Thursday, September 1, 2022

Reintegration Counseling

Reintegration Counseling is a therapeutic interaction between an absent parent and their child(ren) designed to rebuild the relationship between them.  

It is something that is court ordered as an initial step before supervised or unsupervised parenting time starts. It is possible for a parent to have regular parenting time and simultaneously be involved in reintegration counseling with the child(ren), however, this is an agreement that is typically made between parents and with a judge or mediator prior to engaging the services of a counselor. Reintegration counseling is most typically ordered in situations in which the children have been away from a parent for an extended period of time.   

Reasons for the absence may vary, whether parental alienation on the part of one parent, the absence of a parent from the child’s life for an extended period of time for whatever reason (including a voluntary absence), or perhaps a significant rift between parent and child (more commonly with teenagers). As part of attempting to repair the parent-child relationship, attention will also need to be paid to whether the child(ren) are emotionally ready not only for parenting time, but even for joint counseling to start. In some cases, the reintegration counselor may not be subjectively equipped or willing to make such an assessment and the opinion of the child’s own individual therapist may be needed as relates to the child’s emotional and mental health state, and often mental health professionals will need to consult and collaborate to best meet the needs of the child(ren). 

As of this writing, the state of Colorado does not officially recognize Reintegration as it's own specialization, and it is a field currently open to any counselor or therapist who is licensed in the state. At A Willow Bends, we have licensed therapists who are experienced in high conflict relationships between parents and children, and will work with your family to reach your healthy family relationship goals!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Life Coaching - A New Service at A Willow Bends, LLC!

Life Coaching- Is it an option for you?

Life Coaching is a bit different from counseling in that Life Coaching takes your life experiences, skills, talents, hopes, and dreams, as well as the areas of your life that need improvement, and helps you become the Best You You Can Be!

We combine Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral, and Client Focused Approaches to breakthrough roadblocks, move on to better living, and get past Ambivalence.

As an added bonus, Life Coaching services are available now On-Line! Life Coaching sessions are $50 USD an hour. We use video chat through Skype (at the time of this writing) for sessions. We cannot accept insurance for this service, we do accept payments through PayPal (please see the button below the picture of our service providers on the left).

Although Life Coaching is different from Counseling, our Clinicians at A Willow Bends, LLC are able to provide Life Coaching with a Mental Health Counseling focus! Please give us a call or send us an e-mail to set up an appointment! 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Snow Day!

Following established protocols, A Willow Bends, LLC, will be closed today, April 4th, 2017. Schools Districts Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1, Woodland Park RE-2, Manitou Springs D-14, and Colorado Springs D-11 are all closed, and so are we! Call your counselor if you have any questions! Or call the on call phone at (719) 238-5800!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Snow Day!

Due to adverse conditions, A Willow Bends is CLOSED today, Friday, March 24th, 2017. If you have any questions, please call/Text your therapist! Stay safe! Stay warm!

-Christina Palmer

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Willow Bends, LLC is now at The Aspen Mine Center!

A Willow Bends, LLC is excited to announce that we are now seeing clients at The Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek, CO

We will be at The Aspen Mine Center on Tuesdays from 10:00am to approximately 4:00pm. We are accepting new clients who need mental health and substance abuse counseling. We offer Individual Counseling, Mental Health Evaluations, Substance Abuse Evaluations, Child Abuse Evaluations, Pre-Plea Investigative Reports, and Sobriety Monitoring for Teller County Courts. All of these services are available for adults and adolescents. 

We will also be starting a Sobriety Support Group in the near future that will focus on helping support individuals struggling with addictions, combined with CBT- focused skill building. If you are interested in this group, please contact us for more information or to sign up! Meetings will be held at the The Aspen Mine Center (day and time to be decided).


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Winter Weather Closure Policy

Winter is Coming!

This is the closure policy for A Willow Bends, LLC during inclement weather:

If Woodland Park High School is closed, we are closed. If they are on a 2-hour delay, we are on a 2-hour delay. Click here to go to WPHS Emergency Closure page!

If Cripple Creek-Victor Schools, or Manitou Springs School District are closed or on a delay, please contact your therapist for closure information, or to reschedule.

If Colorado Highway 24 is closed in Woodland Park, we are closed. If it is closed between Woodland Park and Lake George, or between Manitou Springs and Woodland Park, please contact your therapist for closure information.

If Colorado Highway 67 is closed between Divide and Cripple Creek, please contact your therapist for closure information.

Finally, if County, State, or Federal offices close for weather related situations, we are closed. This is valid for Teller County and El Paso counties. Please watch your local news station for information.

And if you have any questions, please feel free to call our on-call phone at (719) 238-5800, or email us!

For Colorado Springs clients- if Colorado Springs School District 11 is closed, our Colorado Springs office is closed. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

We offer EMDR

Image from "EMDR - A Documentary Film by Michael Burns."
Here at A Willow Bends, we offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy as a modality to help our clients process traumatic events, help manage stress, and set the mind on a positive course for the future! Please give us a call if you are interested in finding out more or to schedule an appointment!

What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a"newer" therapy that has been gradually spreading across the world as an innovative way to help people who have gotten to a point in their lives where they seem, "stuck," and need something new to get to that, "next level," or to work on things from the past that are holding them back from their true potential. 

Please visit the website for the EMDR International Association to find out more, including new and exciting research that has been done regarding the efficacy and positive long term effects that have been observed! 

Here at A Willow Bends, our clinicians have been using EMDR to help our clients succeed for several years. Give us a call today!