Counseling Specialties

CHRIS Counseling Center Services Atlanta

Aggression Replacement Therapy (Group)

Aggression Replacement Training® is a cognitive behavioral intervention program to help children and adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior. The program specifically targets chronically aggressive children and adolescents ages 12-17. The program consists of 10 weeks (30 sessions) of intervention training, and is divided into three components—social skills training, anger-control training, and training in moral reasoning.

Art Therapy

A form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or other forms of creative expression. Art Therapy can be especially beneficial for those who struggle with finding the words to express themselves, or don’t feel as comfortable engaging in talk therapy. Through Art Therapy, children can access feelings and emotions through creative outlets that are hard to verbally communicate.

Child Parent Psychotherapy

Therapy for young children from birth through age five and their parents/caregivers. It supports family strengths and relationships and helps families heal and grow after stressful experiences by using the power of the caregiver- child relationship.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is for persons who struggle with low self-esteem, negative thinking patterns, depression, anxiety, anger, ineffective communication and self-destructive behaviors. Participants will: (1) Increase a sense of personal identity and learn to become more self-aware through the use of mindfulness; (2) improve judgment and strengthen interpersonal skills through effective communication; (3) learn to ease suffering by regulating emotions and face feelings without fear and (4) reduce a sense of crisis by understanding how to accept and tolerate distress.

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

EMDR is a nontraditional type of psychotherapy that is growing in popularity, particularly for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety-related issues. EMDR has proven to be effective in treating other mental health challenges such as depression, stress, phobias, sleeping problems, complicated grief, addiction, pain relief and self-esteem issues. EMDR utilizes bi-lateral stimulation of the brain using lights or other visual tools to stimulate both parts of the brain as you reprocess memories. With repeated sets of eye movements, the memories can change in such a way that it loses its pain intensity and becomes a more neutral memory of the past.

G-TREM (Group)

The Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) is a fully manualized group-based intervention designed to facilitate trauma recovery among girls with histories of exposure to trauma. Drawing on cognitive restructuring, psychoeducational, and skills-training techniques, a gender-specific group emphasizes the development of coping skills and social support.

Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT)

MAT is a treatment that combines medication and counseling. Addiction changes the brain, which affects behaviors and emotions. For some people MAT is the most effective approach to treating addiction and achieving long-term recovery.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

MST is intense in-home, community-based therapy model that supports families in addressing their youth’s challenging behavior problems. Caregivers of youth with Department of Juvenile Justice involvement will learn the cause of their youth's negative behaviors and will work with a therapist to help them change those behaviors.

Play Therapy

A form of psychotherapy in which play is used as a means of helping children express or communicate their feelings. Play therapy uses your child’s natural tendency to play out their feelings, worries and life situations in the presence of a specially trained therapist. The therapist helps the child to feel accepted, understood, and gain a sense of control or understanding about difficult feelings or situations through the use of tools like puppets, dolls, sand tray figurines, and even instruments to name a few!

Present-Mind Recovery

Present Mind Recovery provides care and support for people using alcohol and other drugs or for those suffering from a range of addictions. The treatment includes motivational enhancement, emotional coping skills, mindfulness, personal empowerment and experiential learning. It is ideal for those who are motivated for addiction recovery but cannot afford more expensive programs. It also is designed for those considering whether treatment is needed or those who believe they can recover without more intensive treatment. The program is facilitated through a six-week curriculum; however, it is an open group which you can start at any point in time.

Recovery Dharma

A Buddhist-based addiction recovery group that is free, weekly community-based and therapist-facilitated. This group uses Buddhist practices and principles of meditation, self-inquiry, wisdom, compassion and community as tools to heal the suffering of addiction.

SMART Recovery

A free, weekly community-based, therapist-facilitated addiction recovery group. It uses principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) rather than spirituality. Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) is open to anyone seeking science-based, self-empowered addiction recovery.

Thinking For A Change

24 session therapy group that teaches problem solving and social skills and helps youth with Department of Juvenile Justice involvement learn to correct their negative thinking. The goal of the group is to keep youth from re-offending.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma. Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple, and complex trauma experiences. The therapeutic elements of TF-CBT are denoted by the PRACTICE acronym. Psychoeducation and Parenting skills, Relaxation, Affective Expression and Regulation, Cognitive Coping, Trauma Narrative Development and Processing. In Vivo Gradual Exposure, Conjoint Parent-Child sessions and Enhancing Safety and Future Development.

Women’s Growth Group

This supportive group meets every other week and is for women who are seeking to grow personally; wanting to make changes in their lives; or wanting to understand and improve relationships with families of origin, current families, colleagues or friends.