Resources

Counseling

  • Mental health assessments for adults and children: Mental health counseling typically begins with a thorough assessment of client symptoms and history by a licensed therapist.
  • Counseling services for adults and children addressing a variety of mental health conditions: Treatment is based on your individual needs and goals.
  • Marriage Counseling, Couples Counseling and Family Counseling: Relationships are a universal part of our human experience. Improving communication and listening skills, and developing skills to improve relationships can lead to new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage.
  • Counseling for relationship crisis: Divorce is a common relationship crisis. Many couples who have already attempted counseling for marriage problems and frequently come to marriage counseling as a last resort before divorce. Other individuals may have already experienced divorce or separation, and are struggling with adjustment, changes, loss, and even depression. Seeing a therapist during a relationship crisis becomes an opportunity to examine old behavior patterns and develop new ones.

Consulting

  • Parent coaching: Sometimes therapy isn’t the only solution. Stop behavior problems and battles with your child with a few easy steps and interventions. Sometimes the solutions really is that simple! Consider parent coaching as an alternative to traditional counseling services.
  • Other consulting services: Adoption consulting, school/daycare consultations, and group classes are also offered.
  • In-home counseling services: Offered on a limited basis based in individual client needs and circumstances.
  • Group therapy and classes: Based on demand and participation
  • Affordable mental health care: A variety of payment forms are accepted, including a very affordable private pay option. Please contact us for details.

What is Reactive Attachment Disorder?

The Diagnostic Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM IV) lists Reactive Attachment Disorder of Infancy or Early Childhood (313.89) as “a markedly disturbed and developmentally inappropriate social relatedness.” RAD is a condition where children have difficulty forming loving, lasting relationships. Some have a complete lack of ability to be genuinely affectionate with others. These individuals may fail to develop a conscience and do not learn to trust. Due to the lack of trust in others they will not allow people to be in control of them. RAD is a psychological disorder, resulting from early childhood trauma, that causes the child to mistrust others and to form confounding and highly controlling behaviors as defense mechanisms.
Causes of Attachment Disorder
Neglect
Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
Sudden separation from mother or primary caregiver
Undiagnosed or painful illness
Inconsistent or poor day care
Several changes of primary caregiver
Early childhood trauma
Adoption
Symptoms of Attachment Disorder
The child acts superficially charming with strangers
Failure to make eye contact with caregivers
Not affectionate with Mom
Overly affectionate with strangers
Sneaky
Engages in self harm behavior (biting, scratching, head banging)
Destructive with objects
Harms others
Bossy
Cruelty to animals
Chronic lying
Stealing
Lack of cause and effect thinking
Difficulty making simple decisions
Abnormal eating habits (gorging or hoarding food)
Poor peer relationships
Persistent questions or incessant chatter
Demanding or clingy
False allegations of abuse
Parents appear angry and overly controlling
Fascination with fire, blood, and destruction
Triangulating adults (pitting one adult against another)
Behaves better with teacher or another adult

Play Therapy

Children must be approached and understood from a developmental perspective. They must not be viewed as miniature adults. Their world is one of concrete realities, and their experiences often are communicated through play. In seeking to facilitate children’s expression and exploration of their emotional world, therapists must turn loose of their world of reality and verbal expression and move into the conceptual-expressive world of children. Unlike adults, whose natural medium of communication is verbalization the natural medium of communication for children is play and activity.”
Through the manipulation of toys, the child can show more adequately than through words how he feels about himself and the significant persons and events in his life… Play is medium of exchange, and restricting children to verbal expression automatically places a barrier to a therapeutic relationship by imposing limitations that in effect say, “You must come up to my level of communication and communicate with words.”
Gary L. Landreth

Art Therapy

“Art is a powerful tool in communication. It is now widely acknowledged that art expression os a way to visually communicate thoughts and feelings that are too painful to put into words…. In therapeutic work with children, drawing can quickly bring to the surface issues that are relevant to treatment, thereby improving the therapists’ ability to intervene and assist troubled children.”
-Cathy A. Malchiodi

