Outpatient Therapy Services
HSC offers counseling/therapy through the outpatient department to address a wide range of struggles that an individual or family with behavioral health concerns may face. Highly trained Masters Level Clinicians utilize short-term, solution focused and strategic therapeutic approaches to respond to behavioral health needs of individuals and families and help them return to optimal levels of functioning.
The objective of Adult Outpatient Services is to utilize brief, short-term therapy to respond to mental health needs of individuals. Group and family therapy are offered in addition to individual psychotherapy. The emphasis of Adult Outpatient Services is on providing recovery oriented therapy to help reduce the effects of mental health difficulties while working to improve or maintain overall functioning in the individual’s current environment.
The objective of Child and Family Outpatient Services is to provide solution-oriented therapy to children and adolescents ages 0 – 18 and their families, focusing on the elimination of distress, while helping the individual to return to his/her normal routine as soon as possible. While treatment is child-centered, the importance of the family as a resource and source of support is recognized and utilized as an essential element of intervention.
Specialty Services Offered by the Therapist Staff:
Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
Attachment-Based Family Therapy is an evidence-based treatment for adolescents ages 12-18 that is designed to treat clinically diagnosed major depressive disorder, eliminate suicidal ideation, and reduce dispositional anxiety. Attachment-Based Family Therapy aims to strengthen or repair parent-adolescent attachment bonds and improve family communication. As the normative secure base is restored, parents become a resource to help the adolescent cope with stress, experience competency, and explore autonomy.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based, parent-child treatment practice for young children (2.5-7 years) that helps parents or other caregivers of children with behavioral challenges – including aggression, oppositional and defiant behaviors, and temper outbursts, achieve effective parenting. It also is considered to be an evidence-based treatment for families involved with Children and Youth Services as a result of high levels of physical aggression and physical abuse. Children at risk of losing daycare or early childhood educational placements because of problem behaviors may benefit from PCIT.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a psychosocial treatment model designed to treat posttraumatic stress and related emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents ages 3 to 18 years. Initially developed to address problems associated with childhood sexual abuse, TF-CBT has been modified and tested with children who have experienced a wide array of traumas, including domestic violence, traumatic loss, war, commercial sexual exploitation, and the often multiple and complex traumas experienced by children who are placed in foster care. TF-CBT is appropriate for use with children exposed to trauma whose parents or caregivers did not participate in the abuse.
Therapists in this program have earned advanced degrees in the behavioral health service delivery, have received extensive training in human development and psychotherapy, and are licensed or in to process of becoming licensed clinicians in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, program therapists have received training in multiple therapeutic interventions, and provide specialty care related to may struggles individuals and families.
For further information, please contact:
Matthew D. Nord, MA., LPC
Director of Assessment and Outpatient Services
Fax: (724) 656-1325
Life after Loss…Coping with Grief Group