The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC Is Moving!

FullSizeRenderGreetings! It is with great excitement that I announce that The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC will be moving into a beautiful, newly renovated office space in Winter Park. The new location is only 1.8 miles from the current location.

Because of this move, please know that the Bravo Counseling Group, LLC’s physical location will be closed starting Monday, December 21st, and will re-open on Monday, January 4th, 2016.

Phone/texts, regular mail, and social media will all continue to be checked, although not as frequently usual. IF YOU HAVE AN URGENT REQUEST during this time, please call 407-222-6239 and please make sure your request is stated as “urgent.” Your call will be returned a soon as possible.

Our current address through 12/31/15 is:

2431 Aloma Avenue, Suite 238, Winter Park, FL 32792

Our new address beginning 1/1/16:

7221 Aloma Avenue, Suite 300, Winter Park, FL 32792

Please direct all questions to Mrs. Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC Owner of The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC.

May you enjoy a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

*Please note that The Bravo Counseling Group, LCC is not a provider of crisis counseling services. All emergencies are directed to call 911 for crisis/emergency services. Additionally, please know there is a National Suicide Prevention Hotline which can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year: Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. Here is a link to Lifeline’s website where someone in crisis may also “chat” with a live person: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 

5 Tips For How To Handle Being Alone During The Holidays

IMG_4891Whether through choice, death, or simply logistics, some find themselves alone during the holidays. While quite a few feel depressed due to this circumstance, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some suggestions to not just survive the holiday season, but to thrive!

1.) Volunteer. There are so many wonderful organizations that are in desperate need of volunteers. Volunteers can volunteer with babies, children, teens, adults or older adults or animals. If someone doesn’t want to volunteer face to face with strangers, there are plenty of behind the scenes ways to volunteer, i.e. administrative tasks. Here is just a short list of organizations to chose from: Hospitals, Assisted Living Facilities, Animal Shelters, Homeless Shelters, Political causes, and so much more. In Orlando, there are literally hundreds of charities that could use more volunteers. Volunteering and giving of ourselves is the best way to feel better. Additionally, new relationships will be created, and suddenly, one might find a social calendar teeming with new friends and activities.

2.) Ask. Most of us (not all, but most) have extended family that we could chose to be with during holidays. If your extended family doesn’t invite you to join them, (because they likely assume you already have plans), why not ask if you can join them? They will most likely say “yes” and perhaps apologize for not thinking to ask themselves.

3.) Remain active. Exercise/movement is especially important during the holiday season. We need sunlight, and getting outside to take a walk, go for a run, or a bike ride can help us feel better.

4.) Faith. Faith is huge. As a Christian, I could fill my entire calendar with my  church’s activities alone.  Some people don’t have a church, and there are various reasons for that. Churches are made up of fallible human beings (to borrow from Dr. Albert Ellis.) If you didn’t have a positive experience at one, you can try a different one. There are seeker friendly churches, churches that go more into depth, and “high” churches. Is your family from another country? There are Greek churches, Romanian churches, etc. What a great way to connect to your heritage and create some new relationships. If you live in a metropolitan area like Orlando, FL, every denomination represented. There are even churches which meet on our beaches! It can be fun to visit every single denomination, learn their differences, and discover where you feel comfortable. Faith – believing in something greater than ourselves – can be incredibly powerful, healing, and fill us with Joy because we believe we are never alone.

5.) Grief. If you find yourself alone due to loss of a loved one, and find yourself grieving, it’s important to talk about it. Holding it in, ignoring it, and hoping it will subside may make those feelings worse. Call your local Hospice and find out what groups they offer for grieving family members. Hospice typically runs many groups for children and adults who are grieving. They also tend to be free of charge.

Of course each of these can be expounded upon and take hours to discuss. These tips are meant to stimulate thought and give some quick ideas as to how to potentially fill up your holiday season, brighten it, and thrive this year.

