When is the Right Time to Seek Counseling?

When is the Right Time to Seek Counseling?

Have you ever thought about seeing a counselor?  People seek counseling for a variety of reasons.  You don’t have to be “crazy” or have a serious mental health problem to benefit from therapy.

Family Services counselors know that each day they will meet clients that are facing all sorts of life challenges – and that they need support to see them through those challenges.  We are prepared to listen, engage, educate, and help you understand your options.

So, when is the right time?

Summer Fun on a Budget

Well, summer is almost over! The bell will soon ring for school to start again & we will all recover from this extended recess period. Money will be spent on uniforms & school supplies. Arguments will occur over bed time & getting out of bed in the morning will be a struggle.

Myth Busting: The Involvement of CPS in Your Domestic Abuse Case

Myth Busting: The Involvement of CPS in Your Domestic Abuse Case

Breaking free from an abuser is extremely difficult and can be a very stressful and trying time for mothers and their children.  Common misconceptions about Child Protective Services can make things harder, or even make victims hesitant to leave their abuser.

Here are some key things to remember about CPS, their role, and your rights as a survivor of domestic abuse:

Working to End Domestic Violence in Southeast Texas

Working to End Domestic Violence in Southeast Texas

Family Services of Southeast Texas announced this week that they will expand their Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Program to include a weekly class in Orange.  “Our classes in Beaumont and Port Arthur have been very successful,” said Executive Director Janet Walker. “We are excited to expand the services we offer in Orange County.”

The Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) is an effective way to hold family violence offenders accountable for their behavior. It teaches

Can a Violent Person Change?

Perpetrators of domestic violence can change. At Family Services, we have a Texas accredited Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program that is extremely successful.

Because our goal is to strengthen the family, we do not demonize or judge the batterer. Instead we focus on helping them confront their abusive behaviors that center around their fundamental beliefs about power and control in relationships.

This video is a candid interview with a male batterer who has completed the program at another agency.

Power and Control – Tactics Used by Male Batterers

Power and Control – Tactics Used by Male Batterers

At Family Services, we provide emergency safe haven for victims of domestic violence.  Most of the victims we help are women and children seeking a way to escape an abusive family situation.

What some don’t know is that we also work very hard with perpetrators of violence (batterers) to break the cycle of violence.

The Power and Control Wheel is an extremely useful tool (developed by The Domestic Abuse Intervention Project) that we use as a part of our curriculum in our Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Program and also with women who come to our shelter.

Basic Steps to Deal with Anger

Basic Steps to Deal with Anger

At the Family Services Counseling Center, we teach people how to manage their anger.  We begin with helping people understand that anger is a feeling – and feelings are OK.  Its not wrong to become angry.  Anger is a normal and necessary emotion.  It is a very important defense mechanism.  Anger helps protect and motivate us from being mistreated or taken advantage of.

But being angry all the time can cause all types of problems, from general health issues to relationship and work problems. And what causes problems for many people, men and women alike,  is how they deal with their anger.

Why Even the Smallest Business Needs an Employee Assistance Program

Worsening health status and stagnating productivity are major concerns of employers nationwide.

Some employers are experiencing alarming increases in absence rates due to the growing number of claims for short- and long-term disability and Family Medical Leave.

Stress is a major concern for employers and managers, and mental health and substance-use conditions continue to be a leading cause of illness and lost productivity for most employers.

Factors that can affect business performance include:

  • mental health conditions
  • sleep problems
  • family problems
  • financial problems
  • anger
  • grief
  • stress

These factors reduce productivity and increase both planned and unplanned absences. Many of these factors are either preventable or modifiable.

Generally speaking, Employee Assistance Programs provide value in three ways: