Our Care Approach
The Memory Counseling Program utilizes a strengths-based approach to the care we provide you, whether you are a person with dementia or a family care partner. We believe that every person has strengths that they use to cope with the challenges of life. Our goal is to help you identify those strengths and use them to grow and heal.
During the first meeting, one of our team members will get to know you and your family and identify what services best fit your needs. These services may include individual counseling, support groups, or other specialized care.
Our team offers a variety of counseling services and approaches, including:
- Supportive psychotherapy (“talk therapy”)
- Solution-focused therapy
- Cognitive and behavioral intervention strategies
- Mindfulness and ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy)
- EMDR (eye movement desensitization and re-processing)
- Counseling for couples and families, including use of the 5 Love Languages
- With Deborah Barr and Dr. Gary Chapman, our Memory Counseling Program Director, Dr. Edward Shaw, coauthored “Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade: The 5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer’s Journey.”
- CAPES: Caregivers Advocating, Partnering, Empowering & Supporting (CAPES) is a support group for care partners whose loved one is experiencing Alzheimer’s disease of another form of dementia. The group offers a confidential and supportive place for you to share your experiences with others and discuss caregiving issues.
- Caregiver Support Group: This monthly group connects care partners in a safe place for sharing caregiving experiences. Previous attendance in CAPES is required.
- Brain Fitness Group: This group provides a structured and engaging environment for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia to be engaged while their care partners meet in the Caregiver Support Group. Participants enjoy stimulating activities through games, art, music, and movement that help memory and other thinking skills. Activities are led by a trained professional.
- HOPE: Honoring Our Personal Experiences (HOPE) is a support group available to individuals with mild cognitive impairment or early stage Alzheimer’s disease and their care partner. The couples’ group offers strategies for healthy living and healthy relationships in spite of memory loss.
- Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) Support Group: This monthly group connects care partners of those who have FTD with others on a similar journey. Previous attendance in CAPES is suggested but not required.
Other Specialized Care
Other services are available on an as-needed basis.
- Education about how Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body dementia, Parkinson’s disease dementia, and other forms of dementia are affecting your loved on
- Support for the stress and burden of being a care partner, including self-care and wellness
- Management of behavioral disturbances and other common challenges encountered with dementia
- Family meetings
As a fee-for-service program, some of our services are billed according to your medical insurance and mental health benefits. Some services, such as our support groups, are free.
Billable services include the initial intake assessment, individual psychotherapy for the person with dementia and their family care partners, family meetings and medical education consultations.
The Memory Counseling Program accepts most forms of insurance and is committed to serve all who seek our services. If you are concerned about your ability to pay, financial assistance is available through the Financial Counseling Department.