TRAINING AND METHODS
Anxiety | Depression Training | Trauma| Sexual Abuse-Assault
Our group received their clinical training under the direction of Phyllis Miller, the Executive Director of Day League (formerly DeKalb Rape Crisis Center). During this period at Day League, we were trained as a therapists, learning to provide intensive therapeutic counseling; processing various issues related to the aftermath of sexual assault and childhood sexual assault; utilizing methods to treat symptoms of various disorders, including borderline personality disorder, PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc. In addition, we became familiar with managing triggers and using anxiety-reducing techniques. In this setting we became knowledgeable of managing crises as a first responder as well as techniques to deal with shame, blame and rape myths. In our therapy sessions, we regular use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy as methods/modalities.
Adoption and Infertility
Our group has personal and professional experience with adoption and infertility. Members of our group began their professional career in this area with Foster Care Programs. Being a natural advocate for children, while protecting their interests and rights, members of our group have vast experience in this area, including directing programs. In addition, members of our group have personally encountered the area of infertility. This encounter led to discovering the beautiful world of adoption along with the rewarding challenges that it presents. Therefore, we have made it our service to assist others on this journey of infertility and adoption.
Through our own of personal journeys, our experienced staff is comprised of business professionals and spiritual small and family group leaders that will provide you the space you need to share your spiritual journey and concerns openly. We are here to assist you to align your spiritual values with Christ-Centered practices, with emphasis on grace and acceptance.
In couples counseling, we will use the Gottman Method. From The Gottman Institute, "The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory."
In family counseling, we use the Family Systems Theory. From The Bowen Center, "Bowen family systems theory is a theory of human behavior that views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. It is the nature of a family that its members are intensely connected emotionally. Often people feel distant or disconnected from their families, but this is more feeling than fact."
Grief and Loss
As a companion during the journey of grief and loss, we will walk alongside you . With our current and ongoing services in hospice, we provide psychosocial services and counseling to patients/families during their journey to adjust to illnesses, various types of grief and loss, including death. We utilize various methods to support clients experiencing grief and loss, including exploring Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ The Five stages of Grief and Loss; William Worden’s The Four Tasks of Mourning; and teachings of Dr. Alan Wolfet with the Center for Loss and Life Transition.