Counseling falls under the umbrella term ‘talking therapies’ and allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment. The term can mean different things to different people, but in general it is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. A counselor is not there to sit you down and tell you what to do - instead we encourage you to talk about what's bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking. We may then look to create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues or help you to find ways of coping. Counseling does not have a pre-fixed format rather; each session is generally tailored according the individual’s needs. There is flexibility within this type of therapy that allows for a variety of counseling formats.
Behavior Therapy approaches for children and adolescents vary widely, they focuses primarily on how some problematic thoughts or behaviors may accidentally get "rewarded" within a young person's environment. These rewards or reinforcements often contribute to an increase in the frequency of these thoughts and behaviors. We tend to apply different behavior techniques on to different children with varied problems. Although behavioral therapies are different from disorder to disorder, a common thread is that behavioral therapists encourage children and adolescents to try new behaviors and not to allow negative "rewards" to dictate the ways in which they act. It is a treatment that helps change potentially self-destructing behaviors of especially children. It is also called behavioral modification or cognitive behavioral therapy. We use this type of therapy to replace bad habits with good ones. The therapy also helps you cope with difficult situations.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) helps improve a person’s moods, anxiety and behavior by examining confused or distorted patterns of thinking. In CBT, we teach individuals that thoughts cause feelings and moods which can influence behavior. Also, people learn to identify harmful thought patterns and aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You're shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. We, then help them to replace this thinking with thoughts that result in more appropriate feelings and behaviors. Research shows that CBT can be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, obsessions, compulsions, etc. Specialized forms of CBT have also been developed to help children coping with post traumatic stress disorder.
Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied behavior analysis is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. In this context, “behavior" refers to actions and skills. Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning. ABA is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. Today, ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism and other related disorders. In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another child’s perspective.
Play is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. It expands self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization and self-efficacy. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects us to people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates our emotions, and boosts our ego. Play Therapy involves the use of toys, blocks, dolls, puppets, drawings and games to help the child recognize, identify, and verbalize feelings. We observe how the child uses play materials and identifies themes or patterns to understand the child's problems. Through a combination of talk and play the child has an opportunity to better understand and manage their conflicts, feelings, and behavior. It is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children. In play therapy, toys are like the child's words and play is the child's language. The positive relationship that develops between us and the child during play therapy sessions can provide a corrective emotional experience necessary for healing.
Family Therapy focuses on helping the family function in more positive and constructive ways by exploring patterns of communication and providing support and education. It enables family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives. Individuals can find Family Therapy helpful, as an opportunity to reflect on important relationships and find ways forward. We also include sessions with the child or adolescent along with parents, siblings, and grandparents. Couples therapy is a specific type of family therapy that focuses on a couple's communication and interactions (e.g. parents having marital problems).
Group Therapy is a form of psychotherapy where there are multiple patients led by one or more therapists. It uses the power of group dynamics and peer interactions to increase understanding of mental illness and/or improve social skills. There are many different types of group therapy (e.g. psychodynamic, social skills, substance abuse, multi-family, parent support, etc.). In many cases, the group will meet in a room where the chairs are arranged in a circle fashion so that each member can see every other person in the group. We begin with members of the group introducing themselves and sharing why they are in group therapy. Members might also share their experiences and progress since the last meeting. As a therapist, the precise manner in which the session is conducted depends largely on the goals of the group and our styles of work. Some might encourage a more free-form style of dialogue, where each member participates as he or she sees fit. Others instead have a specific plan for each session that might include having clients practice new skills with other members of the group.