What is our Village Model?

Village Model DBT Therapy

The Village of Kairos offers services to families who are in crisis. This is what we call our “Village Model”.  It is a Comprehensive DBT Program for the entire family! 

It is our mission to restore family’s dynamic through therapeutic practices grounded in validation, mindful body awareness, and behavioral change. We believe that it takes a whole village to restore a family and that it takes tremendous courage to begin the healing journey.

The Village Model is a package of services that accommodates the entire family unit. 

The teen attends individual therapy with their assigned clinician & teen skills group weekly. The parents also attend parenting therapy with their assigned clinician & parent skills group weekly. The two therapists communicate regularly for case management while the family attends these separate sessions. Families are encouraged to utilize our in-the-moment coaching with their respective therapists as needed in between sessions. 

Each month, both therapists & the whole family unit come together for our State of the Union family sessions. 

The Village Model

Individual DBT Therapy
Individual DBT Therapy

In individual therapy, we assign clients to a professional who offers a safe, confidential environment where you can discuss your problems. We use DBT Therapy to heal and establish skillful changes in your everyday life.

Within DBT, sessions begin with mindfulness then lead into processing the events that have transpired since the last session and address the goals that have been established in a treatment plan. If deemed appropriate, safety plans will be reviewed and additional care plans established to ensure safety until the next session.

The Village Model Therapy
Parenting Therapy

We believe in not only healing the individual but also in healing the whole family “village”. We offer comprehensive parenting therapy sessions to assist in developing parenting plans, increase understanding of how parenting and attachment styles affect the home, and improve relationships through nonviolent communication strategies.

We also work with clients who want to avoid potential family issues that are likely to occur in the future. We believe that our parenting therapy is a great way to manage stress and anxiety due to the traumatic events, the tension between the family members, and other issues.

Teen Skill Group
Teen Skills Group

The Teen DBT Skills Groups are psychoeducational training groups in which skills are taught in the areas of Mindfulness; Emotion Regulation; Distress Tolerance; and Interpersonal Effectiveness. These groups follow a set agenda in which new information is taught weekly and homework and skills practice is assigned. The focus of this group therapy is teaching effective skill use for regulating emotions, changing destructive patterns of thinking and behavior, improving relationship skills, and building the life you desire. We offer an in-person and a virtual teen group that is designed for their age group.

DBT Skills Groups
Parenting Skills Group

DBT Skills Groups are psychoeducational training groups in which skills are taught in the areas of Mindfulness; Emotion Regulation; Distress Tolerance; and Interpersonal Effectiveness. These groups follow a set agenda in which new information is taught weekly and homework and skills practice is assigned. The focus of this group therapy is teaching effective skill use for regulating emotions, changing destructive patterns of thinking and behavior, improving relationship skills, and building the life you desire. This is an online group that is designed for parents to support their children and model these skills in the home.

Individual Trauma-Focused Therapy
In-The-Moment Coaching

We offer in-the-moment skills coaching for times of crisis and distress. This is a foundational aspect of comprehensive, adherent DBT. Furthermore, we offer phone coaching to all our clients regardless of their treatment modality. As such, every client can contact their primary Village practitioner in moments of crisis or distress and get the support they need to ensure their safety.

DBT Family Therapy
Family Sessions

The collaborative family model also includes monthly family sessions that we call our “State of the Unions”. These sessions combine the family with both the individual therapist and parenting therapist. As a unit, families and therapists are able to problem solve, build skills, address concerns, set goals, and heal in a safe, supportive environment.

What To Expect

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Consultation

Upon arriving at your appointment, one of our staff members will come out and greet you. The staff member will invite you into our comfortable, private office setting and will offer you snacks and beverages. Our staff member will usually begin the consultation by engaging you in gentle small talk until you feel safe, accepted, and validated in beginning your therapeutic journey. During this consultation you are given the opportunity to share a bit of your story and what has led you to therapy. 

We don’t require in-depth information during the consultation, but we would like to develop a general sense of your readiness for the therapy we provide here in the Village. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the Village Model, our therapists and their qualifications, and the diverse therapeutic approaches we offer. After getting to know you and your goals for therapy, our staff member will recommend the Village practitioner who is best suited to address your specific needs. If additional staff are present at the time of your initial consultation, our staff member will introduce you to them, so that can you gain a sense of who all of the Village practitioners are and the caring and welcoming environment we can create and provide for you.

During this consultation, the staff member will outline the process for your intake session as well go over what you may expect during your first few therapy sessions. The ultimate goal of the consultation is for you to feel you have made a sound decision and that you understand the therapies and programs that we offer. At any point during the consultation session, if you feel like our Village Model is not the right fit for your needs, please let us know so that we can provide you with a referral to the therapist or services that can best support you.

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Intake

Upon completing your consultation, you will be assigned to a Village practitioner who will become your primary therapist and will work to develop a treatment plan specifically tailored to your needs. The treatment plan is a mutual collaboration between you and your Village practitioner, and is designed to help focus your treatment on your specific goals. This intake session marks the beginning of your therapeutic and clinical relationship with your primary Village practitioner and is where you will have the opportunity to share your story in greater detail. 

The intake session can be an extremely emotional moment since it marks a courageous step in your healing journey, and all of the Village practitioners take great care to support you that journey.

Please note that it is during the intake that any diagnostic testing and assessments would be completed if deemed necessary. If you are seeking reimbursement from your insurance company (through a Superbill), a diagnosis must be established at the time of intake to facilitate this process.

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