Services We Provide
Coastal Family Services is a creative and unique behavioral and mental health center dedicated to providing supportive interventions in a highly individualized manner.
Are you a new mom overwhelmed with feelings of excessive sadness or worry?
Are you caring for an aging parent and wondering if you are doing it “right”?
Are you a teenager engaging in self-harm behaviors or having thoughts of suicide?
Sometimes in life we find ourselves struggling to overcome difficult feelings or move beyond tough situations. Coastal Family Services offers therapy, case management, and advocacy services designed to help you find health and happiness and get the most out of your life.
Individual therapy is a process where clients talk and work with a trained therapist in a safe, caring, and comfortable environment. Clients are free to explore and discuss their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors as well as work through difficult or influential memories and identify parts of their lives that they want to change. Clients often better understand themselves and those around them, set personal goals, and work toward desired change. People seek individual therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal grown and greater self-knowledge.
At Coastal Family Services, individual therapy often includes various forms of art therapy, play therapy, or recreational therapy. These modes of therapy are described below. We truly believe that the more authentic the therapeutic experience is, the more likely positive growth and change will occur. In addition to clinical therapeutic work, individual treatment for children and adolescents may include work with a behavioral health professional to work on addressing key treatment components, skill building, and community involvement.
Most often, an individual may be struggling with an issue that can be more easily resolved by including some or all of the family members involved. Often having a clinician observe and define patterns of interaction between and among family members can uncover why and how some individuals may get stuck in their efforts to improve their personal situation. Identifying and replacing these patterns with more functional and supportive ones often make all the difference in the positive outcome of their therapy. In addition to enhancing personal and couple growth, family therapy is able to raise the level of functioning of a family as whole and teach families how to deal with the uncertainties in life. Because all members are present at the same time, troublesome patterns of interaction can be identified more efficiently and often times more powerfully, as they can be corrected in the moment.
At Coastal Family Services, we focus on building strong healthy families. Even during the most difficult times, such as the loss of a family member or a strenuous divorce, our family therapy services can help teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times. Family therapy sessions may include various forms of art therapy, play therapy, or recreational therapy. In addition to clinical therapeutic work, family treatment may include work with a behavioral health professional to work on addressing key treatment components, skill building, and community involvement.
Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children. Therapists strategically utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts or feelings. In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language. Through play, therapists may help children learn more adaptive behaviors when there are emotional or social skills deficits. Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.
At Coastal Family Services, most individual and family therapy with children will include some form of play therapy. This may be acting out typical or troubling family situations with dolls, role-playing conversations with puppets, or relaxation training with sandbox play.
Art therapy is a theoretically based approach to therapy that uses art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and develop social skills, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Art therapy is an effective treatment for people of any age experiencing developmental, medical, educational, and social or psychological impairment. During individual or group sessions therapists elicit their clients’ inherent capacity for art making to enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Art therapy helps people resolve conflicts, improve interpersonal skills, manage problematic behaviors, reduce negative stress, and achieve personal insight.
At Coastal Family Services, many individual and family treatment plans will include some form of art therapy. This may be using markers on big paper to draw a picture of a child’s family, using mixed-media to create a collage of personal hopes and dreams, or drawing self-portraits of both the “outerself” or what others see and the “innerself” or what you feel like on the inside.
Recreational therapy is a systemic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the needs of individuals as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery, and well-being. Therapists assist clients to develop skills, knowledge, and behaviors for daily living and community involvement. The therapist works with the client and their family to incorporate specific interests and community resources into therapy to achieve optimal outcomes that transfer to their real life situation.
At Coastal Family Services, most individual and family treatment plans will include various forms of recreational therapy. This may be joining in pickup games of basketball at the Y, attending yoga and mindfulness classes, or assisting in therapeutic horseback lessons. In addition to these more formal examples of recreational therapy, Coastal Family Services clinicians and behavioral health professionals will incorporate recreational activities such as game playing, preparing dinner, or playing at the playground into almost every session.
