Thriving Families offers individual, parenting, and family sessions for children and teens experiencing a wide range of emotional and behavioral symptoms. Treatment can target the following:
- Adoption issues
- Behavioral Challenges
- Bipolar Disorder
- Bullying/Peer relationships
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Negative effects of social media
- Parenting Skills
- Low self-esteem
- Self-harming behaviors
- Sibling conflict
- Sexual and gender identity concerns
- And more!
Typically, the first 2-4 sessions will involve an assessment of the youth and/or family’s needs. By the end of the evaluation, you therapist will be able to offer you some initial impressions of what your work together may include. At that point, your therapist will discuss your treatment goals and create an initial treatment plan. It is during this stage that you will want to see if your therapist can make sense of your situation in a way that is useful to you.
During this stage, your therapist and you are doing the hard but exciting work of making progress on the individual and/or family goals. Sessions can involve art, singing, dancing, walking, doing sand tray, playing games, and talking. It is important that therapy becomes a safe place where the necessary growth and exploration can take place. The therapeutic relationship serves as a foundation for kids, teens, and parents to sort through challenges and emerge stronger. Having some fun is an important part of this stage.
Your therapist and you are wrapping up and reviewing the progress made. Appointments may be set in the future as a way to check-in to make sure progress is maintained. Once treatment is over, the therapist is still available should future concerns arise or to celebrate successes.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a research supported, time effective treatment option for trauma. EMDR capitalizes on the brain’s natural healthy processing of events in order to reprocess how memories are stored. Find more information here.
When our sensory needs are met, then we are within a window of tolerance to successfully participate in therapy. When there is too much arousal (hyperarousal) or too little arousal (hypoarousal), then we aren’t able to fully participate in psychotherapy. We use a variety of methods to get kids and teens within their window of tolerance so we can maximize the benefits of therapy. Examples of methods used include walking, yoga, bouncing on a trampoline, fidget toys, or using a weighted lap blanket. Each are targeted to increase or decrease sensory input. There is a strong relationship between sensory needs and emotions and behaviors.
Sensory and Movement Based Interventions
When our sensory needs are met, then we are within a window of tolerance to successfully participate in therapy. When there is too much arousal (hyperarousal) or too little arousal (hypoarousal), then we aren’t able to fully participate in psychotherapy. Kristen uses a variety of methods to get kids and teens within their window of tolerance so she can maximize the benefits of therapy. Examples of methods used include walking, yoga, sitting on a yoga ball, fidget toys, and/or weighted lap blanket each targeted to increase or decrease sensory input. There is a strong relationship between sensory needs and emotions and behaviors. This understanding is evaluated for and used throughout therapy.
Art therapy provides a medium for kids and teens to express themselves. It can be used to facilitate emotional identification, further understand conflicts and challenges, and can provide an opportunity for resolution as well. Art therapy can use clay, painting, crafts, and drawing to assist in therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy examines negative thinking in order to create healthier, more realistic cognitive patterns. CBT is based on the foundation that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors have an interactive relationship. By targeting thoughts and behaviors, there is an opportunity to change our feelings.
Mindfulness is the ability to be present and aware of what is happening in the moment without judgment. Mindfulness grounds us and keeps us from living in the past or the future. Mindfulness strategies are taught to help with emotion regulation and to gain insight and awareness.
Attachment Based Interventions
These interventions are primarily drawn from Karyn Purvis and David’s Cross Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI®). TBRI® is a researched set of interventions to help build trust and connection with children from trauma backgrounds. These interventions can alter brain chemistry through a holistic approach to tremendously improve a child’s ability to regulate emotions and build attachment relationships. TBRI® draws from neuroscience, attachment research, and sensory models. Please click here to learn more.
Narrative therapy is founded on the idea that we all create stories about our lives in order to have understanding and meaning. However, some of these stories can become harmful and cause problems. In this therapy, the client is seen as the expert to see if there is a healthier narrative that allows for more positive thoughts and feelings to occur.
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