Family Counseling

 

FAMILY COUNSELING

Individual, group, pastoral, or clinical counseling

Counseling or Therapy in most cases is the same depending on one’s ideology and or philosophy. At ACI we look at each client based on where their setting in life and developmental stage. We also take in consideration a client’s culture and or spiritual belief in order to help them. Our goal is to identify patterns of faulty thinking and or unacceptable behaviors that negatively affect our clients and their families. By identifying these patters we find these families interact in a more healthy way.  We realize every potential client may not be a good fit, so we will do our best to connect them with an organization or resource that may meet their needs.

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Grief, Crisis, and Trauma Counseling

We all, at some point and time in our life span will experience a Traumatic event. It could be as an infant, adolescent, teen or adult, and no matter what stage we experience it, there is the possibility it could affect us mentally, emotionally, physically or spiritually for the rest of our lives. Trauma can be man-made or natural, but not all trauma will lead to a crisis, it depends on a person’s personality, spiritual or religious beliefs and culture. When we hear the word ‘crisis’ we visualize pictures and words that could be upsetting, dangerous, out of control; ‘hopelessness,’ sometimes ‘helplessness’, hysterical, nonfunctional, and anxious, and possibly all of the above depending on the crisis. Grief has been defined as intense emotional suffering and/or the loss of something or someone significant. Whatever type grief one experiences, it has to do with loss. It could be the death of a loved one or friend; a pet, a job; a house, or something tangible you treasured.

Parents of Adolescents / Teens

Relationship Coaching – We all do better when we have positive relationships in our life and this applies with every human developmental stage we experience. The teenage years can be challenging, for the parents as well as the teens.  This series helps parents and their teens to communicate more effectively, in order to build closer relationships.

Individual, Family or Group

Pyschoeducational

These sessions consist of a group that shares a specific type of concern that focuses on educating clients about their issues and ways of coping. Many psycho-educational groups consist of members that all share the same issues.

Organizational training (Lay and Leadership)

​We offer group sessions for Grief as well as lay and leadership training. We invite and encourage your organization to consider having this training at your location. A few benefits are:

• Helping individual, groups are families cope and process their grief (loss); a crisis or a  traumatic event

​• Being prepared to give verbal or emotional first aid and ‘what to say’ and ‘what not to say’

• Identify, listen and calm people facing grief or a crisis

• Gain knowledge of the role of first responders in a crisis and IC (Incident Command)

• Learn how to develop a strong care ministry to deal with most emergencies that will arise

Sign up your group or organization today. Our calendar is filling up quickly.

“To me the most important part of ministering to one who is grieving is to be present, sometimes quietly, sometimes with a shoulder or open arms; but most importantly with a heart of compassion.”  Larry Ginn, ACI

Marriage Education

​EMTS (Educational Marriage Tune-up Sessions)  We tune-up our cars, why not tune-up our marital relationship! This group consist of assessment tools; PM (Pre-Marital); PM (Post Marriage); MC (Marriage with children); Prepare CC (Cohabitating Couples); MT&E (Marriage Tune-up & Enrichment), and MAC (Mature Age Couples, 50 yrs. +).

Marriage Enrichment

Marriage Enrichment is designed to address a married couple’s relationship, at the point where they are.  Couples in marriage can become stationary and bored with the same daily routine whether they have children or not. Married couples don’t necessarily need preventive counseling and educational materials. Some couples wish to enrich their marital relationship and some couples need to be encouraged in the same manner. To enrich the marriage we should assess where the marriage is and what’s working and what needs improvement. The main focus will be to utilize assessment tools so couples can learn more about one another in their marriage; know their strengths and areas of improvements.

​This approach helps couples evaluate the health of their marriage and provides them with valuable information that can be used to self-evaluate their communication styles. They may also determine that they need assistance from a marital coach, counselor or a marital therapist. Other areas that our Marriage Enrichment approach will address are:

• Premarital evaluation

• Marriage with children

• Marriage transition after 50

Pre and Post-Marriage Workshops

These types of workshops are educational, fun and engaging. Interaction allows couples to unpack personal baggage that could possibly hinder long term marriage. When we say workshop we mean participants will work individually, collectively and then shop for wisdom; knowledge and Gods’ understanding on the role a help- mate plays.

Couple Accountability Counseling – All leaders should have an accountability person or team, because no man or woman is an island. Couple Accountability helps with marriage peer pressure. We sometimes want or desire what others have in ministry leadership; however we must first ask what God wants you as a couple to have, in order to be effective in your ministry. We assist couples by identifying common pitfalls that have a negative effect on leadership relationships. We also introduce coaching (in person or phone) for couples who find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings.

 

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