Outpatient Therapy

Plains Area Mental Health welcomes people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Our professionals collaborate with clients to create a plan that addresses specific needs and goals.

A caring approach integrating evidence-based practices is designed to address life’s struggles effectively in a way that is also uniquely tailored to you and your family. Respect and understanding are at the core of what we do. Whether you may face life’s daily stress or a chronic mental illness, we are here for you.

Our well-trained clinicians use the following therapies to assist you and your family.

Therapies Used

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

In PCIT, parents are taught specific skills to interact with their child in a way that strengthens the parent-child connection while also improving the child’s behavior and ability to relate to others.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

IPT focuses on the interpersonal relationships of a person experiencing depression. Improving communication and strengthening social connections removes the barriers of loneliness and isolation that depression creates.

Lifespan Integration (LI)

Lifespan Integration is a technique that promotes rapid healing in adults who experienced abuse and/or neglect during childhood. LI creates a visual timeline of memories to help the client rid him or herself of negative thoughts and feelings he or she may have carried over many years.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Focuses on examining one’s thoughts and how they might influence their behaviors. CBT treatment often includes efforts to alter thinking patterns in unhelpful ways of thinking as well as intrusive learned behaviors. In short, clients learn to distinguish between their own distortions and are taught to reevaluate themselves in the eyes of reality.

Solution Focused Brief Technique (SFBT)

A short- term therapy that focuses on the solutions to your specific problems, along with unlocking your potential in terms of inner strength as well as utilizing your resources. SFBT analyzes current day hurdles and how to climb them rather than analyzing how the hurdle was placed.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)

A psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. In EMDR the brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health, clearing negative beliefs around traumas.

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

A technique used after an extremely stressful event to immediately address the person’s response to the situation. The goal is to promote psychological health and minimize the effects of a potentially traumatic experience.

Substance Use Disorder Psychotherapy

SUDP is an IDPH-licensed service that is incorporated into psychotherapy for individuals who are experiencing problems related to alcohol, prescription medication, and other illegal substances. Psychotherapists providing this co-occurring service are trained and credentialed in this specialty area.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

The term "dialectical" comes from the idea that bringing together two opposites in therapy — acceptance and change — brings better results than either one alone. A unique aspect of DBT is its focus on acceptance of a client's experience as a way for therapists to reassure them — and balance the work needed to change negative behaviors. Standard comprehensive DBT has four parts: individual therapy, group skills training, phone coaching (if needed for crises between sessions), and consultation group for health care providers to stay motivated and discuss client care.

Cliants agree to do homework to practice new skills. This includes filling out daily "diary cards" to track more than 40 emotions, urges, behaviors, and skills, such as lying, self-injury, or self-respect. Some of the main components are mindfulness skills and emotional regulation skills.

The Safe and Sound Protocol

The Safe and Sound Protocol is an evidence-based therapeutic tool designed to reset the nervous system and return it to safety. Designed to work with other therapeutic approaches and modalities, the SSP features specially filtered music that stimulates the vagus nerve. Suitable for children and adults, the SSP has demonstrated benefits for individuals with trauma, anxiety, sensory processing differences, and much more.

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children.Play therapy helps children because:

  • Play is fun and engaging.
  • Play is a natural way to learn. It allows for mastery.
  • Play is voluntary, enjoyable, and purposeful.
  • Play is a full-body sensory experience that does not rely solely on words.
  • Therapists strategically utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings.