Services

Every clinician of the CWC has been trained in evidence-based treatments (e.g., cognitive and behavioral therapies such as ACT, DBT, REBT, and others) as well as multicultural psychology. We embrace active discussions of diversity issues and develop a treatment plan specific to each individual client. This is important when considering the best treatment for you, or your loved one. The following are the services offered at the CWC.

Services

As a practice specializing in improvement of how we think, feel and behave, the Counseling & Wellness Center, LLC is equipped to assist individuals, groups and large organizations to improve their performance. Executive coaching begins with a consultation and a needs evaluation, before establishing a program specifically designed for the client.

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No matter the scale, people management is a skill that can be learned and must be fostered at any level; whether entry level or CEO executives. Leadership development at the CWC resembles executive coaching and integrates the four pillars (behavioral, holistic, strength-based, and wellness lens), but focuses mostly on communication styles, motivation theory, personnel and organizational management, and human resources. This is more directive.

With the training in psychological assessment, the CWC is equipped to assist in hiring processes to ensure that candidates meet the organizational culture while identifying strengths and weaknesses to predict success. There is some science to this, but the art is interviewing candidates and providing report cards to businesses on their talent.

The CWC uses a behavioral mediation model to allow parties with a workplace conflict to resolve the issue, building stronger character, and then return to work. The process is individualized to the presenting workplace conflict, and is outlined in the contract prior to commencing the intervention. It typically starts with a needs assessment, interviews, and then a remediation intervention.

While it seems this area is new to businesses, the CWC has been committed to DEIB training since the early 2000s when our founder, Dr. Pete, traveled to Tanzania and other developing countries, to share the world. These consulting services could assist businesses in integrating DEIB in their current culture and policies, managing a DEIB conflict for a business executive, coaching individuals or small groups on anti-racist practices, offering restorative justice circles to a group, and more.

As a practice that provides cognitive and behavioural therapy (CBT), and Dr. Pete’s past experience at the international level as an elite swimmer, the CWC offers specialized services in sports psychology. The CWC has been providing NCAA compliant assessment for collegiate athletes, and also provides psychological and sports counseling for many elite athletes in the greater NYC area.

Individual therapy is one-on-one with a licensed professional. Sessions typically last for 45-55 minutes- depends on the clinician and the session content. As we offer cognitive and behavioral therapies (CBT) the sessions typically look like this: 1. the client and clinician set the agenda for the session, 2. address recent issues from the week, 3. review the homework from the past week, 4. learn a new technique or skill and 5. set the homework for the next week.

Meditation is ONE way to be Mindful. You will learn a lot about meditation and mindfulness during treatment at the CWC. We offer meditation classes where a clinician will lead the group in a meditation. Meditations vary and range from guided imagery meditations to silent meditations. Each class lasts for approximately 45 minutes.

The CWC is equipped to offer comprehensive psychological assessments including learning issues, psychological issues, ADHD and other forensic issues, as well as some basic neuropsychological screening assessments.

Skills Groups are more educational in nature. The leader will introduce a skill that has shown to be effective in the research for symptoms that group members might be experiencing. For example, a mindfulness-based skills group would teach members mindfulness-based skills (e.g., thoughts floating down the river), practice the skills in the group, and hear feedback from group members about what has worked and has not worked. A Skill-based group session typically look like this: 1. mindfulness exercise to start (i.e., no matter the type of skills group), 2. review of last week’s skill, 3. introduction of a new skill, 4. practicing that skill, 5. ending the skills group with a mindfulness exercise (i.e., no matter the type of skills group). Each Skills-based Group lasts for 75-90 minutes.

For other licensed mental health professionals who are looking to grow their clinical tools- the CWC offers peer supervision and consultation services. Naturally these services are CBT-oriented. In addition to clinical consultation and supervision, the CWC offers several workshops for mental health professionals to earn Continuing Education credits. Lastly, Dr. Pete and his team offer sports psychology consultations.

Couples therapy establishes goals for the couple as they enter the sessions together. Depending on the clinician, it is possible that from week to week the clinician will choose to meet with one member of the couple and not the other. The goal and focus of Couples therapy is ultimately to open communication so that the couple no longer needs to come to the CWC. The clinician works with the couple, in session, to establish new and healthier patterns of behavior, and these new behaviors are assigned as homework for the week while the couple is not in the session room. Each session lasts for approximately 45-55 minutes.

Group therapy is different from group skills (see below). Group therapy is process-oriented which means that group members share a mental health concern (e.g., depression) and work together, with the clinician, to find some meaning and solution for the issue. The group therapy session is guided by the clinician but really the group members are the real leaders. These group sessions typically run for 60 minutes.

Family therapy is different from family sessions. While we are not a practice that specializes in Family Therapy, we can provide referrals to local clinicians who possess specialized training in this area. However, as licensed professionals we recognize how there is not usually ONE person at fault when looking at the entire family. Therefore, during the individual treatment the clinician may schedule a family session with the client. A family session would look like this: 1. the clinician informs the entire family about who the identified client is (this is important because even though we are meeting with the entire family- the individual client remains the main client who maintains the privileged communication [i.e., anything you say inside the session MUST stay inside the session unless you’re in danger of hurting yourself, someone else, or suspect of child abuse- this is explained further in the Intake Documents]), 2. goals are established for the session, 3. each member has an equal chance to speak, 4. homework given for the entire family, 5. future family session may be scheduled. Each family session lasts for approximately 45-55 minutes.

Conditions We Treat

The Oxford English Dictionary defines wellbeing as the state if being comfortable, healthy, or happy. Although this is true, wellbeing also encompasses other things such as goal fulfillment, how in control of your life you feel you are, as well as your sense of purpose.

Anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease -- typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. It can also be a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.

Phobias are extreme or irrational fears of or aversion to something. Phobias can become a problem when a person changes their everyday lifestyle to avoid the cause of their fear. This fear is more severe than a normal fear reaction. A person with a phobia will likely experience feelings of extreme anxiety and panic when exposed to the subject of their phobia.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have the following characteristics: unwanted, intrusive, and repetitive thoughts (known as obsessions) with extreme and irrational urges to do certain things (known as compulsions). Symptoms of OCD tend to develop between childhood and young adulthood. Over 2% of the population of the USA will likely suffer from OCD during their lives.

Have you ever wanted to improve your performance at work, on the field, in the pool, or just in life? Performance enhancement techniques offer people the ability to perform at the optimal level, even surpassing how far you thought you could go.

No matter how great any relationship is, there are always conflicts that come about. Sometimes, talking to a professional will help get to the root of the issue. Fully understanding the root causes of any conflict helps partners resolve their issues in a healthy and positive manner.

Being a member of the LGBTQ community can sometimes be confusing, and come with a bunch of questions. CWC is a safe and supportive place where anyone can discuss any questions or concerns they may have.