Counseling utilizing research-proven techniques helps families, children, and teens struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, forgiveness, shame, vulnerability, adjustment to change, mood disorders, eating disorders, personality issues, and trauma.
Also known as psychotherapy, counseling is a form of treatment that involves therapeutic conversations and interactions between a therapist and an individual or family. Counseling can help children, adolescents, adults, and families understand and resolve problems, modify behavior, and make positive changes in their lives. We utilize the following types of research-based psychotherapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps improve an individual’s moods, anxiety and behavior by examining confused or distorted patterns of thinking. CBT therapists teach children, teens, and adults that thoughts cause feelings and moods which can influence behavior. During CBT, an individual learns to identify harmful thought patterns, feelings, and behaviors. The therapist then helps him or her replace this thinking with thoughts that result in more appropriate feelings and behaviors. Research shows that CBT can be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including depression and anxiety. Recent research shows that CBT is a viable intervention to address executive functions related to ADHD.
Motivational Interviewing is a process Dr. Davenport uses with teens, young adults, and adults who are resistant or ambivalent to change. The spirit of motivational interviewing is one of partnership, acceptance, compassion, and strengths-based collaborative questioning in order to identify and act on the client’s motivations for change. It is a person-centered counseling style designed to strengthen personal motivation and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.
Family Therapy focuses on helping the family function in more positive and constructive ways by exploring patterns of communication, improving problem-solving skills, and providing support and education about specific strengths and needs. Family therapy sessions can include the child or adolescent along with parents, siblings, and grandparents. Family focused therapy has been shown to be effective in treating symptoms of mood disorders.
Group Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses the power of group dynamics and peer interactions to improve parenting skills, increase understanding of specific challenges, and/or improve social skills.
Christian Counseling is available to families and individuals who want to integrate their Christian faith with psychotherapy focused on Biblical life principles.