Although I use a variety of techniques when working with people, I view myself as a goal-oriented, family therapy-based counselor. I taught Child Growth and Development for ten years for our local College, so I have an extensive background in issues concerning children and families. I have extensive training in Play Therapy, but I work with adults also, addressing many personal problems -relationships, personal growth, professional difficulties, health problems, depression, and anxiety issues, to name a few.
During the initial visit, which is an hour-long, I review office procedures (fees, no show policies), share my background with the client, discuss confidentiality, and talk about how I would plan to proceed to the coming weeks. After obtaining a history from the client, we talk about the goals he/she has for our work together. I typically see people once a week for the first several weeks. A tour of the facility follows, and folks are encouraged to call during the week if they think of any questions that might arise before their next session.
Ann S. Bockius was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1990. She works primarily with families, parents and children ages 2 to 18. She previously worked for eight years as a preschool teacher and director and for seven years as a Parent Co-Op Preschool director. She has also taught Child Development for more than a decade at Allan Hancock College. Developing healthy family interactions is the goal of her work with families. Ann has been trained to work with anxiety disorders and depressive disorders. She completed training in EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy to work with patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She has worked with patients of every age level on personal, educational and professional development issues. She leads groups in Assertiveness training, stress reduction, and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders. She is available free of charge for an initial consultation meeting.
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