We provide routine, outpatient behavioral health services including:
Individual Therapy – Clients work one-on-one with a counselor in a safe, accepting and confidential environment to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, to work through challenges, change behavior or enjoy personal growth.
Family Therapy – Family members work together with a counselor who can help family members improve communication, resolve conflicts and build a strong, supportive and healthy family.
Group Therapy – Clients work through problems by interacting with a therapist and a group of individuals with similar struggles.
Techniques May Include:
Animal-Assisted Therapy – improves clients’ mental, physical, social and emotional functioning with the aid of animals. Animals can provide a sense of calm, comfort, or safety and divert attentionaway from a stressful situation and toward one that provides pleasure. Advocates suggest that developing a bond with an animal can help people develop a better sense of self-worth and trust, stabilize their emotions, and improve their communication, self-regulation, and socialization skills.
Art Therapy – involves the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, or sculpting to help people express themselves creatively. The counselor is an assistant in the creative process, and active participant in facilitating visual self-expression. These are experiences that emphasize interaction through experiential, tactile, and visual exchanges, not just verbal communication, between the client and therapist. Art therapy helps children, adolescents, and adults explore their emotions, improve self-esteem, manage addictions, relieve stress, improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and cope with a physical illness or disability.
Attachment Focused Therapy – An attachment-based approach to therapy looks at the connection between an infant’s early attachment experiences with primary caregivers, usually with parents. This strategy attempts to build or rebuild a trusting, supportive relationship that will help prevent or treat anxiety or depression. Those who may benefit from attachment-based therapy include adoptees, children in foster care, children of depressed mothers, and victims of trauma, such as children of divorce or children who have been sexually abused or otherwise mistreated, particularly at the hands of a caregiver.
Behavioral Modification – is a treatment approach, based on the principles of operant conditioning, that replaces undesirable behaviors with more desirable ones through positive or negative reinforcement .
Biofeedback – a technique that can help you gain more control over the normally involuntary bodily functions such as heart rate, skin temperature and blood pressure, and is used to help prevent or treat conditions, including migraine headaches, chronic pain, incontinence, and high blood pressure. Biofeedback also helps with managing our physical and physiological reactions to stress and decreases psychological symptoms including anxiety, anger outbursts, aggressive behavior and depressive symptoms.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) -Treatment is centered around how someone’s thoughts and beliefs influence their actions and moods. Clients learn to identify, challenge and replace negative thinking patterns. CBT is addressing the link between thoughts, feelings and behaviors with the assumption that changing one will lead to positive change in overall problem solving, symptom management and psychological wellness.
DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) – Is a support oriented and collaborative approach usually composed of both individual and group therapy sessions conjunctively. DBT theory suggests that some people’s arousal levels in such situations can increase far more quickly than the average person’s, attain a higher level of emotional stimulation, and take a significant amount of time to return to baseline arousal levels. DBT teaches mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance and emotional regulation.
Dance/ Movement/ Somatic Therapy – a form of non-verbal, right hemisphere communication that naturally occurs in secure attachment relationships through gestures, postures, and facial expression between a caregiver and child. Somatic therapies focus on the body and brain connection and may be helpful in repairing and reshaping attachment through experiential and sensory means by allowing the brain to establish new, more productive patterns.
Eco- Nature or Wilderness Therapy -is based on the idea that people are connected to and impacted by the natural environment. The positive benefits of integrating with nature may include reduced stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms. Experiencing nature has been shown to improve clients’ sense of self, worthiness and purpose. Techniques may include exercise or meditation in a natural environment, horticultural or community preservation activities.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) -a technique designed to diminish negative feelings associated with memories of traumatic events. Unlike most forms of talk therapy, EMDR focuses less on the traumatic event itself and more on the disturbing emotions and symptoms that result from the event. Treatment may includes a hand motion technique used by the therapist to guide the client’s eye movements from side to side, similar to watching a pendulum swing. Negative thoughts and feelings that are no longer useful are replaced with positive thoughts and feelings that will encourage healthier behavior and social interactions.
Experiential Play Therapy – a technique in which the child is allowed to be the director of the play within the session with the belief that the child will ultimately strive for health and security. In that process, the child will utilize toys and their own creativity to recreate their struggle and regain the power that has been lost in the actual event or environment. Play is active, as the child and therapist use body movements to expel the stress of the experience and empower the child to heal.
Faith-Based Counseling – a modality of treatment which looks to an understanding of the creation and psychology of man believing Psychology is simply the study of behavior and people are moved by what they believe. Faith-Based Therapy is a Biblical model of therapy based on the dynamics of beliefs, choices, and faith.
Family Systems Therapy – helps individuals resolve their problems in the context of their family units, where many issues are likely to begin. Each family member works together with the others to better understand their group dynamic and how their individual actions affect each other and the family unit as a whole. One of the most important premises of family systems therapy is that what happens to one member of a family happens to everyone in the family. Mindfulness= the practice of paying attention and staying present in the moment. It focuses almost exclusively on self-awareness as a strategy to enhance personal wellbeing. With this new awareness of the experiences of ourselves and others we are lead to live ethical, value-driven, purposeful lives. Clients benefit from an abundance of happiness, joy, and feelings of connectedness.
Music Therapy – Music therapy provides multiple therapeutic benefits through interaction with music-making, song writing or rhythm exercises. It has the potential to improve social engagement and communication when collaboration or simultaneously playing instruments is involved. Vocalizations are particularly effective in stimulating a sense of affiliation and relationship and that experiences involving specific music inherently can calm and self-regulate.
