Seeking counseling is an honest—and brave—first step in realizing that issues you or your loved one is dealing with cannot be solved alone. Perhaps you've reached a crossroads in your life and you have questions: Why am I so anxious and stressed out? How come I'm so unmotivated? Could I be depressed? From the outside it looks like I have everything, but why do I feel so disconnected and unfulfilled? Perhaps your child is struggling to manage their schoolwork and their social interactions and you are concerned about their development; or your teenager is becoming increasingly nervous about and focused on his or her body and appearance to a degree that concerns you.

That is where we come in. Our job is to help you or your family member address those questions and find the answers to create a happier, healthier existence.

Adult Therapy

There is no “typical” patient at WCG. We don’t box people up that way because we understand that there are a variety of reasons people choose counseling. Perhaps the vision you had for your life doesn't match the reality. Perhaps you are having a tough time adjusting to a new stage of life or a move; loss of a loved one or are or dissatisfied with you job or a career. Maybe that “tough time” has even created panic attacks and anxiety.

Whatever your particular reason for seeking counseling, WCG therapists can help you build the life you want to live. Our therapists will guide you in identifying and understanding the nature of your challenges, help you replace unhealthy coping mechanisms with self-enhancing ones, and help you find a greater sense of well-being and fulfillment.

Adolescent and Teen Therapy

Teenagers often struggle with issues that can be alleviated with therapy. It’s sometimes difficult, however, to decide what behavior and feelings are “normal” for adolescents and what might warrant some guidance. Maybe you’ve noticed—or a teacher has mentioned—that your teen doesn't seem happy, is losing weight or has seemed unusually upset or angry. Perhaps there are overwhelming pressures and stresses in your teen’s life such as school performance, sports performance, or divorce.

Wellington therapists understand all the things teens cope with and have helped teens who are worried, stressed out, shy, being bullied by peers or trying to manage emotions related to a traumatic event. We can help your teen to find balance in life, develop inner strengths and skills to overcome difficult situations, and make internal thought process changes to help deal with stress.

Help your children be prepared for the new school year! Transitioning back from the summer break can be a difficult adjustment for many students. We are offering groups that will help students maintain and reinforce the skills needed to be successful in this new school year. Wellington's therapist Ashley Hodges, LCSW will lead two groups, for High School and Junior High students. Please click on the links below to learn more!

Group for students in High School

Group for students in Junior High

Family and Child Therapy

We see a family as a delicate system of interdependent parts working together. With that viewpoint, it’s easy to understand that change—even if it is welcome—can disrupt that delicate balance. When the balance is off, fear, confusion and upset can appear and disruption of the family follows. Even if only one person in the family—adult or child—needs help sorting out unexpected feelings, in many cases working as a family can make that process more effective than individual therapy alone; or in some cases replace it. Bringing balance to the family helps every member.

But how do you know when your child needs therapy? As a parent your instincts tell you that there might be an underlying emotional or behavioral problem in your child. He or she might be more moody or socially withdrawn, grades may have dropped, or he or she is complaining about aches and pains for which there is no physical cause. You can’t seem to establish a healthy and consistent sleep routine, or routines have started to backslide. Maybe your family life has been stable, but your child appears to be more worried, sulky, angry or tearful.

Specialists at Wellington Counseling Group understand children, helping them find words or other modes of expression for their feelings, and providing healthy self-care skills that will carry into adulthood. We have worked with children who struggle with aggression, have problems with transitions between activities or events, or show a decreased interest in activities they used to enjoy. We can help kids manage sudden changes in family life like divorce, a change in schools or location, or loss of a family member or pet.

We can identify and/or work on collaborative treatment teams (including occupational therapists, psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians) if that fits your child’s needs. We work with you and your child to achieve the enjoyment in life we all strive for.

Psychological Testing

Testing FAQ

Psychological testing is a powerful tool that can be used as part of an ongoing treatment, or as a distinct service on its own. Sometimes you and your therapist—or perhaps another medical professional—may want to delve deeper to help understand areas that haven’t become clear from your treatment to date. Testing can help with that process. Assessments are also useful in providing a differential diagnosis to better focus or refocus ongoing psychological and psychopharmacological treatment.

