Services Offered:

Below are some of the areas we address with people of all ages, but this list is not all-inclusive nor are the descriptions.  When working with minors, we strive to incorporate the parent/guardian for continuity of care and assistance with strategy development and implementation.  If you have an issue you would like support with that you do not see here, please contact our office to discuss further if we might be a good fit for you and your needs.

1. Addiction / Substance Abuse:

a.  Brief explanation of what it is:

i. Can be physical or psychological

ii.  Dependence on a chemical/substance or behavioral activity (ie: eating, exercise, gambling)

iii.  Cannot control use and depend on it for coping with daily life.

iv.  Often stems from trauma experienced.

b.  How it’s addressed:

i.  Therapy aims to increase awareness regarding triggers for use/behavior, and processing of events contributing to addiction.

ii.  Behavioral therapy teaches us that in order to modify a behavior or pattern, it must be replaced with something. With addiction, the unhealthy behavior or substance needs to be replaced with something more productive for the client.  Behavioral techniques will be employed to assist in developing a plan to replace the behavior/substance with more adaptive coping strategies.

iii.  Cognitive therapy strategies will also be used to support reframing thought patterns contributing to ineffective coping, and develop improved self-concept.

2. ADD /  ADHD:

a.  Brief explanation of what it is:

i.  Difficulty focusing on one task, or shifting focus

ii.  Excessive energy/hyperactivity

iii.  Impulsivity

iv.  Often associated with children, but can be a persistent condition for adults as well

b.  How it’s addressed:

i.  Therapy aims to increase awareness regarding symptoms experienced and how they impact your overall productivity or engagement in the world.

ii.  Behavioral therapy techniques are often utilized to assist with modifying behaviors that are not serving the client well. This can include, but is not limited to schedule/routine development, prioritizing tasks, and energy outlets.

iii.  Strategies will be developed between therapist and client to assist with impulse control.

3. Adjustment:

a.  Brief explanation of what it is:

i.  Can be physical or psychological

ii.  Processing of adjusting to any major change experienced in life—such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, blended family, loss of abilities (physical or mental), accident/injury, changing jobs, etc.

iii.  Relationship issues may be experienced.

b.  How it’s addressed:

i.  Therapy aims to increase awareness regarding cause of adjustment and the overall process.

ii.  Talk therapy will be an integral part of adjustment as we need to process the emotions we are experiencing and integrate them as we work towards acceptance of our new normal.

iii.  Cognitive therapy techniques will be used to develop awareness of thought patterns contributing to adjustment difficulty and working towards a more reality-based perspective.

4. Anger Management:

a.  Brief explanation of what it is:

i.  Emotional disturbance

ii.  When someone struggles with effectively managing their emotions (sadness, anxiety, resentment, etc), they often converted to anger because it’s more comfortable.

iii.  When we react from a place of anger, this often damages relationships and our own personal growth.

b.  How it’s addressed:

i.  Therapy aims to increase awareness regarding triggers for anger so that the underlying emotions can be labeled and addressed.

ii.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques will be used to develop healthier thought processes and responses.

iii.  Coping strategies will be developed to assist with emotional regulation.

iv.  Communication strategies also factor in so clients can learn how to effectively address issues assertively, rather than aggressively.

5. Anxiety:

a.  Brief explanation of what it is:

i.  It’s a normal emotion that serves to protect us

ii.  When intensity or frequency becomes difficult to manage, it may be an issue

b.  How it’s addressed:

i.  Therapy aims to increase awareness regarding anxiety triggers.

ii.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques will be used to develop understanding of how thoughts contribute to emotions, and emotions contribute to our actions. Therapy will support identifying healthier, more balanced, thought processes.

iii.  Exposure therapy strategies may be used to increase tolerance for triggers, or environments, outside of our control.

6. Depression:

a.  Brief explanation of what it is:

i.  Sadness is a normal emotion experienced in life, however it often becomes persistent and difficult to manage which is an indication it may have progressed to depression.

ii.  The depression experience is typically cyclical, meaning it will follow a cycle.

iii.  Usually it is chronic or situational

b.  How it’s addressed:

i.  Therapy aims to increase awareness regarding the individual depression cycle being experienced; specifically learning to recognize the onset triggers in order to engage strategies earlier.

ii.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques will be used to develop understanding of how thoughts contribute to emotions, and emotions contribute to our actions. Therapy will support identifying healthier, more balanced, thought processes.

iii.  Coping strategies will be developed to assist with emotional regulation.

7. Grief / Loss:

a.  Brief explanation of what it is:

i.  Can be physical or psychological

ii.  Grief is most commonly associated with death of a loved one but is really experienced during any period of loss. Some examples might include loss of abilities, limbs, jobs, or relationship.

iii.  There is no time limit for grief, it is a cyclical process. We will move through the different stages at different times, and though the intensity of grief often lessens with time we will cycle back to intense moments.

b.  How it’s addressed:

i.  Therapy aims to increase awareness of the emotional process associated grief/loss and normalize that process.

ii.  Education regarding the grief cycle and common stages.

iii.  Development of coping strategies that will be effective for your individual grief experience.

