Counseling Services

Shine Sparrow Counseling specializes in psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adult individuals, couples and families. At Shine Sparrow Counseling, clients of all creeds, colors, and communities and welcome and encouraged toward healing and growth through diverse, robust psychotherapeutic methods and dynamic experiences. Read more below to find out about some of the specialties we use.

Client Intake Form

Please download and fill out a client intake form, provided below. You must bring a completed intake form to your first appointment.

Counseling Intake Form

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.

To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. You can read more about EMDR here. EMDR can be used with people at any age and to treat a wide range of issues including trauma, pain, phobia, dysregulation, and many others.

Sandtray Therapy

Sandtray Therapy, a modality used in conjunction with talk therapy and traditional techniques, is the therapeutic use of a collection of miniatures in a sandtray. It is a non-verbal expressive and projective mode of psychotherapy where the sandtray and the miniatures are the medium of communication. It is client led and the therapist is only the facilitator.

The process seeks to promote safety and control for the client so that emotionally charged issues can be addressed utilizing the sandtray. Sandtray is an appropriate technique for external processors, children having difficulty verbalizing, kinesthetic learners, and couples or families seeking to better understand the perspective of the other.

Intimacy Therapy

Developed by David Ferguson in the 1980’s, Intimacy Therapy is a based on understanding relational needs in ourselves and those around us in order to better understand and meet those needs in a way that works for everyone. Intimacy Therapy seeks to improve relationships of all kinds, between romantic partners, friends, parents and children, and organizational teammates.

With many tools and worksheets to help clients grasp the concepts and speak with compassion and understanding towards themselves and each other, Intimacy Therapy seeks to reduce the presence of “stuck” painful emotions and increase the presence of joy through the experience of comfort, forgiveness, love, confession, and truth.

Play Therapy / Child Parent Relationship Therapy

Play Therapy is a psychotherapeutic technique appropriate for children based on the idea of play as the natural language of the child. Through facilitation, reflection, emotional responding and the expanding of meaning, the therapist gains insight into the child’s world and facilitates insight and growth for the child as well. Initially developed in the turn of the 20th century, today play therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods, all applying the therapeutic benefits of play. Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children to address and resolve their own problems. Play therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them (Axline, 1947; Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002). 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. In Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, the parents become the therapist through a 10-week course led by the clinician wherein parents learn the skills and tools to have therapeutic playtime accessible at home, or wherever the family finds itself. This modality is especially helpful for families of multiple children with parents available to spend individual time with the child, but can be helpful for any caregiver interested in providing children with the tools of co-regulation, self-regulation, self-awareness, problem solving, and more.