Amber Sky Counseling

For a Brighter Horizon

Services

 

Providing individual, couples and family counseling

Treatment areas:

  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career Changes
  • Christian Counseling
  • Depression
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Emotional Reaction to Physical Illness
  • Grief/Loss
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Oppositional Behavior
  • Panic/Phobias
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Harming Behaviors
  • Social Skills
  • Stress Reduction
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Weight and Body Image Issues

Referrals for medication evaluation and medication management available if desired. 

We work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond.  In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, we offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of our clients individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for.

Christian Counseling

 While we also offer secular counseling and having a faith is not required for services, our Christian Counselors are licensed professionals whose faith in Christ directly influences the process and goals of counseling.

Christians experience many of the same problems that anyone may face, we are not immune to environmental and biological challenges. Rather than merely praying and struggling on your own, sometimes outside support is needed. Short term solution focussed treatment that includes Biblical principles can be very helpful.

Our hope is that our clients whose faith is a central part of their lives, develop a deeper awareness of God's grace while working to resolve emotional, personal, and relational problems they bring to Amber Sky Counseling. Based on the information you provide and your personal needs, we will work together to determine which therapist may be the best fit for you.  

About us

Suzanne Jafferian, PhD, LMHC

 

Suzanne is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Massachusetts with over 12 years experience. She specializes in working with adolescents and pre-adolescents who are having difficulties at school, at home or with peers. She has a reputation for helping clients feel comfortable expressing their feelings and truly being themselves. When working with youth she often includes the entire family system and offers parenting support when needed. She is skilled in working with families going through divorce or separation, providing support for both parents and their children. 

Suzanne also has expertise in working with substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, mood disorders (including extensive experience with bipolar disorder), anxiety, and anger management. 

Suzanne graduated with honors from Bridgewater State College with a B.S. in psychology. She received her Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Massachusetts and recently obtained her PhD in organizational pscyhology from Walden University.

Gregory Cowan, M.Ed., LMHC

 Greg is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 30 years clinical experience.  He has served as the Director of Emergency Services and Director of Clinical and Professional services at a major community mental health facility as well as maintain a private practice working with adults (individual and couples). 

Greg strives to help people better understand themselves and prepare them to face relationships and life challenges with confidence and focused direction.  He utilizes a Gestalt orientation and works from a holistic perspective that trusts the latent wisdom of the individual.   

Greg received his BA in Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit and a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Murray State University in Kentucky.

He is also a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of New England in Cambridge. 

Toni Butland

 Toni Butland, M.A. is a mental health counselor with over a dozen years experience in the mental health field.   She specializes in working with adolescents and their families and helping them to identify breakdowns in communication and understanding within the family system.  Toni uses an eclectic approach to her work as she pulls from cognitive behavioral, humanistic, and experiential theories of psychotherapy to tailor a treatment plan specific to the individual or family before her.   She believes that every client has the ability to be successful with a little hard work and guidance. 

Toni is bilingual (American Sign Language/English) and is seeing both Deaf/Hard of Hearing clients and clients who can hear at Amber Sky Counseling. 

Toni received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Bridgewater State College and her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Bridgewater State University.  ​ 

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373 Main St, Plympton, MA 02367, US

(781) 801-3457

Rates & Insurance

 

Rates 
$125 for individual sessions, $150 for family/couples and $165 for initial/diagnostic. Sessions are typically 45-50 minutes

Insurance 
Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan.To see if you have mental health coverage please check your with your insurance company by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?


Payment 
Cash or check are accepted for payment.

Cancellation Policy
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, there is a $60 fee.

Schedule Online 
Request a therapy appointment online by going to our "contact us" form above.

Contact 
Questions? Please Contact us for further information by phone or the "contact us" form above.

Helpful Forms

 If you're a new client, please complete the following forms and bring them to your first therapy session.

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Links & Resources

 

The following websites may be helpful when looking for information on mental health disorders:
(just click the blue box)Forgiveness Is the Answer to (Almost) All of Our Ills

American Psychiatric Association

​American Psychological Association

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill 

National Institute of Mental Health 
The following websites may be helpful when looking for information on substance abuse disorders: 

​Information on Addiction and Help: ​

Interesting articles: ​​

Cyber-bullying: How Bullies Have Moved From the Playground to the Web. A great infographic illustrating some data on cyberbullying and the impact it has on adolescents today.

Is your adult kid still dependent on your paycheck? ​Maybe it's time to cut the cord and give them some financial freedom.

​You Can't Do Your Job if You Don't Sleep

Forgiveness is the Answer to (Almost) All of Our Ills​ Why Should anyone forgive? There is no single reason, but this much is clear: harboring anger and resentment is physically, mentally, relationally and spiritually unhealthy. 

Leveling Up: Moving Beyond Rejection Being in love with someone who doesn’t feel the same can be a devastating experience, especially if you’ve struggled with rejection before.

Can Feeling Insecure Predict Obesity? A new meta-analysis suggests that attachment quality can play a role in obesity.

What is Your Sense of Peace “Peace” can sound sentimental or clichéd but it’s what most of us long for.

​Parent Attachment Problems Recent reports reveal that a shocking high number of children are not securely attached to their parents.

Guide to Anxiety and Sleep According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety is a reaction to stress. Its key markers are feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes such as elevated blood pressure.

How Does Trauma Affect Sleep? Trauma can cause a wide range of long-lasting, negative health effects, including insomnia and other sleep-related problems.​

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sleep ​Sleep is a major issue for many adults and children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Privacy & Policies

 

Privacy & Policy:

Confidentiality & Privacy Policy
The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.

Questions about therapy

 

Questions About Therapy
How can therapy help me?
 

A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
 

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence


Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.  


Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. 

Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy.   Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well.  Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks.  Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods.  Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.   In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives. 
 

What is therapy like?
 

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual.  In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.  Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.  Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
 

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process.  The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life.  Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.   
 

What about medication vs. psychotherapy?  
 

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.  Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. 
 

Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
 

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office.   Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.  This is called “Informed Consent”.  Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (you’re your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
 

However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
 

* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.