Adult, Children & Teens, Families, and Groups

at PranaMind

PranaMind treats adults, children and teens,families, and groups through evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches that include family systems, neurocognitive-based training, psychonutrition therapy, African-centered modalities and cognitive behavioral therapy. The psychological stressors, behavioral concerns, family dynamics, and/or cognitive issues will determine the type or combination of evidence-based psychotherapies approach to be used. 

The PranaMind evidence-based psychotherapies approach is a useful tool to address emotional challenges. For example, it may help you:

  • Manage symptoms of mental illness
  • Learn techniques for coping with stressful life situations
  • Identify ways to manage emotions
  • Resolve relationship conflicts and learn better ways to communicate
  • Cope with grief or loss
  • Overcome emotional trauma related to abuse or violence
  • Cope with a medical illness
  • Manage chronic physical symptoms

Mental health disorders that can improve with the evidence-based psychotherapies approach include:

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Substance use disorders

Evidence-Based Therapy at PranaMind

First and foremost, PranaMind is dedicated to reducing and eliminating psychological symptoms and distress as quickly and completely as possible by focusing on helping adults, children & teens, families and groups develop new thinking and behavioral skills that will enable them to feel better. Collaboration and social interaction whether it is individual, family or group can be powerful learning experiences because it encourages deeper processing and engages the ‘social brain.’

The PranaMind evidence-based approach to psychotherapy is grounded in the socio-cultural and ecological systems theory of culturecology. Culturecology is based on ancient indigenous philosophies, that “the nature of the person” and “the nature of the environment” are inextricably connected. 

Adult, family and group functioning is determined by placement and interactions within the encompassing sociocultural, economic and political environments, plus with competing emotional demands, role definitions and expectations, boundary and hierarchy issues, coalitions and collusions, loyalty conflicts, family and institutional culture and belief systems. 

The focus is on specific goals with specific techniques and advanced concepts being taught to enhance your coping skills in a goal-oriented approach. Coping skills refer to that set of behaviors and cognitions that facilitate adaptation to stressful or problematic day-to-day situations. 

ADULTS. The PranaMind evidence-based psychotherapy approach is based on your specific situation and preferences. Together, you and the therapist concentrate on specific problems, using a goal-oriented approach. As you go through the therapy process:

  • You become aware of thoughts and emotions
  • Identify how situations, thoughts, and behaviors influence emotions
  • Improve feelings by changing dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors

You might have homework activities or behavioral experiments such as reading or practicing that reinforce what you have discovered and learned in your regular therapy sessions to your daily life.

CHILDREN & TEENS. Today children and teens are confronted with technological advances and social media challenges that can be profoundly stressful in ways beyond their ability to cope. Some of the most common issues include depression, anxiety, problem behaviors, and trauma. The good news is that children and teens are resilient. 

PranaMind works with a child or a teen to provide successful treatment that can involve neuro technologies, talk therapy, play, art, or music. The child or teen learns to process emotions, to identify and express feelings in healthy and safe ways and gain positive skills to help cope with personal challenges.

 When working with children and teens, PranaMind has found it most beneficial to have parent involvement in the therapy process through periodic family sessions or meetings for parent coaching and support. We are all in this together.

FAMILIES. In family therapy the PranaMind approach is to understand human functioning that focuses on interactions between people in a family and between the family and the context(s) in which that family is embedded. Family members become aware of how they simultaneously influence and are influenced by each other. With this awareness, they can restructure distorted beliefs and perceptions that have developed because of faulty interactions. The result for family members is to be able to better engage in effective communication and problem-solving with each other to create a friendlier, calmer family environment. 

GROUPS. PranaMind believes group therapy is a superb setting to explore conditional beliefs because multiple people are collaborating to reveal the underlying rules of each person’s life. The goal is to promote a group culture that collaborates to encourage gentle challenging and questioning of preconceptions. Homework tasks and assignments are an integral and essential component so that the principles addressed during sessions can be generalized outside them.