We are committed to providing our clients a positive healing experience and
specialized care, of the best quality, that is tailored to the needs of each client.
Adults

We offer mental health counseling for adults, including treatment for anxiety and stress, depression, mood disorders, trauma, addiction, grief and loss, and life adjustments such as job loss, divorce, parenting and traumatic events.  Our clinicians are specialized, which allows us to best match treatment with each client’s need.

Children

We treat young children and teens for anxiety and stress, depression, attachment issues, mood disorders, problems in school, issues with bullying, oppositional defiance, attention problems, ADHD, grief and loss, and trauma.  Our adolescent services also include help with eating disorders, substance use disorder, video game addiction, sexuality issues, and pornography addiction.

We offer teen groups, individual therapy and family therapy to improve performance in school and relationships with friends and family.

 

Some of the most effective evidence-based therapies for young children age 3 to 10 years of age are Play Therapy, Parent Child Interactive Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy. These therapies allow children to use play to better explain to the therapist their struggles and concerns.

We also offer Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to children age 5 and older.  This treatment is often used to treat trauma.

Go to Our Staff to find a child or teen therapist.

Families

We believe family relationships are a major factor in promotion of psychological health. Family Systems Therapy is a specialized treatment that nurtures change within families and couples. The therapy draws on systems thinking in its view of the family as an emotional unit and evaluates the parts of a system in relation to the whole. To find a family therapist go to Our Staff

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Couples

Marriage counseling teaches couples the skills needed to build a sound relationship. The assumption is that couples can learn to emulate ways of interacting that have been observed in couples that end up staying together.

 

The therapist acts as a coach helping couples interact with each other by using new rules and guidelines and improving communication. The goal is for the couples to become independent of the therapist and for the therapist to transfer skills to the couples. We have found Gottman Couples Therapy to be the most effective therapy for couples counseling. Go to Our Staff to find a couples therapist.

Seniors

Ascendant offers specialized services for seniors including grief and loss, depression, addiction, and management of chronic pain. Our therapists, who specialize in treating this population, have extensive training and knowledge related to life issues faced in retirement.  To find a therapist go to Our Staff.

Military

People with a military affinity, inluding active soldiers, veterans, and their families, face unique challenges such as trauma from combat, constant threat of death, family separation, loss of control, catastrophic injuries, uncertainty for the future and adjustment to civilian life.  We use Cognative Processing Therapy (CPT) which is an evidence-based treatment utilized specifically for military.  To find a therapist with this specialty go to  Our Staff.

LGBTQ Community

We have therapists that specialize in working with issues that the LGBTQ community faces.  We offer Affirmation Therapy and provide both individual and couples treatment.  To find a therapist go to  Our Staff.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT focuses on solutions as opposed to traditional Freudian psychotherapy that focuses on childhood issues.  Patients are encouraged to challenge distorted cognition and change destructive patterns of behavior.  Go to Our Staff to find a therapist specializing in CBT.

Medication

Board-certified psychiatrists  provide psychiatric evaluations and medication as needed.  We adhere to the philosphy that successful outcomes in treatment continue to show that if medication is needed, the best course is a combination of medications and psychotherapy.

Gottman Couples Therapy

The Gottman Method is one of the most popular and contemporary approaches to couples counseling used today. What makes it so unique is that it is entirely based on over 40 years of research findings from psychologist John Gottman’s own research studies of married couples.  Read more.  Or, go to Our Staff to find a couples therapist.

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Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT is a psychotherapy that teaches people to stop avoiding and struggling with their inner emotions and instead, accept their issues and hardships and commit to making necessary changes in their behavior.  Go to Our Staff to find a therapist.

Parent/Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

PCIT is an empirically-supported treatment for conduct-disordered young children that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns.

 

In PCIT, parents are taught specific skills to establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while increasing their child’s prosocial behavior and decreasing negative behavior.  Read more.  Or, go to Our Staff to find a child or teen therapist.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation helps people to be present with whatever is happening as oposed to not being fully present to enjoy experiences or avoid difficult experiences.  Go to Our Staff to find a therapist.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

REBT attempts to help clients change the way they think to reduce negative symptoms and improve their quality of life REBT focuses on present thoughts rather than the past. Go to  Our Staff to find a therapist.

Affirmation Therapy

In Affirmation Therapy the therapist creates a safe and accepting environment while being affectively present.  This allows for trust building and the opportunity for the client to reveal his or her intrinsic goodness and worth.

