Mental Health Treatment Options at The Village

Counselors at The Village Family Service Center are trained in a variety of treatment methods, and will choose the type of treatment that best fits your individual situation and needs. Following is a brief description of each treatment modality used by Village counselors.


Play Therapy uses play-based experiences, such as sand and art, to communicate and interact with the child. Play therapy is a mode of therapy that is either child-directed or therapist-directed, depending on the presenting issue.

Solution-Oriented Brief Therapy
emphasizes solutions that have already been developed by the individual and/or family for the identified issue.  

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, rather than them being caused by external things, like people, situations and events. CBT helps us to change the way we think and feel, even when the situation remains the same.  

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) seeks to reduce trauma symptoms in children/adolescents and their parents in the aftermath of a traumatic experience. TF-CBT integrates several therapy models to meet the needs of traumatized children and their families.

Family Systems Therapy focuses on the family rather than the individual, with the belief that the symptoms of an individual in a family are the result of the pathology of the family, rather than the pathology of the individual.

Narrative Therapy helps clients re-create a positive life story. This approach sees every person's life as a story--and works with them to experience their life stories in ways that are meaningful and fulfilling.

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy helps couples reconnect through changing their emotional response to one another and restoring their emotional bond.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based intervention for children ages 2-8 that is designed to increase parent effectiveness, decrease problem behaviors in children and foster a healthy relationship between parent and child. PCIT is a form of psychotherapy that integrates concepts from social learning theory, traditional play therapy and attachment therapy.

Parenting Programs:  Village staff are trained in a number of parenting education programs--Parenting with Love and Logic, The Nurtured Heart Parenting approach, Total Transformation, Positive Parenting, and the Nurturing Program. Staff use these approaches in organized classes for parents, and with families in individual and family sessions.

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy technique that has been used for years to treat a variety of psychological and mental health issues, with a relatively high degree of success. 
EMDR was originally developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s and has evolved into an accepted form of treatment for many mental health problems in our society today. EMDR involves reprocessing traumatic and disturbing memories in such a way that an individual is able to function more effectively when they think about or are reminded about the issue that originally caused them a great deal of distress.

Contact The Village Family Service Center for more information or to make an appointment.