By: Brian Virgin
At The Crossroads works hand-in-hand with counseling services who provide therapeutic intervention services for troubled young adults, men and women. These counselors are located throughout the US, and they turn to us when it is determined that the client is best served through a residential therapeutic program. Counselors are generally referred to as professional therapeutic practitioners; licensed clinical social workers, therapists, psychologists, substance abuse counselors, etc. For more information on our program please call 866-439-0354 today.
Many times, our students come to us through a referral made by professional counselors (substance abuse counselors, marriage and family therapists, LCSW, etc). When we receive a referral from a therapeutic practitioner it is because the counselor has decided that their client needs more intensive therapeutic services in a residential setting. For whatever reason, the therapeutic intervention is not working (most likely because it has been determined that the struggling young adult cannot thrive or grow while living in his/her parents home).
Many of our students have received counseling before their enrollment. We build off of these therapeutic experiences. The following descriptions define the types of therapeutic intervention that we use At The Crossroads. These terms also describe the typical therapeutic experience provided by counselors prior to the student's enrollment. Our goal is to provide professional counseling services to young adults, both young men and young women.
Behavior Therapy / Behavior Modification Therapy Behavior: therapy is a t ype of psychotherapy that focuses on changing undesirable behaviors. Behavior therapy involves identifying objectionable, maladaptive behaviors and replacing them with healthier types of behavior. This type of therapy is also referred to a behavior modification therapy. Behavior therapy can be used to treat a wide range of psychological conditions including, but not limited to, depression, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and certain addictions.
Client Centered Therapy / Person Centered Therapy Person-centered therapy, which is also known as client-centered, non-directive, or Rogerian therapy, is an approach to counseling and psychotherapy that places much of the responsibility for the treatment process on the client, with the therapist taking a nondirective role. Two primary goals of person-centered therapy are increased self-esteem and greater openness to experience.
Some of the related changes that this form of therapy seeks to foster in clients include closer agreement between the client's idealized and actual selves; better self-understanding; lower levels of defensiveness, guilt, and insecurity; more positive and comfortable relationships with others; and an increased capacity to experience and express feelings at the moment they occur.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. Cognitive-behavioral therapy does not exist as a distinct therapeutic technique. The term "cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)" is a very general term for a classification of therapies with similarities.
There are several approaches to cognitive-behavioral therapy, including Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Dialectic Behavior Therapy. CBT is based on the Cognitive Model of Emotional Response.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change. Some forms of therapy assume that the main reason people get better in therapy is because of the positive relationship between the therapist and client.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, often called DBT therapy, is a method of treatment that was devised by Marsha Linehan, faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle, for the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Typically clients with BPD are notoriously difficult to treat. They often do not attend regularly, frequently fail to respond to therapeutic efforts and make considerable demands on the emotional resources of the therapist (particularly when suicidal and parasuicidal behaviors are prominent). The effectiveness of DBT therapy has been demonstrated in many controlled studies across different research groups. Because of this success and due to similar behavior patterns, DBT therapy is now being used in many settings as a viable therapy for the treatment of bipolar disorder.
Art Therapy: Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
Family Counseling: Family counseling is a type of psychotherapy that may have one or more objectives. Family counseling may help to promote better relationships and understanding within a family. It may be incident specific, as for example family counseling during a divorce, or the approaching death of a family member. Alternately family counseling may address the needs of the family when one family member suffers from a mental or physical illness that alters his or her behavior or habits in negative ways. Family counseling often occurs with all members of the family unit present. This may not always be the case.