INDIVIDUAL THERAPY AND COUNSELING

All of the therapies employed at Summit Counseling weave in a strengths-based perspective.

Research shows that when a therapist uses language that highlights resiliency and effort rather than deficits, illnesses, and past errors, clients reach their goals quicker and positive changes endure longer.

Components of several different styles of therapy are often used throughout your experience at Summit Counseling. These therapies are adapted for children and teens through the use of games, art, role play, and play.

Some of the styles of therapy we use include:

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI):
    Change can be hard. This is a proven therapeutic method in which we create a strong, unconditional positive regard with the client to help elicit change. Through this relationship, the therapist accompanies the client through stages of changes. 
    For instance, this technique can work to motivate a young person to do better academically or find the courage to start a new sport or activity.
  • Behavioral Activation (BA):
    Often a mental health problem sucks all of your energy. You get stuck in the same cycle of staying home, declining invitations to go out, and things get worse. Sometimes just having someone to support you to get back into the old activities you used to enjoy or explore new ones does the trick. This is an amazingly simple and effective therapy.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
    One of the toughest challenges in our day-to-day life is coping with unhelpful voices within us that drag us down and prevent us from feeling fulfilled or from growing. An example of CBT in action can be teaming with a client to identify and challenge this negative automatic self-talk that happens day-to-day.It is not uncommon for someone to be their own toughest critic. This unhelpful habit is common in today’s competitive society, which CBT helps to resolve. Anxiety is a common area in which CBT is used; CBT can have a role in reducing anxiety through real-life exposures to fears. Coping skills like mindfulness and positive self-talk are taught and practiced.
  • Trauma-Focused CBT:
    This evidenced based therapy for children follows a sequence of steps designed to develop relaxation and self-regulation skills while re-exposing a child in a constructive way to their trauma to reduce PTSD symptoms.
  • Person-Centered Therapy:
    Here your therapist partners with you in a warm, genuine and understanding way. Through a strong alliance, the therapist works to tap the client’s internal resources so they can get back on a path that once served them well.
  • Social Skills Development:
    Sometimes we need to put in extra effort to learn social skills that come naturally to others.  Adverse life experiences can interfere with social skill development as well as physical and mental health problems. Through role playing, in-vivo exposures, and positive encouragement, a client develops the courage to start practicing new social skills and reaps the rewards. Just like a muscle, the brain can be strengthened and toned to learn new skills.