What We Do
JMD Counseling uses a variety of therapeutic interventions that have been shown to be effective with child, adolescent, and family problems. We offer a range of services in family, individual, and group formats.
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Play therapy is a therapeutic intervention designed to help children and families work through their problems in a safe, non-threatening environment. Because children express themselves naturally through play, they often communicate their difficulties more effectively through play than through traditional “talk therapy.” During play therapy sessions, children use toys, art materials, and sand play to express their feelings, develop problem-solving skills, change negative behaviors, reduce anxiety, and increase their self-confidence.
Theraplay is a form of play therapy that is designed to build bonds and trust between families in a fun and engaging way. Often involving physical activity, Theraplay deepens the bonds between a parent and child by focusing on Structure, Engagement, Nurture and Challenge. As a result of Theraplay, children are more likely to see relationships has positive and worthwhile, while building self-confidence. Through games and challenging activities, a sense of security is created within the child and the connection to the parent grows stronger.
In our Individual Therapy sessions, our clients work 1-on-1 with a trained specialist on their specific issues. Our safe, non-threatening, non-judgmental environment is designed to help our clients understand their feelings and emotions. In these sessions, clients work through desired behavioral changes, setting goals to improve self-confidence. These sessions can address all causes of anxiety or depression, or even talking through something that is just part of growing up.
When a child has developed a behavioral problem, it often means there is a breakdown in the family dynamic that needs to be explored. Family Therapy focuses on repairing, healing or strengthening the relationships between those we are closest to. In these sessions, we discuss patterns of interaction between family members, especially between parent and child. The solutions that are developed are designed to leave the counselor’s room and work in the home, so families can change the way they interact in the places they spend time together.
For children aged 2-7, our PCIT experts apply evidence-based treatment to address emotional challenges. By addressing the interactions between parents and children, disruptive and aggressive behavior can be significantly reduced. Parents are counseled on how to maintain control through strong communication and nurturing behavior; empowering the caretakers to carry out therapy themselves is a hallmark of PCIT. These sessions also include instructions for how to practice techniques at home.
CPP focuses on how trauma or other issues have affected the relationship between a parent and a child, taking into account family culture and history. Typically focused on younger children, CPP helps improve response to trauma, working to build a new trauma narrative together with the parent and child that is different for each type of trauma. The desired outcome is an increase in security and feelings of safety within the child. These techniques have been proven to reduce behavioral problems and strengthen family relationships.
DBT is focused more on our teen clients, and is used to address suicidal thought patterns, self-harm, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse and eating disorders. This service focuses on boosting self-confidence and building a toolkit our clients can use to respond to negative feelings and destructive behaviors. DBT teaches mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotion regulation.
Boundary Project is a style of treatment focused on correcting sexual behavior problems in both young and pre-teen children. Through meditation, expressive therapies and more, BP addresses impulse control issues and targets aggression reduction. This program also focuses on repairing child-parent relationships that may be contributing to the issue.
Applicable to many problems and age groups, Assessment therapy is designed to help our clients understand their feelings and gain insight into how to solve problems. The Marschak Interaction Method is used to identify strengths and weaknesses between parent and child. Written assessments are also used to create treatment recommendations tailored to each client’s need.
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