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Maple Grove Counseling, PLLC

Therapy for kids, teens, and families in St. Lawrence County and throughout the greater New York area.

Are you having some tough times with your kiddo? Feeling defeated? Exhausted? It’s OK. There is HOPE.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Child & Adolescent Trauma Professional, and loving mom & gramma, my purpose with MGC is to help families heal from the tough stuff and gravitate toward the good stuff.

What You’re Going Through Is Unique, But You Aren’t Alone.

Potty-mouthed, fist-throwing littles. Cave-dwelling, fire-breathing teens. At first it feels like just a phase, an ordinary growing pain to troubleshoot with a light-hearted Parenting 101 Playbook. But as the incidents progress in frequency and intensity, you start to worry that a new normal is creeping in. This isn’t just a few bad days or difficult weeks or something to grow out of. You know your child. Something is really off.

At home, light-hearted conversation is met with contempt. No matter how gently or authoritatively you respond, insults are being hurled harder and more aggressively. There is no apparent rhyme or reason for this behavior, just an uncharacteristic meanness and unchecked anger that you don’t recognize where silly laughter or a gap-toothed smile once beamed. You have sought counsel and advice from family and friends, but they don’t have answers either. Worse still, the tantrums and arguments you struggle to navigate at home have given way to blowups at school and in public. Teachers and mentors are concerned. Other parents have complained. Friends, peers, and even strangers are shying away from your kid. Your child’s grades and social life are in a downward spiral.

It’s breaking your heart but you don’t know how to fix it.

You have tried to talk it out. To laugh it off. To set boundaries. To enforce the rules. To incentivize good or just better behavior. Every effort to no avail. Despite all of this, you continue to shower your child with unconditional love and attention and yet, you are still the enemy. As you desperately exhaust your resources and patience without finding answers, improvements, or reassurance, an inkling of failure sets in. You feel defeated. Deep down, you worry that maybe this is something beyond your control as a parent. You’re unwilling to give up, but you’re left wondering if there is something going on that is bigger than you or your kiddo.

I have the resources to help you figure that out.

Maple Grove Counseling, PLLC provides a kid-friendly and kid-oriented environment where your child or teen can safely and comfortably explore the underlying feelings and emotions that are potentially causing unhealthy behaviors. No stuffy couch sessions or weird Q&A exercises. I will engage your child in a natural and instinctive way with play therapy, art therapy, open conversation and a variety of modalities in between. I will work with your child’s innate interests and personal strengths in a therapeutic setting to encourage your kiddo to intuitively identify and address the things that are bothering them.

I can also offer you, the parent or guardian, the resources and support you need to join your child on this journey of discovery and healing. This might include some counseling sessions of your own or perhaps participating in some sessions with your child. You might even find unexpected insight and progress through group therapy for parents and families working through similar situations.

While there is no one-size-fits-all formula for success, I have the experience and the tools necessary to help you uncover the path back to the magnificent and awesome kiddo you know and miss.

If you’re ready to help your child rediscover the best version of themselves so that your family can resume rivalrous game nights and meaningful heart-to-hearts, this is the place to start.

I can help with the following …

ADHD

Anxiety

Depression

Behavioral Disorders

Conduct Disorders

Adjustment Disorders

Advocacy services are also available for families in need.

Who I Help

Kiddos

Beautiful little souls (age 4-12) shouldering problems that feel entirely too big.

Teens/Adolescents

Young people (age 13-18) struggling to navigate change, growth, and expectations.

Parents & Family Members

Adults and guardians along for the ride but desperate to take the wheel.

So far you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. You’re doing great!

Session Options & Services Offered

Individual Sessions

Individual therapy and counseling sessions can look different for everyone, but generally if your kiddo is scheduled for an individual session, the expectation will be that a parent is available to participate if the need arises.

Family Counseling

Your kiddo isn’t on this journey alone, so sometimes it can be helpful to engage family members in the treatment process both for support and for facilitating healthy breakthroughs that can lead to positive improvements and meaningful changes in the household. I will work with you to determine the best fit for your unique situation so you can map out a clear path to include the right people in the process.

Group Sessions

Though it might seem a little weird to share a therapeutic experience with “strangers,” my carefully curated group sessions are actually great natural facilitators of growth and progress for kiddos, teens, and adults working through similar situations. Group sessions are often ideal settings for kiddos who need to hone healthy coping skills or practice more appropriate social skills. Group settings can also provide a supportive environment for parents or guardians who can benefit from addressing their own experiences within the process, often helping to uncover critical insights that might otherwise have stayed under the radar.

Telehealth

Worried about COVID? Seeking the utmost discretion and privacy? Trying to work around a schedule that feels impossible? Holly is pleased to be able to offer secure and effective online telehealth therapy sessions. Just share your inquiries or preferences with me and I’ll help you figure out how to manage your online vs in-person options.

Advocacy Services

Feeling like you’re at odds with school administrators or teachers and it’s preventing your child from getting the care he or she needs? Overwhelmed by the adoptive or foster care process? Between a rock and a hard place or at your wits end with the Department of Social Services or Child Protective Services? I have years of experience interacting with these systems and can help you navigate them. I am happy to attend meetings, make calls, or “interpret” the agency jargon. I will work with agency staff and you so that your voice is heard, your options are clear, and your needs and that of your children are met.

ALL of your emotions are okay.

What I Do: Therapeutic Modalities

No two kids, teens, or families are the same. That’s why Maple Grove Counseling, PLLC uses a range of different evidence-based treatment methods and modalities to facilitate the discovery and healing process.

Some of the most popular modalities used at MGC include:

Play Therapy

Art Therapy (especially clay!)

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)

Crisis Intervention Therapy

When the world says “Give up,” … Hope whispers “Try it one more time.”

Free 15-Minute Consultations

I offer free 15-minute consultative sessions to help you determine if my services are right for your family’s needs. There is no obligation to commit. In fact, if we determine that your needs will be better met through other means, I’ll give you the recommendations you need to continue your journey, even if that doesn’t include me. At the end of the day, it’s all about the kiddos!

Telehealth Sessions Available

COVID concerns? Difficult schedule? Privacy priorities? Find out if online Telehealth video sessions might be right for you.

Contact Details

(315) 415-1894

Office Location

Physical Address:
1580 US Hwy 11
Gouverneur, NY 13642

Finding My Office

The MGC office is located in a private area within my home residence. GPS is usually reliable locating the property itself, which sits just across from Emerald Greens Golf Course and Harvest Town Corn Maze.

Parking: Follow the long driveway toward the main house and park your vehicle in front of the double glass doors.

Office Entry: From your parking space, follow the sidewalk around the back of the house and the entrance to the office is on your right just before the stairs. Look for the Maple Grove Counseling sign on the door.

Session Hours

Appointments are available during these hours each week:
Mon & Fri from 9am til 3pm
Tues & Thurs
from 1pm to 7pm

Office Hours

Call directly to book your session, or if you’ve already left a voicemail, I’ll get back to you during these times:
Mon & Fri from 8-9am and 3-4pm
Tues & Thurs
from 7pm-8pm