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THE BENEFITS OF THERAPY
Let's dispel the myth that everyone who attends therapy is deeply troubled. We all have busy lives and sometimes we need the assistance of a professional to help us through the maze of life. Let's face it - we all could use some extra support to face the trials, triumphs, and transitions of life. So, if you are considering therapy but don't know the benefits it can bring, here are the top four advantages to speaking with a professional:
- You learn problem-solving skills to solve your own problems. Our world is fast-paced and often coming at us in so many ways that we don't have the time to sit, reflect, and choose the strategic direction that can help make our lives less complex. Therapy allows us to listen to our own speech (out loud) and provides time for reflection on life's circumstances in order for us to make more appropriate decisions.
- Your secrets are safe. Maybe you need to just get things from your past or present out from the closet where they have been stored for years. Therapy allows you to release, in more ways than one, the hidden things that have made you feel guilty, ashamed, or hurt and hand them over to God.
- Verbalizing feelings can have a significant therapeutic effect on the brain. We're sure you have heard others in therapy say, “I do all the talking.” Research has shown that verbalizing your feelings actually helps in cognitive functioning skills.
- Therapy helps you to work on ways to understand your thoughts, moods, and behaviors. After an incident, have you ever wondered why you reacted the way you did or thought what you thought? Being surprised by our reactions is part of the human experience. Often uncovering the why and how we react can help us to discover and understand our triggers. Once we do, we are on the road to retraining our thoughts and feelings in a way that will benefit us and others.
- Individual Therapy
- Couples Counseling
- Family Therapy
- Pre-marital Counseling
- Grief Counseling
- Parenting Programs
WE OFFER MORE THAN A ONE-FITS-ALL TREATMENT PLAN
We recognize the fact that each person, every couple, and all families are different, requiring a customized model of counseling. Our counselors come from a wide variety of disciplines. We have professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers and an advanced practice registered nurse on staff. All our counselors are state licensed and have practiced for over ten years. They are all familiar with ethical and cultural issues that impact the counseling relationship. Some of the treatment modalities used by our therapists are listed below.
Art & Play Therapy
Art and Play therapy is a non-threatening treatment that allows children to express their thoughts and feelings in ways best suited to their developmental level.
Through Parent Coaching, we train and empower parents to manage challenges, shift behaviors, correct family dynamics and achieve their parenting goals.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Referred to as CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes affect your feelings and behavior.
Family Systems Therapy
Through the use of Family Systems Therapy, we can help individuals resolve problems in the context of the family by enabling them to understand differentiation, triangulation, generational issues and other behavioral patterns.
Trauma Focused Therapy
Through Trauma Focused Therapy, our counselors assist individuals to develop skills designed to help them cope with emotions, memories, and behaviors that are tied to trauma.
Exposure Therapy is used with patients experiencing OCD or other phobias. Through the use of systematic techniques, a person is gradually exposed to the source of his/her anxiety in a safe environment.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is treatment designed to help people regulate their emotions and thoughts by learning about triggers that lead to emotional reactivity.
The Attachment-based Therapy treatment is based on the four attachment styles and how they relate to one’s current relationships.
Solution-focused Therapy is a goal-oriented treatment that focuses on a person’s present and future goals rather than on past experiences.
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy is designed specifically for couples. This is a treatment that helps to shift a couple’s interactional patterns in order to foster greater bonding and more expanded emotional responses.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing
Widely known as EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a mode of therapy that uses eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to assist clients in processing distressing memories and beliefs.
YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS BY CALLING US
To make the process easier to understand, we have put together a short animation that will help guide you through the therapy process at the Christian Counseling Connection, Inc. Should you have any additional questions, please contact our office where our staff is waiting and willing to answer them for you or to assist you in setting up your first counseling session.
WHAT WILL MY JOURNEY BE LIKE?
People wonder what therapy is like, so we have put together what you can expect when you make that call to the Christian Counseling Connection:
- REQUEST FOR SERVICES
- First, our office staff will fill out a request for services form, asking some general questions such as name and address, a reason for seeking counseling and your insurance information, if applicable.
- CONTACT INSURANCE COMPANY
- Then, our office staff will call your insurance company and get the details about your co-pay, deductible, and which of our counselors are in network.
- WAITLIST & CALL BACK
- Depending on our current waitlist, you will receive a call back within a week or two from the therapist who will ask more questions and determine a time to schedule your first appointment.
- SEND PAPERWORK
- Once an appointment is scheduled, our office staff will mail or email you paperwork that should be filled out prior to the first appointment.
- THE FIRST SESSION
- When you arrive at the first session you will pay your co-pay and meet with the therapist chosen for you based on your responses to the questions asked during your phone interview.
- INFORMATION & ASSESSMENT
- The therapist will go over some general information with you and begin an assessment to see if you and the therapist are a good match and if our services are appropriate for your needs.
- THERAPIST COMPATABILITY
- At the end of the session, you and the therapist will decide if you want to work together. If you do, a follow-up session will be scheduled. If not, you will be referred to another therapist at the agency or referred to another agency/therapist in the community.
- TREATMENT PLAN
- Within a week or two, your therapist will set up a treatment plan that he or she will share with you. If you agree on the plan, you will set out to meet those goals.
- SESSIONS & RESOURCES
- You will meet together for as many sessions as is necessary to meet your goals. Sometimes a referral may be made for a medication evaluation. Your therapist may recommend that you purchase books, complete weekly homework or attend an outside support group to aid in the therapy process.
- GOALS MET OR CHANGED
- When the goals you agreed upon together are met, you and your therapist will agree on an ending date. Sometimes the end of therapy will be gradual with bi-weekly or monthly check-ins to make sure all is going well. Sometimes during the course of therapy your goals may be changed or refined to better reflect your needs.