This article may be reproduced as long as the author’s name and contact information are kept in tact.

LPB Professional PhotoAbout the author: Laura Peddie-Bravo is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (2001) and Nationally Certified Counselor (1999.) Mrs. Peddie-Bravo is the founder and owner of The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC. For more information or to arrange a brief complimentary appointment, please call 407-222-6239. http://www.TheBravoCounselingGroup.com

 

The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC Severe Weather Policy

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The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC Severe Weather Policy

The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC and Owner Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC wish to assist all clients in remaining safe during times of severe weather. While the Bravo Counseling Group, LLC does kindly request a 24 hour cancellation notice there are exceptions. One of those exceptions is for severe weather. If you believe you cannot get to the office safely, or if you are worried about possible severe weather either driving to or from the office, the cancellation fee will be waived. Your safety comes first. The appointment will be rescheduled at no cost to you. Additionally, if your therapist cannot safely reach the office, s/he will phone you in order to reschedule.

If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to call the office at 407-222-6239. Thank you!

Here are some helpful links for storm preparation:

State of Florida Hurricane Preparedness

Florida Disaster Panning

Florida Division of Emergency Management

National Weather Service

Fall 2015 Office Hours

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FALL OFFICE HOURS

Greetings! School is about to start and that means a change of office hours for The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC. These office hours are for August 19th, 2015 through May 25th, 2016.

Business Hours:

Monday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday: 12 noon – 9:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am – 12 noon

Client Hours (Days/Times Client Sessions Are Scheduled)

Monday: 8:00 am – 1:30 pm*

Tuesday: 8:00 am – 1:30 pm*

Thursday: 12 noon – 8:00 pm*

(* Earlier or later appointment times available by special request. Please call to discuss appointment times outside of this range.)

Note: Please provide at least one week’s notice for all documentation requests. Some documentation requests, i.e. Disability, may take 2-3 weeks.

Questions? Please call 407-222-6239 and leave your name, best phone number to reach you, and please provide a few days/times which are best to reach you. Thank you!

Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC

Owner

The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC is a provider of outpatient counseling services only. The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC is not a provider of crisis services. If you are in an emergency/crisis situation, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Summer Office Hours

Ponce Inlet Beach Blue Sky and Ocean waves

It’s Summer!  Summer 2016 client hours for The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC will be as follows:

Monday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Thursday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

The office is open for other related business Monday – Thursday, between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, and on Fridays when calls are taken between 8:30 am – 12:00 noon.

Note: Please give advance notice for all documentation requests At least one week’s notice would be greatly appreciated. Charges for documentation apply, please call or message privately for details: 407-222-6239 or LPB@BCG.Hush.Com. Thank you!

Welcome to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Now What?

 

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As a parent of a child on the Autistic Spectrum, I’ve had numerous conversations that started something like this:

Me: “Oh, you have a child on the Autistic spectrum too?”

Acquaintance: “Yes, what have you tried to help your child?”

Me: “I’ve tried Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Hippotherapy, Therapuetic Riding, Digital Auditory Aerobics, iLs,” and so on. “What have you tried?”

Receiving a diagnosis of “Autism” isn’t like being diagnosed with a broken arm, for example. If someone has a broken arm, we know exactly how to treat it. With Autism, it’s a completely different story. We don’t really know what, if anything, will help. We do know that recent research indicates that early intervention with children on the Autism Spectrum can yield incredibly positive results.

You may be thinking “Ok, but exactly which interventions?”

That’s the tricky part.

We don’t know exactly which therapies to recommend. Some therapies have emerged as helpful, largely in part to documented research that proves positive results. Occupational Therapy is routinely recommended and has been proven to help those on the Autism Spectrum. Speech Therapy also has been documented to helpful, if it’s needed. ABA therapy has also been shown to be a solid, helpful therapy. Play Therapy can be helpful too. But there are other therapeutic approaches, and they can be very expensive. My fellow parents traveling the ASD journey know how many thousands we have spent “trying” therapies.

