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Psychiatric evaluations involve meeting with a board-certified licensed psychiatrist, a medical doctor, who can help manage and decrease problematic symptoms through the use of medication. Psychiatrists have been trained to understand how one’s unique brain chemistry affects behaviors and emotions. Psychiatric evaluations are often recommended in conjunction with therapy as the best treatment plan for certain diagnoses.
2] Individual Therapy:
Individual therapy involves one-on-one sessions between the individual and therapist, typically occurring weekly. The therapist works with the individual to establish a sense of trust and safety through a nonjudgmental stance. The therapeutic relationship takes time to develop and may evolve as the individual’s needs change over time. Treatment plans vary for each individual depending on unique needs and personalities. However, common therapy goals may include increased self-awareness and increased understanding of thoughts and feelings. This insight allows individuals to make positive changes by thinking through their everyday decisions and life goals.
3] Group Therapy:
Group therapy gives individuals an opportunity to connect with others that may be going through a similar experience. Mental health struggles may be isolating at times, and our therapy group facilitators strive to provide an understanding that no one is alone in their struggle. Many individuals find therapy groups to be a source of support, increased social awareness, and increased problem-solving skills in a safe and encouraging environment. Group therapy provides a safe environment in which to apply newly acquired skills learned through various experiences such as, individual therapy, group therapy, psychoneurotherapy, etc. Check out our current groups and programs.
4] Family Therapy:
Family therapy may include two or more members of a family including children, parents, guardians, grandparents, and step-parents. Family therapy typically focuses on increased communication and empathy for the family members. It also may involve discussing the different roles each family member plays and how these roles are creating certain patterns of behavior. Family therapy sessions may involve compromising and working through transitions such as the developing needs of a child or teenager or the struggles that accompany divorce or blended families.
5] Couples Counseling:
Through a series of private sessions, you and your partner can develop healthy ways to resolve conflicts, experience compassion, nurture each other and engage in new ways to enhance effective couple communication. The therapist will balance the needs of both partners in order to create new opportunities for growth. Couples therapy incorporates a greater self-awareness within each partner in order to examine the impact of each partner on the couple as a whole. Additionally, couples therapy can improve the emotional and functional bond between both partners, which is based upon trust and unified decision-making.
6] Parent Support/Therapy:
Parenting is often described as one of the most difficult and challenging jobs in the world. We believe the parent-child relationship is crucial to healthy development. Thus, we enjoy helping parents develop a safe, nurturing environment for their children that includes appropriate boundaries, limits and discipline. When a child faces a mental health concern or behavioral issue, a parent may find help for the child but leave their own emotions and feelings unaddressed. This can be harmful in some cases, as stress may accumulate and leave the parent feeling overwhelmed. In therapy, a parent can address their feelings about a certain issue, find support and guidance, and seek professional help for parenting issues and concerns. Using evidence-based treatment interventions, parent support can help parents go from surviving to thriving. The interventions used in parent support sessions teach parents to understand their children and their children’s behaviors better.
7] Play Therapy:
In play therapy, children and sometimes adolescents are offered games, creative tasks, and other engaging activities during their therapy sessions in order to build a trusting relationship with their therapist. Children use play as a way to work through the issues of their daily lives and to communicate. Play therapy offers an opportunity for the retelling of a client’s history which creates an accessible therapeutic lens into the child’s mind. This type of therapy can also help to reveal a child’s communication deficits, struggles with regulatory behavioral patterns, as well as potential emotional and cognitive distresses. This intervention provides a unique platform to help with behavioral management and mood regulation. Each child is provided a unique opportunity for self-exploration, expression, and skill-building on their terms within the therapeutic process. If desired and therapeutically appropriate, parents are invited to participate in this process.
8] Psychological Testing:
Palos Behavioral Health Professionals offers Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing, which is essential to the organization of appropriate and successful treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. Testing accomplishes a clear understanding of one’s diagnosis, resources, cognitive capabilities, and personality functioning. Additionally, here at PBHP, we focus on one’s Outlook, Social Intuitiveness, Sensitivity to Context, Resilience, Attention, and Self-Awareness. Areas of Assessment Diagnostic Psychological Evaluations Cognitive Assessment, including Intelligence and Memory Testing Assessments of how learning is impacting student’s distress and performance in school Clinical and Personality Assessment ADHD Evaluations Executive Functioning Testing
Psychoneurotherapy involves training the brain in a way that does not use medications. In order to determine an individualized treatment plan utilizing psychoneurotherapy, a Qualitative Electroencephalogreaphy (qEEG) or brain map is conducted. The qEEG shows brain wave patterns in various regions of the brain. As such, psychoneurotherapy aims to regulate dysregulated brain wave patterns. They include the following: Neurofeedback helps clients train their brains to function in a healthier way with fewer symptoms. An activity, similar to a video game, is programmed so the client can engage using their brain. When the brain sends messages in a way that is less problematic and healthier, the client moves forward in the activity. This provides positive feedback to the brain to continue to strengthen the healthy pathways which may lead to improvement in symptoms. CogMed and cognitive rehabilitation are evidence-based treatment modalities that help patients strengthen cognitive abilities and improve emotional regulation. Patients participate in a series of engaging activities under the care of a clinical psychologist to improve attention and memory abilities, along with sleep and mood dysregulations. Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy
10] Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation:
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) involves the use of a very short pulsed magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. It is shown to be effective for patients for the treatment of a variety of diseases, with depression being the most thoroughly studied to date. This treatment is utilized after patients have exhausted traditional treatments of medication and psychotherapy. For more information visit the NeuroStar website.