Clinical case management is the coordination of community-based services by a professional or team to provide individually customized mental health care for people experiencing frequent setbacks or persistent challenges to their recovery. Core functions of a clinical case manager include outreach to engage clients in services, assessing individual needs, arranging requisite support services (such as housing, benefit programs, job training), monitoring medication and use of services, and advocating for client rights and entitlements. Clinical case management includes traditional mental health services but may also encompass primary healthcare, education, employment, social relationships, and community participation.
At Coastal Family Services, our approach to clinical case management is a strengths-based team approach with a foundation on relationship building. Our clinical case managers work to support families or individuals that need assistance managing or coordinating treatment or life transitions. This may mean creating and leading a treatment team for a child with new developmental diagnoses, connecting families with resources in the community for further services, or managing crisis type situations in a home or community setting.
Clinical advocacy services are designed for individuals or families with unique psychological or educational issues that require more attention and research than typical clinical case management. Through a thorough intake and assessment process, a clinician will work one on one with you to understand your situation. The clinician will review past medical, psychological, or educational records, make observations of current behaviors, research pertinent symptoms or diagnoses, and communicate with other providers. In addition, clinicians may conduct literature searches that provide you with an individual, well-sourced research report to help you understand your diagnoses and assess your options. Clinicians will make detailed recommendations based on current research and evidence-based models of the best course of action for you to take.
At Coastal Family Services, clinical advocacy services may be utilized at the educational level if you feel your child’s needs are not being met by the school system or you are concerned your child may need special education services. On a medical level clinical advocacy services may help if you are caring for an aging parent and want answers on the best treatment, both medical and emotional, for end of life stages. Psychological clinical advocacy services may include leading a treatment team of medical doctors, psychiatric medication providers, crisis workers, and community workers to ensure the best possible treatment is provided to you or your family member.
Clinical supervision emphasizes improving the counseling skills and effectiveness of the supervisee, developing counselor effectiveness through positive changes in knowledge, attitudes, and skills. A clinical supervisor has a role as expert, authority, and mentor. Quality supervision is based on a relationship that is respectful, clear regarding authority and accountability, and involves clear expectations for each person.
Coastal Family Services provides clinical supervision to agencies, schools, and individuals who are either in training or in current practice. Supervision can be done in a group or individual setting and will be formatted to fit the distinct needs of the supervisee.
Each and every family or individual we work with will have an individualized treatment plan that will look very unique based on specific strengths, needs, and goals of the client. Generally speaking, the first two to four sessions will be an evaluation of client and family needs including time to meet the family and observe relationships and behaviors, undergo a clinical interview, and outline a possible treatment plan. Future session length and frequency will be determined by the treatment goals. Sessions may be held in the family home, at schools or other agencies, or in the community setting. While there is always a fair share of talking and conversation, some of the best work will be done by doing and experiencing and overcoming challenges together.
Some Examples of how this might look:
For a teenager struggling with stress and anxiety, the treatment plan may include outdoor recreation activities such as hiking, biking, or rock climbing.
For a family looking to improve communication, the treatment plan may include initiating family game nights or working together to prepare a family dinner.
For a new mother working on emotional adjustment during the last trimester of pregnancy, the treatment plan may include setting up the nursery or meeting with other new moms to talk about some of the concerns.
For a child dealing with trauma, the treatment plan may include using paint or other art forms to bring out emotions and describe situations that are too confusing or difficult to talk about.
Insurance and payment
Coastal Family Services does not accept any form of insurance at this time. Our experience shows that when insurance is accepted, it is the insurance company that determines the level of care and services needed. We fully believe that the individual, family, and clinician should be the team that decides appropriate levels of care and what services will be provided.
The fee for services is $100 per hour for regularly scheduled sessions with the clinician. The fee for hours accrued during the initial evaluation period will be billed at the time the treatment plan is presented. Payment thereafter is expected at time of service, unless other arrangements have been made. Credit cards, checks, and cash are accepted. We may be considered an "Out of Network" provider on your private insurance and we are happy to provide you the appropriate paperwork for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. In addition, a sliding fee may be available based on family income levels. Please contact us for more information regarding payment options.