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Geriatric Care Management: For individuals, couples and family members trying to connect available medical resources and healthcare service options in SW Florida and beyond. Our Geriatric Care Liaisons are Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) and Master Level Social Workers, (MSWs) specializing in Geriatric Care Management support. As members of the Aging Life Care Association our Geriatric Care Liaisons have access to the latest industry standards, strategies and resources which is a must have in this ever changing area of healthcare support. A Direct Access Geriatric Care Liaison will assist with navigating through medical resources, medical referrals, scheduling and arranging medical appointments, in home support options, long and short term senior living choices, financial, bill pay or legal concerns, specialty disease education and end of life transitions & support. 

Here are a few of the over 20 areas a Geriatric Care Liaison will initially explore and talk through as part of their assessment and intake process. 

1.Safety concerns i.e. environmental, grooming, prescription, nutritional or mental health
2.Evacuation and disaster planning
3.Advance Directives
4.Financial arrangements
5.Long term care and end of life planning
6.Planning and picking up the pieces following a loss or major life alteration

Benefits of working with our Geriatric Care Management Program:

1.1 hour credit on initial assessment 
2.Free “home safety” evaluation
3.Free non emergency transportation
4.24 hour availability
5.Locally owned and operated
6.Experienced and knowledgeable professionals that are screened, licensed, certified, insured & bonded

Play Therapy:  Play is a natural and spontaneous part of people’s lives. Play is fun, creative and critical to healthy development. During play, children learn about their physical surroundings, their own capabilities and limitations, social rules and the difference between fantasy and reality. In play, children interact with toys and other people as they enter new experiences and rehearse new skills. In addition, play is one way children learn to communicate. In play they can express others things that are too complicated to say.
Ms. Bragg uses play in therapy for many reasons. Play promotes healthy development. Play helps build a positive relationship between the therapist and the client. Play is fun and helps to engage the child in the therapy session. Children can often communicate their difficulties more effectively through play than they can through language.

Play Therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods, all of which make use of one or more of the natural benefits of play. All Play Therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children systematically address and resolve their own problems. Since play is fun, it makes it easier for children to confront what is bothering them. Play allows them a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows them to express their true thoughts and feelings in ways best suited to their developmental level. Once children have expressed and addressed their problems through play, the therapist will be better able to help them find solutions to their problems in life.

Children benefit from Play Therapy in many ways. Research supports the effectiveness of Play Therapy with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems, including: post-traumatic stress, conduct disorder, aggression, anxiety/fearfulness, depression, ADHD, impulsivity, low self-esteem, reading difficulties, and social withdrawal. Play therapy has been used successfully with children whose problems are related to life stressors, such as divorce, death, relocation, hospitalization, chronic illness, physical/sexual abuse, domestic violence and natural disasters.

Direct Access Counseling offers psychotherapy for adults, children, adolescents, couples and families. We treat a range of issues including life transitions, depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, survival of abuse, behavioral disorders, grief, and stress management.  

We use multiple therapeutic modalities including, but not limited to, play therapy, art therapy, brief therapy, crisis intervention, cognitive behavioral therapy and employee assistance.

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