Northern Pines Mission

 

Northern Pines is an integrated system of services committed to individuals, families and communities. We are dedicated to providing appropriate clinical mental health care along with preventative, educational and supportive programs throughout Central Minnesota.

Clinic Based Services

Outpatient Services

 

Specialty programming provided at our outpatient clinics includes:

 

• Individual and Family Therapy

• Psychiatry services for children and adults

• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

• Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (Birth to 5)

 

Northern Pines clinic based services are provided by clinicians who are trained, board approved, licensed professionals, including: Psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed independent clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, and advanced practice nurses who specialize in mental health.

 

Individual and Family Therapy

 

Whether individual, couples, or group, psychotherapy provides the individual or family an opportunity to explore problems, visualize desired goals, and work on changes in ways of thinking, reacting, and behaving that will bring about the resolution of problems and allow comfort, growth, and meaningfulness in life.

 

Psychotherapy can help with:

• Prolonged feelings of overwhelming helplessness and sadness

• Problems that don’t seem to get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends

• Difficulty concentrating on work assignments or carrying out other everyday activities

• Excessive worry, expecting the worst, and/or being constantly on edge

• Harmful thoughts and actions such as drinking too much alcohol, using drugs or being aggressive, that may cause harm to self or others

  

In many cases, a person, couple, or family can obtain the help needed from a therapist in just a few visits; in other cases, additional sessions are required.

Adult & Child Psychiatry

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems. Because they are physicians, psychiatrists can order or perform a full range of medical laboratory and psychological tests which, combined with discussions with patients, help provide a picture of a patient’s physical and mental state.

 

People may seek psychiatric help for many reasons, including:

• Frightening hallucinations

• Overwhelming sadness

• Debilitating anxiety

• Obsessions or compulsions

• Thoughts of suicide

• Panic attacks

• Feelings of persecution

• Difficulty with everyday functioning

• Inability to control emotions

• Hearing “voices”

 

Northern Pines provides psychiatric services to the individuals we serve, both children and adults. Our trained medical staff is there to assist clients in the medication management of their mental health symptoms to promote and enhance the individual’s quality of life and to improve daily living.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

 

DBT is a therapy designed to help people suffering from mood disorders as well as those who exhibit patterns of behavior that are not helpful, such as self-harm, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse.

 

Goals of DBT include:

• Increasing emotion regulation skills (enhancing your ability to control your emotions) Decreasing fluctuating emotions and moods

• Increasing distress tolerance skills (learning to get through hard times without making things worse) Decreasing impulsiveness

• Increasing interpersonal effectiveness skills (getting what you want from relationships and improving relationships) Decreasing interpersonal chaos

• Increasing mindfulness skills (identifying what you are feeling, thinking, and doing) Decreasing confusion about self

Birth to 5 Outpatient Services

 

Professionals with specialized expertise and training assess and treat children under the age of five and provide any on-going support that may be recommended.

 

Services offered include:

• Diagnostic Assessments

• Play Therapy

• Relational Therapy

• Incredible Years Parent Training

• Trauma Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy

• Parent Child Interaction Therapy

• In-Home Family Therapy and Skills

• Mental Health Behavior Aide

• Referrals for Occupational therapy or Physical Therapy

• Care Coordination and other Early Childhood Support

• Referrals for Special Education