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Trinity’s Program Specializes in AACAP Therapies

Trinity Teen Solutions understands that you want to help your teen girl who struggles with a life-controlling problem, and we’re here to help at our safe, licensed residential treatment center in scenic Wyoming. Here’s a brief overview of some of the evidence-based therapies that our expert therapists use at Trinity Teens Solutions:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Therapies are focused on psychotherapy.  

Psychotherapy is a form of psychiatric treatment that involves therapeutic conversations and interactions between a therapist and a child or family. It can help children and families understand and resolve problems, modify behavior, and make positive changes in their lives.  

 There are several types of psychotherapy that involve different approaches, techniques, and interventions. At times, a combination of different psychotherapy approaches may be helpful. In some cases, a combination of medication with psychotherapy may be more effective.  

AACAP Therapies:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) helps a child understand and accept their inner emotions. ACT therapists help children and teens use their deeper understanding of their emotional struggles to commit to moving forward in a positive way.   

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) 
helps improve a child’s moods, anxiety, and behavior by examining confused or distorted patterns of thinking. CBT therapists teach children that thoughts cause feelings and moods which can influence behavior. During CBT, a child learns to identify harmful thought patterns. The therapist then helps the child replace this thinking with thoughts that result in more appropriate feelings and behaviors. Research shows that CBT can be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including depression and anxiety. Specialized forms of CBT have also been developed to help children coping with traumatic experiences. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 
can be used to treat older adolescents who have chronic suicidal feelings/thoughts, engage in intentionally self-harmful behaviors, or have Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT emphasizes taking responsibility for one’s problems and helps the person examine how they deal with conflict and intense negative emotions. This often involves a combination of group and individual sessions.  

Family Therapy 
focuses on helping the family function in more positive and constructive ways by exploring patterns of communication and providing support and education. Family therapy sessions can include the child or adolescent along with parents, siblings, and grandparents. 

Group Therapy 
is a form of psychotherapy where there are multiple patients led by one or more therapists. It uses the power of group dynamics and peer interactions to increase understanding of mental illness and/or improve social skills. There are many different types of group therapy (e.g. psychodynamic, social skills, substance abuse, multi-family, parent support, etc.).  

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) 
is a brief treatment specifically developed and tested for depression, but also used to treat a variety of other clinical conditions. IPT therapists focus on how interpersonal events affect an individual’s emotional state. Individual difficulties are framed in interpersonal terms, and then problematic relationships are addressed.  

Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) 
involves working with children and teens who struggle with who they are. MBT is focused on helping children grow into healthy individuals.    

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
 helps parents and children who struggle with behavior problems or connection through real-time coaching sessions. Parents interact with their children while therapists guide families toward positive interactions. 

Play Therapy 
involves the use of toys, blocks, dolls, puppets, drawings, and games to help the child recognize, identify, and verbalize feelings. The psychotherapist observes how the child uses play materials and identifies themes or patterns to understand the child’s problems. Through a combination of talk and play the child has an opportunity to better understand and manage their conflicts, feelings, and behavior. 

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
 emphasizes understanding the issues that motivate and influence a child’s behavior, thoughts, and feelings. It can help identify a child’s typical behavior patterns, defenses, and responses to inner conflicts and struggles. Psychoanalysis is a specialized, more intensive form of psychodynamic psychotherapy which usually involves several sessions per week. Psychodynamic psychotherapies are based on the assumption that a child’s behavior and feelings will improve once the inner struggles are brought to light. 

Supportive Therapy gives children and teens support in their lives to cope with stress, identify helpful and unhelpful behaviors, and improve self-esteem. 

Helping Troubled Teen Girls Heal in Mind, Body and Soul

So many teen girls have lost sight of a clear and positive future. But at Trinity, we have seen so many reach their highest potential when given the behavioral tools and quality education to do so. Please contact us if you are ready to see your struggling teen girl change her thoughts and behavior, and develop into a successful young adult. 

Trinity Teen Solutions offers the finest residential healing and therapeutic services available to troubled girls between the ages of 12-17.  Surrounded by protected forest, Trinity’s campus sprawls over 160 acres of the most beautiful land in America. Our Christian faith-based approach to healing, and family-style living environment–plus the equine, animal and recreational therapy–helps each struggling teen girl calm and renew her mind, and body and soul. We also work with teen girls and their families to develop the skills necessary to build positive, healthy relationships. That’s an important part of our goal for teen girls who enroll at Trinity Teen Solutions. We want her to acquire the emotional, social and mental skills needed to reach her God-given potential in life, and we’re here to help. 

To learn how we can help your troubled teen girl and family,
call us now at (307) 202-8400.

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Source: https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/Psychotherapies-For-Children-And-Adolescents-086.aspx 

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry