What Is Therapy?
In psychotherapy, a therapist and an individual (or group of individuals) work together to set goals and develop strategies, insight, and philosophies to promote greater well-being and improve the individual’s mental health. Therapists apply research-based techniques that help individuals develop effective habits, improve their relationships, overcome and process trauma and grief, cope with difficult life events, and improve emotional stability.
There are many types of psychotherapy. Some are focused on talk and processing, others on behavioral plans and skill training, and others on experiential learning. No matter what type of approach a therapist specializes in, therapy is based on the collaborative relationship between an individual and a therapist. It encourages open exploration of patterns and problems with someone who is objective, safe, nonjudgmental, and trained in mental health principles.
What We Offer
Trauma in children, adolescents, adults, and their family members (e.g. physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and natural disasters):
- Traumatic events do not have to define an individual’s life forever. Our therapists work with children, adolescents, and adults to address the intense emotions they may feel about the traumatic event.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- TF-CBT is a therapy that parents and children can learn and use together. It is evidence-based and may reduce symptoms of trauma. Children and their families learn new skills to help work through difficult feelings, manage and resolve stressful thoughts and behaviors related to the trauma. TF-CBT can enhance safety, parenting skills, and family communication.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- EMDR is a specialized type of therapy which is effective in treating trauma. While briefly focusing on trauma or difficult memories, an individual undergoes bilateral stimulation (which typically involves eye movements.) This approach can reduce in the vividness and emotional intensity of traumatic memories.
- We have four therapists who are trained in EMDR and one therapist is that is certified in and an approved EMDR consultant through EMDRIA. We offer EMDR therapy as well as supervision.
Critical Incident Stress Management & Debriefing (CISM)
- Our therapists are trained to respond during crisis events. We also work with clients throughout crisis timeline.
Mind and Body Bridging (MBB)
- Exposure to trauma can cause the flight/fight/freeze mechanisms within our brains to become reactive and sensitive, causing our bodies to continue to feel a threat, even when one is not present. However, the brain has internal mechanisms for healing itself, just like every other muscle and organ. Mind and Body Bridging uses techniques to help individuals return to a natural state of being and allow the brain to heal itself and trauma through gentle and noninvasive methods.
Behavior-Focused Therapies (e.g. parenting, emotion regulation, reduction of self-harm and addictive behaviors, etc):
- Behavioral problems can stem from a wide variety of sources. Our therapists are trained to conduct thorough assessment and assure each individual is provided (or referred to) the appropriate level of care. We create individualized, strengths focused, and effective treatment plans for each person we serve.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings & behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, & events. When an individual realizes this, they can change the way they think & learn to feel & act better differently (even if the situation doesn’t change.) Our therapists believe that CBT is a productive therapy for all ages and can help in brief solution-focused therapy.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which helps individuals identify and change negative thinking and behavioral patterns. As part of this intensive approach, the individual and therapist collaboratively and strategically develop behavioral plans to change ineffective behaviors and conditioned responses.
DBT emphasizes philosophies bringing together both acceptance and change. This creates long lasting and positive changes.
Many of our therapists are trained and certified in these approaches. And, while 4 Healing Center is not a comprehensive DBT program, we often offer therapeutic groups which teach the core skills associated with DBT.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a unique psychological approach focusing on mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies. Together, these methods increase psychological flexibility, connecting a person to the moment and their identity.
- ACT seeks to bring an individual’s attention to the language they use and how their self-dialogue can perpetuate unhelpful patterns and reactions. Through this method, clients are able to accept and manage their private events, recognize and commit to their values, and change behavior.
Experiential Techniques (Movement, Music, Nature, and Animals)
- Research indicates that incorporating elements such as animals, movement, play, music, art, and accessing nature not only makes therapy more enjoyable – it improves processing, retention, and the accessibility of therapy as well. Indeed, these techniques can improve therapeutic gains across the board.
- Our clinicians include a variety of experiential methods in their work, including sand & play therapy, expressive art therapy, dance, yoga, guided imagery, video game therapy, gardening and hiking, animal-assisted therapy, and more.
- We have two Canine Companions Facility Dogs named Flower and Galaxy. They assist our two directors during their therapy sessions. They assists with EMDR, TF-CBT, Play Therapy, and many other types of treatment.
- We also offer Equine Assisted Therapy in Taylor, Utah. Our equine therapists have training in PATH Intl. and EAGALA models of equine therapeutic approaches.
- If you would like to learn more please visit our Animals 4 Healing page.
Play and Sand therapy
- We have multiple large play rooms where children and our therapists play during therapy. Sand trays, crafts, and toys help kids express their thoughts, feelings, and fears in ways that they would not naturally talk about it in an office setting. Oftentimes, play is the best way for children, and adults, to communicate.
Who We Serve
Individual, Groups, Families
Our clinic offers outpatient mental health services to individuals, groups, and families.
- Our therapists are skilled in working with people of all gender identities individually, with their partners, as a parenting team, and as a whole family.
- Our therapists help adolescents learn to express themselves in a productive way, how to have positive communication, regulate emotions, tolerate distress, and learn life skills corresponding to certain developmental milestones.
- The elderly are often a forgotten segment of our society, yet face many specific challenges, such as the loss of their significant other or friends, loss of mobility, end of life issues, etc. Our therapists can help these clients with these anxious and depressing times.
