Mental Health Therapy

BECOMING EXCEPTIONAL is a comprehensive mental health center. We specialize in early intervention and healing childhood trauma in children and adult survivors. By using CranioSacral Therapy and Energy work we can remove damaging DNA markers leading to improved functionality in life. We include parents in skill-building and psycho-education to develop advantageous parenting strategies to strengthen generational ties and decrease unhealthy emotional responses within the family. By creating cohesive family relationships people are able to transform their lives over time to reach their desired outcomes in life.

BECOMING EXCEPTIONAL’s therapist(s) collaborate with and refer clients out to specialized mental health, alternative care, and other support professionals to provide the most effective and cutting-edge healing plan available. BECOMING EXCEPTIONAL strives to address wellness from a DNA level, recognizing that we can heal and become whole over time and with the right supports and resources.

BECOMING EXCEPTIONAL integrates play, expressive arts, sandtray, skill-building, NLP techniques, parent-education, trauma work, attachment work, family support and collaboration, and so much more to improve current and long-term outcomes not just for an individual but for the entire family as a whole and the individuals within the family unit.

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Real and Significant Problems

Currently, mental health services are insufficient to meet the rising stress levels, mental and emotional challenges, and trauma experiences of the populace, especially very young children.

“‘As more people seek treatment for mental health conditions, the demands on psychological practitioners have increased,’ said Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., APA’s CEO. [ ]

More than 8 in 10 (84%) psychologists [ ] have seen an increase in demand for anxiety treatment [ ], compared with 74% a year ago. Demand for treatment of depression is also up, with 72% of psychologists who treat depressive disorders saying they have seen an increase, compared with 60% in 2020. [ ]

The State of Mental Health in America organization (2022) provides the following statistics regarding unmet needs for Mental Health.

  • The percentage of adults with a mental illness who report unmet need for treatment has increased every year since 2011.

A report from the CDC provides the following facts about mental health in children:

  • 1 in 6 U.S. children aged 2–8 years (17.4%) had a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder. (Cree RA, Bitsko RH, Robinson LR, Holbrook JR, Danielson ML, Smith DS, Kaminski JW, Kenney MK, Peacock G. Health care, family, and community factors associated with mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders and poverty among children aged 2–8 years — United States, 2016. MMWR, 2018;67(5):1377-1383).
  • Early diagnosis and appropriate services for children and their families can make a difference in the lives of children with mental disorders. (US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration & Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Mental health: A report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, and National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health; 1999).
  • Age and poverty level affected the likelihood of children receiving treatment for anxiety, depression, or behavior problems. (Ghandour RM, Sherman LJ, Vladutiu CJ, Ali MM, Lynch SE, Bitsko RH, Blumberg SJ. Prevalence and treatment of depression, anxiety, and conduct problems in U.S. children. The Journal of Pediatrics, 2018. Published online before print  October 12, 2018).
  • Most children with distress related to trauma exposure and in need of help do not receive psychological treatment, and those who do receive a wide variety of treatments. (Presidential Task Force on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma in Children and Adolescents, (2008), Children and trauma: Update for Mental Health Professionals.

Many individuals believe mental health and behavioral issues can be “fixed” quickly. However, true change and healing require time, intention, choice, and support in all the right areas. For example, a person whose biological system is not working optimally may struggle to apply new skills and make desired change with merely talk therapy alone. Addressing biological AND mental health issues can ensure greater success over time. Likewise, families struggling to parent a defiant child may benefit from parenting skills, education, and/or school support to truly see the changes desired. Studies, as noted above, indicate a higher demand for services than is currently being met; an increase in mental health challenges and trauma experiences; and gaps in services for young children. Studies above also indicate the value of early intervention in preventing long-term negative outcomes. BECOMING EXCEPTIONAL incorporates all these factors in the healing plans created in consultation with clients.