At LSCI, we offer counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and group psychotherapy in a warm, safe and supportive environment. Services are offered for a wide variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress, childhood abuse and trauma, family and relationship issues, grief and loss, and addiction recovery.
The clinical staff of Licensed Mental Health Professionals, Paraprofessionals, and Psychiatrists provides services to adults and children under the guidelines of the Arkansas RSPMI Program.
At LSCI we are committed to providing a variety of services specialized for your child’s specific needs.
- After school programs
- Group therapy – offered during the school year and during the summer
- Play therapy – Trained mental health professionals use play therapy to assess children, they learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn new ways of relating. It helps children address and resolve their own problems.
- School-Based therapy – Our Mental Health Professionals, Paraprofessionals, and Psychiatrists are available to be on hand at many schools to provide requested services.
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) – Children and parents learn new skills to help process thoughts and emotions related to traumatic life events and helps to increase healthy open communication within the family unit.
When those more painful times come, LSCI can help your family be more of a family again.
Family relationships can be the most loving, but also the most stressful. We know our family members, and they know us, better than almost anyone. That creates opportunities for wonderful joy as well as deep pain. When those more painful times come, LSCI can help your family be more of a family again. Whatever your needs are, LSCI will work with you and your family to try to meet them.
Clients meet one-on-one with a Mental Health Professional or Paraprofessional, usually in fifty minute session. This working relationship may last for only a few sessions or may continue for much longer, depending on the needs of the client.
Groups are an opportunity for individuals to explore thoughts, feelings, and relationships with peers in the presence of a professional group leader. What makes this unique is that it is a closed and safe system. The content of the group sessions is confidential; what members talk about or disclose is not discussed outside of the group.
LSCI professionals use behavior modification techniques in treatment:
Behavior modification refers to establishing appropriate behavior in individuals and discouraging those that are undesirable. In Behavior modification, patients/clients are taught skills to monitor and alter undesirable behaviors, such as impulsivity and time on task, and then are assisted in implementing the techniques at home, school and in the community. Techniques used in behavior modification include positive and negative reinforcement, extinction, creating a rewards menu and token economy, and teaching parents the behavior plan. Parents, children and teachers are included in structuring and implementing the behavior modification plan.
The “ABC” model of behaviors is one way to use behavior modification. This model encourages patients and people involved in the patient’s life to identify the Antecedent of the behavior, then to identify the actual Behavior being targeted to change and lastly to identify the Consequences to the behaviors to encourage change.
Therapists teach families to modify antecedents, for example, to remove distractions, rephrase how authority figures give commands, teaching positive parenting tools and using token economies. We start with short term goals that the patient can achieve, then we teach consistency across behavior settings and encourage continuation of skill use in long term to ensure continued success.
The results of behavior modification are often tremendous. The patient and parent are able to get along with each other, school problem behaviors greatly decrease, the patient is able to self regulate behaviors, and the patient is able to use positive social skills and problem solving skills.
Most of us feel anxious or depressed at times. A death in the family, losing a job or home, separation and divorce, financial instability, a severely ill child…the list is endless. Feelings of sadness, loneliness, fear, hopelessness, and anxiety are normal, and they usually pass over time. But if these feelings interfere with daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder or depression – or both.
Anxiety and depression are crippling, and they can have profound negative effects on you and your family and friends. They can disrupt your daily activities and affect your ability to care for loved ones and complete tasked related to school or work.
These disorders are real and they are serious, but can be treated together and separately. There is hope, and finding the right treatment will help you get better.
Several forms of psychotherapy are effective. Of these, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term form of psychotherapy that is often very effective. CBT teaches you how to replace negative and unproductive thought patterns with more realistic and useful ones. Treatment focuses on taking specific steps to overcome anxiety and depression, often involving facing your fears.
For more information, contact us and schedule an appointment with a Licensed Mental Health Professional at one of our clinics.
What is Play Therapy?
Initially developed around 1900, today it refers to many treatment methods. All apply the therapeutic benefits of play. Play therapy differs from regular play. Therapists help children address and resolve their own problems. Play therapy builds on the natural way children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world. Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn new ways of relating. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and facilitates developmentally appropriate expression of thoughts and feelings.
How does Play Therapy work?
Children are referred for play therapy to resolve their problems. Often, children have used up their own problem solving tools, may misbehave or act out at school or school. Trained mental health practitioners use play therapy to assess and understand children’s play. Further, it is utilized to help children cope with difficult emotions and find solutions to problems. By confronting problems in the clinical play therapy setting, children find healthier solutions. Play therapy helps children change the way they think about, feel toward, and resolve concerns. The most troubling problems can be confronted and lasting resolutions can be discovered, rehearsed, mastered and become lifelong strategies.
Who benefits from Play Therapy?
