods of visiting with their parents, how to maintain their social lives due to responsibilities to both parents and also how to grieve the loss of the marriage. Parents must learn to co-parent in a healthy environment for their children. Unexpected conflict comes about, and counseling can help to prevent bitterness or the actions that cause this emotion.

    • Life Skills/Social Skills

– Sometimes, people just need a little direction. Whether it be a change in school, a growing opportunity or a new job, managing change or unexpected emotions is an important part of life. Counselors can help develop organizational strategies not only with a physical task list, but also with direction for mental processing.

    • Abuse (Physical and Emotional)

– It is almost essential that people who suffer abuse have the opportunity to express their emotions in a safe environment with a trained professional. Abuse can not only leave physical marks, but the emotional scars that far outlast their physical counterparts.

    • Conflict with Others & Anger

– Changing the way we react may be a simple resolution, but learning how to change the way others treat us is a learned skill. Counselors can help people manage their expectations and self-esteem as well as teach people how to effectively respond to those who may be causing their anger.

– Parents may not even realize that their children are being bullied. Children often do not share their problem with bullying because they are afraid of retaliation from their aggressors.

– Different from traditional bullies, cyber bullies are sometimes nameless and faceless and offer an entire new fear for victims. Victims may know or may not know their aggressors, and they may be fearful of public places or even going to school, afraid that there may be a new “topic of the day” when they get home. Victims of cyber bullying are often quiet, but they are often very much in danger of suffering from depression or anxiety due to the abuse they take – in their own homes and on their own computers.

    • Drugs

– Drug abuse can lead to problems with family members and friends. Sudden changes in behavior can signal parents and friends that there may be a problem with drugs. From tobacco to club drugs, our teens and young adults are faced with peer pressure every day. Even those who don’t do drugs know where they could get them if they wanted them. People of all ages should learn about drugs and their adverse and long-lasting effects.

    • Stress

– Counseling can help people organize their lives and manage their expectations as well as those of others. Relaxation techniques and healthy habits will help those who suffer from stress.

    • Sexual Preference

– People who are at conflict with their own sexuality or who are trying to understand their feelings may benefit from professional counseling. Breaking social expectations isn’t always easy, and some suffer abuse for their sexual preferences.

    • Coping with Mental Illness

– Mental illness is not only a problem for those who suffer with it; their families and friends also must understand and manage their feelings. They may need to realize limitations or know about potential danger signs. Counselors will help family and friends understand how to deal with mental illness.

    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

– Although it is often referred to as a disorder suffered by those who have come home from military duty, civilians also may suffer PTSD after life’s trauma. Victims and survivors of criminal activity, no matter its severity, may suffer long-time stress or anxiety associated with the event.

    • Self-harm and Cutting

– People cut or harm themselves for various reasons. They may feel guilty or ashamed for their actions or they may be dealing with depression, anger or anxiety. Getting to the bottom of the problem is the first step in stopping people from harming their bodies.

    • Sexual Preference

– People who are at conflict with their own sexuality or who are trying to understand their feelings may benefit from professional counseling. Breaking social expectations isn’t always easy, and some suffer abuse for their sexual preferences.

– After someone has considered or attempted taking his or her own life, it is essential that he or she attend counseling to help prevent another occurrence. Any thoughts of taking one’s life or attempts in doing so should signal a serious cry for help. In case of emergency, call the Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.