There is a saying in the Autism community “If you’ve met a child with Autism, you’ve met ONE child with Autism,” meaning, each child with Autism is affected differently. Occupational Therapy on horseback, called Hippotherapy, may have worked wonders with my child, but your child may not obtain the same result. That’s the reason most of us say we’ve “tried” this and that therapy.

Here’s a list of every therapy I know about that my friends and I have tried with our ASD children, and I’m sure there’s plenty I’m missing:

Occupational Therapy http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/benefits-of-occupational-therapy-for-autism

Applied Behavioral Therapy (ABA) http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/treatment/applied-behavior-analysis-aba

Speech Therapy http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/benefits-speech-therapy-autism

Hippotherapy http://www.freedomride.com/programs/hippotherapy.html

Therapuetic Riding http://www.freedomride.com/programs/therapeuticriding.html

Play Therapy http://www.a4pt.org/?page=WhyPlayTherapy

Learn To Learn http://www.learntolearn.com/

Vision Therapy http://visualhealthlearning.com/

Social Skills Group http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/community-connections/social-skills-and-autism

Digital Auditory Aerobics http://holistichealthchicago.com/ait.html

iLs http://www.integratedlistening.com/autism/

Gluten/Casein Free Diets (GFC) http://www.autismspeaks.org/node/112986

Chelation http://www.generationrescue.org/recovery/biomedical-treatment/treatments-to-explore/

Hypobaric Chamber http://abcnews.go.com/Health/AutismNews/story?id=7070353

Fast 4Word https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T6QpYUtVt0

Music Therapy http://www.joyfulmusictherapy.net/about-us.php

Marital Arts (with an instructor who is an expert with both martial arts and ASD) For example: http://www.dragonflyasd.org/

Luminosity http://autismsd.com/lumosity-and-autism/

The Salt Room http://www.saltroomorlando.com/about-salt-therapy.html

And more (i.e. therapeutic swimming, therapeutic gymnastics, etc.)

So, how do you know what will be best for your child? What I recommend is connecting with other parents who are a bit further down the road than you. Talk with them, listen to their experiences, ask questions and take notes. Support for the parents and caregivers of ASD children is critical. Some places to obtain parental/caregiver support: 1. Parent Support Groups through your child’s school, 2. parent support groups through local chapters of Autism groups, i.e. Greater Orlando Autism Society in Orlando, Florida, 3. Parent Support through local therapy clinics, and 4. If no face to face parent groups are available, try online support through Autism Speaks, CARD (Center for Autism Research and Development), Autism Support Network, etc.

I encourage you to maintain high expectations for your child, and be patient with him or her as (s)he develops at his or her own pace.

Let me leave you with hope and positive quote from Dr. Temple Grandin (if you don’t know who she is, look her up. Her books, website and public appearances about Autism are incredibly helpful.)

“The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things.”

Dr. Temple Grandin

 

About The Author:

Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Laura is the parent of three amazing children, one who has ASD. She  has extensive experience with the Autism community in Orlando, FL  as both a parent and professional. You are welcome to distribute this article as long as you keep the author’s information intact. For more information, or to schedule a complimentary phone call, please phone Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC at (407) 222-6239.

Fall 2014 Office Hours

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Greetings! Now that school is back in session, The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC’s office hours are changing too.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 407-222-6239.

Client hours (hours during which clients will be scheduled)

Monday: 8:00 am – 1:30 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am – 1:30 pm

Thursday: 12 noon – 9:00 pm

Office hours

Monday: 8:00 – 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 – 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00am – 5:00 pm

Thursday: 12noon- 10:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am – 12 noon*

(*please note: any contact -phone calls/emails/texts – received after 12 noon on Fridays will be returned the following Monday.)

Again, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC, owner of The Bravo Counseling Group LLC at 407-222-6239