All Resilience Connections Niagara Therapists present with pronounced education/experience. Our Therapists provide counsel, consultation and staff development.
Individual psychotherapy is offered to each youth, drawing on both evidence-based and practice-informed therapies and best practice protocols. Given that we believe that each youth is a unique individual, an assessment upon admission assists in creating a therapy plan that builds on an individual’s strengths and targets needs accordingly. Youth are active participants in their individualized therapy plan; we work to support their overall goals. Their unique learning style and developmental stage is always considered.
Individual psychotherapy aims to create a safe space where emphasis on relational acceptance, development and health gives rise to improved self-worth, confidence and skill development. This is important given that we are invested in teens being teens – successfully engaging in typical adolescent interests (attending school, participating in leisure activities, making and keeping friends, dating, employment). To this end, areas of focus often include effective self-regulation, problem-solving, relational and sexual health, and the impact of trauma. In addition, where repair work is needed in families and is in everyone’s best interest, we can assist them towards reunification. We acknowledge the difficulty of this practice but we do, wherever practical, attempt to allow opportunities for playfulness and fun.
Group therapy focuses on these four subjects;
1. Healthy Sexuality & Relationships – to learn about healthy sexuality, and continue to develop respectful relationship beliefs and attitudes. To identify one's own healthy and unhealthy/abusive dynamics in relationships.
2. Self-Regulation – to develop the ability to manage intense thoughts and feelings. To increase awareness of triggers for specific emotions related to inappropriate behaviours.
3. Social Skills – to develop/enhance/practice social skills and become more confident interacting with others in an appropriate manner; to become involved in community or social activities in an appropriate way.
4.Future Planning – creation and use of safety plans, behaviours needed for re-integration to the family home and community environments.