Types of Therapy
There are many types of therapy available to meet the unique needs of each individual client or family. We use a variety of therapeutic models and tools to build a therapeutic relationship, identify needs, develop a plan with goals, and provide interventions that help children and adults become the best version of themselves. Here are a few types of therapy we provide:
Trauma therapy may address a single traumatic event such as a traumatic pregnancy or birth, prematurity, a NICU admission, or medical trauma in early childhood, as well as attachment/relational trauma. Working with young children and families requires a knowledge of the attachment and relational needs of babies, children, and parents. Treating relational/attachment trauma is a specialized form of therapy that helps the client experience safety, worth, and trust in their most central and critical relationships. Learn more about Trauma
Perinatal and Postpartum Support
Pregnancy and the postpartum period, the year following the birth of a baby, is not always the joy that mothers and fathers expect it to be. When a pregnant mother or expecting partner are struggling with symptoms of sadness, anger, anxiety, intrusive unwanted thoughts, or other difficult emotions, therapy is necessary to support the pregnant mother and partner so she/they can have the best and safest experience possible and prepare for the baby’s arrival. Supporting parents is supporting the baby and babies need their parents to create a safe, predictable and reliable environment for them.
This type of therapy is done with the parent and the baby together. It is extremely helpful for parents who are concerned about their child’s attachment, having difficulty learning to ‘read’ their baby’s cues, and those struggling with feeling confident and successful as a parent. The ‘client’ in infant-parent psychotherapy is the ‘relationship’ between the baby and the parent. The goal is to enhance the joy, comfort, and bond between the parent and baby.
Child therapy utilizes a variety of therapeutic models depending on the presenting issues and needs such as play therapy, sand tray, physical movement, music, etc. It may involve meeting with the child alone, with their parent(s), or a mix of both. Just as with adults, the most important part of therapy is the relationship the client and therapist develop together. It is within the safe space of this therapeutic relationship that a client, a child, can open up, take off their armor, and express their thoughts, feelings, and needs. Read more about therapy with young children.
This type of therapy involves seeing just one person/parent. It’s an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings about being a new parent, discuss ways in which you feel you may not be good enough, and address historical trauma that may be getting in the way of feeling good about yourself as a parent and an individual.
Parent education/therapy is when one, or ideally both parents, come to session together and have an opportunity to talk about how they feel about their lives as a family, a couple, and an individual/parent. This is helpful because you will feel heard and understood which can reduce stress significantly. We will work together to develop a plan to help you both explore how to get many of your needs met, feel connected in the work of being parents, and be supported as partners. Psychoeducation is from evidenced based approaches to positive parenting which are rooted in attachment theory.
High Conflict Parenting Support
Parents who are experiencing high conflict co-parenting dynamics with their ‘coparent’ will benefit from support and psychoeducation to learn effective and respectful ways to navigate the challenges of co-parenting in a toxic relationship and support their children in an effort to reduce the impact this toxic influence can have a young child and their developing brain, nervous system, and attachment style. Gain a better understanding of why people behave the way they do when threatened or scared, learn tools to help you avoid the old traps that drive conflict and stress, and learn to support your child in spite of the difficult co-parenting challenges.