Treatment Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Our Trauma Informed team of clinicians utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy as one of our foundational models of treatment. This shorter-term, evidenced based model, allows youth and families to take a solution-focused, results-driven approach to problem behaviors. CBT incorporates a relational approach, which helps to change underlying patterns of thinking and in doing so, change behaviors. CBT is a successful, evidence-based and growth-oriented treatment for teens struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, attachment and other mood disorders.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)
MI is one of several Evidenced Based Practices (EBP) used by our clinical team that is client centered and goal oriented. It is an approach that considers the stages of change and each individual’s natural discomfort with the change process. MI provides open-ended questions designed to bring clarity regarding the barriers that prevent growth. Our clinical team uses various MI skills and interventions to increase adolescent motivation and reduce resistance.

Mindfulness
Mindfulness is another EBP used by TLC’s team to develop the ability to be present and focused in your body and experiences in order to increase self-awareness and decrease emotional reactivity. Students learn to be less attached to negative and critical thoughts and learn to use techniques to manage anxiety and anger. Our youth love using our Biofeedback games to discover they posses more power and control of themselves than they imagined. Families benefit from the emotional regulation that comes with that learning as well as their own ability to use Mindfulness to decrease stress.

Equine Assisted Therapy (EAP)
Our program proudly offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, which is an innovative and experiential modality focused on increased connection to self and others. Horses are superior teachers because of their non-judgmental, present, focused, and reflective nature. EAP is an excellent tool for youth struggling with depression, anxiety, emotional regulation, ADHD, substance abuse and trauma. Working within the EAP group, your adolescent will interactively learn and practice social-emotional skills including assertive communication, healthy boundary setting, emotional regulation, problem-solving skills, and mindfulness. Experience has shown that group participants often naturally experience an increase in empathy, respect, and self-esteem through this process as well, translating to improved social and familial relationships.

Nonviolent Communication
Our clinical (and residential) staff are trained to teach and model Nonviolent Communication (NVC). NVC relies on empathic intentions and works to create Connection, Empathy, Freedom and Choice. It’s about transmitting values and connection in order to have an impact on the relationship and over time create more respect. Our years of clinical experience and clinical expertise has taught us that respectful relationships will inherently lead to better behavioral outcomes! When our youth are not able to meet the expectations of the program we seek to guide and shape their behaviors using our relational connections with them; NVC being one of our guiding principles.

Art Therapy
A wide variety of therapy groups are offered to meet the current needs of the youth. Weekly art therapy, is one such group that is a part of a multimodal approach. Art therapy is a specialized modality that uses various art materials and the creative process to explore emotions, reduce anxiety, improve mood, access the subconscious, increase self-esteem, and resolve other psychological conflicts. Art Therapy can help youth express difficult emotions and experiences in a non-verbal way, making it an excellent choice for youth with complex or unresolved trauma.