Phipps Family Therapy
Mental Health Assessments and Substance Abuse Evaluations
Treatment begins with a clinical assessment or evaluation conducted during your initial appointment. This clinical assessment is used to gather important information regarding what brought you in for treatment, previous mental health treatments, medical history, developmental history, family/social history, Cultural and spiritual history, legal history, educational and occupational history, substance abuse history, and trauma history. The therapist and the client will discuss the client's goals for treatment and will discuss the services available to best fit the needs of each client. At the end of this session the client and therapist will discuss what the client should expect from therapy and additional or more appropriate referrals to serve the client will be made. We do not perform substance abuse evaluations which would involve the Department of Transportation.
Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Phipps Family Therapy offers individual therapy services for children, adolescents, and adults. Individual therapy consists of "talk therapy" between the therapist and the client with an expectation that the therapeutic relationship will become strong enough to allow each client to experience the level of safety and security necessary to explore and process thoughts and feelings contributing to patterns of behavior and internalized ways of viewing the world. We utilize a psycho-dynamic and object relations theoretical approach to therapy that aims to address the underlying personality structure and psychological defenses contributing to the emotional, relational, and occupational struggles of the client. Sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long and the frequency of each session typically starts at once week, however, the length and frequency of the session can be modified to better serve the client.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Children Ages 2-7
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is designed for children ages 2-7 who are struggling with defiant and/or disruptive behavior. PCIT involves the child and his/her parent or caregiver and consists of two phases. The first phase of treatment is called the Child-Directed Interaction (CDI) phase. The CDI phase of treatment works on strengthening the bond between the parent/caregiver and the child and focuses on using the parent/guardian's positive attention to increase desired behavior from the child. The second phase of treatment is called Parent-Directed Interaction (PDI). PDI focuses on increasing the child's ability to listen and follow directions. Parents/caregivers are coached on the importance of giving effective commands and providing appropriate follow-through to their children based on the actions of the child. During both phases of treatment the therapist is in a separate room observing the parent/caregiver-child interaction and communicating with the parent/caregiver through the "bug in the ear" technique (the parent/caregiver wears an ear piece and the therapist communicates through a walkie talkie). PCIT has empirical data supporting its effectiveness working with chidren with Autism, ADHD, ODD, Intellectual Disabilities, and other mental health diagnoses.
Children Ages 2-5
Attachment Assessments are conducted to identify attachment styles between parent/caregivers and preschool aged children. Attachment assessments are conducted using Mary Ainsworth's preschool aged strange situation protocol. Assessments are completed and then evaluated or analyzed by the therapist and can be used to gain a better understanding of how to better serve the child and the family.
Psycho-educational Groups and Process Groups
Group therapy sessions are provided to address anger management, parenting skills, and specific mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and chronic mental illness. Groups are designed to include clients experiencing similar mental health issues and allow group members to utilize the insight and experiences of other members as support towards their individual growth.
Services Recommended or Mandated by the Court System
Phipps Family Therapy provides services for individuals who have been referred or mandated by the court system. This may include substance abuse evaluations, mental health evaluations, anger management, etc.
Utilize Play Therapy Materials and Techniques with Children
Play therapy materials and techniques are utilized as a way for the child to communicate with the therapists. Children use play to communicate and their play often provides valuable insight into how they view themselves, others, and the relationships between themselves and others.
Marriage and Partner Counseling
Counseling for couples
Marriage/ Couples counseling is available for significant others to explore their relationship and gain a deeper understanding of underlying issues affecting the partnership.
Therapy exploring family dynamics
Each member of the family participates in the session. Family therapy focuses on identifying the role of each family member and exploring how the family system is affected by the inter-personal relationships between each individual.
Mental Health consultation and training
Consultation and training services are available to address many mental health related topics within the workplace or other organizational setting. Topics include: Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Conflict Resolution, Stress Management, Team Building, and Non-Violent Communication.
Mediation services are offered to assist in resolving conflict between two parties. Through open and honest communication mediation aims to help two parties agree upon a compromised resolution that both sides can feel satisfied with.