Sand play Therapy

“The sand play method takes the limited therapeutic possibilities of language into account with great seriousness and offers alternative means of psychic expression.
“Sand play creates bridge between the conscious and the unconscious. During the sand play process, the conscious mind relaxes its control, allowing penetration to the unconscious material lying beneath the surface… Therapy really gets started at the precise moment the client is able to surrender to the play. This is a highly valuable creative process, because fears, tensions and fixed ideas begin to fall away, quite unintentionally.”
-Dora M. Kalff

Behavior Modification for Challenging Children

Consequences need to be immediate, and calmly given. Rules that lead to consequences should be clear, and fair. Establishing healthy boundaries and building a healthy self-concept are key in effective parenting.
Parenting Quiz:
  1. Do you feel like you’ve tried everything -— {spanking, loss of privileges, time out) and nothing works?
  2. Do you wonder why you can’t just be your child’s friend and wish you did not have to force them to do things they don’t want to do?
  3. Does the word, “discipline” send you into a negative flash back of your own childhood?
  4. Do you feel manipulated, used, and powerless with your child?
  5. Are you afraid your child will hate you if you remove a privilege?
  6. Do you avoid saying, “no” because you don’t want to deal with the fallout?
  7. Do you walk on eggshells around your child?
  8. Do you feel there is nothing wrong with constantly having to remind your child to complete a requested task?
  9. Are you intimidated by the thought of establishing rules and being consistent?
  10. Do you give in to your child because you can’t bear to see him or her unhappy?
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions you may need to change your parenting style.
Behavior modification will:
  • Restore the parent-child relationship
  • Create lasting positive results
  • Improve children’s’ behavior
  • Offer constructive discipline techniques
  • Resolve anger management issues
  • Raise self esteem
  • Offer consequences instead of punishment

Website Resources:

Mental Health:

NAMI,National Alliance on Mental Illness: Mental health information and resources, everything from online supports to legislative updates and links to local NAMI chapters
NAMI Utah: Local mental health information and resources for individuals and families affected by mental illness
Psychology Today lists hundreds of resources by topic, including advice and information from mental health experts.
Utah Parent Center:*** Information, support and resources on Autism and related disorders (includes school support)
Autism Speaks: National Autism advocacy, resources, and support.
CHADD, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Accurate information about ADHD, treatment options, support, outreach and involvement for adults, children and families affected by ADHD.
CHADD Utah: Local CHADD resources, classes, and support for adults, children and families affected by ADHD.
National Institute of Mental Health: Basic information on mental health disorders, advocacy, research, volunteer, and outreach opportunities
Psych Central: Information about a broad range of treatment options from medication to counseling and lifestyle changes; resources, research, support communities, and therapy resources

Adoption and Foster Care:

NACAC, North American Council on Adoptable Children: Information on adoption, everything from beginning the adoption process to information about funding adoptions, and resources for families following adoption
Foster/Adopt Community: Articles, links, state requirements and links, and training on helping children with difficult histories
Child Welfare Information Gateway: National database of information, resources, research, laws, and advocacy information, including support and information on family preservation
Adoptive Families: Link to Adoptive Families communities, magazine, online information and articles, links to agencies, and links to adoption stories and photos
Joint Council on International Children’s Services: Information about international adoption by country, country adoption news and updates, advocacy for international adoption professional guidelines and accreditation
Adoption Learning Partners: Online courses and information for pre- and post-adoptive families and professionals. Online courses are offered to meet Hague requirements for adoption. Check with your adoption agency or caseworker to see if courses meet international or foster care training requirements.
Adoption Health Services: Children who are adopted often come with complex medical backgrounds, and it isn’t always possible to obtain necessary medical history. Adoption service providers will look at records, videos, and photos prior to adoption to help you become prepared to offer the best health care solutions possible to an adopted child.
EMK Press: FREE 50 page resource on a wide variety of issues affecting couples and families pre and post adoption.
Choosing Adoption After Infertility: Great article about transitions and the mental shift from the infertility treatment process to the adoption process.
Resolving the Loss of Infertility: How to move toward adoption and gain a healthy perspective about managing the ongoing feelings of the losses of infertility while looking forward to parenting a child through adoption.
Infertility and Adoption:*** Links and resources that help guide families through issues of infertility, reproductive health, and adoption.