Therapeutic and Parenting Services
Theraplay is a child and family therapy for enhancing and building attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction
between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding. Theraplay is appropriate for children of all ages and their parents/caregiver; and when combined with other approaches, such as Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, is an effective therapy for teenagers, adopted and foster children and children with special needs. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) is a body-centered psychotherapy method drawn from somatic therapies, neuroscience, attachment theory, and cognitive approaches, as well as from Hakomi therapy. SP aims to treat physical sensations associated with the traumatic event. While traditional talk therapies utilize the words of a person as the entry point for treatment, SP depends on the bodily experiences of the individual as a gateway to awareness and improved mental health. SP holds that traumatic experiences may become trapped deep within the body, with those who are affected sometimes completely unaware of the existence of unresolved trauma. Traditional talk therapies may fail to unearth these unconscious issues. SP is often utilized for adults and children who have been exposed to a single traumatic event (i.e. rape, car accident, witness death of a loved one) as well as those exposed to multiple traumas and relational trauma (i.e. child abuse, domestic violence, bullying). Attachment-focused psychotherapy combines attachment theory (including the identification of the attachment styles such as secure, anxious, ambivalent and disorganized) with an analysis and understanding of how attachments in early childhood get represented in the human inner world and subsequently interpersonal relationships in adult life. Attachment-based psychotherapy addresses the limiting and detrimental effects of negative early attachment experiences. Attachment-based psychotherapy has two major components: establishing a security-engendering therapeutic relationship and helping the client to communicate more openly and thus to access more adaptive feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Attachment-based psychotherapy is useful for adults, couples, families and children experiencing attachment/bonding difficulties with their loved ones.
Specifically, this method helps couples break through barriers to achieve greater understanding, connection and intimacy in their relationships. The Gottman Method Couples Therapy was developed out of the study of more than 3,000 couples to help partners increase respect, affection, and closeness, resolving conflict when they feel stuck, generating greater understanding and keep conflict discussions calm and connected. This approach is appropriate for couples experiencing marital discord, stress and experiencing conflict during the transition into parenthood or as their children enter a new phase of development (i.e. adolescence).
Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the mind and mental health. IPNB informs a way of approaching strategies for change in psychotherapy by integrating the importance of relationships and the brain into clinical approach to cultivate well-being. IPNB incorporates principles of neuroplasticity, attachment research and mindfulness skill training into the process of integration which the psychotherapist facilitates to help the the brain change, heals and grow as the client overcomes mental health difficulties. IPNB is applied in parenting through Whole Brain Child Skills to manage challenging behaviors and restore a secure attachment relationship between parents and their children.