Narrative Therapy – a respectful, non-blaming approach to counseling, which assumes the clients as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives. This technique succeeds with a consideration of what is meant by the ‘narratives’ or ‘stories’ of our lives. Narrative therapy is sometimes known as involving ‘re-authoring’ or ‘re-storying’ conversations.
Person-Centered Therapy – uses a non-authoritative approach that allows clients to take more of a lead in discussions so that, in the process, they will discover their own solutions. The therapist acts as a compassionate facilitator, listening without judgment and acknowledging the client’s experience. The therapist encourages and supports the client and guides the therapeutic process without interrupting or interfering with the client’s process of self-discovery.
Positive Parenting – a strategy of successful discipline which emphasizes mutual respect and utilizes positive instructions. It focuses on learning (for the future) instead of punishing (of the past). Studies consistently show that using positive discipline yields better outcome in terms of the child’s behavior, emotional growth, academic performance and mental health. These techniques help parents to learn about child development and alternative child-rearing techniques; to become more aware, creative and independent in terms of parenting practices; to establish supportive connections with other parents; and to feel more competent and satisfied with their parenting.
Relaxation Training – any method, process, procedure, or activity that helps a person to relax; to attain a state of increased calmness; or otherwise reduce levels of pain, anxiety, stress or anger. Relaxation techniques can decrease muscle tension, lower the blood pressure and slow heart and breath rates, among other health benefits. Techniques that may include deep breathing, rhythmic exercise, meditation or yoga strengthening have been proven to calm clients who struggle with anxiety, stress, depression and general overwhelm.
Role-Play – Drama therapy offers multi-sensory ways to establish relationship through roleplay, mirroring and enactment. Role play focuses on the therapist taking the role of someone who may be difficult for the client to address or confront. With the practiced interactions with the counselor, clients learn appropriate ways to interact with others, improve social skills and practice newly learned skills for improved psychological health and behavior change.
Sand Tray Therapy – is a form of expressive therapy that is sometimes referred to as sandplay. This type of therapy is often used with children, but can be applied to adults, teens, couples, families, and groups as well. Sand tray therapy allows a person to construct his or her own microcosm using miniature toys and colored sand. The scene created acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and allows him or her the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self.
Self-Harm Reduction – While some people hurt themselves as a means of ending their life, there are others who engage in self-injurious behavior that doesn’t stem from a desire to die. These types of behaviors directed toward oneself include cutting, burning, hitting, hair pulling and other acts of intentional self-injury. The reasons people engage in acts of self-injury vary, but one of the most common ones is to try to help regulate overwhelmingly painful emotions, perhaps of deep sadness, intense fear, rage or self-loathing. Successful treatment for self-harm may include learning healthy symptom management and developing safe and effective coping skills.
Solution-Focused Therapy – concentrates on finding solutions in the present time and exploring one’s hope for the future. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to do to improve your own life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions. This strategy can stand alone or it can be used along with other therapy styles and treatments to treat people of all ages and a variety of issues, including child behavioral problems, family dysfunction, domestic or child abuse, addiction, and relationship problems.
Substance Use Treatment -Consequences due to substance use may be painful, costly, severe, or deadly. A client’s success with substance use treatment can be derived from varying degrees of treatment options including support groups, individual therapy, outpatient or inpatient facilities, detox or rehab centers. A thorough assessment of substance use will help your counselor determine how best to direct your treatment or referral for appropriate treatment. Substance use treatment can include medication, trauma history and resolution, conflict resolution, interpersonal skills development, stress and symptom management and effective coping skills. In addition, incorporating parental or partner involvement when appropriate has been beneficial in developing natural supports in the client’s real life environment.
Suicide Prevention – Suicide is not a normal response to stress. It is however, a sign of extreme distress, not a harmless bid for attention. Prevention strategies take into account clients’ risk factors and promote appropriate interventions. Developing a holistic treatment approach includes a consideration of the risk factors, current stressors, toxic environment or relationship, substance use or coexisting psychological conditions which must also be addressed for successful suicide prevention. Successful treatment planning may include developing a strong support network, medication services, individual and family therapy as well as group therapy.
Synergetic Play Therapy – is a play therapy model to blend together neuroscience, attachment, therapist authenticity, physics, emotional congruence, nervous system regulation, and mindfulness. It incorporates the therapist’s own understanding of self and using the self to help co-regulate the child’s internal experience, so that the child can move towards the uncomfortable memories, thoughts, and body sensations that are experienced as challenging. Instead of dealing with “right” and “wrong” reactions, the therapist is working with the child to help them understand their authentic self and why they are acting or reacting how they are.
Trauma Assessment – a process that includes a clinical interview, standardized measures, and/or behavioral observations designed to gather an in-depth understanding of the nature, timing, and severity of a client’s traumatic events, the effects of those events, current trauma-related symptoms, and functional impairment. Clinicians use the assessment to understand a child’s trauma history and symptom profile; to determine whether a child is developmentally on target in the social, emotional, and behavioral domains; to drive treatment planning; and to monitor progress over time. Trauma Focused- CBT= a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that addresses the specific emotional needs of children, adolescents, adult survivors, and families who are struggling to overcome the destructive effects of early trauma. Cognitive behavioral techniques are used to help modify distorted and negative reactions and behaviors. In addition, a family therapy approach may be considered to improve interactions among family members and other family dynamics that are contributing to the problem. Techniques aim to teach new parenting, stress-management, and communication skills.