 

The therapist looks for areas in which the client feels badly about themselves and helps the client to understand the fallacy of any irrational or erroneous beliefs about themselves.  To find a therapist go to Our Staff.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a highly effective therapy that teaches people to regulate their emotions and thoughts and to understand their individual triggers that lead to harmful behaviors and depression.  Clients learn to assess which coping skills to apply to help avoid undesired reactions.  DBT has been proven to be very helpful to clients with chronic suicidal thoughts.

 

We offer DBT individual and group therapy for adults and teens to help with self-esteem, emotional regulation, addictions, interpersonal issues, depression and anxiety issues. Read more  or,  go to Our Staff to find a therapist.

Eye Movement Desensitization
Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a proven psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing, traumatic life experiences. A therapist specially trained in EMDR will guide a person through the treatment by using the person’s own rapid, rhythmic eye movements to actually change the way the traumatic memory is stored in the brain.  This dampens the power of emotionally charged memories of past trauma.  Read more. Or, go to Our Staff to find a therapist specializing in EMDR.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

FFT was founded in the 1970s by Dr. James F. Alexander and has received international recognition for its outcomes in helping troubled youth and their families to overcome delinquency, substance abuse, violence, and teen acting out behaviors. Read more.  Or, go to Our Staff to find a therapist.

Sand Tray Therapy and Play Therapy

Play Therapy is a nonverbal, theraputic intervention that makes use of toys.  Sand Play Therapy makes use of a sandbox, toy figures, and sometimes water.  Both therapies allow the client to create scenes of miniature worlds that reflect their inner thoughts, struggles, and concerns.  Read more.  Or, to find a therapist with this specialty go to Our Staff.

Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Testing

We provide ADHD testing across all ages.  ADHD is more commonly identified as a concern in children.  However, ADHD can affect a person over a lifetime and may be something that has been overlooked in adults.  To find a therapist go to Our Staff.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered approach to counseling and therapy that helps people to be motivated and committed to the difficult process of change.

 

It is often used to treat addiction.  It can help people become motivated to change unhealthy behaviors. It can also prepare individuals for further, more specific types of therapies.  To find a therapist go to  Our Staff.

Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is evidence based, present focused and an optimistic model which helps people to attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse.  Clients are not asked to reveal past issues.  Instead the focus is on the client’s strengths and  what can be done right now to create a better life and better coping skills.  Go to Our Staff to find a therapist.

Services
Adults

We offer mental health counseling for adults, including treatment for anxiety and stress, depression, mood disorders, trauma, addiction, grief and loss, and life adjustments such as job loss, divorce, parenting and traumatic events.  Our clinicians are specialized, which allows us to best match treatment with each client’s need.

Children

We treat young children and teens for anxiety and stress, depression, attachment issues, mood disorders, problems in school, issues with bullying, oppositional defiance, attention problems, ADHD, grief and loss, and trauma.  Our adolescent services also include help with eating disorders, substance use disorder, video game addiction, sexuality issues, and pornography addiction.

We offer teen group and individual therapy and family therapy to improve performance in school and relationships with friends and family.

 

Some of the most effective evidence-based therapies for young children age 3 to 10 years of age are Play Therapy, Parent Child Interactive Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy. These therapies allow children to use play to better explain to the therapist their struggles and concerns. Go to Our Staff to find a child or teen therapist.

Families

We believe family relationships are a major factor in promotion of psychological health. Family Systems Therapy is a specialized treatment that nurtures change within families and couples. The therapy draws on systems thinking in its view of the family as an emotional unit and evaluates the parts of a system in relation to the whole. To find a family therapist go to Our Staff

couples therapy couples counseling
Couples

Marriage counseling teaches couples the skills needed to build a sound relationship. The assumption is that couples can learn to emulate ways of interacting that have been observed in couples that end up staying together.

 

The therapist acts as a coach helping couples interact with each other by using new rules and guidelines. The goal is for the couples to become independent of the therapist and for the therapist to transfer skills to the couples. We have found Gottman Couples Therapy to be the most effective therapy for couples counseling. Go to Our Staff to find a couples therapist.

Seniors

Ascendant offers specialized services for seniors including grief and loss, depression, addiction, and management of chronic pain. Our therapists, who specialize in treating this population, have extensive training and knowledge related to life issues faced in retirement.  To find a therapist go to Our Staff.

