Art therapy allows clients to use the creative process to express their internal experiences. Different mediums are used including, drawing, painting, and sculpting. Art interventions can be used in conjunction with CBT and mindfulness based therapies to treat a variety of mental health concerns. Art therapy is appropriate for all ages and allows expression that doesn't rely so heavily on verbal communication.
The focus of marriage and family therapy is on helping the family unit to heal relationships and function as a cohesive whole. Each family is different and the therapist works to help families establish and maintain healthy boundaries and roles. Effective communication and conflict-resolution skills are learned and practiced in sessions. Parenting skills may also be offered.
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In sandtray therapy, clients create a symbolic representation of their inner experiences by building a world in the sandtray. This world, as a reflection of the client's life and inner being, allows for the opportunity to resolve conflicts, process emotions, and remove obstacles. This modality can also be used in conjunction with CBT and mindfulness approaches. Sandtray therapy is also appropriate for all ages.
TF-CBT utilizes the same theoretical basis as CBT with an added exposure component to help clients who have experienced a trauma to process and make meaning out of their experience. Trauma changes the way the brain processes information and TF-CBT works to gradually rewire the neural circuitry. TF-CBT is used to help people with PTSD, victims of abuse, or people who have undergone any other type of trauma. It is appropriate for people aged 10 and up.
Mindfulness based therapies include Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. These approaches are similar to CBT but incorporate an attitude of acceptance and awareness that is derived from ancient meditation practices. The focus is on turning toward life and becoming more present in the moment. Many times we are operating on autopilot and are not fully engaged with our world. This can become a habit that allows for unhelpful patterns to take shape without our realizing what is happening. Mindfulness practice helps people become aware of how their "autopilot" mode may be working against them and how they can achieve well-being. Mindfulness based therapies can be provided to an individual, couple, or family and is appropriate for people aged 8 and up. Research has demonstrated its effectiveness in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, eating disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
We believe that counseling is a healing process that takes place within a therapeutic relationship. The first session consists of an evaluation to determine the focus of counseling and the modality that is the best fit for the person. In the second session, goals are set for the counseling relationship. We see the counseling relationship as a partnership and expect our clients to be active and involved in the process. Our therapists are trained in the modalities described below.
CBT is based on the idea that the way we think about things impacts the way we feel and how we behave. People can get into habits of negative thinking patterns such as self-critical or black-and-white thinking that can create mood disturbances and ineffective coping strategies. The mood and coping strategies can then impact the thought process until a vicious cycle has been established. CBT works to assist people in breaking out of these unskillful cycles and moving toward a better quality of life. Research has shown that CBT is particularly effective in treating anxiety and depression, but works well with other concerns too. This approach empowers people to take back control of their lives by changing the way they think and learning new coping skills. CBT can be provided to an individual, couple, or family and is appropriate for people aged 10 and up.