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Opening Hours : Mon-Sat : 8am-9pm by appt.
  Contact : Phone: (540)-602-7615 | E-mail: appointments@bhcounseling.net

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Stress Saving Tips to Help Navigate the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be stressful for even the most prepared individual.  The following are some tips to help navigate the holiday season successfully.  This article is designed to also help navigate and implement strategies to help your child get the most out of the holiday season while continuing to work on their therapeutic skills.

As the cold weather approaches please be aware of our snow policy.  In case of any inclement weather either our administrative staff or your clinician will contact you only if your session is cancelled.  You can also call the business phone and there will be a message if we are closed for the day.

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CAMP CONNECT 8-10 year olds Social Skills Group

CAMP CONNECT
A social skills group led by Teresa Warvel
Our kids have BIG feelings and sometimes it can be scary to talk about them. Well,
our KIMOCHIS are here to help! Kimochis look like toys, but they are actually
tools. Tools that help children with challenging behaviors. They teach children how
to talk about their “hard-to-have” feelings and how to manage feelings in positive
ways to promote well-being and success in school and in life. They allow kids and
adults to rapidly and safely explore and translate emotions.
WHAT: 10 week social skills and emotional regulation group.
WHEN: Every Wednesday at 5pm starting August 28th
. WHO: 8-10 year old children.
HOW: Direct fee of $40 per group session.
For more information contact Teresa Warvel at twarvel@bhcounseling.net

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Transition to Middle School Group

Transition to Middle School Group

 8-week group – Mondays, 6:00 – 7:00pm
 July 29 – September 23 (no group on Monday 9/2 for Labor Day)
 Direct fee – $40/session

The move from elementary to middle school is a stressful one for both kids and parents. A whole new skill set is required and while kids have likely been practicing some of those skills already, putting them into action in middle school can be daunting. This group will provide kids with both peer support and expert guidance as they prepare for and make the transition. The group is led by Heather Fitz-Randolph, a former school counselor with 13 years experience in both elementary and middle school settings.

We will address logistical issues including:
• Using a locker
• Managing a class schedule
• Organizing class materials
• Managing time
• Communicating with teachers and other school resources

We will address social/emotional issues including:
• Making new friends
• Recognizing and resisting peer pressure
• Dealing with conflict/bullying
• Identifying and connecting with school support staff
• Developing self-advocacy skills

Students will have the opportunity to rehearse new skills in group and at home, and then to use them at school, all while getting feedback from their peers and the group facilitator. The group is scheduled to begin 2 weeks prior to the start of school and will continue through the first 6 weeks of classes.

The group will be co-ed, limited to 10 students.

For more information contact Heather Fitz-Randolph at hfitz-randolph@bhcounseling.net, or leave your name and contact the office at 540-602-7615.

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Education Support Services

Bright Horizons Counseling Services, LLC
Education Support Services

Bright Horizons offers Education Support Services available to help our clients manage the challenges of:
• Navigating the special education process,
• Communicating with schools to optimize interventions and accommodations for their child’s needs,
• Understanding test data and how to use the information to help their child,
• Evaluating school placement options,
• Communicating their child’s needs during school meetings and conferences,
• Coordinating between outside service providers and the school,
• Modifying ineffective interventions or accommodations,
• Maintaining continuity when transitioning between schools and school systems, and
• Identifying and implementing the courses of action likely to best address your child’s unique needs.

Coordinator
Kristin Miller is the Bright Horizons Education Support Services Coordinator. She is a career educator with experience identifying learning issues and monitoring students’ responses to intervention. She has worked with all ages from early childhood through high school. In addition to advocating for students within the education system, Kristin has navigated the process as a parent and understands how difficult it can be. Her goal is to help facilitate a collaborative approach to your child’s education and remove obstacles to progress. As a part of the Bright Horizons team, Kristin and our clinical providers work together to maintain continuity and when possible, ensure educational interventions are complementary to therapy goals.

Fees
Insurance does not cover education support services. Fees are direct/flat/self-pay rates and due at the time of service. Fees for this service are as follows.
$200 Initial Interview and Review
This is a 3-step process.
1. An initial appointment to discuss your child’s background, your concerns and goals for your child, and your goals for hiring an advocate
2. A detailed review of the documentation you provide – including school records, medical records, notes from outside service providers, and all testing and evaluation data
3. A follow-up appointment to review the information you provided and to formulate the next steps based on your concerns and goals
$50 Follow-up appointments
$25 Additional Services (per half-hour increments) – written correspondence & document preparation, communicating with school personnel, EFMP coordinators, or outside service providers
$50 Review of assessment reports (for established clients)
$150 School visit (includes preparation and travel time)*
*Payment must be received the business day before the day of school visit.

Next Step
For any questions or to make an appointment, please call the office at (540) 602-7615.

Before the initial appointment, please complete the Education Support Services information sheet and bring it and as many of the listed documents as possible with you.

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Now Available at Bright Horizons – Art Therapy

We are pleased to announce the newest member to our Bright Horizons team. Kandra Orr is a Registered Art Therapist and will be providing both individual and group Art Therapy. Art Therapy is a wonderful way to work on self-expression, emotional processing, and learning new skills to deal with life’s challenges; regardless of your level of artistic ability! Art Therapy is an excellent treatment for children, adolescents and adult dealing with stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic illness, brain injury and many other conditions.

Can Art Be Medicine?
Art Therapy has successfully helped people with anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic pain, cancer, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder, and other serious health conditions.

  • Art stimulates the imagination; you can enhance creative skills you already possess. If you are left-brained (analytical), creating art will stimulate your creativity and imagination.
  • Art boosts self-esteem and provides a sense of accomplishment.
  • Art reduces stress and provides a relaxing and rewarding hobby that can lower your stress levels and lead to overall improvement in well-being.
  • Art enhances cognitive abilities, memory, and even serious brain conditions.

The creative process involved in artistic expression helps people to resolve problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, increase self-esteem and self-awareness and achieve insight. Now drawing ability is needed.

Bright Horizons is now offering individual and group sessions with a Registered Art Therapist as an adjunct to your current treatment or as a stand-alone service. It is covered by most insurance companies. Please call our office at 540-602-7615 if you are interested in exploring this option.

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How to Beat the Back to School Blues

Just a friendly reminder that all of our open groups will begin again this September. Please call the office or visit our website at www.bhcounseling.net for more information about our group therapy program.  You can also call the office at 540-602-7615  or email us at support@bhcounseling.net to schedule appointments.

Current Open Groups:
Princess Group (Girls 2nd – 5th grade) – Mondays 5-6 pm
Transition Group (Coed Ages 15-20) – Mondays 6-7 pm
Boys Elementary School – Thursdays 6-7 pm
Girls Middle School (Starting this October) – Thursdays 5-6 pm

***We are looking to start a Young Adult Group for ages 18-25, as well as an Adult Introduction to Meditation Group.  Please call our office to let us know if you are interested in either group, we will start once we have enough members to begin.***

We are also offering two new closed groups that will begin this Fall 2015:
How to Beat the Back to School Blues (Ages 8-13) Wednesdays from 6-7 pm beginning October 14th 2015 for 10 sessions.  This interactive group includes a half-day parent seminar to help students and their parents learn tips and tricks that are essential to navigating the school year successfully.

Using Art to Express Feelings (groups will be formed by age) – This group is run by Kandra Orr a Registered Art Therapist.  Kandra works with a variety of mediums to help clients learn to express feelings that may be repressed or difficult to process verbally.  In being able to release these feelings clients are able to get in deeper touch with their sources of healing.

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