Types of Therapy


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a scientifically tested and proven effective type of therapy used in the treatment of many different disorders.  This type of therapy focuses on collaborating with and teaching the client a number of different problem solving skills that the client masters and then applies in other areas of their life.  CBT places increased focus on thoughts, emphasizing that thoughts are different from emotions. Thoughts create emotions and emotions influence behaviors. Some skills we will work on are challenging our automatic thinking, identifying and modifying distorted thinking and learning to relate to others in different ways.  This form of therapy is not designed for lifelong participation, but focuses more on helping clients meet their goals in the near future.

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Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidenced-based treatment approach and especially sensitive to the unique problems of youth with post-traumatic stress and mood disorders resulting from abuse, violence, or grief.  Because the client is usually a child, TF-CBT often brings non-offending parents or other caregivers into treatment and incorporates principles of family therapy.  As its name implies TF-CBT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that addresses the specific emotional and mental health needs of children, adolescents, adult survivors, and families who are struggling to overcome the destructive effects of early trauma. 

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Play Therapy

Play Therapy (PT) is a proven therapeutic modality that allows children to grow, learn, heal, and thrive.  PT to children is what talk therapy is to adults.  Play is a natural means of communication for children.  During play therapy, a child uses play to re-enact difficult experiences and symbolically express unconscious thoughts, experiences, and emotions.  PT can be used to help a child deal with a variety of issues like adoption, aggressive behavior, chronic illness, anxiety, grief, or depression.  Play Therapy can include movement play, sand play, social play, creative play, vocal play, or story telling.  PT is suitable for children above the age of 3 years.

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