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    Affordable therapy for adults, children, teens, and families in Melbourne, Florida

    Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling

    Affordable counseling in Melbourne, Florida

    Are family or friends frequently telling you that you need to cut down on your drinking or use of drugs? Do you find yourself drinking or taking drugs too much? ACF Therapy Associates director and associates have more than 50 years combined experience working with substance abuse and addictions. They have more than eight years of direct experience in working with military members and their families in struggling to overcome the chains of substance abuse and addictions.

    ACF Therapy Associates is planning programs to work closely with Brevard County's adult and youth drug court. We use the most current only evidence-based counseling techniques and programs.

    Counseling for Depression

    Depression counseling in Melbourne, Florida

    Each year depression affects 5-8 percent of adults in the United States. This means that about 25 million Americans will have an episode of major depression this year alone. Depression occurs 70 percent more frequently in women than in men for reasons that are not fully understood. Without treatment, the frequency and severity of these symptoms tend to increase over time. Major depression is a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. It is a serious medical illness that affects one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood and physical health. Depression is a life-long condition in which periods of wellness alternate with recurrences of illness.

     

    ACF Therapy Associates counseling for depression is based on the principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a therapeutic approach to wellness that uses a systematic process to relieve negative emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. The most fundamental principle of CBT is that changes in thought patterns lead to changes in behavior and mood.

    Family Counseling

    Family counseling in Melbourne, Florida

    Family therapy is a type of counseling done to help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. Family therapy is often short term. It may include all family members or just those most able to participate. Your specific treatment plan will depend on your family's situation. Family therapy sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times, even after you're done going to therapy sessions.


    At ACF Therapy Associates we include family sessions or education as a part of our programs focused on addictions and behavior problems for young people.

    Sex Therapy

    Affordable counseling in Melbourne, Florida

    Sex Therapy is a professional and ethical treatment approach to problems of sexual function and expression. It reflects the recognition that sexuality is of legitimate concern to professionals and that it is the right of individuals to expert assistance with their sexual difficulties. Sex therapy, then, is the focusing of specialized clinical skills on helping men and women as individuals and/or as couples to deal more effectively with their sexual expression.

    Counseling for Pornography, Cybersex and Sex Addictions in Melbourne, Florida

    Affordable counseling in Melbourne, Florida

    The Central Florida Pornography Addiction Center was launched to combat the near rampart problem, pornography and sexual addiction, of our society that is attacking the homes and personal lives of even the most righteous. AFC Therapy Associates and The Central Florida Pornography Addiction Center are both under the direction of Earl Ledford, LCSW. We work with individuals, couples and families to help them heal the negative effects on their homes and personal lives. All of our therapists have been hand picked, received training in the programs offered by Central Florida Pornography Addition Center and have been tested before being authorized to provide our specialized services. Recovery is provided for spouses, significant others and families.

    Counseling for Infidelity and Affairs in Melbourne, Florida

    Affordable counseling in Melbourne, Florida

    Recovering from infidelity is so much different from "couples counseling". When looking for a therapist to help you recover make sure they have the special education and experience in working with couples caught up in the emotional turmoil of infidelity. The first phase of affair recovery is reducing the shock and grief of the one discovering their spouse or significant other has been involved in an affair, and in many cases the grief of the one ending the affair. It is recommended decisions about staying or leaving be delayed until the emotional turmoil has been reduced to a level that you and your spouse or significant other can manage the emotions instead of them managing you. This is a difficult time and the needs of both people involved are important. The person not involved in the affair needs to set boundaries regarding touching, kissing and sexual intimacy.

    Earl Ledford, LCSW, CST, CET, CAP has been specializing in helping couples recover from affairs for the past 10 years. Eighty percent of the couples he works with stay in the marriage and more than half of those report having a more intimate relationship with their spouse than at any other time of their marriage or committed relationship. Call Earl at 321-213-7370 or email him at earl@earlledfordlcsw.com for more information or to schedule an appointment. Most appointments can be scheduled within one week.

    Counseling for Infidelity and Affairs in Melbourne, Florida

    Affordable counseling in Melbourne, Florida

    The Central Florida Pornography Addiction Center was launched to combat the near rampart problem, pornography and sexual addiction, of our society that is attacking the homes and personal lives of even the most righteous. AFC Therapy Associates and The Central Florida Pornography Addiction Center are both under the direction of Earl Ledford, LCSW. We work with individuals, couples and families to help them heal the negative effects on their homes and personal lives. All of our therapists have been hand picked, received training in the programs offered by Central Florida Pornography Addition Center and have been tested before being authorized to provide our specialized services. Recovery is provided for spouses, significant others and families.

    Anger Management in Melbourne, Florida

    Affordable counseling in Melbourne, Florida

    Anger management is a procedure of acquiring the skills to recognize signs that you are becoming angry, and taking action to deal with the situation in a positive way. In no way does anger management mean holding the anger in or trying to keep from feeling anger. Anger is a normal human emotion, a healthy one when it is expressed appropriately. It is possible to learn how to control your frustrations by practicing anger management techniques on your own. However, seeing a mental health counselor or taking an anger management class is generally more effective.

    Anger management teaches you to recognize frustrations early on and settle them in a way that allows you to express your needs, while remaining calm and in control. Coping with anger is an acquired skill which involves unlearning some of the bad behaviors that result from frustration.

    Anger management helps you identify what triggers your emotions, and how to respond so that things work in your favor, instead of against you.

    Counseling for teens in Melbourne, Florida

    Affordable counseling in Melbourne, Florida

    Depression, anxiety and other mood and affective disorders impact many teens today. Often these issues go untreated. Teen depression is a serious mental health issue that causes feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities and lack of motivation. It influences how teens think, feel and behave and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems.

     

    Teen and adolescent issues such as school demands, peer pressure, puberty and self-image can bring a lot of ups and downs for teens. For some adolescents, the lows are more than just fleeting feelings — they are a manifestation of a mood disorder such as depression. Teen age and adolescent depression often requires treatment such as medication and psychological counseling. ACF Therapy Associates' primary method for working with depression is the use of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).

    Play Therapy in Melbourne, Florida

    Affordable counseling in Melbourne, Florida

    Is your child having trouble in school? Is he/she acting out at home or misbehaving more than you'd expect? Play therapy is a therapeutic approach that utilizes play, the child's natural approach to learning and language, to help them express their thoughts and feelings and learn ways to manage big emotions. Play may also be used in therapy to help children learn essential skills of problem solving and assertive communication; play also facilitates a comfortable environment for a corrective emotional experience to develop.

    Hypnotherapy in Melbourne, Florida

    Affordable counseling in Melbourne, Florida

    EMDR therapy in Melbourne, Florida

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy

    Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic method that helps heal emotional distress and related symptoms that are the result of a disturbing life experience or traumatic event. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, tapping, or vibrations, to help the mind

     

    EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.

    is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences

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