Therapy

What is Therapy?

Therapy is a process in which a trained professional enters a relationship(s) with a client for the purpose of helping the client with personal growth, behavioral issues or symptoms of a mental illness. The process involves the client and the therapist talking about issues which is why it is often called “talk therapy”. Issues may include feeling “lost” or “stuck”, feeling anxiety or panic, depression, anger, sadness, feeling obsessions or compulsions or just feeling unhappy for a number of reasons. These issues may have led to drug use or withdrawn behavior from individuals or social situations. Psychotherapy can help people who are feeling any of these symptoms or others not listed.

POR Therapy is offered at our office conveniently located in Golden Valley, Minnesota. We take appointments for individuals, couples, groups or families.We have several Mental Health Professionals who are dedicated to providing you with the appropriate psychotherapy service. Schedule your meetings at a time when it’s convenient for you either during the day or in the evening.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Divorce
  • Attachment Issues
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD)
  • Individual, Couples and Family Psychotherapy
  • CTSS Life Skills Training
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Children’s Targeted Mental Health Case Management
  • Professional Training and Seminars
Child therapy provides children with the opportunity to address the issues that are having a negative impact on their daily lives. Staff will work with children to teach new ways to handle every day events so they can function more positively in their families, school and community surroundings. Child therapy may use a combination of play and talk therapy to assist the child in addressing the issues that are impacting the quality of the child’s life. Child therapists will work closely with the child’s family, school, and other community members to ensure that everyone is working towards common treatment plan goals.
Play therapy is a technique in which the child and therapist engage in therapeutic play. During play therapy children will be able to use therapeutic games and activities to explore new coping skills and insights into themselves. All play therapy exercises will be useful in meeting the goals of the individual treatment plan.
Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem (American Art Therapy Association).

In therapy, it’s hard sometimes to find the “right words” to express strong or difficult emotions. Art can give a “voice” to emotions which are difficult to express any other way, and this reduces anxiety about how to “talk” about the problem and allows healing to naturally occur.

In behavior modification work, the staff and client will pay close attention to negative behaviors and the impact that they have on everyday life. Behavioral therapy can be used by individuals or families to change daily behavior. In behavioral therapy you will learn to reduce negative behaviors and increase positive behaviors that have better everyday life outcomes.
Clients will have the opportunity to utilize role-plays and other situational learning exercises to address the current anger patterns and ways to bring new behavior choices into their lives. Clients will be given new ways to become self-thinking individuals and accept responsibility for the choices they make when angry and acting out. Clients will be expected to process through the choices that lead to conflict so that the triggers to anger can be identified. Therapy will assist the client in developing strategies to express anger in healthy ways that lead to problem solutions rather than life disruptions. POR staff believes that anger has a positive underlying message. Often times it is a child’s attempt to communicate a need to belong and attach to others without knowing how to effectively express it.
The quality of our relationships is often a key element in the happiness of our life. All families and couples, at one time or another, experience situations when they are unable to agree. Sometimes, a disagreement can grow into a stressful living situation where unhealthy living patterns are repeated day in and day out. Research has shown the importance of learning to resolve differences in a positive manner is an important part of creating and maintaining loving, energizing relationships with family and friends. Family and Couples therapy focuses on gaining understanding and insight into each individuals interaction with each other as well as daily life events. The exploration of self beliefs, philosophies and behavior in the context of couples therapy allows for the creation of a healthy mind set and behavior patterns that help to meet the needs of the family or couple. Clients of family and couples therapy will explore concepts such as reflective or active listening, effective communication strategies for men and woman, conflict and anger management. In addition, family members and couples will learn new ways to expand the love and bond they share.
Relaxation training will be utilized as a teaching tool in both group and individual therapy sessions. During a group activity children will explore the techniques of creative visualization, abdominal breathing, guided imagery, and other relaxation techniques as a way to re-energize the mind and body.
CTSS is a covered benefit through Medicaid (MA) and is covered by MA/Medica, MA/HP, MA/BCBS, MHP, and UCare. POR, LLC is credentialed with all of these insurance companies. Private pay commercial insurance policies do not cover CTSS. POR, LLC Emotional Wellness is certified by the State of Minnesota to provide Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS), which includes Life Skills (Individual/Family and Group) and Therapy (Individual/Family and Group) to children – 3 to 18. These services are provided in the home, school or community and address all functional domains: adaptive, communication, psychosocial, problem solving, and behavior management. We address issues relating to Depression and other mood disorders, Oppositional Defiant and other behavioral disorders, ADD/ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, truancy, and family issues.
A licensed Mental Health Professional will conduct a Psychological assessment for any child referred for CTSS and determines the intensity and which service (skills/therapy) is needed by the child and family. Psychological Assessments are a great place to start services for youth who are experiencing difficult life situations as a result of mental health issues. The goal of a psychological assessment is to diagnose the mental health issues that are present in the child’s life.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an approach to psychotherapy that has been practiced in the US and around the world for the past 20 years.

Aspects of EMDR are unique: In particular, the therapist leads a patient in a series of lateral eye movements while the patient simultaneously focuses on various aspects of a disturbing memory. During this procedure, patients tend to “process” the memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution. This often involves new learning about the self and often new learning about a previously disturbing event.

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