"Starting therapy can be intimidating; you have to open up to a stranger, lay out your past (including mistakes); it can make you feel like you are giving up control. I don't want therapy to be like that...well, you still have to share. Waystation Counseling was created to be a place to rest and build on what you know. I want you to leave your first appointment with a clear path and a set of goals. If I'm not the right therapist for you, I promise to help you find someone who is."

Trish Lockhart, MSW LCSW

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that began with efforts to treat borderline personality disorder(BPD). DBT can be useful in treating mood disorders including Major Depressive Disorder and Persistent depressive disorder (dysthimia), and for change in behavioral patterns such as self-harm, self-sabotage, and avoidance. While DBT was developed for BPD it has been shown to be helpful for many people needing additional skills to be successful.

Adherent DBT involves 4 components:

  • Individual therapy

  • Skills training

  • Phone coaching

  • Consultation team for the therapist.

DBT was developed by Marsha Linehan.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psycho-social therapy that focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes). Originally, it was designed to treat depression, but its uses have been expanded to include treatment of a number of mental health conditions, including anxiety, bipolar, and schizophrenia.

CBT is based on the belief that thought distortions and maladaptive behaviors play a role in the disorders, and that symptoms can be reduced by teaching new information-processing skills and coping mechanisms.

CBT has roots in ancient philosophy, however, the father of modern CBT is considered to be Aaron T. Beck.

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Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT for trauma)

Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a manualized therapy used to help people recover from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions. It includes elements of CBT and typically runs for 12-session plus assessment.

CPT conceptualizes PTSD as a disorder of non-recovery rooted in the avoidance of distressing thoughts and concepts. It theorizes that a person's beliefs about the causes and consequences of traumatic events produce strong negative emotions, which prevent accurate processing of the traumatic memory and the emotions resulting from the events.

One of my favorite quotes from the CPT manual, "There are as many "ways of avoidance as there are clients."

As all trauma based program, CPT has a high drop out rate, however, it typically has fast results.

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TRIPLE P – POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM

The three Ps in ‘Triple P’ stand for ‘Positive Parenting Program’ which means your family life is going to be much more enjoyable.

Triple P helps you:

  • Raise happy, confident kids

  • Manage misbehavior so everyone in the family enjoys life more

  • Set rules and routines that everyone respects and follows

  • Encourage behavior you like

  • Take care of yourself as a parent

  • Feel confident you’re doing the right thing

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Dispute Conflict Resolution/Mediation

Dispute Conflict Resolution/Mediation is regulated service that helps individuals maintain dignity in a difficult situation. Yolanda Miller MSW LCSWA at Waystation Counseling specializes in family conflict resolution as well as workplace conflict.

Mediation is an alternative to the traditional legal system; which is overburdened, requires individuals to miss work, requires several hours and days in court; and which often leads to frustration and dissatisfaction. While many people seek the validation that comes from having their day in court, the reality can be costly, stressful, and unsatisfying.

From The North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission: [Individuals] have an opportunity to settle their dispute themselves, rather than having a judge or jury decide matters for them. If they can reach an agreement, they control the outcome and avoid the inherent risk of a trial and the possibility of an appeal. Parties may also be saved time, money, and the stress associated with protracted litigation and trial.

Mediation allows the individuals involved to sit down with a trained facilitator. The mediator will listen to both sides of the arguments and assist them in deciding their own written outcomes. The process eliminates judgment and promotes self-determination.

While agreements may or may not be legally binding depending on the situation, they have been proven to be upheld by participants 70% of the time and at a significant savings compared to going to court. The success is due to each party having a say. While it is always possible to go to court at a later date, it is often unnecessary.

The process can be completed in approximately 2 ½ hours, is accommodating, binding and cost efficient in comparison to legal fees.

For more information please email Yolanda Miller

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