Gateway Psychological Services, LLC provides counseling in the Wilmington area for those seeking solutions to difficult and challenging life situations. We work with individuals, couples, and families to face and overcome the hurdles that can negatively impact quality of life. Our goal is to provide long term tools and coping mechanisms for a bright and promising future. Here are just a few specialized areas that we provide:
ANXIETY & DEPRESSION THERAPY
Psychotherapy has proven helpful in treating both short-term and long-term cases of depression and anxiety. “Talk therapy” is often the first step with mild to moderate depression including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT).
SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING
Substances and addiction counseling provides treatment and guidance on behavior for those struggling with addictions. It can take place one-on-one or in group settings and may focus on the treatment of one particular addiction or related group of addictions and disorders.
GRIEF & LOSS COUNSELING
We all experience loss in our lifetime and grief is a very normal response which is experienced differently by everyone. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Counseling can offer companionship and support to help through many types of bereavement.
MEN’S & WOMEN’S ISSUES
Men and women may experience certain gender-specific biological, environmental, and social challenges. These concerns can have a significant impact on mental health and well-being. Psychotherapy can be a useful tool to combat these difficulties.
MARRIAGE & COUPLES COUNSELING
Couples counseling utilizes methods of psychotherapy that can help all types of couples recognize and resolve conflicts, improve their relationship and make considered decisions about their relationship and how to move forward in a positive way.
FAMILY & PARENTAL THERAPY
Family counseling can help with issues linked to the stress associated around a recent divorce, a new addition to the family, as well as issues like the dynamics involved in a blended family or foster care family.
COOPERATIVE PARENTING & DIVORCE PROGRAMS
Family relationships do not disappear when a marriage ends in divorce. For the sake of their children, divorced parents must continue to communicate with their former spouses in matters of child-rearing. The ability of parents to interact with each other greatly affects the child’s adjustment to divorce. Unrelenting parental conflict is the single most common cause of poor adjustment in children following a divorce.
Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is a psychoeducational program designed to improve the quality of the parental relationship in situations of divorce. The overall emphasis of Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is to offer children the opportunity to grow in a home environment free from being caught in the middle of parental conflict. Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is the most extensive, informed and interactive resource to date examining the complex realities of divorce. This thoughtful and practical program is implemented in one 4 hour session or two flexible two hour sessions.
The Cooperative Parenting and Divorce program has been well received by judges and juvenile courts throughout the nation since its introduction in 1995.
How the Cooperative Parenting and Divorce program works
Cooperative Parenting and Divorce explores the issues associated with divorce through a group format that can be implemented easily and safely, while creating a supportive group environment.
The program is designed for parents demonstrating mild to moderate levels of parental conflict. It is facilitated by a trained parent educator.
Program components include a Parent’s Guide and companion video
Consists of one 4 hour session or two flexible two hour sessions
Incorporates skill development, small and large group discussion and parent interaction
Highlights specific, proven-effective activities
The goals of the program include:
Assisting parents in shifting their role from former spouses to co-parents
Educating parents regarding the impact of parental conflict on their child’s development
Helping parents identify their contributions to conflict while increasing impulse control
Teaching parents anger management, communication and conflict resolution skills and children’s issues in divorce
Benefits of the Cooperative Parenting and Divorce Program
Benefits for children include:
Reducing the child’s symptoms of stress as parental conflict decreases
Diminishing the child’s sense of loyalty binds.
Allowing the child to love both parents
Creating a more relaxed home atmosphere, allowing the child to adjust more effectively
Teaching effective communication and conflict-resolution skills as modeled by their parents
Increasing the likelihood of keeping two active parents in the child’s life
Benefits for the society include:
Decreasing future litigation, court costs and time
Expanding the definition of “family,” thereby preserving and strengthening the family structure
Potentially reducing adolescent drug and alcohol problems