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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your therapeutic approach?
Do you do "attachment therapy"?
Do you do "holdings"?
Will your therapy help me?
Is a family intensive right for me and my family?
What if not everyone in the family is willing to participate?
I notice that you reference God and the Bible, do I have to be a Christian to work with Family Restorations?
Do you recommend medication?  Should my child be off their medication during the intensive?
Do you accept insurance?



What is your therapeutic approach?


Family Restorations provides in-home therapy services that cater to families in crisis.  The typical treatment plan includes a pre-treatment phone consultation, initial phone interviews with each participating family member, a two day in-home intensive, six weeks of follow up coaching calls, and a follow up in-home visit about two months later.  The in-home experience is a combination of education (regarding trauma, childhood development, parenting techniques, etc), intense emotional healing for all involved, and in-the-moment parent coaching.  Please contact us to find out if our approach is right for you. 


Do you do "attachment therapy"?

 
While all Family Restorations therapists are trained in Attachment Theory and use this as their primary framework for understanding family dynamics, the therapeutic style varies depending on the needs of the family.  Other theories are understood and incorporated, such as Family Systems, Narrative, Cognitive-Behavioral, etc.  In addition, the psychoeducation and interventions used are rooted in neuroscience and clinical research. Treatment is focused on repairing and strengthening relational bonds between family members.  This includes addressing any trauma history and behavior patterns that may be interfering with these bonds.


Do you do "holdings"?

At Family Restorations we believe in the power of touch and intimate physical connection to facilitate emotional expression and bonding.  We will encourage parents to embrace each other and their children during therapeutic processing. We NEVER FORCE someone to participate in this against their will.  Like all forms of treatment, unless there is threat of imminent physical harm, participation is completely at the client's discretion.  For a full discussion of the current standard in the field regarding the use of holding in therapy, please read the "White Paper on Coercion" at www.attach.org.


Will your therapy help me?

Only you can answer this question.  Family Restorations is based on a proven approach for helping families dramatically alter their way of being with one another to allow for more love, peace and joy in the home.  Therapists provide the education, coaching and impetus for change. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.


Is a family intensive right for me and my family?

While the Family Restorations approach is not right for everyone, there are many benefits to this type of treatment. For example, the treatment is not as time limited and the therapist comes to you. You do not have to drive to an office or wrap things up in 45 to 50 minutes. The therapy can be done in the comfort of your own home and without the pressure of having to go anywhere. This sense of safety often allows people to go to a place of deeper emotional healing.  In addition, many children will be on their best behavior for a typical therapy session, and it is up to the parents to apply new techniques on their own at home.  In-home treatment allows the therapist to see the family dynamics in a natural setting and facilitate immediate interventions.  Deciding on your form of treatment is an individual choice.  Make no mistake, a family intensive is just that, intense.  It involves deep emotional processing, is mentally, physically, and emotionally draining and requires a strong commitment and hard work on the part of the family.  It is only recommended for those interested in taking responsibility for serious change in their life.


What if not everyone in the family is willing to participate?

It is not uncommon that the child or one spouse is reluctant to participate in treatment.  While it is obviously most beneficial if all family members are motivated to change, treatment is not necessarily ruled out by one person's ambivalence.  The therapist will work to engage this person at their comfort level and small steps can still be taken.  A family is a system that only requires one part to change for whole system change to take place.  In other words, as long as there is at least one family member commited to making a difference, change is possible.


I notice that you reference God and the Bible, do I have to be a Christian to work with Family Restorations?

While the therapists are Christian and the treatment approach is Biblically based, one does not have to be a Christian to benefit from the services Family Restorations provides.  However, Family Restorations uses a wholistic approach which includes mind, body, and spirit.  We value  a person's spirituality as an important part of the whole person and consider it negligent to ignore this aspect of our life and functioning.  To this end, spiritual issues are discussed and explored in order to gain an understanding of each family member's spiritual functioning.  It is up to the family and therapist to determine together what role spirituality, and Christian principles in particular, will play in the overall treatment.  If desired, Dr. Klassen has been trained in Theophostic Prayer and Healing Prayer and can comfortably integrate these elements within the treatment.  To learn more about Theophostic Prayer, you may visit www.theophostic.com.


Do you recommend medication?  Should my child be off their medication during the intensive?

While Family Restorations is not opposed to medication, it is always considered a last resort.  Dr. Klassen has a working knowledge of nutritional supplements which have been shown to be more well tolerated by the body, and often just as affective as prescriptive psychotropic medication.  Supplements are recommended for those whose brains are suffering from the effects of chronic stress or trauma.  This is particularly true for children, for whom most psychotropics have never been tested.  Recommendations are made in conjunction with your psychiatrist, medical doctor and/or nutritionist, and are never in lieu of therapy.  It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication.  Instead of just treating the symptom, Family Restorations addresses the root cause of your distress and the behavior patterns that curb your progress.

While each case is unique, it is likely your therapist will recommend that your child be off of any medication during the intensive.  This is to get a clear picture of your child's symptoms, behavior and needs.  MEDICATION SHOULD NEVER BE DISCONTINUED WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE TREATING PSYCHIATRIST OR MEDICAL DOCTOR.  MOST MEDICATIONS NEED TO BE TAPERED DOWN AND SHOULD NEVER BE STOPPED ABRUPTLY.


Do you accept insurance?

Family Restorations therapists are not on any insurance panels and are considered "out-of-network providers."  To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier.  Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is the allowable coverage amount?
  • Does my plan cover multi-hour, in-home treatment programs?  If so, how is it billed?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?