We provide many in office and in home mental health and educational services. The following is a brief explanation of the services we offer. If you would like more information, or have any questions, please contact our office at 417-755-9042.
Children, adolescents, and adults seek counseling for a variety of reasons. We provide Individual therapy for anyone dealing with mental health issues or a diagnosis such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Adjustment Disorders. We provide Individual therapy to address and provide help for many environmental issues including: anger management, grief and loss, divorce/separation, work stress, job displacement, and life transitions.
Family therapy involves the whole family or at least some of the family members meeting together with the therapist to work primarily on family related issues. Through family therapy, we help families or individuals within a family understand and improve the way family members interact with each other and resolve conflicts. We work with the family unit and the problem or issues that are affecting the family and how the issue(s) may be impacting each member of the family. The reasons families may seek counseling include: parenting Issues, life transitions/changes, divorce, grief or loss, substance abuse, financial changes/difficulties, relationships problems, and domestic abuse/violence. We also provide specific approaches such as Family Play Therapy, Filial Therapy and Child Parent Relationship Therapy.
Professional and Parent Trainings
Our clinic provides continuing education training for professionals and several educational trainings for parents. Our clinic is an approved continuing education provider for many organizations and licensures. Our training schedule is typically posted on the trainings page of our website. If you are a professional or parent who would like to receive individual training on a particular topic or issue we can also arrange for individualized trainings including in home parent training.
Group therapy involves a small group (usually 6-8 people) meeting with the therapist. Our groups strive to give support, offer alternatives, and comfort members in such a way that difficulties become resolved and alternative behaviors are learned. During group therapy, people begin to see that they are not alone and that there is hope and help. Group therapy also provides individuals the opportunity to learn new skills and ways of handling situations and circumstances. Typical group therapy sessions offered include: anger management, parent training, social skills development, autism movement therapy classes.
Couples find themselves seeking therapeutic services for a variety of reasons which includes pre-marital counseling. We provide relationship and couples therapy through evidence based relationship development approaches and play therapy techniques. Typical reasons while couples may seek therapy include: relationship enhancement, infidelity issues, and parenting conflicts.
AutPlay Therapy® is a play and behavioral therapy based autism spectrum disorder treatment that incorporates play therapy approaches, behavioral therapy, and relationship development approaches. AutPlay Therapy focuses on developing social skills, increasing emotional regulation ability, and increasing relationship development and connection. Our AutPlay Therapy approach involves parents in a parent training component. AutPlay Therapy is a natural play based approach that is both effective and fun for the child and parent. We also provide Autism Movement Therapy (AMT), created by Joanne Lara. AMT is an interhemispheric sensory integration technique incorporating movement and music in collaboration with Positive Behavior Support (PBS) strategies to assist individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in meeting and achieving their speech and language, social and academic goals. Further, we provide autism screenings and our professionals have been trained in RePlays, SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Support), PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Social Stories, and Pivotal Response Training.
In-home therapy provides a convenient and unique way to gain therapy services without traveling to a clinic. Processional therapists will come to your home and provide therapy and educational services. In home therapists maintain the same level of confidentiality and provide the same types of services you would find in the clinic. Examples of services include: children and families affected by autism, life adjustment issues, family therapy, foster care related therapy, and parent training. If you have questions about how in home therapy works or would like to take advantage of this service, call our office today and get started!
Our training is designed for parents of a child or children who have an Autism disorder or other developmental disability. Many studies have found parent training for individuals with Autism to be effective in a variety of ways such as decreasing non-productive behavior, increasing intake of non-preferred foods, enhancing functional communication, improving compliance with parental requests, and teaching imitation of actions with objects. Training is intended to help parents teach their child in a variety of environments, take advantage of naturally occurring learning opportunities, and encourage their child to be successful and independent in daily life. Our training utilizes AutPlay Therapy components such as: behavioral therapy, relationship development approaches and play therapy approaches to teach adaptive life skills in the home, with the primary goal being to foster independence and reduce inappropriate behaviors and replace them with adaptive responses and increase relationship development between parent and child.
Play Therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children. The curative powers inherent in play are used in many ways: Therapists strategically utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings. In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language. Through play, therapists may help children learn more adaptive behaviors when there are emotional or social skills deficits. Our Play Therapy approaches are facilitated by Registered Play Therapists using state of the art play therapy rooms. For more information on Play Therapy visit The Association for Play Therapy website.
We provide EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, which integrates elements of imaginal exposure, cognitive therapy, psychodynamic and somatic therapies. EMDR has been successfully implemented to treat Post Traumatic Stress disorder, anxiety issues, and various trauma related issues. EMDR uses a structured eight-phase approach and addresses the past, present, and future aspects of the dysfunctionally stored memory. When the distressing or traumatic event is an isolated incident, the symptoms can often be cleared with one to three EMDR sessions. But when multiple traumatic events contribute to a health problem—such as physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, parental neglect, severe illness, accident, injury, or health-related trauma that result in chronic impairment to health and well-being—the time to heal may be longer. For more information visit the EMDR Institute Inc. website.