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Lifelong Wellness Center Counseling, PLLC

Individual, Child, and Family Therapy
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Creating Resilient Individuals While Building Healthy Relationships

We offer a variety of services delivered though a medley of treatment modalities and therapeutic interventions that span from childhood to adulthood.  We help people transform their lives and strengthen their relationships by becoming stronger mentally and physically.  We encourage healing through self-efficacy and self-love.

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Child Therapy

Play therapy is to children what talk therapy is to adults.  Children have considerable difficulty verbalizing their feelings and experiences.  Therapeutic play uses the child's natural language of play to process their inner world in the presence of a trained, nurturing, and empathetic registered play therapist.

Adolescent Therapy

Adolescent Therapy helps teenagers manage the stressors and pressures of their environment, and navigate their intra- and interpersonal relationships.  With you and your child, we will discover the reasons for their emotional struggles as they discover their identity and reach their full potential.

Individual Therapy

We provide a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment to help you process your feelings and experiences.  Through a combination of expressive arts, sand tray therapy, and a blend of traditional therapeutic approaches, we can work through life’s challenges together.

Family Therapy

No matter the make up of your family constellation, families are made of a mix of personalities with varying levels of conflict.  In family therapy, negative patterns are identified and family members become more adaptive in their thoughts and behaviors, thus improving overall family functioning and strengthening the family unit as a whole.

Relationship Therapy

Relationships come in all shapes and sizes, and have very different meanings.  We can help you navigate the challenges in your relationships at work, with friends, and with family.  With your loved one, we will help you process your challenges in a safe and supportive environment where you and your partner can each be heard.  We will meet you at any stage of your journey together and work with you to strengthen your relationship.

Group Therapy

The best way to heal relationally is in relationships with others.  A therapy group provides a safe and powerful place to grow and heal, and can amplify the work done in individual or relationship therapy.  The result?  Real life practice engaging in healthy relationships with others, and the potential to grow your support network in a safe and therapeutic setting.

Personal Training

We believe in a holistic approach to therapy with a focus on the important alliance between the mind and body.  Our certified personal trainer develops and implements a fitness and exercise regimen tailored to individuals' health, fitness, and/or weight loss goals.  Training is available for all individuals, including special populations, like children and geriatrics.

Child & Adolescent Therapy

When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm, not join their chaos. ~L. R. Knost

Play therapy is to children what talk therapy is to adults.  Through therapeutic play, children strengthen their ability to process their inner world by using their natural language.  This creates an empowering sense of self-efficacy and self-love.  Teens are often open to accepting help from a trustworthy adult in a safe environment where it is easier for them to discuss complicated issues and feelings.

Family Therapy

There are no [true] individuals in the world; only fragments of families. ~Carl Whitaker

Families configurations vary – nuclear families, families of divorce, blended families, multi-ethnic families, single-parent households, same-sex parents, or grandparents or other relatives as primary caregiver(s).  You do not need to be a biological parent to know that parenting can be the most wonderful and rewarding, yet also the most difficult and challenging, job in the world.  Family therapy helps family members become more adaptive in their thoughts and behaviors and develop insight, empathy, and respect for one another to create peace and overall family functioning.

Individual Therapy

If you try to forget who you are to get where you’re going, you’ll be no one when you get there. ~Toni Morrison

The reasons individuals seek therapy are as vast as the people themselves.  No matter the reason, and no matter the length of treatment, individual therapy can help create a lasting set of skills to harvest resiliency during life’s many obstacles.  We create a warm and supportive environment to help you move toward a more fulfilling, peaceful life with a reduction of unhealthy symptoms and challenges.

GROUP THERAPY

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anaïs Nin

Groups not only help to ease the sense of isolation, but also create an opportunity to practice re-engaging with people.  For many people, participating in  group therapy can be more powerful and transforming than participating in individual therapy.  Group therapy facilitates giving and receiving support, helps you find your “voice,” and helps you relate to others (and yourself) in healthier ways, while providing a safety net.

Relationship Therapy

Your hand fits in mine, like it’s made just for me. ~Unknown

Relationship therapy is not strictly marriage counseling.  It addresses couples at various degrees of commitment; dating, engaged, married.  Some couples participate in relationship therapy because they are in serious need of change.  Others seek it out to fine tune their relationship and learn skills to improve and strengthen their bond.  No matter the reason, relationship therapy can strengthen the bond between you and your loved one .

PERSONAL TRAINING

Your body hears everything your mind says. ~Naomi Judd

The mind and body are not separate.  What affects one, affects the other.  Regular exercise can curb depression, reduce anxiety, and improve overall mood.  By integrating personal training and exercise into psychotherapy, individuals are provided with a holistic set of skills when confronted with life’s challenges.  Physical fitness is a critical part of treatment, and doctors often prescribe exercise as they would medication.  Many individuals want to be more physically fit; a certified personal trainer will help you become and remain motivated as they carefully guide and monitor your progress.

ANIMAL-ASSISTED THERAPY(AAT)

When I needed a hand, I found your paw. ~Unknown

In AAT, the process focuses on relationship, not control.  Just as the animals are taught to behave politely and respect their human counterparts, humans learn to treat the animals with tolerance and respect.  The essential playful nature of interactions during AAT permits this to happen readily.  (Plus, some people, children especially, open up to the therapy animal faster than the therapy human).

HI, I’M MELISSA LAWRENCE

Let me first congratulate you on seeking help; no matter the cause, method, or length of treatment!  I am the proud founder and owner of Lifelong Wellness Center Counseling, PLLC.  I am a licensed professional counselor, national certified counselor, registered play therapist, and certified school counselor.  As a professional counselor, I want to let you know a secret of the trade: Therapists have no defined feel better to-do list.  A therapist’s job is to help you define your own.  You are not broken or damaged.  You are not bad.  You are not a problem.  Any diagnosis you may receive will likely only serve a medical model of treatment; do not cling to it, it does not define you.  You already make sense.  Your coping has been rooted in survival and wisdom, and that is okay.

I help people of all ages transform and enhance their lives to help them form healthy relationships with themselves and others.  My professional training and experience as a counselor in mental health, and in the schools, deeply and positively impacts my work as a therapist with diverse populations.  My specialty work in play therapy adds tremendous value to my work with children (and adults!).  An old proverb says, “A body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter, and the spirit heals with joy.”  I believe strongly in the alliance between mind, body, and spirit.  There are amazing and undeniable benefits in the pairing of mental and physical health that help people experience more freedom, love, passion, success, and joy in their lives.

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To learn more about how we might work together to help you have the life you desire and deserve, connect with us to schedule a FREE 15-minute consultation.  Call us now at 203-470-5028 or email us at info@lwccounseling.com.

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Lifelong Wellness Center Counseling, PLLC

755 Main Street, Building 1

Monroe, CT 06468

203-470-5028

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