Parenting Counselor Albertville AL

Being in nature almost automatically connects us to a sense of something larger than ourselves and lets us disengage from day'to'day preoccupations. Not only can you provide opportunities for your child to be in nature, you can help her focus on fully engaging her senses.

Ms. Mary Groff
MOUNTAIN CREST COUNSELING
(256) 582-0300
414 Old Town Street
Guntersville, AL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-PIP, ACSW
Licensed in Alabama
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Life Transitions, Anger Management
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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David Holmes
(256) 259-1774
Guntersville, AL
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
English

Barbara Bernstein
(205) 543-2108
Barbara Bernstein, MA, LLC2112 11th Ave South
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Spirituality, Thinking Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Alabama
Year of Graduation: 1998
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100+
Payment Methods
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Alan Swindall
(205) 610-9980
Alabaster First United Methodist Church10903 Hwy 119
Alabaster, AL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Spirituality, Parenting, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: UAB
Year of Graduation: 1992
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$70 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Michelle Thomas Grabarczyk
(205) 610-8152
3 Office Park Circle
Mountain Brook, AL
Specialties
Parenting, Relationship Issues, Coping Skills
Qualification
School: University of Florida
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$60 - $70
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: American Behavioral

Michael Terry Nelson
(256) 878-3809
Guntersville, AL
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Clarice McGinnis-Tolbert
(205) 462-7008
The Mustard Seed Counseling, Inc.6101 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive
Fairfield, AL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Spirituality
Qualification
School: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Year of Graduation: 1990
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Behavioral Health Systems

Collaborative Counseling
(334) 259-3803
Collaborative Counseling500 Auburn Drive
Auburn, AL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Self-Harming
Qualification
School: Auburn University
Year of Graduation: 2006
Years In Practice: 4 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any, Latino
Gender: Female
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$60 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Dr. David S Kantra
(251) 268-9994
150 S Church St
Fairhope, AL
Specialties
ADHD, Relationship Issues, Parenting
Qualification
School: University of Notre Dame
Year of Graduation: 1992
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$100 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Social Work Solutions
(334) 230-7082
Social Work Solutions141 1st Street
Prattville, AL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Loss or Grief, Thinking Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Alabama
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$60 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: American Behavioral

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No Child Left Bananas

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By Elizabeth Marglin

Just like adults, children can feel completely out of control when they get stressed. Teaching them, by example, to stay present, quiet their minds, and check in with their gut feelings will help them learn to contain their emotions safely so temper tantrums don’t become their default mode of expression. With all the stimulation that bombards children, the new three Rs—rest, relaxation, and reflection—may prove to be as important as reading, writing, and ’rithmetic.

In response to the traumatic events of September 11, Linda Lantieri, author of Building Emotional Intelligence (Sounds True, 2008), developed a curriculum to help strengthen children’s ability to cope with stress. The following exercises can be taught to children 5 and older.

Create a peace corner.
Organize a special area where she can go to be quiet. You can include a photo of her favorite place, elements from nature, calming pictures, chimes, and quiet instrumental music.

Make room for silence.
While silence and kids may be a contradiction in terms, you can still try to
include silent breaks in your daily routine. For example, if you always listen to the radio or music when you drive, make it a family practice to have a few minutes of silence at the beginning and end of the car ride, and ask children to notice what they see, hear, and feel during that time.

Honor nature.
Being in nature almost automatically connects us to a sense of something larger than ourselves and lets us disengage from day-to-day preoccupations. Not only can you provide opportunities for your child to be in nature, you can help her focus on fully engaging her senses. For example, pick a place outdoors, and then observe, together, how that spot changes through the seasons.

Check in.
Young children are quite adept at tuning in to their bodies’ signals, but as they get older, cultural conditioning often diminishes this innate ability. Help your child recognize the signs of stress—jumpiness, fast breathing, tight feelings in the chest, tense muscles, and upset stomach—as a first step in teaching him how to release it.

—Elizabeth Marglin

Author: Elizabeth Marglin

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