Recovery through connection! We are here for a purpose and we all have gifts. Our clients are their own experts; We facilitate and collaborate with our clients to develop appropriate treatment goals. Many of us have experienced trauma, and/or have chemical or behavioral addiction, and/or mental illness or problems with living. We offer evidenced-based treatments with dignified and respectful approaches. We are systems therapists; We believe that we all act and react to the systems we live in whether that be the family system, the community system and/or the political and social systems.
We offer unique approaches that are based on quality and not quantity. We believe that we all need to find purpose and meaning in our lives and ways to live healthy, productive lives with spirituality and connectedness.
We offer co-occurring treatment for mental health and substance use/behavioral disorders. We offer groups for trauma, codependency, continuing care/addiction, DBT and empowerment. We conduct psychological and substance abuse evaluations. We use 12 step models, CBT and play therapy among others. Diversity issues are our specialty area.
You can be assured – we have a commitment to excellence when it comes to the level of care we provide.
Psychological evaluations serve the same purpose. Psychologists use tests and other assessment tools to measure and observe a client's behavior to arrive at a diagnosis and guide treatment.
Psychotherapy can help people understand why they overcompensate, fulfill everyone’s needs but their own, or put themselves last. Family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are both well suited to treating codependency, although any form of therapy is likely to help. A therapist can help a person identify codependent tendencies, understand why the behaviors were adopted in the first place, and develop self-compassion in order to heal and transform old patterns.
Neuropsychological evaluation is an assessment of how one's brain functions, which indirectly yields information about the structural and functional integrity of your brain. The neuropsychological evaluation involves an interview and the administration of tests.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a therapy designed to help people suffering from mood disorders as well as those who need to change patterns of behavior that are not helpful, such as self-harm, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse. This approach works towards helping people increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states and helping to assess which coping skills to apply in the sequence of events, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help avoid undesired reactions. DBT assumes that people are doing their best but lack the skills needed to succeed, or are influenced by positive or negative reinforcement that interferes with their ability to function appropriately.
A cognitive assessment is an examination conducted to determine someone's level of cognitive function. There are a number of reasons to perform such an exam, and this test can be administered by a mental health professional, neurologist, or education professional, depending on how it is to be used. In this type of assessment, the subject will be asked to complete a series of tasks that require cognitive skills. Exams may be broken up into several different components to test things like reasoning, understanding language, and so forth. Each section is scored separately, and the results can be compared with those of other people who have taken the test to see where someone falls on a scale of cognitive performance.
Group therapy involves one or more psychologists who lead a group of roughly five to 15 patients. Typically, groups meet for an hour or two each week. Some people attend individual therapy in addition to groups, while others participate in groups only.
Many groups are designed to target a specific problem, such as depression, obesity, panic disorder, social anxiety, chronic pain or substance abuse. Other groups focus more generally on improving social skills, helping people deal with a range of issues such as anger, shyness, loneliness and low self-esteem.
The word empowerment can mean different things to different people. There does not seem to be one consistent definition. The term covers a vast array of definitions depending on the discipline and concepts being discussed. Empowerment can be financial, emotional, psychological, spiritual, or physical. As a counselor, I define empowerment as being able to make the best possible decision for one’s self and having the ability to turn that decision into action.
Empowerment is actualized through self-awareness and by having an intimate knowledge of one’s own wishes, needs, desires, and wants.
SEX OFFENDER ASSESSMENTS
We evaluate individuals accused or convicted of sexual offenses for a variety of purposes, including the assessment of dangerousness, risk for recidivism, involuntary commitment, inclusion in a state's sex offender registry, competency, and criminal responsibility.