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At Amistad, we pride ourselves in providing client centered, strengths based therapy.  When we are working with a child, caregivers will always be included in the process, as attachment and bonding are essential to the optimal well-being of families.  Our clients can expect to be met with the utmost professionalism, confidentiality, respect and compassion as they seek to work through the issues that bring them in.

Our therapists utilize the evidence-based curriculum called Circle of Security.  The goals of the program are to assist parents in identifying and understanding their child’s emotional needs, learn more about why their child is behaving the way he/she does, explore how their parenting “style” impacts the parent/child relationship, and learn ways to better connect with their child.

Infant Mental Health

“Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.  “Infant mental health” refers to how well a child develops socially and emotionally from birth to three.  … It also helps guide the development of healthy social and emotional behaviors.”

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Child-Parent Psychotherapy

“Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an intervention model for children aged 0-5 who have experienced at least one traumatic event (e.g. maltreatment, the sudden or traumatic death of someone close, a serious accident, sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence) and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  The treatment is based in attachment theory, but also integrates psychodynamic, developmental, trauma, social learning, and cognitive behavioral theories.  Therapeutic sessions include the child and parent or primary caregiver.  The primary goal of CPP is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her caregiver as a vehicle for restoring the child’s cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning.  Treatment also focuses on contextual factors that may affect the caregiver-child relationship (e.g. cultural norms and socioeconomic and immigration-related stressors).”

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

“Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma.  EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.  To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.”

To learn more about EMDR, please visit: https://www.emdria.org/about-emdr-therapy/

Circle of Security

“Circle of Security” parenting groups or individual sessions provide an opportunity to:

Learn what you can do to better connect with your child. Understand your child’s emotional needs.

Learn more about why your child behaves the way he/she does. Find out how your parenting style impacts your child’s behaviors. Have a better relationship with your child.

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Occupational / Speech and Language Therapy

The Play Lab equips children with the skills necessary to grow and develop to their highest potential. Through collaboration, communication and mutual respect:  The Play Lab strives to provide quality therapy services to children and their families. Their goal is for each child to learn self-awareness, how to play, function and be successful in all that they do.

To learn more about The Play Lab, please visit: playlabnm.com

Christian Counseling

Cornerstone Christian Counseling is a division of Amistad Family Services, Inc. which was founded in July of 2011. Amistad’s legacy was built largely on our faithfulness to the importance and power of relationships; specifically, the security found in safe, stable, loving interactions. This can be conceptualized as a rock; steady and stable, helping our clients and children weather the storms of life.

To learn more about Cornerstone Christian Counseling, please visit: cornerstonelascruces.com

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