Counseling Services and Therapies Offered at Garrison Counseling

Therapy is not just for times of trouble or concern, but also when we are flourishing, as a good life can always be made better. Garrison Counseling offers a full spectrum of psychotherapy and counseling services that are designed to help you live a happier, healthier and fuller life.

Our counselors can help you navigate all of life’s moments.

Substance Abuse Treatment

Garrison Counseling is known as the premiere outpatient clinic in La Crosse, Wisconsin that offers the latest in evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders. When you or a loved one is battling a dependence or addiction, you can trust that Garrison Counseling has the best trained therapists with proven results ready to help. We create a unique therapy experience for every client with the goal of helping you overcome your dependence and / or addiction.

Individual Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a treatment that involves a trusting relationship between a therapist and client. It can be used to treat a broad variety of mental disorders and emotional difficulties. The goal of psychotherapy is to eliminate or control disabling or troubling symptoms so the client can function better. Therapy can also help build a sense of well-being and healing.

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Adolescent Counseling

Adolescents are striving to be recognized as independent individuals. Their brain development has evolved so that they are able to use abstract thinking skills like adults. However, the areas of the brain responsible for judgment and the skills of decision-making are still in the process of development and will be until the individual is in their mid-twenties.

Social and peer interactions are extremely important for adolescents and emerging adults. Establishing rapport and trust from the standpoint of the adolescent is essential to the counseling process. Family therapy may be necessary and is often essential to the process when working with adolescents and youth.

Marriage and Relationship Counseling

There are many issues involved in working with marriages and couples, and the therapists at Garrison Counseling work with a wide range of issues. These issues include communication difficulties, relationship / personal boundaries, infidelity, trust issues, power imbalances, minor and major conflict, divorce and relationship ending, parenting, finances, family issues, anger issues, disengaging / silent treatment, and building sexual intimacy.

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Family Therapy

Garrison Counseling provides comprehensive family therapy based on the needs of the child, adolescent, or parent and the family as a whole. Meeting with the whole family, sibling groups, parents only, or other subsystems of the entire family may be recommended to best address the issues or the problems identified as the focus of treatment. We teach communication skills to assist individuals in verbalizing their perspective to other family members in an effort to gain understanding and cooperation, as well as to promote harmony and healthy, satisfying relationships within the family unit.

Parent Education

We assist parents with everyday challenges encountered in raising children. Some of these challenges include enhancing listening and communication skills, improving discipline and behavior, improving peer relationships, exploring parenting styles, and parental teamwork. We discuss age-appropriateness and the changing developmental tasks of youth.

Youth Counseling

To work successfully with youth requires a compassionate, sensitive approach, an accepting and non-judgmental attitude, and a passion for working with young people. Working with youth involves creative problem-solving, patience, a focus on values and strengths, parent education, and the family’s willingness to be involved in all aspects of therapy. Parenting, communication, and self-care skills are discussed, taught, and reinforced. We examine what is the function of the problem and help children learn how to manage the challenges and difficulties they face.

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Play Therapy

Play Therapy allows children to express themselves in their natural language. In play therapy, children experience a relationship with a therapist who responds empathetically, sets limits, returns responsibility to the child, builds, self-esteem and facilitates emotional expression.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)

EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.

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