1501 Main Street, Suite 37
Tewksbury, MA 01876
Phone : 978-640-3858
Hi! I'm Priscilla Griffin. LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) and I offer individual, family, and marriage counseling to people of all ages, including adolescents and children. I utilize many different modalities including traditional talk therapy, cognitive-behavioral techniques, trauma work, mindfulness, systems approach to family therapy, and if you desire a deeper understanding, soul therapy and hypnosis.
I have over 30 years experience working with adults of all ages in all problem areas. I provide individual, couples and family therapy. I do not see people with substance abuse or eating disorders. If you require help with substance abuse or eating disorders, please seek a professional who specializes in that area.
I currently see adolescents from the ages of 13 to 19 in all problem areas, except substance abuse and eating disorders. Adolescence can be a trying time for the teen-ager and his/her family. Often therapy can make a big difference in how the adolescent feels about him or herself, and their family. Common problems are power struggles with parents, anger, anxiety and depression, as well as social stress and school stress. I've been able to help teen-agers perform better in school, get along better with their families and friends, express feelings more appropriately, and have better self-esteem.
I currently see children ages 4 to l2. Children have their own set of problems including anxiety, depression, poor school performance and acting out behavior. Therapy can help a child learn how to express his/her feelings appropriately and learn strategies to control his/her behavior. Play therapy is often utilized, as well as family therapy and a parenting skills component.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which negative patterns of thought about the self and the world are challenged in order to alter unwanted behavior patterns, or treat disorders such as anxiety and depression.
The systems approach theory suggests individuals cannot be understood in isolation from one another, but rather as part of their family. I help family members resolve their family relationships and dynamics in context of the family unit. The family improves together as each family member owns and agrees to work on their part in the family problems.
Sometimes we need a neutral person, such as a therapist, to help us discuss difficult feelings and issues within the relationship. We explore the issues and feelings, as well as the triggers, while respecting each other. As communication improves the relationship improves. I've been married over thirty years. I believe in the importance of marriage and the work it takes to make a marriage healthy.
If you desire a deeper understanding of underlying issues and feelings Soul Therapy could help. This type of therapy explores what your soul really needs. We work on getting in touch with this deeper consciousness, removing blocks, and empowering yourself. Soul therapy is the empowerment of the soul, and that empowerment is a very important part of what I do in soul therapy with clients. Our soul is our core; our true self; the part that is goodness; that part that has always been there, but which we continually deny. This truly loving part of ourselves has infinite potential but is often trampled and cast aside very early in our lives. When parents or any significant person in our lives give us limiting messages, and we believe and internalize them, our soul suffers. We lose sight of our true life purpose.
Empowerment of the soul means tapping into that part which is our true self, to find out who we really are, and to free ourselves of any limitations. We need to learn how to heal the limiting part of ourselves, acknowledge the past hurts, and view them as the life lessons they were meant to be. We then integrate it into our true self, and develop an even more powerful and happier being.
Eriksonian hypnosis is simply a method to relax deep into a state of consciousness in order to see different possibilities, and our own unlimited potential. Clinical hypnosis never takes control away from the client. You'll only go as deeply as you want to. You'll be asked to set your own intention: what is your goal; what do you want to accomplish while in this deep state.
Hypnosis often enables us to reconcile inner conflicts. We want to act a certain way and enjoy a certain life, but something gets in our way. Through the relaxed state of hypnosis we're able to enter a field of consciousness where we can hold both our true self, and what gets in the way of actualizing that true self, at the same time. We are then able to integrate the two conflicting parts. Near the end of the hypnosis, you may be asked to make a simple vow of what you would like to bring back to your life to make it better. One of the most important parts of hypnosis is your ability to find your center, and then realize that you can come back to that center whenever you need to.