Military

People with a military affinity, including active soldiers, veterans and their families, face unique challenges such as trauma from combat, constant threat of death, family separation, loss of control, catastrophic injuries, uncertainty for the future and adjustment to civilian life.  To find a therapist with this specialty go to  Our Staff.

LGBTQ Community

We have therapist that specialize in working with issues that the LGBTQ community faces.  We offer Affirmation Therapy and provide both individual and couples treatment.  To find a therapist go to  Our Staff.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy DBT article image 11.2018
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT focuses on solutions as opposed to traditional Freudian psychotherapy that focuses on childhood issues.  Patients are encouraged to challenge distorted cognition and change destructive patterns of behavior.  Go to Our Staff to find a therapist specializing in CBT.

Medication

Board-certified psychiatrists  provide psychiatric evaluations and medication as needed.  We adhere to the philosphy that successful outcomes in treatment continue to show that if medication is needed, the best course is a combination of medications and psychotherapy.

Gottman Couples Therapy

The Gottman Method is one of the most popular and contemporary approaches to couples counseling used today. What makes it so unique is that it is entirely based on over 40 years of research findings from psychologist John Gottman’s own research studies of married couples.  Read more.  Or, go to Our Staff to find a couples therapist.

Portrait of Sad Senior Woman 10
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT is a psychotherapy that teaches people to stop avoiding and struggling with their inner emotions and instead, accept their issues and hardships and commit to making necessary changes in their behavior.  Go to Our Staff to find a therapist.

Parent/Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

PCIT is an empirically-supported treatment for conduct-disordered young children that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns.

 

In PCIT, parents are taught specific skills to establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while increasing their child’s prosocial behavior and decreasing negative behavior.  Read more.  Or, go to Our Staff to find a child or teen therapist.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation helps people to be present with whatever is happening as oposed to not being fully present to enjoy experiences or avoid difficult experiences.  Go to Our Staff to find a therapist.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

REBT attempts to help clients change the way they think to reduce negative symptoms and improve their quality of life REBT focuses on present thoughts rather than the past. Go to  Our Staff to find a therapist.

Affirmation Therapy

In Affirmation Therapy the therapist creates a safe and accepting environment while being affectively present.  This allows for trust building and the opportunity for the client to reveal his or her intrinsic goodness and worth.

 

The therapist looks for areas inwhich the client feels badly about themselves and helps the client to understand the fallacy of any irrational or erroneous beliefs about themselves.  To find a therapist go to Our Staff.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a highly effective therapy that teaches people to regulate their emotions and thoughts and to understand their individual triggers that lead to harmful behaviors and depression.  Clients learn to assess which coping skills to apply to help avoid undesired reactions.

 

We offer DBT individual and group therapy for adults and teens to help with self-esteem, emotional regulation, addictions, interpersonal issues, depression and anxiety issues. Read more  Or,  go to Our Staff to find a therapist.

Eye Movement Desensitization
Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a proven psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing, traumatic life experiences. A therapist specially trained in EMDR will guide a person through the treatment by using the person’s own rapid, rhythmic eye movements to dampen the power of emotionally charged memories of past trauma.  Read more. Or, go to Our Staff to find a therapist specializing in EMDR.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

FFT was founded in the 1970s by Dr. James F. Alexander and has received international recognition for its outcomes in helping troubled youth and their families to overcome delinquency, substance abuse, violence, and teen acting out behaviors. Read more.  Or, go to Our Staff to find a therapist.

Sand Tray Therapy and Play Therapy

Play Therapy is a nonverbal, theraputic intervention that makes use of toys.  Sand Play Therapy makes use of a sandbox, toy figures, and sometimes water.  Both therapies allow the client to create scenes of miniature worlds that reflect their inner thoughts, struggles, and concerns.  Read more.  Or, to find a therapist with this specialty go to Our Staff.

Psychological Testing

We provide psychological testing across all ages for medical issues, disability and behavioral health issues, ADHD, autism and other learning disorders.  To find a therapist go to Our Staff.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered approach to counseling and therapy that helps people to be motivated and committed to the difficult process of change.

 

It is often used to treat addiction.  It can help people become motivated to change unhealthy behaviors. It can also prepare individuals for further, more specific types of therapies.  To find a therapist go to  Our Staff.

Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is evidence based, present focused and an optimistic model which helps people to attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse.  Clients are not asked to reveal past issues.  Instead the focus is on the client’s strengths and  what can be done right now to create a better life and better coping skills.  Go to Our Staff to find a therapist.