Family TherapyFamily therapy may be utilized to address treatment issues because often the "identified client" is merely acting out a difficulty that is a part of the whole. Bringing in the whole system (the family) allows for treatment issues to be resolved more quickly and establish long lasting change. Family systems approach is the philosophical theory that all of the therapists at Wholeness Healing Center practice. This means that the therapists take into consideration the "whole" system of the client and considers this in the treatment plan. The elements (family members) of the system are interrelated and function in an interdependent manner. We belong to many systems that we impact and that impact us. Systems may include the marriage, family, school, work, medical and/or social components of the client. All of these areas impact the client and are used to access solution oriented goals. This philosophical approach can be implemented through individual, marriage, or family sessions. Family therapy services are offered to meet the needs of each individual child and their family. An assessment is taken which is a professional review of the child and family's needs. A thorough review is taken of the physical, emotional, social and academic history, behaviors and symptoms, and the family situation. The assessment identifies the strengths within the individual and the family. From the assessment a treatment plan for therapy services is developed between the family and the therapist.
Couples TherapyCouples therapy involves discussion and problem/solving facilitated by the therapist helping the couple gain a better understanding of each other, their problems, increasing their ability to communicate more efficiently, listen to each other, and seek realistic solutions to their difficulties. The therapist is a neutral professional to guide the process in rediscovering the strengths and qualities within each other.
Individual TherapyIndividual therapy is offered to all clients. Adults often are initially involved with individual therapy which includes the client and the therapist. After the initial assessment process is completed, you and your therapist may decide that you want to include another person in all or some of the next sessions. This is always an option and will be discussed with the client as part of the treatment goals.
Group TherapyGroup therapy brings 4-12 people with similar issues together, meeting regularly with a therapist. The therapist uses the group interaction to guide group members in better understanding and insight into their own issues. This may bring about behavior changes and internalize an enhanced sense of self.
Eclectic ApproachThe therapists generally use an eclectic approach, meaning they use parts of different therapy modalities to make a more individualized treatment plan. Not all of the modalities used will be listed here. The integrated-eclectic approach used clinically by many "master therapists" adds the benefit of clinical wisdom and expertise, which enhances the treatment process for the client.
Interpersonal TherapyInterpersonal therapy is a one-on-one interaction between the therapist and the client, focusing on the client's current life situations within family, work and social situations. This may be a solution-oriented focus which may bring about solutions to the problems and insight and understanding within the client while focusing on the strengths of the client.
Art TherapyArt therapy is a modality used as a means of exploring inner issues. Because it is nonverbal, it is a safe way to express feelings that can sometimes be intense or destructive. Art therapy does not require artistic abilities by the client but is used to gain insight and understanding about oneself. It is often used with children and young adults during therapy sessions.
Play TherapyPlay therapy is utilized with children to help them express thoughts, feelings and problems in a way that would be too difficult to express verbally to others; it allows a means to work towards resolving those issues. Play therapy may involve numerous activities such as playing with therapeutic toys, board games, puppets, and/or clay manipulation among other things.
Eye Movement Desensitization and ReprocessingEMDR therapy is a powerful therapy modality that removes the strong feelings and negative beliefs that develop as a result of a painful event. It is used for trauma work and has been found to work in just a few sessions to decrease the trauma symptoms, significantly allowing the person to overcome his suffering due to trauma. This therapeutic method was initially designed to resolve the distress caused by trauma. It has since been proven successful for a wide array of other disorders. It is also used for improving performance in many life areas and to increase positive self thoughts while decreasing the negative thoughts. Eye movement, tapping, and/or sounds are used to create a bilateral stimulation. EMDR can also be used as an effective performance enhancer. Feelings of competence, self-worth and well-being are enhanced through the use of this modality.EMDR Institute, Inc.
Guided ImageryThis is the process of using a powerful technique that guides and directs imagination using all of the senses. This may be used for physical and/or emotional health, including resolution of trauma, depression, and anxiety. Through the use of powerful imagery techniques, profound levels of healing, relaxation, personal growth, creativity, intuition, and peak performance can be accessed. This can also be used to focus on healing processes in the body.Click here for more information
Critical Incident Stress ManagementCritical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention. It offers crisis intervention when critical incidents and stressors are experienced by employees involved as first responders to a traumatic incident. We are trained and experienced in responding to these types of situations on-site in work-related traumas. These skills and interventions lessen the potential of the negative effects from having experienced these traumas and potentially prevent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Attachment and Bonding AssessmentsAttachment and Bonding Assessments are used to assess the attachment and bond a child may have with another person in his/her life. This requires extensive history of the child and family regarding his/her prenatal and birth history, developmental milestones, medical, academic, social and emotional history, caretaker history and placement history. It also requires screenings to be done usually completed by the adults in the child's life. In addition, observations of the child and his/her significant adults are useful to evaluate the child's ability to attach to a parental figure.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)Dialectical behavior therapy has been empirically proven in research to work effectively for individuals who have persistent mental health and personality issues. DBT stresses distress tolerance skills, self-care techniques, mindfulness skills, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills.
Domestic ViolenceDomestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. This violence can take many forms and can happen all the time or once in a while. It takes more than counseling to address family violence, but counseling is an essential part of the healing process for any family experiencing abuse. Therapy is necessary for all members of a family experiencing violence: the abuser, the victim(s) and the children.
Attachment TherapyThis therapy focuses on improving the attachment between child and parents, working towards resolving the child's fear of being close to others. Because the child often does not trust others, therapy includes parent and child so that the relationship development happens between the parent and child. The therapist provides the structure and guidelines, creating the safe space to allow the child to have the courage to attach to his/her caregiver. Educational components and parenting techniques are all part of the therapy process.
Cognitive and Cognitive Behavioral TherapyCognitive Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on the thoughts a person thinks and how it effects how she/he feels. Therapy aims to help the client become aware of the thought distortions, beliefs, assumptions and behaviors that are causing the distress. Focus is on the interrelationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and correcting the thought distortions and behaviors. Through this process of learning and becoming aware, clients acquire coping strategies and insight with more awareness and introspection, allowing them to manage symptoms and enjoy a more productive, less stressful life.
Behavioral ModificationBehavioral Modification therapy focuses on changing behaviors through reinforcement and reward of positive behaviors and desensitization. Desensitization involves confronting something that causes extreme anxiety, discomfort or fear and overcoming the unwanted responses.
Support Group for Parents of Attachment Disordered ChildrenThis support group is facilitated by Kellie Boutin who is a trained foster parent and has lots of experience with reactive attachment parenting. The support group is offered as an opportunity for parents who are experiencing a high level of stress to find support and understanding in order to help their child and maintain as a family. Use this support group as an opportunity to share parenting strategies, learn more about what approaches will work for your children, support others, receive support, and utilize support systems to develop cooperative respite approaches. This is not a therapeutic group. This group meets the first Tuesday of every month at Wholeness Healing Center in the conference room from 7:00-8:30 PM. No child care is available.
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