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. Here are the types of issues that our therapists address:
For an overview of COBYS Counseling Center and the State of Mental Health in Lancaster County click here.
We also provide some specialized services:
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/
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:
Learn more about the effects of trauma on children and TF-CBT at:
[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