Mother-Daughter Counseling Team Opens Dynamic Upscale Counseling Practice to Local Families, Women, Couples and Children in Orlando Area

Maitland, FL (PressExposure) January 28, 2014 -- A Florida mother and daughter have joined together to co-own and operate GroundWork Counseling, an innovative private counseling practice in Maitland, Florida offering dedicated counseling services for women and children, as well as parent coaching, couples counseling, and grief and trauma counseling.

Marion Rodrigue, who specializes in women's counseling and is also a certified parent coach, and her daughter Courtney Rodrigue Hubscher, who specializes in children's counseling, developed GroundWork Counseling to offer creative child therapy, women's counseling and parent coaching in the Orlando area and the surrounding Central Florida region. Joining the mother-daughter team are counselors who specialize in marriage and couples counseling, grief and trauma counseling and counseling services for Spanish speaking individuals.

The mother-daughter counseling team is unique in that they share an extraordinary close-knit relationship and both are highly skilled and passionate about the population they serve. They are committed to holistic principles in healing children and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, learning difficulties and academic problems, low self-esteem, bullying, grief and loss, anxiety, anger and stress management, women's life transitions, attachment issues, divorce adjustment, body image and food issues as well as difficulty coping with ADHD, behavioral issues and other concerns.

Mom Marion and daughter Courtney's close relationship and their vision to provide counseling services to help struggling children, individuals and families -inspired them to launch the Orlando area based Groundwork Counseling office together. The mother and daughter duo opened their Groundwork Counseling practice at 400 South Orlando Avenue, Suite 206 in Maitland, Florida.

Courtney Rodrigue Hubscher, BA, MS, IMH, works with children ages 3 and above and specializes in helping children find solutions to their current struggles utilizing play-based therapy, sand tray therapy, talk-therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Courtney earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Rollins College and a Masters of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Stetson University. She is highly skilled in play therapy, expressive arts, and art therapy with children and pre-teens, and provides behaviorally based treatment plans for parents when appropriate. Courtney received intensive training in CBT and REBT for children and adolescents at the prestigious Albert Ellis Institute in New York.

In addition, Courtney has completed levels one and two of Sand Tray Therapy courses at The Institute of Playful Healing, affiliated with the Institute of Sand Tray Therapy of New Mexico. Courtney facilitates Sand Tray Therapy with children and pre-teens at Groundwork Counseling, integrated with cognitive behavioral counseling.

Sand Tray Therapy or sandplay therapy, is a therapeutic tool developed in the 1920s utilizing sand in a tray with toys or miniatures placed inside. Since children process feelings and communicate primarily through play and creative expression, Sand Tray Therapy is used as a non-verbal cognitive process that offers children a medium to express their feelings and gives the therapist access to the ways in which children process their feelings.

Through play, art, and sand tray therapy at Groundwork Counseling, Courtney is able to use the same "language" as the child, listening to his or her feelings, encouraging the child to work through struggles and helping him or her develop solutions and new skills.

In her bright, cheery office and colorful playroom at Groundwork Counseling, Courtney incorporates expressive arts, play therapy, sand tray, as well as cognitive and behavioral interventions, while encouraging the child to explore and develop new skills in a safe and fun environment. Uniquely trained to assess and understand the contents of a child's play session or artwork, Courtney simultaneously works with parents by providing behavioral plans, when needed, that will help foster expected behavior and encourage positive change in the child.

"When counseling children, I often see a variety of presenting challenges within my office," said Courtney. "Play based therapy, sand tray, and expressive arts are wonderful tools for a child to tell their story and find creative solutions to their challenges. Cognitive behavioral therapy can also be coupled with play-based practices so that the child is able to gain tools and learn new skills to use outside of the counseling office." The other half of the Groundwork Counseling duo, Courtney's mother Marion Rodrigue, who recently worked for seven years as President and Director of Ironwood Maine, a progressive residential treatment center for troubled teens that she co-founded with her husband in 2005. Marion created and oversaw all aspects of the program that helped transform the lives of hundreds of struggling teens and their families.

Marion Rodrigue, BS, MS, IMH holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from California Coast University and a Master's Degree in Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She is also an ACPI Certified Parent Coach and has received extensive training in CBT and REBT from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York. Highly skilled in helping family members establish boundaries and improve communication skills, Marion is also passionate about working with women's life transitions and focuses on concerns particular to women including career and family balance, parenting issues, caregiving, sexual concerns and self-care, issues related to self-esteem, body image, and overall identity at home and at work.

"When counseling women, I have found that all women have a story to tell as they move through the rich transitions of their lives", said Marion, "we are daughters, spouses, lovers, and mothers. Our stories are not always easy, not always pleasant but those stories are our 'life'. What I learned from experiencing my own life and from counseling women is that relationships are what bring meaning and purpose to most women's lives. Not only our relationship with others, but maybe even more importantly, our relationship with the self".

Marion utilizes a relational, cognitive behavioral approach that helps her clients to stop repeating the same relationship mistakes that have left them feeling dissatisfied and empty. She assists women in overcoming fears and obstacles so that they may see themselves in a new way and helps them to open up to a world of new possibilities.

In their mother-daughter counseling team practice at Groundwork, Marion and Courtney utilize a holistic approach, grounded in the principle that our mind, body and spirit all interact to create our vitality, passion and purpose. To heal one part, we must acknowledge all three. According to the holistic medicine philosophy, one can achieve optimal health by gaining proper balance in life, and ultimately living better and becoming healthier. Their approach centers on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a method of treatment that has been found by scientific studies to be the most effective for specific mental health problems. Through the practical skills based nature of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies (CBT), Marion consistently found that her clients got better faster and reported higher levels of overall satisfaction with their therapy.

"Courtney and I are excited to work together in launching Groundwork and offering our counseling and therapy services," said Marion. "We are both extremely dedicated to empowering children, teens, adults, couples and families to create the kind of change in their lives they desire, to broaden their possibilities and find the tools to achieve emotional, physical and spiritual renewal."

About GroundWork Counseling

To make an appointment at Groundwork Counseling please call Groundwork Counseling at 407-378-3000 or visit

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