Play therapy is the treatment of choice in mental health, school, agency, developmental, hospital, residential, and recreational settings, with clients, especially children, of all ages.
Play therapy is especially appropriate for children 3-12 years. Play therapy helps children:
- Become responsible for behaviors.
- Develop creative solutions.
- Develop respect for others and self acceptance.
- Learn to experience and express emotion.
- Cultivate empathy for thoughts and feelings of others.
- Learn new social skills and relational skills with family.
- Develop self-efficiency and better assuredness about abilities.
Grief is a normal and natural process that occurs in response to a loss. Such losses could relate to the death of a loved one, the break-up of a significant relationship, and academic failure or any significant change in one’s life.
Some Responses to Grief and Loss:
- Denial, numbness, and shock
- Guilt – based on things you might have done or did not do
- Physical reaction – disruption to daily routines such as sleeping, eating etc.
- Withdrawal – pulling back from social connections can be common as well
- Spiritual Crisis – may have difficulty finding answers to the question of why this happened
- Feeling Scattered: may have difficulty focusing on their work or daily activities
There is no one way to grieve. Everybody incorporates the experience of a loss in his or her own way. If the healing process becomes too overwhelming, seek professional help. For more information, contact one of our offices to make an appointment with a mental health professional.
Adolescent Sexual Offender Group
“Better Boundaries” is a comprehensive therapy program that is vital in the treatment of sexual offenders and has been shown to reduce the risk of re-offending. Our program works with the entire family from the victims and offenders to break the cycle of sexual abuse.
Our program offers group, individual and family therapy as well as support groups for parents. Help is also offered for victim’s children and the family members not “touched by the abuse.”
LSCI has been extremely effective in changing behaviors and thinking patterns of sexual offenders. The Better Boundaries program is structured to fit the needs of those who are victims and/or perpetrators of sexual abuse. Better Boundaries provides treatment in a multitude of forms.
For the child victim of sexual abuse, we offer individual and family therapy and case management services conducted by Mental Health Professionals (Therapists) and Mental Health Paraprofessionals who are specifically trained to work with the special needs of a child sexual abuse victim. We also offer group therapy for both child victims of sexual abuse and children who may live in the same home as a sexual abuser but who have not been abused themselves.
For the adolescent offender, we offer individual and family therapy, case management services, and group therapy conducted by Mental Health Professionals (Therapists) and Mental Health Paraprofessionals who have been trained to work with the adolescent offending population. We provide updates to court and probation departments. We will also attend court when the offender has a scheduled court date. We provide a family group when the family of the offender can attend to learn more about sexual abuse behavior and how to cope with the struggles of having a child in the home who has offended and/or been offended on.
Service Frequency for most offenders:
- Individual Therapy: 1 -2 times per week
- Family Therapy: 1-2 times per week
- Group Therapy: 1 – 2 times per week
- Case Management (MHPP Services): 2 – 3 times per week
- Medication Management also Available
Therapy and Case Management services will be provided both in the home and at one of our locations.
Program length can vary based on the court order placed on the offender but most clients will be expected to complete the majority of the program in 2 years.
Services will focus on the environmental and psychological issues that lead to offending as well as any other behavioral or mental health issue that the client may be experiencing.
Domestic Violence should not happen to anybody. Ever. Period. But it does – and when it does, there is help. Domestic Violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other.
If you are being abused, REMEMBER: You are not alone, it is not your fault, and help is available.
SAFETY ALERT: If you are in danger – call 911. For professional help, call LSCI at 866-972-1268.
A psychiatric evaluation is a broad assessment of your current mental health, mental health history, social history, medical problems, and any substance abuse problems. These assessments are conducted by our on staff Psychiatrists. Based on this assessment, LSCI is better able to determine whether medication is needed and which medication(s) may be most effective.
Substance Abuse Program
LSCI offers services and options will be discussed following an assessment of the need for substance treatment services. Our services include:
- Substance abuse individual counseling
- Substance abuse group therapy
- Support groups
Eligibility for Substance Abuse Services
To be eligible for the outpatient substance abuse services provided by LSCI you must meet certain minimum requirements:
- You must be suffering from a substance abuse diagnosis as defined by the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM V and revisions)
- You must have the ability to participate in the services that are being provided.
Assignment to a Counselor or Group
LSCI will not refuse services to any client, unless based on the primary diagnosis, services are not available within the program to adequately meet the recipient’s mental health needs. We will attempt to match you with the treatment which will best meet your needs following a review of the request for service. Counselor assignments will be made with consideration of the best resources to fit your needs and the availability of counselors. Your assigned counselor will contact you to arrange an appointment and discuss the availability of group services if indicated as necessary to the clinical process. When an immediate individual counseling assignment or group assignment is not available you will be offered referrals to providers in the community to expedite the process of being seen.