At times we all have reservations about change. As humans we tend to do what feels right to us and as such do not wish to change our current way of doing things, even if that causes us to move further from our goals. Motivational interviewing is a collaborative conversation to strengthen a person’s own motivation for and commitment to change. This type of therapy allows the individual to be in charge of change. As with life, some changes can be difficult. Your therapist will work with you to ensure that your journey toward change is a peaceful as possible.
This approach involves ensuring that your voice is heard. It may be difficult for you to share your thoughts, feelings, and actions with someone you just meet. It is critical that you feel comfortable when engaging in therapy. We provide an atmosphere that is nonjudgmental and we make every attempt to ensure that you are comfortable with the therapeutic relationship.
Narrative Therapy is an approach that places the experiences of the person coming to therapy in a central position of importance. A counselor may be an ‘expert’ in therapy, but you are the expert in your life. Narrative Therapy builds on the idea that people live their lives according to stories they construct about who they are, and what their lives are, (and can be) like. These stories can act like a lens, filtering out new and different stories which don’t fit the main story. Faulty coping mechanisms can take hold and make us stuck when we view as issue as part of our main story. Sharing stories allows us to externalize problems, identify strengths, and empower change.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a therapeutic approach that helps individuals become aware of their thoughts (cognitive), and emotions that have a negative effect on their behavior. The overall goal of Cognitive Behavior Therapy is to change troublesome patterns of behavior. This is done by understanding how to interpret ones environment, and interpersonal relationships, while focusing on what the individual has control over. This form of therapy consists of two parts. In order to navigate through destructive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors they must first be identified. This is important in building an understanding of how negative thoughts and emotions have created patterns of self-defeating behaviors. Secondly, Cognitive Behavior Therapy helps individuals learn new behaviors and replace self-defeating ones.
Children naturally express themselves through play. Play can be seen as the child’s way of processing his/her environment and problem solving. Since play is fun, it makes it easier for children to confront what is bothering them and allows them to express their true thoughts and feelings in ways best suited to their development level. Play therapy is conducted in a safe, non-punitive atmosphere in which the child knows that they can express themselves.
Sand Tray Therapy
Certain life problems may be difficult to talk about. Sand tray therapy is a three dimensional approach to solving problems. When people have experienced a trauma or other life stressors they often do not have the words to express their thoughts and emotions. These representations serve as a uniform language. Sand play serves as a medium to express internal thoughts, feelings, and drives. Sand tray therapy can help people of all ages, languages, and developmental levels.