AUBURN | Names carry power.
So when Lisa Carnicelli and Jessica Bevier brainstormed titles for their mental health counseling and wellness practice, they labored to pick a name that would reflect both their mission and proffered services.
They happily settled on Thrival Time Mental Health Counseling: "Where it's always time to be well."
That tagline, Carnicelli said, concisely describes the practice's purpose: To help clients — particularly children — make time in their busy schedules to take care of their minds.
And to help clients get well, Thrival Time offers a range of treatments that meld mainstream science with alternative wellness practices.
Carnicelli and Bevier are not new to the world of counseling.
Both women work at Partnership for Results, an Auburn organization that provides children and families in Cayuga County with a range of services that promote social, emotional and education development.
Carnicelli, a licensed mental health counselor and play therapist, is Partnership for Results' deputy director. Bevier is one of the organization's mental health counselors. Both women are certified, level-II reiki practitioners.
Although both women love working for Partnership for Results, they wanted to offer the county's youth treatment beyond the organization's short-term services.
"We wanted to create a space where there is long-term counseling," Carnicelli said.
Along with making long-term, traditional counseling for youth more readily available, the pair also sought to give parents a wider range of ways to treat their children.
"More and more families that we see are looking for modality in treatment," Carnicelli said. "We're getting more and more parents who are asking us, 'What else is there?'"
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So along with offering mainstream treatment options like cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy and group therapy, Thrival Time also offers play therapy, a self-help method called Emotional Freedom Technique, reiki, yoga, essential oil classes and consultations with a certified natural health professional.
"It's all the same goal: to treat children and families and give them more ways to heal," Carnicelli said.
Bevier said the more holistic treatments — like yoga, reiki, essential oils and health consultations — sometimes appeal more to clients who are wary about medicating their children.
"That's a more natural path," she said.
Along with providing clients with a range of options for treatment, the women offer clients a comfortable climate to receive treatment in.
Thrival Time, which officially opened its doors in September, is housed in the Carr Building — a multi-suite office building off Genesee Street in Auburn.
The five-room suite is decorated in soft lighting and calming colors, with the soothing scent of lavender permeating each room. While two rooms are designated as the waiting room and office, the other three rooms are furnished with specific clients in mind.
The first room — dedicated to reiki clients — solely contains a bed and a wall furnishing. The second contains a couch and chair, arranged to serve as the center for more traditional talk therapy. And the third room contains items typically not found in a therapist's office: toys.
The toy-filled room is reserved for play therapy, a counseling practice that allows children to play out and sort through their emotions.
"Most child's play is intentional. They're playing out their lives," Carnicelli said. "A lot of times, the intrinsic value of just playing out their feelings is therapeutic."
But whether parents choose to pursue traditional or holistic techniques, Bevier said there is one truth they should keep in mind: Receiving mental health counseling is not something to be ashamed of.
"When they do see something alarming with their child, you should want them to get help," she said. "It's not something to be embarrassed about, but it is something to be aware of."