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Professional Counseling & Trauma Services

The American Counseling Association defines professional counseling as a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.

Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, Inc. recognizes that healthy families are the building blocks of our community. Counseling services are provided in a confidential and supportive environment. We provide a range of clinical services for children, adults and families. Personalized treatment plans are developed to address the needs of each individual; length of treatment, frequency of appointments and goals of therapy are based on the specific strengths and needs of each client.

Licensed masters level therapists provide support in addressing:

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • School difficulties
  • Attachment disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorders
  • Sexual abuse
  • Self-abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts and actions
  • Grief and loss

Therapists use a variety of therapeutic approaches and counseling tools in treatment dependent upon individual and family needs and comfort level. Primarily talk therapy – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)1, art therapy, play therapy, trauma and solution focused therapy including DBT2, TF-CBT3, EMDR4 and NMT5, meditation techniques, self-empowerment exercises, effective communication exercises, role playing, and journaling.

1 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Structured, short-term, present-oriented psychotherapy for depression, directed toward solving current problems and modifying dysfunctional (inaccurate and/or unhelpful) thinking and behavior.
2 Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): Designed to help people change patterns of behavior that are not effective, such as self-harm, suicidal thinking and substance abuse.
3 Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): Used with individuals/families that present with trauma related issues which is an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help children, adolescents, and their caregivers overcome trauma-related difficulties. It is designed to reduce negative emotional and behavioral responses following child sexual abuse, domestic violence, traumatic loss, and other traumatic events. The treatment addresses distorted beliefs and attributions related to the abuse and provide a supportive environment in which children are encouraged to talk about their traumatic experience. TF-CBT also helps parents who were not abusive to cope effectively with their own emotional distress and develop skills that support their children.
4 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): is a psychotherapy that emphasizes disturbing memories as the cause of psychopathology and alleviates the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). EMDR is used for individuals who have experienced severe trauma that remains unresolved. When a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm normal cognitive and neurological coping mechanisms. The memory and associated stimuli are inadequately processed and stored in an isolated memory network. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process these distressing memories, reducing their lingering effects and allowing clients to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. This therapy uses a structured eight-phase approach to address the past, present, and future aspects of a traumatic or distressing memory. EMDR is now recommended as an effective treatment for trauma in the Practice Guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association.
5 Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT): is a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical problem solving. NMT is not a specific therapeutic technique or intervention. It is an approach that integrates core principles of neurodevelopment and traumatology to inform work with children, families and the communities in which they live. The Neurosequential Approach has three key components – training/capacity building, assessment and then, the specific recommendations for the selection and sequencing of therapeutic, educational and enrichment activities that match the needs and strengths of the individual. The NMT “mapping” process helps identify various areas in the brain that appear to have functional or developmental problems; in turn, this helps guide the selection and sequencing of developmentally sensitive interventions.

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Our Mission

To provide professional counseling and support services to individuals, children and families to improve the quality of their life at home and in the community.

Our Locations

Ontario County

Canandaigua & Geneva

Seneca County

Seneca Falls

Wayne County

Newark & Sodus

Yates County

Penn Yan

Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, sex/gender (including pregnancy), gender identity and/or expression, familial or marital status, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, status as a victim of domestic violence, sex abuse or stalking, genetic information or characteristics, disability, membership or service in the U.S. Armed Forces or related status, or any other characteristic protected by federal and state laws.

Designed by Brian Rice