Behavioral Support Services

What are Behavioral Support Services?

Support Services are defined as a wide array of services to help with overall behavioral functioning and goal setting. The goal is to gain an overall healthy and happy level of functioning both individually and inter-personally. Support Services can assist with goal setting, caregiver burnout, communication difficulties, career planning, creating positive coping skills, and other behavioral oriented experiences.

How does Behavioral Support Services Differ from Therapy?

Supportive Services are more action oriented and psychotherapy is more thoughts and feelings oriented. Supportive Services can be effective in conjunction with psychotherapy or on their own. Here is an easy way to distinguish the two. Behavioral Support Services is basically therapy in action. The support service counselor is a trained to use a scientific approach in understanding behaviors and then applies this knowledge to improve or change specific behaviors.

While some psychotherapy modalities can provide behavioral change therapy – these support services are specifically tailored to focus on only behavior and positive behavioral changes. Psychotherapy or “talk therapy” aims to help clients process and understand feelings, thoughts, and actions as related to both internal and external experiences. A psychotherapist has the ability to diagnose and treat mental health conditions, process trauma, and increase overall emotional and mental health.

How do I know which service is right for me?

If you have feelings, emotions, or experiences you would like to process then therapy most likely is better suited for you. If you wish to change certain behaviors without “digging deep”, then supportive services are likely best for you. If you want to do both then it is suggested to utilize both services in conjunction with one another. Or to just utilize therapy as a method of treatment. If you are uncertain, no problem, we begin with an assessment to narrow in on your goals for treatment and together we plan a course of treatment that makes sense for you. Please reach out with any questions about these services or services in general.

Some interventions include:

Behavioral management - Clients learn how to manage their interpersonal emotional and behavioral responses to various situations. They learn how to positively reflect anger, manage conflict, and express their frustration. They learn the dynamic relationship between actions and consequences.

Social Competency – Clients learn interpersonal social boundaries and gain confidence in their interpersonal skills.

Problem identification and Resolution - Clients learn problem resolution techniques and gain confidence in their problem-solving skills.

Effective Communication - Clients learn how to listen to others and make their needs known to others effectively.

Moral Reasoning – Clients learn culturally relevant moral guidelines and judgments.

Self-Sufficiency – Clients learn to build trust, self-confidence and self-reliance.

Life Goals - Client learn how to set in achieve observable specific measurable achievable realistic and time-limited life goals.

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