Therapy Techniques

Below you will find a brief description of the different types of therapy Jessica provides. If you are interested in a specific technique, please let Jessica know during your FREE phone consultation or initial intake.0_9211215261.JPG

Play Therapy
Children socialize and come to understand their world through exploration and experience. This is most often done through play. Play is the way that children learn, communicate, and express themselves. Play therapy takes this understanding as well as that children don’t like to merely sit and talk for an hour and uses it to solve the issues that children are facing. Play therapy is not merely an hour of fun in the therapist office. Rather, play therapy is a structured approach to rebuilding a correct emotional and behavioral approach to the issues children deal with. When used with families, play therapy works to ensure a happy, healthy, and functioning parent-child relationship. Jessica uses play therapy techniques designed to address four core areas in a parent-child relationship: Nurture, Structure, Challenge, and Engagement.

For more information on play therapy, visit:
Association for Play Therapy: http://www.a4pt.org/ps.index.cfm?ID=1653
Theraplay Website: http://www.theraplay.org/index.php/what-is-theraplay-parents

Solution Focused Brief Therapy
SFBT is a short term, solution focused approach to addressing problems. It believes that focusing on problems leads to more problems, but focusing on solutions brings solutions and ultimately hope and relief. At the core, it states that people are not broken, they are the experts on their lives, and that they are able to use their own resources to build solutions. SFBT works to identify what is working and what is not working then tries to build small successes out of this knowledge. In SFBT, we work to quickly relieve stress and create hope by focusing on the future and not the past.  It fosters a treatment relationship where the client and therapist are both goal oriented and motivated to find solutions.

For more information on SFBT, visit:
SFBT Association: http://sfbta.org/about_sfbt.html
Institute for Solution Focused Therapy: http://www.solutionfocused.net/solutionfocusedtherapy.html

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/ Trauma Focused CBT
CBT is one of the most common treatment modalities used today, especially for mood related issues. It states that our thoughts affect and can dictate our feelings and behavior. By changing our thoughts, we can change our feelings and consequently our behaviors. Therapists often question how the client wants to act or behave and then guides them in how to make this a reality. CBT believes that you must practice doing things different in order for them to actually BE different.

For more information on CBT, visit:
National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists: http://www.nacbt.org/whatiscbt.htm
National Alliance on Mental Health- http://www.nami.org/factsheets/CBT_factsheet.pdf

Jessica is also trained in Trauma Focused CBT for Children (TF-CBT).
More information can be found at: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/projectbest/tfcbt/tfcbt.htm and http://www.thereachinstitute.org/tf-cbt-training-course.html

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
DBT is specifically used in the treatment of Boderline personality disorder.  It is similiar to CBT in that it looks at one’s thoughts, but differs in focusing on accepting the uncomfortable thoughts and then managing them through coping skills and relaxation techniques. Mindfulness is central to DBT.
For more information on DBT, visit:
National Alliance on Mental Health- http://www.nami.org/factsheets/DBT_factsheet.pdf

Art Therapy
Although not a trained art therapist, Jessica borrows techniques from art therapy in working with her clients. Art therapy like play therapy focuses on the non-verbal expression of one’s thoughts and feelings. It is believed that art therapy can help increase self-esteem and interpersonal skills, reduce stress, manage behaviors, and build insight. It is especially helpful for those who struggle with verbal expression of feelings (intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and severe stress) as well as those who might shy away from traditional talk therapy.  Art therapy focuses on increasing one’s personal well-being.

Jessica also uses exposure therapy, psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive processing psychotherapy, and grief counseling to address the needs of her clients.