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Counseling

COBYS Family Services’ trained staff offer professional psychotherapy and support to individuals, couples, and families at locations in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. COBYS therapists are providers for several insurance companies, and uninsured clients may qualify for an affordable sliding scale, based on income and family size.

To schedule an appointment at any of our counseling centers, please complete the Counseling Inquiry Form or contact us at 717-392-0504 or 800-452-6517.

  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • Depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders
  • Relational issues
  • Family therapy
  • Marital and couples therapy
  • Child and adolescent mood and behavior problems
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Specialized Services

Incredible Years Dina Dinosaur Group Therapy

Dina Dinosaur is an 18-week, 36-hour small group child training program for children aged 4-8 who are difficult to manage, aggressive, or who may have disruptive behaviors. Research demonstrates a reduction in children’s aggressive and disruptive behavior, increase in pro-social behavior, more positive conflict management skills, and an increase in problem- solving strategies, as well as increased emotional literacy. The Dina Dinosaur program utilizes puppet and video modeling, coaching and reinforcement with structured activities, visual imagery, fantasy play, as well as live role plays.

While children attend Dina School, parents attend the Incredible Years Parenting Program. The Incredible Years program prepares parents to promote more positive behaviors between parent and child, improve compliance at home and at school, reduce aggression and behavior problems in and out of the home, learn positive and consistent discipline, and gain support that includes other parents.

Learn more at: incredibleyears.com/programs/child/

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

TF-CBT is a short-term treatment intervention for children who exhibit behavioral or emotional symptoms as the result of having experienced a trauma. Both children and parents are involved in the treatment process.

TF-CBT primarily reduces symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is characterized by problems with managing trauma-related negative emotions and physical reactions caused by memories or reminders of the trauma that may lead to maladaptive coping such as avoidance of reminders. These reactions often interfere with functioning at home, in school, and in interpersonal relationships.

The specific components of TF-CBT are summarized by the acronym PRACTICE:

  • Psychoeducation is provided to children and their caregivers about the impact of trauma and common childhood reactions.
  • Parenting skills are provided to optimize children’s emotional and behavioral adjustment.
  • Relaxation and stress management skills are individualized for each child and parent.
  • Affective expression and modulation are taught to help children and parents identify and cope with a range of emotions.
  • Cognitive coping and processing are enhanced by illustrating the relationships among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This helps children and parents modify inaccurate or unhelpful thoughts about the trauma.
  • Trauma narration, in which children describe their personal traumatic experiences, is an important component of the treatment.
  • In vivo mastery of trauma reminders is used to help children overcome their avoidance of situations that are no longer dangerous, but which remind them of the original trauma.
  • Conjoint child-parent sessions help the child and parent talk to each other about the child’s trauma.
  • Enhancing future safety and development—the final phase of the treatment—addresses safety, helps the child to regain developmental momentum, and covers any other skills the child needs to end treatment.

Learn more about the effects of trauma on children and TF-CBT at:
nctsn.org/resources/audiences/parents-caregivers
nctsnet.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/tfcbt_general.pdf

PREPARE® Pre-Marital Education and Skills Building

COBYS offers PREPARE®, a program of premarital education and skills building for engaged couples. PREPARE® addresses topics including assertiveness, active listening, communication, conflict resolution, family of origin issues, financial management, intimacy and sexuality, and goal setting.

PREPARE Brochure

PREPARE Registration Form

PREPARE Online Registration Form

[The most rewarding experience was] falling in love with a stranger and experiencing moments where he is my true son, saying “I love you” by joyful accident instead of out of practiced habit. – COBYS Resource Parent