Treatment begins with an assessment of the issues and identification of a diagnosis that may be complicating those issues.
An individualized approach incorporating a combination of modalities—cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, family-systems, experiential, and psycho education—is employed to further explore, examine, and confront the underlying issues
A relationship with a primary medical provider is strongly encouraged and facilitated so that a general medical condition can be ruled out, medications can be prescribed when appropriate, and medical monitoring can occur.
Regular communication between providers optimizes the treatment process.
Skinner, the dog featured here, plays a vital role in the therapeutic process. His presence often makes therapy, for most people—kids and adults—much less threatening.
Animals, specifically in therapy, have great motivational effects on patients. The animal’s presence influences the patient’s motivation by:
To be considered for participation in one of Krys' therapy groups, prospective members will need a referral from their treating therapist.
Prospective members will be required to take part in a pre-group interview and they will be required to sign an authorization to release information so that I can exchange pertinent information with their respective therapist throughout the duration of the group.
Each therapy group is designed to provide its members with the opportunity to examine their current beliefs, values, and world views and how these perceptions guide their behaviors.
The focus of each group will depend on the members for which it is designed in addition to providing an environment to gain insight into problems and to practice changing self-defeating thoughts and actions.
Activities may include role-playing, identifying and disputing irrational beliefs, practicing assertiveness techniques and re-educating through use of experiential activities, discussion, and homework assignments.
Group members will be encouraged to look at ways in which unhealthy coping mechanisms continue to negatively impact their daily lives.
The goal of each group is to assist its participants in breaking patterns which are no longer helpful and to provided a forum for learning healthier ways to live.