Counseling Treatments & Therapies

Adlerian Therapy

Alfred Adler developed his theory in the early 1900s addressing such crucial and contemporary issues as equality, parent education, the influence of birth order, life style, and the holism of individuals. It was the first holistic theory of personality, psychopathology, and psychotherapy that was intimately connected to a humanistic philosophy of living. At the heart of Adlerian psychotherapy is the process of encouragement and therapeutic education. Adlerian theory and practice have proven especially productive as applied to the growth and development of children.

Kristen Johnson & Stephanie Hefner Roth

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan.  It was originally developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder, however, research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. DBT includes four sets of behavioral skills: Mindfulness - the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment; Distress Tolerance - how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it; Interpersonal Effectiveness - how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others; and Emotion Regulation - how to change emotions that you want to change.

Katherine Walsh

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing  (EMDR)

EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes..

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Family Systems Therapy

Family Systems Therapy is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families to nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health.  The different schools of family therapy have in common a belief that, regardless of the origin of the problem, and regardless of whether the clients consider it an "individual" or "family" issue, involving families in solutions often benefits clients.

Kristen Johnson, Hailey Shaughnessy Katherine Walsh

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy was developed by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls and Paul Goodman in the 1940s and 1950s. It is an existential and experiential form of psychotherapy that emphasizes personal responsibility. Gestalt therapy focuses upon the individual's experience in the present moment, the therapist–client relationship, the environmental and social contexts of a person's life, and the self-regulating adjustments people make as a result of their overall situation. 

Kristen Johnson & Stephanie Hefner Roth

Gottman Method

The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. Couples who enter into Gottman Method Couples Therapy begin with an assessment process that then informs the therapeutic framework and intervention. Interventions are designed to help couples strengthen their relationships in three primary areas: friendship, conflict management, and creation of shared meaning. Couples learn to replace negative conflict patterns with positive interactions and to repair past hurts. The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication, increase intimacy, respect, and affection, remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy in conflicting situations, and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship. 

Kristen Johnson & Stephanie Hefner Roth

Brain Spotting

Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with Biolateral sound, which is deep, direct, and powerful yet focused and containing. Brainspotting works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system. Brainspotting is accordingly a physiological tool which has profound psychological, emotional, and physical results.

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Structural Therapy

Structural family therapy is a theory developed by Salvador Minuchin. The focus of the therapy is based on five specific principles. The five specific principles include: 1) the structural therapist focuses on the interactions between people rather than their individual psyches, 2) “Matrix of identity” based on personal interactions within the family, 3) Family structure based on social interactions, 4) “Well-functioning family” based on how family responds and develops according to family needs, & 5) The position of a family therapist is to help the family outgrow constraining growth patterns and develop as a stronger entity.

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Transgenerational Therapy

Transgenerational therapy gives therapists the ability to examine interactions between individuals in a family across multiple generations. The family therapist’s observations and analysis of interactions helps the therapist to grasp the core issues within the family group. In addition to current issues, the therapist may also pick up on future struggles or stressful situations. Concepts of transgenerational therapy are used frequently with other therapies to help create a lens to frame the issue being addressed in sessions.

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Play Therapy

Play therapy is a form of counseling that uses play to communicate with children to help them resolve psychosocial challenges. Its use aids children in developing better social integration, emotional modulation, trauma resolution, and growth and development. Play therapy is generally employed with children aged 3 through 11 and provides a way for them to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process.

Hailey Shaughnessy