The therapeutic relationship creates a holding environment for individuals to explore their inner feelings, thoughts, motives and relational dynamics within empathetic and safe surroundings. Objective goals related to symptom reduction, the internalization of coping skills and consolidation of sense of self are the core of the psycho-therapeutic treatment plan. Clients making an active effort to grow will benefit most from this service since they are committed to the process in terms of time, resources and energy.
When children struggle with acute or focal problems of mild severity or when adolescent patients are seen for sensitive issues, the child is likely the only person in the room with the therapist. Conversely, in child-centered psychotherapy, the child remains the identified patient and the parents join the therapist with or without the child in the room. Parents are involved as co-therapists for their children and, thus, the adult sub-system is not under clinical focus. In child-centered therapy, basic family needs must be satisfied to ensure parents have the time, energy and personal investment to work with their children in a therapeutic or educational capacity.
Parent-child interventions address dyads that require clinical focus when individual treatment cannot assess or intervene directly into the parent-child relationship. This intervention requires that parents be able to modulate their own emotions appropriately so that they can facilitate the best interests of their children, as opposed to interfering with the task at hand in the service of their own needs.
In addition to typical mother-child and father-child treatment, therapeutic visitation and reunification therapy are provided. The latter two are typically used when a parent has been abusive, neglectful, estranged or never known to the child.
There are times when a couple’s communication patterns have become negative. They see one another differently than before. They begin making misattributions to the other. For some couples, basic communication training can help. For other couples, there is a need to explore the emotional interference that makes it difficult to relate to one another in an open and intimate fashion.
There can be critical times in a couple’s life when clinical support helps work through feelings of alienation, betrayal or abandonment. In the course of couples counseling, each partner’s sensitivity and need for self-protection is respected, while working on vulnerabilities and honesty.
In family counseling, the patient is the family as opposed to each family member being a patient. While communication and conflict resolution are key on an individual basis, the solution involves all family members’ participation. Family therapy is more solution-oriented than individual therapy. Family therapy may involve specific techniques which are customized to address the presenting problems.
Dr. Deters has been trained in dialectical behavioral therapy techniques as well as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.