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- Behavioral Indicators
- Request Services
- Couples Counseling
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy
- Mental Health Paraprofessional Intervention
- Play Therapy
- School-Based Services
- Psychiatric Services
- Psychology Evaluation
Couples counseling involves discussion and problem solving sessions facilitated by a therapist. At times, it may include both partners or sometimes be administered individually. This type of therapy can help couples improve their understanding of each other and the ways in which they respond to one another. It may also resolve patterns of behavior that might lead to more severe mental illness.
Examples of an appropriate referral for couples counseling include a 25-year old woman who was sexually abused as a child and has intimacy issues with her husband, or a 35-year old going through a divorce.
Family therapy is facilitated by a therapist, sometimes with the entire family group and sometimes with individuals. Family therapy helps family members improve their understanding of and the ways in which they respond to one another. This type of therapy can resolve patterns of behavior that might lead to more severe mental illness. It can also help educate individuals about the nature of mental disorders and teach them skills to better cope with the effects of having a family member with a mental illness (e.g. dealing with feelings of anger or guilt).
Group therapy involves groups of usually 4 to 12 people, typically of similar age, who have similar problems and who meet regularly with a therapist. The therapist uses the emotional interactions of the group's members to help them obtain relief from distress and possibly modify their behavior.
Mental health problems are real. They affect one's thoughts, body, feelings and behavior. They can be severe, seriously interfere with a person's life and even cause a person to become disabled. Individual therapy is tailored for a patient/client and administered one-on-one whether it be in the home, office or school. Goals for therapy may be specific (e.g. change in behavior, improved relations with family or friends) or more general (e.g. less anxiety, better self-esteem, etc.).
Mental health paraprofessionals work with the client and family on behavioral issues that occur in the home, school and community. The MHPP serves on the treatment team and assists professional staff with the execution of the treatment plan. They also assist with securing community services that might be available to the client and the client's family.
Play therapy is geared toward young children (as young as 2) and uses a variety of activities, such as painting, puppets and dioramas (a re-creation of a natural setting which shows a specific moment in time) to establish communication with the therapist and resolve problems. Play allows the child to express emotions and problems that would be too difficult to discuss with another person.
An example of a play therapist referral might be a 5-year old who is having trouble separating from mom and attending kindergarten. There are many more examples of more intense needs such as sexual or parental abuse.