Play therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods, which uses one or more of the natural benefits of play. Play Therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children systematically address and resolve their own problems. We employ the language of play to help children express what is troubling them when they cannot say their thoughts and feelings in words. Play may also be used to promote cognitive development and provide insight about inner conflicts or dysfunctional thinking in the child.
Play Therapy will help a child learn to:
- Replace inappropriate behaviors with more successful behaviors
- Develop new solutions to their problems
- Increase respect for themselves and others
- Learn to experience and express emotions with respect to the thoughts and feelings of others
- Parent Child Interaction Training
Parent Child Interaction Training is an evidence-based treatment using very specific, step-by-step, live coaching sessions with both the caregiver and the child. Parent Child Interaction Training places emphasis on improving the quality of the relationship and changing negative interaction patterns.
Parent Child Interaction Training is a family centered treatment approach tailored for each parent and child’s specific needs. Parents are taught specific skills to use with their child to establish, improve, or maintain a nurturing and secure relationship while increasing their child’s positive behavior and decreasing negative behavior.
This is a short-term therapy provided in 14-20 sessions depending on the needs of the family. Parent Child Interaction Training requires weekly in office sessions and 5-10 minutes of homework each day. In order to help ensure long term success, booster sessions are offered at 1 months, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year following completion of treatment.
Parent Child Interaction Training can include multiple siblings and both parents.
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is designed to help children and their parents overcome the negative and often devastating effects of trauma.
Traumatic life events that children experience may include child sexual or physical abuse; traumatic loss of a loved one; exposure to domestic, school or community violence; exposure to disaster, terrorist attacks, or war trauma; serious accident such as car or plane; and serious medical procedures, operations or hospitalizations.
This therapy will help parents learn optimal ways to support their child and the skills that the child is learning in therapy. It also teaches parents effective parenting skills in dealing with the behaviors that often accompany child victims of trauma.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps the client develop stress management skills, affect regulation, problem solving and safety skills, communication skills, self-esteem empowerment and interpersonal trust. The intervention can be provided to children ages 3-18 and their parents.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced-based treatment program for individuals with difficulty managing intense emotions. Individuals in this program will participate in individual DBT therapy, skills training and phone coaching. Those that will benefit from the group include those who have difficulty with: intense emotions, impulsivity, self-harm, feeling worthless and unhealthy relationships.
Individual DBT Therapy
Individual therapy is all about enhancing motivation to apply skills to everyday life. Dialectical Behavior Therapy runs weekly in conjunction with Skills Training Group. Through this therapy program, the client will learn how to reinforce skills and help process any past trauma.
DBT Skills Training Group
Skills Training Group meets on a weekly basis for 2 hours for a total of 24 weeks. Skills Training Group is run like a class, where group leaders teach skills and assign homework as a way for participants to apply skills in their everyday life. The Training Group allows individuals to learn new behavioral skills in order to gain control of intense emotions such as anxiety, depression or anger.
Phone Coaching increases the individuals’s ability to manage distressful situations on their own.
- Co-Parent Counseling
It is no secret that divorce can be difficult for all involved. Instead of being the end, the finalization of a divorce is really a new beginning. A beginning which redefines the family, requiring parents and children to navigate living as a different kind of family, but still a family nevertheless. It is well documented that the most harm to children during and after a divorce is how parents handle themselves and their interactions with each other, not the divorce itself.
However, despite the divorce, children still want and need both of their parents to continue loving and parenting them. For parents, the idea of co-parenting and communicating with the other parent is often very difficult because they still feel raw from the emotions that they carry as a result of the break up of the marriage, not to mention the emotions raised by the process of the divorce itself.
Through Co-Parent Counseling, we help parents learn to change dysfunctional, emotionally-charged communication and behavior patterns by helping them adopt clearly-defined, respectful, and dispassionate approaches to problem-solving and decision-making.
- Eating Psychology Coaching
Eating Psychology Coaching is an exciting and cutting edge approach developed by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. It effectively addresses weight concerns, binge eating, overeating, body image challenges, and various nutrition related health concerns. Oftentimes, our eating challenges are connected to work, money, relationships, family, intimacy, life stress, and so much more. Integrated Therapy Services looks to support you with coaching strategies and nutrition principles that are nourishing, doable, sustainable, and that yield results.