PROGRAMS & GROUPS
Nature Connection Therapy
Innovative new program with the potential of revolutionizing how children and teens, particularly those in foster care, receive treatment and are embraced by the community. This program combines traditional mental health services like individual, group and family therapy with a mentoring program, all of which is based in an outdoor setting on the beautiful Oregon Coast. We use the vastness of the outdoors and provide deep, meaningful experiences for these kids and their families, all while creating awareness and familiarity in the community.
The additional support will have a cumulative effect on children and teens, the foster care system and the community as a whole.
This program teams horses with a Mental Health Professional and an Equine Specialist to provide individual, family, or group sessions.
These sessions focus on ground work with horses (no riding), with the horse(s) supporting clients through the use of metaphor and skills. This program uses the EAGALA model of equine assisted therapy.
Clients learn by practicing skills in real-time which makes the experience immediate; these experiences are then tied into what is occurring in the clients’ lives.
Day Treatment, Olalla’s original program, is a therapeutic school alternative for children requiring a more restrictive environment then the public school system can offer. Overseen by a Licensed Child Psychiatrist, the Day Treatment program offers children between the ages of 6-13 a structured setting that combines education and therapy through the following services
Compassion Focused Therapy group for adolescents which includes art-making. True Strength deals with difficult emotions - primarily anger.
The group is a mix of cognitive behavioral therapy, affective neuroscience, and Buddhist psychology. Clients are guided through development of self-compassion and compassion for others. The group blends psychoeducation, mindfulness and compassionate imagery exercises, group processing, and take-home work to practice the skills learned.
Based on the work of Dr. Paul Gilbert, University of Derby in the UK and Dr. Russell Kolts, Eastern Washington University, and was adapted by Elijah Johnson, MS.
Respite is a socialization program for children ages 3-13 that is operated most weekends of the year.
The program is designed to give parents and caregivers a break. It can be exhausting raising children with emotional and behavioral challenges.
Respite is an opportunity for parents to have time without work and children to rejuvenate.
We understand parenting is difficult, and we believe parents need to take care of themselves so they can operate at their best with their children.
Born Brave is an LGBTQ+ Process Group. The group is intended to be a safe, welcoming, compassionate space for participants to explore feelings, topics,and questions around sexual orientation and gender identity.
Teen, young adult and adult groups offered.
Individual and family therapy are available options in addition to groups or as a separate therapeutic service.
MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION
Mindfulness and Meditation will focus on teaching mindfulness and mediation skills to help reduce stress.
This group may also be helpful for individuals dealing with feelings of chronic worry or anxiety.
Through developing mindfulness skills and engaging in mediation and guided imagery exercises, participants will explore new ways of slowing down their bodies and minds to decrease stress, broaden awareness and increase focus.
Be mindful and mediate to reduce stress and anxiety.
Learning To Fly: Pegasus Program
This group will focus on building skills in order to provide group members with the confidence and ability to work through a variety of life situations.
Skills that will be worked on include: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The group will include both hands on work with horses and an open discussion format where skills are introduced and practiced. Group members will also be expected to practice skills learned each week in other settings.
The format for group is meant to be welcoming; no members will be required to share anything out loud they choose not to. Participation is important, however, in order to gain maximum success. Attendance to each group is vital as the skills build on each other every week.
Most activities will be outside.
A SAFE PLACE
The A Safe Place Program is a flexible 12 session group format that pairs nature based activities with storytelling and expressive arts approaches for children elementary to early middle school aged.
It was originally designed in Israel in response to helping resolve the impact of trauma on school children after the 2nd Lebanon War. It was also found to be effective in strengthening coping skills and resilience in children who have been through common causes of stress such as divorce, moving, illness/loss of family member, bullying, natural disasters, and loss of home.
The first 2 sessions are mostly indoors with the rest typically being outside in nature. Sessions 9 and 11 include family participation (9 where participants share what they’ve been working on with parents and 11 a graduation ceremony) .
Who is the program for: Elementary to entering middle school aged school children who show emotional and behavioral symptoms related to trauma, anxiety, depression, and/or significant stressors that impact their ability to be safe in school and engage in academics. It tends to appeal to youth who do not like to engage in talk therapy.
IMPROV FOR PARENTS
Improv for Parents Group using the principles and techniques of Improv Theatre/Comedy to:
Improve communication between parents and youth.
Increase parent flexibility in responding to youth behavior in the moment.
Improve collaborative problem solving skills.
Improve parent/families ability to respond to both changing child developmental stages and related changes in family life.
Through Improv games and exercises parents experience:
Paying Attention and Accepting Offers: listening, validating, and showing empathy= a “Yes” when it comes to relationships.
Freeing the Parent’s Imagination: moving from censored patterns of the past to uncensored spontaneity in the present.
Advancing the Action: where there is a “Yes” there is an “And”. Parents have a concern too. Adding your two cents and moving collaboration forward.
Supporting your child to look good: Using your power for good and expanding your emotions to have a positive impact.
With: Todd Embree, LPC. Todd is both Licensed Professional Counselor and has a background in Improv Comedy being a former member of Open Source Improv in Corvallis.