Florence Crittenton Services of Topeka, Inc.
Treatment Approaches
Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an empirically–supported treatment approach designed to increase regulation in various aspects of a client"s life. Florence Crittenton uses DBT to help clients replace current behaviors with new skills as follows:

Emotion InstabilityEmotion Regulation
ImpulsivityDistress Tolerance
Distorted ThinkingMiddle Path Thinking
Confusion About SelfIdentity Development/Mindfulness

Clients are encouraged to start the process of building a life worth living.  We want the client to begin to envision a life that they can feel proud of and get joy out of living. This is a two–fold process of learning how to incorporate positive experiences into everyday living and also setting long term goals for a future that brings hope.

Eye Movement Densitization and Reprocessing

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) 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. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process completely the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new ones that are needed for full health.




Florence Crittenton clinicians use an attachment focus in both the individual and family therapy process.  Clinicians pull from dyadic developmental psychotherapy, narrative therapy, theraplay and parent education approaches in an effort to strengthen the connection between children and families.  By finding safety in attachment, clients are able to gain self awareness and improved management of interpersonal and relational patterns.  

PLACE Parenting

A PLACE parenting attitude — representing Playfulness, Love, Acceptance, Curiosity, and Empathy — creates a sense of safety that facilitates self–discovery and communication. PLACE also describes the nature of a home which serves both as a secure base for exploring the world and a safe haven where one can return when the world becomes too stressful.


S.E.L.F. – A Trauma–Informed Psycho–educational Group Curriculum

Safety, Emotions, Loss, Future

S.E.L.F. represents the four nonlinear, key areas of recovery that provide an organizing framework for the complex problems presented by trauma survivors, by families with problems, and by chronically stressed organizations.

Through the SELF concepts clients are able to establish safety, understand emotions, manage loss, and find hope for the future.

Therapeutic Lifestyle Change

Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, or TLC, is an innovative treatment for depression based on the idea that our modern brains are still wired for Stone Age lifestyles.  The method abandons medication and emphasizes lasting changes in environment and lifestyle. Brain change results not only from pharmaceutical chemicals, but also from everything we do, think and experience.  Pharmaceutical chemicals can work, but there is also a high chance of relapse when medications are stopped.
There are six essential aspects to TLC:

For more information visit www.psych.ku.edu/tlc

Stress Management Clinic Class Schedules:
9/7-12     9/13-19

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