Programs for Clients and Families
Children who have suffered from parental neglect, abuse, loss, medical problems that interfered with the parent-child bonds, or distressing circumstances such as domestic violence or parental psychiatric or substance abuse problems often exhibit behavioral symptoms such as food and elimination problems, aggression and meltdowns, defiance, lying, and stealing.
The integrative family therapy and EMDR therapy model provides an effective and efficient method for treating children with severe behaviors and a history of attachment disruptions and/or other traumatic events. Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and family therapy are integrated through specific steps. The family therapy and EMDR therapy collaboration helps parents learn to respond with effective trauma-informed strategies, strengthens the security of the parent-child attachment relationship, improves children’s behaviors and emotional regulation, and decreases reactivity related to traumatic memories and current triggers.
The parents first meet with the parents without the child present. Next, the child and parent(s) attend twice weekly therapy, once with a family therapist and once with a trauma therapist for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). The parent(s) are also recommended to read the book, “Integrative Parenting: Strategies for Parenting Children with a History of Attachment Trauma.” Parents complete a packet of assessments prior to beginning therapy and periodically during treatment. As the child’s scores improve, therapy frequency is reduced gradually until discharge.
The Integrative Parenting class for parents of traumatized children is going virtual!
Please check back, the Integrative Parenting virtual class is coming soon!
The class is designed to assist you with:
- Identifying how trauma has affected your child’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
- Strengthening the security of your child’s attachment with you.
- Identifying how past trauma on your child’s ability to trust you to be in charge.
- Healing your child’s past through attunement, nurturing messages, and shared pleasure.
- Responding effectively to “upstairs” and “downstairs” meltdowns.
- Day-to-day strategies to help your child improve his reasoning and thinking skills.
The Integrative Parenting class is an important part of our Integrative Team Model but is open to any parents raising children with a history of trauma of any type.
ATCN offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) following a model developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. at the University of Seattle in Seattle, WA.
DBT is a comprehensive, cognitive-behavioral treatment for individuals who experience difficulty managing their emotions, who sometimes participate in self-destructive behaviors, and often live in chaotic/unstable relationships. DBT has been found useful with a wide range of problems including substance abuse, binge eating, depression, and anxiety. The dialectical approach helps individuals replace rigid, black and white thinking with a more balanced approach to their problems. ATCN offers both teen and adult DBT programs.
16 week skill building group. Mondays 4-5:30pm. Contact Teresa Lenzen for availability and possible start date.
Specially designed for teens (aged 13-19) and their families struggling with:
- Difficulty managing emotions
- Suicidal thoughts/behaviors
- Interpersonal problems
- Anger and aggressive behavior