Fig Tree Therapy offers a variety of services. The goals of all of the programs are to strengthen the family unit, promote healthy relationships, assist others in developing positive and realistic self-worth, and educating about emotional, mental, and behavioral disorders.
Many clients and other professionals ask why this is considered a Christian counseling center. It is not because we follow a certain legalistic dogma or claim theological sophistication but rather we believe in the effectiveness of counseling that is based on the teachings in the Bible. While we are clinically trained to treat various disorders and we employ that knowledge to the best of our ability, we recognize the sovereignty of God and that sometimes suffering does not make sense. While we will not impose our values on others, we will offer a Christian perspective if sought by our client.
Fig Tree Therapy promotes healthy family communication and development. We believe in the sanctity of marriage and work with couples to increase insight into attachment styles and how they impact the marriage. Often times, teenagers are referred to us for their acting out behaviors. It is not uncommon that we ask for nuclear family to be involved in the treatment process.
Fig Tree provides home based services to children who have a history of emotional and behavioral problems that have not been alleviated by traditional treatments. Our Master’s level staff use a Family Systems Trauma Model to train the family on different ways of responding to problematic behaviors. This is an intense program, requiring participation of the entire family.
We also serve adults who have a history of psychiatric hospitalization and need assistance building skills to function effectively in the community. Our counselors work collaboratively with our clients to create attainable goals, provide training to meet those goals and teach the tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing involves the treatment of trauma related disorders such as PTSD and other anxiety related disorders. This type of therapy can be short term (dealing with a specific trauma) lasting 3-5 sessions. One attraction of this therapy is that victims of abuse and others who have witnessed horrific events are not encouraged or forced to verbally reprocess the whole event. EMDR deals with memories and the way they impact our current functioning. Often these memories involve earlier representations and distorted belief systems. For instance, many victims of early sexual abuse often believe they are flawed and dirty based on that childhood experience. EMDR helps to identify and reprocess those memories that continue to have a negative effect on us.