Village counselors use a wide variety of therapy approaches and models to help our clients reach their goals.
A cornerstone of our work is Family Systems Therapy, which focuses on the family rather than the individual. We believe the symptoms of an individual in a family are the result of the pathology of the family, rather than the pathology of the individual. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, rather than them being caused by external factors, like people, situations and events. Solution-Oriented Brief Therapy emphasizes solutions that have already been developed by the individual and/or family. Play Therapy uses play-based experiences to communicate and interact with a child. Narrative Therapy helps clients re-create a positive life story.
In addition to different approaches to therapy, The Village offers a number of programs and classes that may be helpful to individuals or families. These may include Love and Logic Parenting, Nurtured Heart Parenting, anger management, and Girls 360 Group; offerings vary by office location and time of year.
Many of our clinicians have advanced training in specific therapy models, including:
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT): PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for young children ages 2½ to 7 with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the parent-child relationship, changing parent-child interaction patterns and assisting with effective discipline techniques. PCIT is a live coaching model where the therapist coaches from an observation room with a one-way mirror using a “bug in the ear” system for communicating to parents.
- Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC): ABC is a home-based, family focused, evidence-based treatment for infants ages six months to 2 years of age and their primary caregivers who have early attachment trauma histories. The treatment is 10 weeks in length and focuses on strengthening the parent-child attachment and enjoyment.
- Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP): CPP is a child-parent focused, evidence-based treatment for children ages birth to 6 years of age who have early trauma histories. The approach involves the primary care provider and child together in treatment.
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers. The child and caregiver learn new skills to process thoughts and feelings around the traumatic experience. TF-CBT can resolve a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with trauma, including PTSD.
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT): CPT is a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related conditions that teaches clients how to evaluate their ways of thinking and consider alternate viewpoints of the trauma, their self, and the world. It is a short-term therapy, usually requiring about 12 therapy sessions.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR involves reprocessing memories that have essentially become stuck in the brain. Sessions involve stimulating the hemispheres of the brain through visual, auditory, or tactile means until the memory is less disturbing and more positive thoughts and beliefs replace the prior negative thoughts and beliefs.
- Circle of Security: Circle of Security is an innovative intervention program designed to improve the developmental pathway of children and their parents. This evidence-based program strengthens parents’ abilities to observe and improve their caregiving skills, and promotes a secure relationship between child and caregiver.
- Developing Balanced Travels (DBT): Developing Balanced Travels is an adaptation of the original Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based approach designed to help individuals build a life they felt was worth living. Developing Balanced Travels is evidence-supported and has been found to help people with a number of struggles, including depression, anxiety, anger, relationship problems, low self-esteem, personality disorders, and ineffective communication patterns. A DBT Group meets at The Village's Fargo office.