L & B Counseling is able to do conventional therapy where you stay in the office to do the work. We are also open to the idea of going out of the office. This is particularly effective with the children and adolescents we work with. This seems to be even more important during the school year when most of our individuals have been sitting for the majority of their seven hour school day. We know from studies that being outside in nature, exercising and feeling some sunshine on you for ten minutes a day is a natural mood booster. This is one reason that we get outside. Another reason is kids and adolescents seem more free to talk while they are being active or engaging in another task. Most anything that can or needs to be done in the office can be done while outside. The outside also presents opportunities for exposure to things that someone with anxiety or depression are struggling to deal with. Being outside offers a chance to challenge some of those thoughts and behaviors that impact that individual on a daily basis. We have been known to go meet clients in different parks around town or out in the community if it offered a unique chance to help client grow in their clinical development.
We utilize Edgehill Park and the Sugar Creek Greenway at the Midtown office and the surrounding boulders and woods at the Ballantyne office. We use football, soccer, Frisbee, walks as a way to help individuals feel more comfortable and grow some confidence in areas that they either enjoy or want to learn. Outside presents the opportunity to learn to pay attention to the two alarms that every child and adolescent should be developing which are is this going to hurt me and will this get me in trouble. The outside presents real world challenges and decision making displays that could only be talked about in the office.
When we stay in the office we try to use a range of activities to present similar opportunities for clinical growth. We use board games, Legos and art activities to help client explore their emotional developmental strengths and blind spots.