Intimacy Therapy Created by Dr. David Ferguson, Intimacy Therapy at its core is about relationships with others and with God. It focuses on human needs and how unhealthy thinking develops when needs are not met. The client will focus on getting needs met through affectionate caring, vulnerable communication, joint accomplishment and mutual giving. Comfort and truth are key elements that lead to healing and will be explored. It provides multiple assessments that help to discover the clients story. Darrell, Julie and Cristy are all trained in Intimacy Therapy.
TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) is a holistic intervention that meets the needs of the whole child. It is an approach to caregiving that is developmentally respectful, responsive to trauma, and attachment-based. TBRI teaches that three principles are the foundation for working with kids from hard places – Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting. Julie, Ali and Cristy have all been trained in TBRI.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) works to reconnect the body, brain, thoughts and emotions together after trauma- as trauma disconnects us from ourselves in so many ways. EMDR provides a safe and measured way to help the trauma become a part of our overall story vs. a part of us that feels uncontrolled in the way it affects us. Our memories, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors around the hard events become more integrated within our whole system. EMDR has been found to be very effective in healing PTSD (post traumatic stress syndrome). Cristy, Ali, Julie and Tracey all offer EMDR.
Play Therapy Play is the work and the language of the child. Play allows space for expression of self in an environment that is safe, comfortable, helpful, and fun. Delight and joy helps our nervous systems feel calmer and more connected, allowing more room and space for resilience in the midst of hard things kids and families have gone through. Play therapy is hard work for our kids- they share a lot of themselves in ways that include words and many ways that don't. Play therapy is a collaborative process between child and therapist and therapist and caregivers. The goal is to help children and families learn to express themselves in healthier ways, discover new and more positive ways to think and solve problems, and heal from traumatic events in their lives. Cristy, Ali, and Tracey all do play therapy.
SandTray Therapy is an expressive therapy that is utilized with all ages. Sandtray invites our right brain, (the side that processes emotions and metaphor) to be a part of therapy alongside our left brain, (the side that uses language and logic). This lets our whole selves show up in the room, so we see ourselves through imagination, metaphor, and story, which makes space for self-compassion and healing. Cristy, Julie, Ali and Tracey all offer this therapy.
P.A.C.T. (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) is a type of couples therapy that quickly gets to the heart of what's happening with conflict and tension in your relationship. PACT works by cutting out a lot of the confusing talk and arguing about who's right or how to fix a given problem. PACT's focus is on creating a secure relationship by using brain science and proven tools and techniques to build trust and safety. Darrell Ragland is a level 1 PACT therapist.
Animal Assisted Counseling happens by socializing with an animal to decrease distress and improve mood. The effects of this therapy are measurable, as seen by an increase in the release of endorphins in the person interacting with the animal. Endorphins are brain chemicals that are released that help you to feel better. It is a step along the way in the healing process. Ali Hoke offers this therapy along with her pal, Gracie the bunny. ❤️
Theraplay is a structured form of play therapy supporting parents and children to feel more connected. The aim is to enhance attachment, self-esteem and trust in others. It works by regulating the lower brain stem which supports a child's emotional regulation. Cristy and Ali use theraplay principles in their work.
The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy is based on Dr. John Gottman’s research that focuses on what makes relationships succeed or fail. From this research, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have created a method of therapy that emphasizes a "nuts-and-bolts" approach to improving clients’ relationships. This method is designed to help teach specific tools that deepen friendship and intimacy in your relationship. To help productively manage conflicts, you will be given ways to work through "resolveable problems" and understanding of "gridlocked" (or perpetual) issues. This includes appreciation of the relationships strengths and ways to gently navigate through its vulnerabilities.