8. Stress Management:

a.  Brief explanation of what it is:

i.  The experience of life includes stress—work, school, obligations, responsibilities, etc. These are all stressful, and when we struggle to balance them effectively it can contribute to emotional distress.

b.  How it’s addressed:

i.  Therapy aims to increase awareness of the stressors experienced and factors contributing to our ability, or inability, to manage them effectively.

ii.  Education regarding stress and the connection to our emotional experience.

iii.  Developing strategies for more effective management of time and energy.

iv.  Coping strategies for emotion management and developing a greater balance of responsibilities and self-care.

9. Traumatic Brain Injury:

a.  Brief explanation of what it is:

i.  A traumatic brain injury is often the result of trauma to the head, but can also be experienced due to birth complications, illness, or loss of oxygen to the brain.

b.  How it’s addressed:

i.  Therapy aims to increase awareness of the individual challenges experienced as a result of the brain injury and support the adjustment process.

ii.  Education regarding brain functions, how it affects everyday life, and how it affects relationships. Management intervention is personalized, focusing on the strengths of the individual. By focusing on those strengths, we encourage empowerment that enables clients to manage their behavioral issues on their own.

iii. On site Cognitive behavioral therapy to encompass the entire client support system. The best results come from behavioral modification sessions that are conducted on-site where the disruptive behaviors are occurring. This enables the involvement of other individuals who are impacted and allows clients to practice using the tools given them in a real-world setting.

iv.  Inclusion of the entire support team in the treatment process to encourage more immediate and lasting change. Commitment to serving our clients does not stop at a single on-site location. Staff members often attend individualized educational programs (IEPs), team meetings, doctor appointments, and other consultation appointments.

v.  T.O.O.L.S

c.  Behavioral Modification

i.  Sometimes survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) experience disruptive behaviors as a result of their injury, such as aggression, lack of inhibition and difficulty relating to others. Those disruptive behaviors can negatively impact their relationships, their ability to participate in everyday activities and their ability to achieve goals.

ii.  Our behavioral modification sessions help TBI survivors overcome behavioral issues, sometimes completely reversing the disruptive behaviors. While a complete reversal of disruptive behaviors is not always possible after a TBI, behavioral modification at the very least can help reduce the severity and have a tremendous impact on restoring the quality of life for TBI survivors and their families.

iii.  White Behavioral Consultants is the premier provider of on-site behavioral modification services for TBI survivors and their families in Southeastern and East Central Michigan. Our behavioral modification services include:

a.  A comprehensive 2-hour on-site assessment at the home or designated location agreed upon by all parties

b.  Monitoring of the behavioral services provided on a frequency that is tailored to the needs of the client (i.e., weekly, bi-weekly)

c.  Progress notes of each session distributed to all parties on the treatment team

d.  Monthly reports detailing progress, with charted data to support the information given

e.  Regular communication with all parties involved to foster successful treatment outcomes

10. Trauma / PTSD:

a.  Brief explanation of what it is:

i.  A response to experiencing or witnessing a life-altering event.

ii.  Can have secondary trauma from exposure to people who have been traumatized.

iii.  Normal to feel on edge, have upsetting memories or difficulty sleeping after trauma—typically improves after a few weeks or months, if symptoms persist this indicates a deeper issue.

b.  How it’s addressed:

i.  Therapy aims to increase awareness of the trauma experienced and the resulting emotional effects. This process also assists with understanding how exposure to someone else’s trauma may be impacting us.

ii.  Education regarding how exposure to trauma shapes our view of our own experiences, and the world around us.

iii.  Coping strategies will be developed to assist with managing symptoms of trauma in order to decrease the impact to your life.


11. Academic Support Services

i.  White Behavioral Consultants offers academic support to traumatic brain injury survivors, with sessions tailored to each individual’s needs. Our academic support specialists offer supplemental activities to help foster growth in targeted areas identified by the client, client’s family and/or support system, as well as school staff members.

ii.  What makes our academic support services unique is our specialists’ ability to address behavioral issues that impact the client’s academic achievement. Our academic support specialists work in close contact with the behavioral therapist for continuity of care, and provide behavioral interventions to reinforce positive learning habits, both in school and at home. Many of our academic support specialists are licensed teachers, professional tutors and/or licensed behavioral therapists.

iii.  Our academic support specialists:

a.  Conduct weekly sessions with the client to monitor/foster academic growth

b.  Assist with mastery of schoolwork and homework assignments

c.  Provide regular communication with the family/support system to help build academic support frameworks within the home

iv.  All academic support sessions occur in a designated location that has been agreed upon by all parties involved, most often a local library.