Wellington Counseling Group offers a variety of diagnostic testing services for children, adolescents, and adults with varying clinical concerns. Typical assessments for children and adolescents evaluate cognition, behavioral concerns, attention and concentration problems (ADD or ADHD), and can be geared toward school-based interventions. In addition, Dr. Lobel specializes in Developmental and Autism Spectrum evaluations. We also offer neuropsychological evaluations for adults and their medical team looking to assess for memory deficits and overall cognitive functioning.

Available to both children and adults, testing offers a more in-depth understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses. Typical assessments screen for either attention and concentration problems or a differential diagnosis to better focus or refocus treatment. A WCG psychologist will work with you—or your referring physician—to formally assess and apply the impressions that emerge from testing. In many cases, your insurance will cover costs similarly to the coverage you have for other psychological services.

Couples Therapy

Seeking couples therapy is a proactive choice towards building a loving, respectful and mutually satisfying partnership. Many couples choose to seek therapy at critical times of relationship transition to help resolve conflicts or explore decisions that will impact their lives together. Other couples might be looking to enhance their relationship in a safe and reliable setting.

We see “couple” as an inclusive and flexible status, and we approach a partnership between any two people as unique. Our therapists can help you and your significant other navigate the complexities of intimate relationships. We approach your partnership with objectivity; with the goal of helping you both experience the joys of respect, understanding, cooperation and sensitivity towards each other’s needs.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is a collaborative process that lets you come together with others who share similar life goals and experiences to your own. Group Therapy can be both a stand-alone therapeutic option and an excellent supplement to individual therapy, because it provides the opportunity to explore interpersonal issues in a supportive, safe and confidential environment.

Whether you are working through with a recent loss or trauma, experiencing a difficult life change, struggling with addiction or depression, or managing some other life challenge, a comforting group setting helps you realize that you are not alone in your struggle. Wellington Counseling approaches everyone's goals, struggles, viewpoints and values with respect. Please contact us to discuss ongoing groups; we can also facilitate new groups upon request.

Women's Process Group

Starting early 2019: Dr. Spencer Biel is offering a weekly experiential process group for women. The hour-long sessions will promote insight into how group members' views on and choices about leadership and interpersonal relationships relate to their social roles, perceptions of self and others, and deeply held values. Please click on the links below to learn more, or contact Dr. Biel at

Women's Process Group

Coming Summer 2019: New groups for teens and preteens! Transitioning back from the summer break can be a difficult adjustment for many students. We will be offering groups to help students get prepared for the coming school year, by reinforcing the skills needed to be successful in the school environment. Wellington's therapist  Ashley Hodges, LCSW will lead two groups, for High School and another for Junior High students. Please click on the links below to learn more!

Group for students in High School

Group for students in Junior High


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  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Management
  • Life Transitions
  • Adult ADD / ADHD Testing and Support
  • Coping With Loss and Grief
  • Career Dissatisfaction and Transformation
  • Mid-Life Adjustment
  • Gender Identity
  • Body Image Concerns
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Chronic Medical Illness Management
  • Decisions About Finances
  • Sexual/Intimacy Issues
  • Communication Issues
  • Trust and Commitment
  • Infidelity
  • Pre-marital/Newlywed Adjustment
  • Substance Abuse
  • Addictions and Compulsive Behaviors

Families, Children, and Teens

  • Behavior Management
    • Emotional Regulation
    • Interpersonal Difficulties
    • Bullying
  • ADD & ADHD Testing and Support
  • Mood & Anxiety Issues
  • Medical Disease Management
  • Developmental Transitions
  • Self-Esteem & Body Image
  • Eating & Sleeping Problems
  • School-Based Difficulty and School Refusal
  • Family Dynamics:
    • Child-Parent Relationships
    • Divorce, Remarriage and Blended Families
    • Grief and Loss
    • Parenting