We provide consistent, outpatient mental health services including:
Individual Therapy – Clients work 1:1 with a counselor in a safe, accepting and confidential environment to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, to work through challenges, change behavior and 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 interact with a therapist and a group of individuals to facilitate emotional and psychological support with people who have shared experiences and struggles. Some of the shared experiences may include creative expression, LGBTIQ+, intergenerational trauma, domestic violence survivors, etc.
Preventative Skills/Psychoeducation Groups – Clients participate in topic-driven groups such as parenting skills, DBT skills, mindfulness.
Therapeutic Techniques May Include:
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.
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) – DBT 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.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) – A therapeutic 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 distressing emotions and somatic symptoms that result from the event. Treatment includes pairing a bilateral dual-attention technique (eye movement, auditory, or tactile) with visualization, a target experience, and emotions to help the client shift negative thoughts and feelings that are no longer useful to more empowering thoughts and feelings that will encourages healthier functioning.
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 – FST 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. Mindfulness 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 can be more focused on value-driven, purposeful lives. Clients benefit from mindfulness in noticing more happiness, joy, and feelings of connectedness.
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 outcomes in terms of the child’s behavior, emotional growth, academic performance, and mental health. These techniques help parents learn about child development become more aware, confident, and creative in their parenting practices.
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 – Role play 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 practiced interactions with the counselor, clients learn different ways to interact with others, improve social skills and practice newly learned skills for improved psychological health and behavior change.
Sand Tray Therapy –Sand tray is a form of expressive therapy that is sometimes referred to as sand play. 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 their own microcosm using miniature toys and objects in sand. The
scene created acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and allows them 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 does not 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 reasons 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, and relationship problems.
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.