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Next Step Counseling
Next Step Counseling is an outpatient mental health facility that offers a variety of services including Individual, group and family therapy.
Services are designed to enhance Social Emotional Learning (SEL), process through traumatic events and support families
Through engagement in a supportive and therapeutic environment clients can learn, practice and enhance their skills in self and social awareness, emotional regulation, self-regulation, problem solving, coping with difficult events as well as build and maintain relationships.
What we can assist with:
Anxiety and Stress related disorders
Divorce and family breakdowns
Trauma and Grief
History of Sexual Abuse
History of Physical abuse and neglect
Parent Child Relationship Training (CPRT)
Social Emotional Learning
Play therapy; CCPT
Parent Child Relationship groups, CPRT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Benefits of Play Therapy:
taking more responsibility for certain behaviors.
developing coping strategies and creative problem-solving skills.
empathy and respect for others.
alleviation of anxiety.
learning to fully experience and express feelings.
stronger social skills.
stronger family relationships.
Child Center play Therapy
CCPT is based on 10 tenets which form the backbone of this philosophy and way of relating to children. These tenets are as follows:
Children are not miniature adults, and the therapist does not respond to them as if they were.
Children are people. They are capable of experiencing deep emotional pain and joy.
Children are unique and worthy of respect. The therapist prizes the uniqueness of each child and respects the person the child is.
Children are resilient. Children possess a tremendous capacity to overcome obstacles and circumstances in their lives.
Children have an inherent tendency toward growth and maturity. They possess an inner intuitive wisdom.
Children are capable of positive self-direction. They are capable of dealing with their world in creative ways.
Children’s natural language is play, and this is the medium of self-expression with which they are most comfortable.
Children have the right to remain silent. The therapist respects a child’s decision not to talk.
Children will take the therapeutic experience to where they need to be. The therapist does not attempt to determine when or how a child should play.
Children’s growth cannot be sped up. The therapist recognizes this and is patient with the child’s developmental process.
So what is the purpose behind child-centered play therapy? Landreth, the founder of CCPT, set out 6 objectives for Child-Centered Play Therapy, which I have listed below. Ultimately, CCPT is looking to help the child become more self-reliant, more accepting of themselves, better problem solvers and better able to assume responsibility for their own behaviors. This can be simply stated as to: return the child to acting and responding in a developmentally appropriate manner.