Options therapists are frequently the first point of contact for children and their families who are seeking help with issues they have been unable to resolve alone. Our therapists include mental health professionals such as counselors, social workers, marriage and family counselors, and clinical psychologists who understand the principles of human development, psychology, and mental health and are able to help with:
- Defining and reaching wellness goals
- Overcoming fears or insecurities
- Coping with stress and anxiety
- Coping with conflict and intense negative emotions
- Improving relationships within the family
- Establishing stable, dependable routines
- Addressing harmful thoughts
Therapists use a variety of treatment models including evidence-based practice models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). An individual assessment of each child and families’ strengths and needs helps to guide the therapy approach. Children and youth benefit most from our services when parents and caregivers participate in the treatment process, therefore parent and caregiver involvement is strongly encouraged.
Ensuring that mental health services are available in places where it is easy for children and their families to reach out and get help when they need it is a priority for Options. Options has therapists and other mental health professionals working in every public school and Head Start program in Josephine County as well as therapists imbedded in many medical clinics. In Jackson County, we are designing a system that enables easy access to mental health services to children and youth in need including responding to mental health needs identified within the school system. Options provides care coordination and contracts and collaborates with a wide variety of medical clinics, all School Based Health Centers and community based mental health agencies to ensure that mental health services and supports are readily available so that children and families have access to mental health care when they need it.