Our highly skilled mental health practitioners treat each client with dignity, respect, and compassion.
KidsTLC Outpatient Behavioral Health Program is committed to learning each individual’s issues and working toward optimum well-being. In a comfortable, safe and supportive atmosphere, we offer highly personalized approaches tailored to each client’s individual needs in order to attain the personal growth they desire.
Services Currently Offered:
- Individual Therapy
- Family therapy
- Medication Evaluations
- Medication Management & monitoring
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT):Individual & Family therapy, phone consultations, weekly skills groups (8–10 sessions)
- Outpatient Substance Abuse services
- Expressive Art Therapy
- School based mental health services
- Telemedicine with rural communities
Individual, family, and group therapies as well as medication evaluations and medication monitoring for the following:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Complex Trauma
- Mood Disorders
- ADD & ADHD
- Grief and Loss
- Adjustment Disorder
- Addiction and Recovery
- Parenting and Family Issues
- Mediation and Conflict Resolution
- Anger Management
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender
- Sexual, Physical & Emotional Abuse
- Domestic Abuse/Violence
- Mood Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Panic Attacks and Phobia
- As well as many other issues
Therapy and Treatment
The Outpatient Behavioral Health Program builds on the philosophy and therapies that have made the Phoenix Program in our inpatient Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility so successful.
The Phoenix Program has had significant success with children who are often classified as aggressive, oppositional and who have experienced difficulties in multiple placements. Many have a history of sexual behavior problems and act out. Most have experienced chronic and pervasive traumatic events and have not attached with their parents or other caretakers. By the time kids come to the Phoenix Program, they have had an average of 20 or more failed placements. The “emotional dysregulation” that makes them so challenging to reach is a natural response to terrifying life experiences we can only begin to comprehend.
And yet, we reach them.
Many treatment facilities focus on compliance through cognitive behavioral models presuming that children can make logical connections between feelings, behaviors and consequences. The problem is that with traumatized children, the damage to the emotional part of the brain is so extensive that logical response (which is in the pre-frontal cortex or most advanced part of the brain) is unavailable because that part of the brain has not properly developed or is injured due to the trauma that has occurred.
The restorative model developed by KidsTLC focuses instead on the more primitive part of the brain where emotional reactions originate (fight, flight, freeze).
The primary objective is to create a calm, safe, emotionally regulated environment where the child can begin to re-establish trust in her or her environment and caring adults.
Core therapies in our Outpatient Behavioral Health Program include:
- Trauma-Informed Care — A range of therapies that recognize the neurological effects that trauma has on the brain, leading to maladaptive behaviors. In approaching the client, instead of asking, “What have you done,” we want to know, “What happened to you?”
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy — KidsTLC therapists’ interactions with clients emphasize the four elements of Dr. Daniel Hughes’ P.A.C.E. model, which has been shown to greatly improve the lives of children and families dealing with attachment disorders by creating a safe environment where trust and understanding can be formed and nurtured.
- Playful — Bring fun and laughter into the mix. Not everything is deadline serious. “Sure, go ahead and wear that funny-looking hat.”
- Accepting — Relate to the child emotionally where they are. “Wow, you sure look like you’re having a hard time!”
- Curiosity — Find out how the child feels. Ask open-ended questions. “Can you tell me a little more how you feel when you do those things?”
- Empathy — Draw on your own experiences and let the child know how you feel. “Boy, you really scared me when you did that.”
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) — Developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., DBT strives to have the patient view the therapist as an ally rather than an adversary and has been found to be especially effective in treating bipolar disorder and reducing suicidal and self-harming behavior, borderline personality disorders psychiatric hospitalization, treatment dropout, substance abuse, anger and interpersonal difficulties. DBT emphasizes the development of four skill sets: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidenced-based Practices lists only two evidenced-based practices for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder and DBT has received their highest endorsement. The DBT treatment program consists of the following services; weekly individual therapy, family therapy as needed, phone consultation sessions as needed, and weekly skills groups (actions that facilitate changing one’s thoughts through the use of specific coping techniques and psycho-education). Skills groups take place once weekly for 8-10 sessions. Research shows that success rates increase for Users who participate in 2 rounds of skills groups (i.e. a total of 16-20 skills groups).