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Therapy Services

Therapy services are planned, face to face therapeutic interactions between a trained and qualified clinical professional and an individual recipient, a family unit, or a group of recipients with similar clinical needs. Therapy Services at SCYAP use a range of clinical techniques, strategies, and modalities depending on the recipient’s needs and diagnosis, and are aimed at:

  • Helping the individual, family, or group achieve and maintain stability; and
  • Improving the mental and emotional health of the individual, family, or group and assisting them to cope or gain control over the symptoms and effects of their illness or life stressors.

Therapy Services can be delivered in a community setting or in the recipient’s home and are made available to the client, family or group of clients at times that are most convenient to them, such as after school, work or on weekends. All Therapy Services are available on a statewide basis and include:

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy can be used to assist the individual in identifying maladaptive behaviors and cognitions, identifying more adaptive alternatives, and learning to use those new adaptive behaviors and cognitions.

Positive outcomes of individual therapy include:

  • Learning and practicing adaptive coping and problem solving skills;
  • Promoting cognitive and emotional development;
  • Resolving inner conflicts or dysfunctional thinking;
  • Learning to express feelings in an appropriate manner; and
  • Improving ability to relate to others and developing healthy relationships.


Family Therapy

Family therapy involves face-to-face clinical intervention sessions that are facilitated by a specially trained mental health clinician and members of a family unit. In family therapy, the clinician assists the family members with identifying maladaptive interaction patterns between family members and developing competence in utilizing more adaptive patterns of interaction. Family members are assisted in understanding and improving the ways in which they interact and communicate with each other. Treatment is focused on changing the family dynamics by revealing areas of strength and reducing and managing conflict. The goal of family therapy is to get family members to recognize and address problem areas by establishing roles that promote autonomy and individual membership while maintaining a sense of family co