Harry’s Story A father dealing with autism Contact us at: Piecing the Puzzle I have ten-year-old twins, David and Alexandra. When my www.piecingthepuzzlefcc.com FAMILY COUNSELING CENTER son was 18 months old, he was diagnosed with autism. It 123 West Main Street rocked my world. Bloomsburg, PA 17815 I'd always felt as if I had control over almost every aspect of Call: 570-784-1234 my life, and especially my business life. But after spending hours reading about autism on the Internet that first day, was silent and I was scared. Our staff: My wife, Laura, had been traveling on business in Texas. I had to break the news to her that night when she arrived Carissa Harp, M.A., MFT License MFC 33494, Carrie is What’s on your mind? home. We cried ourselves to sleep in each other’s arms, the Director and one of the founders of Piecing the Since opening in 1997, Piecing the Puzzle Family Counseling has knowing that our lives would never be the same and that our Puzzle Family Counseling provided counseling to individuals, children, couples, and son's life would be a battle. families; specializing in overcoming the challenges of autism Heather Coleman, MA, MFT License MFC 33434, within the family. The next day, Laura decided to get every book, paper, and anything else she could get her hands on that had been Barbara is one of the founders of Piecing the Puzzle written about autism. We learned the different degrees of Family Counseling autism spectrum disorders from Asperger to autism and all that lies in between. We read things that I wish we hadn't. Too Robert Smith, M.A., MFT License MFC 39257, Bob is much information can sometimes be a hazard--like knowing Piecing the Puzzle’s Clinical Director that some children smear and/or eat their feces or have wild tantrums. It went on and on. Jessica Brooks, M.A., MFT License MFC 42374, Jessica is the Program Director at Piecing the Puzzle Family I would wait to see if those moments would happen. Counseling And over time, of course, they did. Interns, Registered with the Board of Behavioral Science, Our goal is to provide you with the best therapy possible at an affordable price. We recruit only the best candidates for licensure from the hundreds of interns registered with the BBS. What we did for Harry and his family: Graduate Students, B.A., M.A. in progress, When an We received a call from Harry in mid-summer, frantic that he individual decides to become a therapist they face a needed help. Upon the first appointment Harry and his wife long road. You must have a BA/BS degree and then had with us, they displayed a high level of worry, and spend close to two more years in school for your helplessness. It was then our job to show them that yes, Master's degree there will be stress, but there are ways of coping with it. Between the numerous sessions of discussion, videos, research, and even discussions with other parents dealing with similar situations, Harry and his wife were able to overcome their struggles. Do they still face the everyday battle they had before with their son? The answer to that question is yes, they do. But the more important matter is Piecing the Puzzle that they now know how to face it, and look at their son’s FAMILY COUNSELING CENTER disorder in a positive light.
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