Lifeline Counseling Services

At Lifeline, our counseling ministry seeks to serve the family holistically, knowing that one part of the family impacts all of the others.

For this reason, counselors have a variety of ways in which to approach each family according to their individual needs. At times, this may mean meeting with mom and dad for quite a while, training them in how to help their children. It may mean seeing various family members individually or together. In order for families to adjust, grow, and thrive, all parts of the system are taken into account. Additionally, we seek to serve families by assisting with other systems that a child is involved in, as well, like their church or school system.

Because no two families are alike, counselors at Lifeline are trained in a variety of therapy modalities and are constantly seeking to learn more about how to help our families.

Some of these therapies include:

  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Theraplay
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Filial Therapy
  • Corrective Attachment Therapy (CAT)

Our therapists are constantly learning about attachment and trauma. A variety of modalities allows our counselors to tailor treatment to each family and their presenting problems.

Additionally and most importantly, at Lifeline, our counselors are grounded in the truth of the gospel, willing to meet clients where they are and work to continually point clients towards Christ.

Because our counselors specialize in attachment and trauma, they remain in high demand, at times resulting in a waiting list for services. Please be sure to allow us to add you to that list, and we will contact you as soon as a spot becomes available.  At times, our counselors may not be available due to high volume or to a family living outside our service areas. When looking for a counselor who is competent in helping children who have a background of trauma and compromised attachment, here are some important questions to ask:

  • Who are the main influences that a counselor has studied to become equipped in serving children who are in foster care or have been adopted? What training has the therapist received?  What specific trauma or attachment training have they received? (Reputable modalities for this population can include Theraplay, EMDR, CAT, ARC, Filial, and PCIT.)
  • What is the counselor’s theoretical orientation (meaning, how do they think about and approach cases)?
  • How does the therapist keep up with the latest findings in this field?
  • How much experience does a counselor have in serving families who are fostering or who have adopted? What is the therapist’s experience treating children with moderate to severe attachment disorder? Treating Children in general?
  • How will therapy be structured? (ie. Parents alone, child alone, family together, etc.) Are the parents part of the treatment team, and in what way?
  • What techniques are utilized? Are these explained prior to treatment?

It is very important for parents to be involved (directly or as an observer) in the therapy an adopted child receives.  Because attachment with the parents is the ultimate goal, children need to know their parents are a major part of the healing process.  Parents can help the child feel safe in therapy and them being involved helps prevent triangulation.

Families interested in seeking counseling can contact their Lifeline social worker or case worker, or email us at Crossings@lifelinechild.org.