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Morris Cognitive Behavioral Consulting, LLC
Morris CBC offers comprehensive evidence-based treatment and consulting services to children, adolescents, adults, families, and organizations. Evidence-based modalities are the gold-standard treatment for mental and behavioral health issues because they are substantiated by numerous clinical trials and years of research demonstrating their efficacy in improving symptoms. At Morris CBC, it is strongly believed that clients should be treated as we would want our family members treated and receive the very best care possible. Therefore, only evidence-based treatments are utilized to address the presenting issue.
All new clients participate in an initial evaluation. This evaluation will help to better clarify each client’s presenting symptoms, therapeutic needs, and goals for treatment. The initial evaluation helps to determine if the type of therapy that is offered would be an effective way to treat a client’s presenting symptoms. It also provides clients the opportunity to evaluate if they feel that there is a good therapeutic fit for their needs and if they feel comfortable beginning the therapeutic process at Morris CBC.
Dr. Morris utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) interventions, both of which are strength-based approaches that focus specifically on practical skill acquisition uniquely tailored to each client's individual goals. This includes a variety of subspecialized types of CBT depending on presenting symptoms, for example, Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD or Exposure for phobias.
Dr. Morris believes that family relationships can play an important role in the therapeutic process for clients. When it is therapeutically beneficial to the client, Dr. Morris utilizes family interventions to change behaviors of one or more family members aimed to improve the functioning and quality of life of the client and their family system.
She also provides consultation for treatment planning to help parents navigate various higher levels of care options for their children, teens, or young adults.
Parent Training and Support Services
Dr. Morris utilizes Parent Management Training (PMT) with parents of children across the lifespan. PMT is engaging and hands on. This evidence-based approach helps parents decrease their child's negative, acting-out behaviors and increase positive, prosocial behaviors. Dr. Morris teaches PMT both individually and in a group format. Individual PMT includes parent(s) for one family and focuses on teaching parent(s) the most effective parenting strategies to address a range of child behavioral issues. The group format, which has been coined "Parenting Boot Camp," teaches the strategies in a group setting that includes 3-5 sets of parents.
Dr. Morris also offers various specialty groups, such as a support group for parents of children with mental illness, including parents with adult children.
DBT Skills Training
Dr. Morris runs Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills groups for children, adolescents, and young adults. DBT skills groups generally range in size from 4-8 individuals who meet once weekly. Group members are taught DBT skills using a manualized treatment protocol. This includes the following modules for adults and children: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance. The Adolescent DBT skills group also includes an additional module, Walking the Middle Path, that teaches skills relevant to the parent-adolescent relationship.
After completing our DBT skills training group, clients have the opportunity to participate in our DBT Graduate group. The DBT Graduate group meets on a weekly basis and focuses on the practice and generalization of skills learned in the DBT skills group. The group also helps clients to trouble-shoot difficulties with the application of DBT skills in the real world.
Dr. Morris provides coaching services for clients to foster skill use in difficult situations that arise between therapy sessions. She also provides specialty skills training (e.g., mindfulness) for different applications in higher level athletics, performing arts, or business.
Consultation, Webinars, Seminars, and Trainings
The reality is that life is transactional and individual therapy can only go so far when clients spend the majority of their time interacting with others. Dr. Morris believes in not only helping individuals change their lives, but also the systems and communities in which they live. To that end, she provides consultation to schools and organizations, webinars, seminars, trainings, advocacy and recommendations at school child study meetings, and community talks.