“instilling hope and inspiring change”
We are a group of professional therapists who share a common goal of incorporating what we have learned to help others along their journey. We are a diverse group, from various backgrounds and experiences and we each draw on those experiences and our training to provide our clients with effective counsel.
Collectively, we understand how our life experiences shape our view of ourselves, others and the world around us. One of our goals is to help our clients recognize false beliefs and assumptions that prevent them from walking in freedom. Some of us specialize in EMDR and DBT, others in premarital and marriage counseling and some in play therapy. Regardless, we understand the value of “meeting our clients where they are”.
Therapy requires active participation, honesty, commitment to change and the willingness to take responsibility for one’s own growth and development. While we are clinically trained to treat various problems, we also understand not all problems are pathology.
Fig Tree Therapy was founded in 2012 with the commitment to serve God through service to others. Our team believes the mind, body and spirit are intrinsically linked and each component has a significant influence on the other. We believe in the sovereign power of God, His ability to bring healing to an individual, marriage and family and the value of following Biblical principles. However, we do not believe all human suffering is the result of our choices. We have witnessed the impact of trauma on a person’s body and mind, and the effectiveness of psychotherapy in bringing relief and hope to many. We are clinically trained and competent to treat a variety of mental and emotional disorders and will provide Christian based counsel only when initiated by our clients.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing involves the treatment of trauma related disorders such as PTSD and other anxiety related disorders. This type of therapy can be short term (dealing with a specific trauma) lasting 3-5 sessions or can be more intense if complex trauma is present. This approach recognizes that trauma memories are stored in the body and impact certain parts of the brain called the limbic system. By using Bilateral Stimulation (eye movement or tactile), the memory moves from the limbic system to the cortex enabling the client and therapist to process the memory in a safe environment. This process allows the person to identify the negative and distorted beliefs associated with the memory and replace them with more accurate beliefs, thereby, desensitizing the intensity of the memory and its impact on core beliefs.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a theoretical approach developed by Marsha Linehan. DBT is an evidence-based therapy that began with efforts to treat borderline personality disorder. However, it has been proved to be useful in addressing mood disorders, suicidal ideation, self-harm and substance abuse. Fig Tree Therapy uses a curriculum developed by Linehan involving four different modules including Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness. We often facilitate DBT skills groups.
Current Online Groups
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Facilitated by Tina Motley, LCSW.
Group fees are $40/session.
*Next group will begin in the Fall of 2021