Therapeutic Approaches and Techniques
With caring and compassion, therapists at Stone Path Counseling, PLC facilitate
clients' progress by helping them create new and stronger paths in life.
Stone Path Counseling, PLC offers services to young children (0 to three years), preschool and school aged children, adolescents, and adults. Bilingual services available in English and Spanish. Faith-Based Counseling available by request.
Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children (Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002; O'Connor & Schaefer, 1983). The curative powers inherent in play are used in many ways. Therapists strategically utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings (Gil, 1991). In play therapy, toys are like the child's words and play is the child's language (Landreth, 2002). Through play, therapists may help children learn more adaptive behaviors when there are emotional or social skills deficits (Pedro-Carroll & Reddy, 2005). The positive relationship that develops between therapist and child during play therapy sessions can provide a corrective emotional experience necessary for healing (Moustakas, 1997). Play therapy may also be used to promote cognitive development and provide insight about and resolution of inner conflicts or dysfunctional thinking in the child (O'Connor & Schaefer, 1983; Reddy, Files-Hall & Schaefer, 2005).
(Association for Play Therapy)
Person-Centered Therapy is based on Carl Rogers’s belief that every human being strives for and has the capacity to fulfill his or her own potential. The person-centered therapist learns to recognize and trust human potential, providing clients with empathy and unconditional positive regard to help facilitate change. (Carl Rogers)
Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an intervention for children from birth through age 5 who have experienced at least one traumatic event (e.g., maltreatment, the sudden or traumatic death of someone close, a serious accident, sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence) and, as a result, are experiencing behavior, attachment, and/or mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidenced Based Programs and Practices)
AutPlay Therapy is a specialized play therapy and behavioral therapy treatment approach for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Developmental Disabilities. It was created by Dr. Robert Jason Grant to address the unique needs of children and adolescents with Autism and Development Disorders (Dr. Robert Jason Grant).
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a psychosocial treatment model designed to treat posttraumatic stress and related emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents. Initially developed to address the psychological trauma associated with child sexual abuse, the model has been adapted for use with children who have a wide array of traumatic experiences, including domestic violence, traumatic loss, and the often multiple psychological traumas experienced by children prior to foster care placement.
(SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidenced Based Programs and Practices)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
Cognitive behavior therapy is a method of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. By exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions and the beliefs that direct these thoughts, people struggling with mental health needs can modify their patterns of thinking to improve coping and develop healthier ways of living. CBT is a type of psychotherapy in which the therapist and the client will actively work together to help the client achieve his/her therapeutic goals. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented (National Alliance on Mental Illness/ Beck Institute).