CEC Provides:

Counseling for All

Low-Income Counseling

Children’s Play Therapy

Internship Program and Postgraduate Training (Workforce Development)

Resilience Course

Early Learning Ventures Consultation

  • Professional, person-centered, trauma-informed care mental health therapy, with no eligibility requirements, for all persons of any age, race, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity, regardless of socioeconomic status, income, or insurance 
  • CEC staff have been trained in evidenced-based models, such as the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) Model, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma-Focused CBT. Additionally, all CEC therapeutic staff have received training in cultural humility.
  • Weekly appointments without session caps
  • Providing 3343 hours of counseling in 2021

Counseling for All: Mental health counseling services applying the principles of Feedback-Informed Treatment (FIT) Trauma-Informed Care and evidenced-based therapeutic interventions that include, but are not limited to, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Children Play Therapy, Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Skill Training for Affective Regulation (STAIR). CEC counsels individuals, couples, and families (ages 3 years and up), regardless of gender, race, religious affiliation, income, socio-economic status or ability to pay, or who are under/uninsured.

Early Learning Ventures: Provision of Mental Health Consultant services for 15 local daycares.

Resilience Course: An in-depth, 8-session educational course designed to promote resilience for professionals, both employees, and employers, at high risk for compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout.

Low-Income Counseling Program: CEC counseling services use a sliding-scale fee structure based on household income or charging no-cost “pro-bono” or a fraction of the full cost ($100 per session) due to financial and/or insurance restrictions.

CEC has expertise in serving the mental health service needs of children, a mental health service that is difficult to find in our community. This research-based technique allows children to express their thoughts through imaginative play using a myriad of toys and stuffed animals in CEC playrooms. “Play” creates distance from the child’s day-to-day life situation, and often leads to the identification of root issues that impact beliefs and behaviors.

Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn new ways of relating. *Source information from the Association for Play Therapy, www.a4pt.org

Children’s Play Therapy provides children with a safe psychological distance from their problems and builds on the natural way children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world. Research supports the effectiveness of play therapy with children whose problems are related to life stressors such as:

  • Divorce
  • Death
  • Relocation
  • hospitalization
  • physical and sexual abuse
  • domestic violence
  • and others…

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. You still remember what happened during a traumatic event, but the memories are less upsetting. EMDR is a powerful psychotherapy approach that is effective in treating and managing symptoms resulting from:

EMDR is designated as an effective treatment by the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and more. *Source information from the EMDR International Association, www.emdria.org

Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that addresses the specific emotional and mental health needs of children, adolescents, adult survivors, and families who are struggling to overcome the destructive effects of early trauma. Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is especially sensitive to the unique problems of youth with post-traumatic stress and mood disorders resulting from abuse, violence, or grief. Because the client is usually a child, TF-CBT often brings non-offending parents or other caregivers into treatment and incorporates principles of family therapy. *Source information from the Psychology Today, TFCBT WebPage

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel and/or act better even if the situation does not change. The term “cognitive-behavioral therapy” is a general term for a classification of therapies and approaches, including Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Dialectic Behavior Therapy. *Source information from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, www.nami.org

Addiction Therapy is an essential part of the addiction treatment process that involves addressing the use of a substance or addictive patterns as a coping method. The goal is to work through the addiction and develop more adaptive coping methods.

“My weekly sessions at the Counseling & Education Center helped me to focus on the underlying issues at hand. I felt safe, understood, and hopeful with the various techniques used in my tailored healing process…I learned to forgive myself for heinous acts that I sustained at the hands of horrible people. The shame and pain slowly diminished and I became stronger and more confident…I learned what it is to value myself.”

Former CEC Client