Marriage and family therapy
- Desmond Tutu once said: “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” Sometimes it is hard work to live with and love those we are related to. Our therapists can help mend broken relationships and teach communication skills.
- We currently offer a variety of groups at 4 Healing Center and Animals 4 Healing. Each group provides a unique opportunity for clients; we’d love for you to join us. Medicaid covers group therapy, including many experiential options. Visit our Groups Page here.
Questions of Diversity
- 4 Healing Center and Animals 4 Healing is open to all individuals seeking outpatient mental health supports. We actively train our staff to better understand privilege, microaggressions, cultural and social factors that impact mental health, and to support the individual identity (including faith, sexuality, and cultural heritage) of each individual we meet.
- We do not tolerate hate speech or violence (emotional or otherwise) directed at any of our staff or our clients on our property – or during any on or off-site session. We also support efforts to improve equality, justice, and reduce barriers to healing and empowerment in our society.
- We understand this is a politically and emotionally charged time. We commit to continuing to learn and grow as an organization. We seek to create safety for all our clients. As such, we do not discriminate based on occupation, race, ethnicity, citizenship status, religion, sexuality and gender, etc.
- We also know that Utah citizens face specific challenges in bridging social identities and systems of belief. Therapy is an intimate process, and that healing requires a high degree of safety and trust. We take care to appropriately match our clients with therapists that possess the necessary training, specializations, insights, and competencies to best serve our clients.
People Struggling With Trauma, Mood Disorders, and More
Trauma, depression, and anxiety in children, adolescents, and adults
- Trauma, depression, and anxiety can often feel very debilitating to individuals which can cause intense distress and impairment. Our therapists work with their clients to find ways to better cope with mental illnesses to find peace.
Grief and loss in children/adolescents/adults (including pet loss)
- When death occurs, it can be devastating. Our therapists work with their clients to heal after this loss.
Addiction including alcohol, drugs, and pornography.
- Addictions are often a form of self-medication. Our therapists can help those on the road to recovery heal from the traumas which are often and underlying cause of use.
- We begin addiction treatments as all other therapy: with a thorough assessment to assure the appropriate level of care. As an outpatient clinic, we provide supports for sober individuals working to stay clean and deal with underlying causes of addiction.
- Pornography addiction is not just an “adult” problem. Therapists are seeing children as young as 9 & 10 years old. Our therapists can help these clients free themselves from the grip of this isolating addiction.
Bipolar-related, Schizoaffective, And Borderline Personality Disorders
- Personality Disorders are often seen as impossible to treat, labeled with stigma and judgement. This is unfortunate since research absolutely indicates that therapies such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) can improve and reduce symptoms for many who suffer from these debilitating disorders.
- While not a traditional DBT clinic, our therapists utilize concepts of DBT and can help build upon a solid DBT framework. We also offer group therapy which reviews the skills and philosophies of DBT. This type of therapy is appropriate for those who do not require coaching and the full coursework of DBT, but would benefit from DBT framework in session.
- Bipolar Disorders are also labeled with high levels of stigma, yet affect one in 100 people. Treatment consists of drug therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy to target psychotic symptoms, and family support systems.
- Changing a person’s thoughts and behaviors is not enough to “cure” an eating disorder. He or she must work to explore the underlying issues that led to the eating disorder. Therapy may need to focus on improving personal relationships or getting beyond an event or situation that triggered the disorder in the first place.
- Individuals with eating disorders are assessed thoroughly to ensure they are medically stable and appropriate for outpatient treatment.
Veterans and Survivors
As a trauma-informed clinic, we specialize in treatment for combat trauma, domestic violence and abuse, medical trauma and accidents, attachment and complex trauma, abandonment, neglect, sexual trauma, relocation trauma, social exclusion and oppression, traumatic grief and loss, difficult life events, and more.
- Our goal, when working with domestic violence cases is to provide treatment for the child, adolescent, and adult survivors of abuse. Our therapy includes individual and group therapy, child play therapy, marriage, & family therapy.
Litigation issues, including testifying in court
- Our therapists have been to court many times to testify as expert witnesses.
People With Neurodivergence And/Or Disabilities
Disabilities in children/adolescents/adults (and family members); for example: physical disabilities, Autism, Down Syndrome, and other intellectual/neurocognitive divergence
- Our therapists are trained to help individuals cope, process, and develop skills related to the challenges of living with disabilities and neurodivergence. Whether this is through parent training, behavioral intervention, or addressing the anxiety and depression – our therapists are ready to support you and your family through a framework of empowerment and compassion.
- Our therapists recognize that living with disability, either as the disabled individual or as a caregiver, can be challenging. By working with an effective and supportive team, and incorporating family, therapy can ease some of that tension and difficulties in navigating our ableist world.
People With Chronic And Terminal Illness
Chronic illness in children/adolescents/adults (and family members); for example: Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Muscular Dystrophy, etc.
- A chronic illness with one member of a family is difficult for all members of a family. Often all members of the family will need some form of therapy. Our therapists help ease the tension in a home & lesson the shame & guilt that family members may be feeling.
Terminal illness in children/adolescents/adults (and family members); for example: Cancer, Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease
- Coping with anticipatory grief can often feel like the oxygen is being sucked out of your lungs. Our therapists can work with the clients to find peace in those final days so they are filled with as much joy as possible, and not fear, anger & resentment.