Choices Psychotherapy, Ltd.


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Choices Psychotherapy, Ltd. Newsletter
December
2010
Dear Colleagues;

Choices Psychotherapy is pleased to announce the launching of our online newsletter.  Each issue will provide you with updates about our practice; including new therapists, program offerings, and other tidbits. 

Thank you for your continued referrals and support of the work we do.


Sincerely,

Susan Davis, LICSW
Executive Director
In This Issue
What is Biofeedback
What is DBT
What is In-Home
Your Body:Your Mind
What is Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a training technique in which individuals will be taught to improve health and functioning by using signals from their own body to develop greater awareness and voluntary control over heartbeat, breathing, and skin temperature. 

These self-regulation skills may be helpful for individuals experiencing anxiety, mood and personality related conditions that contribute to an elevated or dysregulated physiological baseline.

Biofeedback is conducted in an office setting by Mark Anderson, LMFT and may last from 30-60 minutes.  Many insurance companies cover Biofeedback and both adolescents and adults can receive this service.

For those wishing to receive Biofeedback whose insurance does not cover, questions can be directed to our intake department at 952-544-6806.

What is DBT
DBT - Dialectical Behavior Training - is a skills based once a week group combined with weekly individual therapy that teaches skills for managing mood swings, feelings of hopelessness, regulating intense painful feelings, solving problems, making and maintaining relationships, challenging negative thoughts and distorted beliefs, fear and avoidance, self soothing, decreasing impulsive behavior, and staying out of crisis.

Jennifer Vlach, LICSW and Amber Isham, LMFT are intensively trained and meet the strict guidelines to deliver these services.  All of our groups are for adults and we currently offer 2 evening groups for women on Tuesday & Wednesday from 6-8, an evening coed group on Thursday from 6-8, and 2 day coed groups on Monday & Thursday from 12-2. 

Inquiries about the program can be directed to either of these therapists or our intake department. 

We are contracted with most insurance companies for these services.  Specific questions regarding insurance coverage can be directed to the intake department at 952-544-6806.
 What is In-Home

Choices Psychotherapy is certified by the State of Minnesota and contracted with Hennepin County to provide Children's Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS), which includes Life Skills (Individual/Family) and Therapy (Individual/Family) to children - 3 to 18.  These services are provided in the home and address all functional domains: adaptive, communication, psychosocial, problem solving, and behavior management.  We address issues relating to mood disorders, behavioral disorders, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, truancy, and separation.

A licensed therapist assesses a child referred for CTSS and determines the intensity and which service (skills/therapy) is needed by the child and family. 

CTSS is a covered benefit through Medicaid (MA) and is covered by MA/Medica, MA/HP, MA/BCBS, MHP, and UCare.  Choices Psychotherapy is credentialed with all of these insurance companies.  Non-insured children are covered via our contract with the County.  Commercial insurance does not cover CTSS and these clients can be served in our outpatient practice.

We serve clients in Hennepin, Anoka, Ramsey, Dakota, and Carver County.

Questions and inquiries can be directed to our intake department at 952-544-6806.
Your Body:Your Mind
Many things that happen in a person's life can disrupt emotional health and lead to strong feelings of sadness, stress, or anxiety.  These things include:
  • Being laid off
  • Having a child leave or return home
  • Getting divorced or married
  • Getting a job promotion
  • Economic concerns
  • Illness or injury
These stressful events can cause or worsen physical symptoms such as:
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Change in appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Back pain
  • Racing heart
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sexual problems
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stiff neck
If you know of anyone who is experiencing these symptoms and they are not medically related, this individual may benefit from talking with someone about their stress.  Calls can be directed to our intake department for an appointment at 952-544-6806.

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