Counselors – We have counselor(s) who are trained to help empower individuals, couples, and families with different types of issues including but not limited to:
- Personality disorders
- Adjustment Disorders (adjusting to a new set of circumstances)
Life Issues (Adjustment)
These are issues that happen when there are circumstances in your life that you find difficult to accept and yet you cannot change them. This can include loss of a loved one, divorce, change in health or even a change in employment. When life doesn’t “work” the way we feel it should sometimes a counselor can help with the transition.
We work with people who are in need of short term and long term counseling.
DBT (Dialetic Behavioral Therapy)
This theory holds that when we want to change a behavior, we must not only change the behavior, but we must change the thinking or thought processes behind the behavior. It further holds that there are times in which the behavior must change even when either the thought process cannot change or the environment which we find ourselves in will not change and therefore we need to adapt and learn how to accept the things.
It teaches mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation. This has been found to be a promising intervention across clinical and non-clinical populations and many different settings.
This therapy can consist of DBT skill training in a group setting or other setting, DBT individual therapy, DBT phone coaching, and sometimes a consultation team. Using this type of therapy first will give some initial relief while we continue to work on some of the things that can change.
Family Systems is the second type of therapy that we can use once the person is no longer ina crisis state in need of immediate relief.
This therapy views a person as a part of a whole and that the unit cannot change unless the whole unit changes as well. It evaluates the different parts of the system in relation to each part of the system and the whole system. It identifies the different parts and how they interact with each other. It then identifies the patterns of communication and or relationships within the whole.
After identification of the parts, interactions and relationships, and patterns of behavior it allows for the system to change through each of the parts doing work individually and together.
- An example of this is when a part is “stuck” in the past (usually a traumatic experience) while other parts have gotten past the trauma or have to make up for the part that is still stuck in the past.
- Another example is when we have two very different views on the same issue. You might hear someone say “Part of me thinks they got what they deserved but the other part of me feels bad for him”. We naturally think in parts and therefore can examine each piece … why do we feel one way and or the other and how does that fit together in our system as a whole.
This, as a whole or parts of the system, can allow for us to challenge certain core values and beliefs or thinkin patterns, if need be, so as to make them healthier.