We offer a variety of services to meet your specific needs.

  • Christian Counseling
  • DC:0-3R Assessment
  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Play Therapy
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • In-Home Therapy
  • In Home Skills Services
  • School Linked Mental Health Program (SLMH)
  • Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services/Community Support Program (ARMHS/CSP)

Christian Counseling

Christian Counseling is rooted in the knowledge that God is always reaching out to us and wants a relationship with us. Christian Counseling offers therapeutic interventions that integrates, psychology with the spiritual application of the love of Christ, and offers interventions to those who understand their world through their identity as Christians.

DC:0-3R Assessment

DC:0-3R assessment is a developmentally based system for diagnosing mental health and developmental disorders in infants and toddlers. The assessment process includes evaluating developmental challenges in young children, while taking into consideration how relationships and environmental factors contribute to the child’s social and emotional well-being and developmental progress.

DC:0-3R assessment process strives to prevent, diagnose, and treat mental health problems in the earliest years of children by identifying and describing disorders not addressed in other classification systems, and by pointing the way to effective intervention approaches.

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

Child-Parent Psychotherapy focuses on infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their parent/caregivers who have witnessed potentially traumatizing events, witnessed domestic violence, have experienced physical or sexual abuse and neglect, and children who have been through out-of-home placements, recklessness, excessive tantrums, multiple fears, inconsolability, separation anxiety, difficulties sleeping, and social and emotional withdrawal. Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) can also focus on the treatment of aggression, defiance, excessive tantrums, fears, inconsolability, separation anxiety, difficulty sleeping and social and emotional withdrawal.  CPP integrates a focus on the way trauma has affected the parent-child relationship.

Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy?

  • Play Therapy is a technique where the child’s natural means of expression, play, is used as a therapeutic method to assist him/her in coping with emotional stress or trauma.
  • Play Therapy differs from regular play.
  • Play Therapy provides a safe psychological distance from the child’s problems.
  • Play Therapy allows the child to express their true thoughts and feelings in ways best suited to their development level.

How Does Play Therapy Work?

  • By safely confronting their problems in the protected play therapy environment, children find creative solutions.
  • Play Therapy and lasting resolutions may be discovered, rehearsed, and adapted into the child’s life.
  • Play Therapy allows trained play therapists to assess and understand children’s play and to use it in assisting the child in coping with difficult emotions and in finding solutions to their problems.
  • Children communicate their thoughts and feelings through play more naturally than they do through verbal communication.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

PCIT is an evidenced-based treatment model with highly specified, step-by-step, live-coached sessions with both the parent/caregiver and the child. Parents learn skills through PCIT didactic sessions, while using a transmitter and receiver system, the parent/caregiver is coached in specific skills as he or she interacts in specific play with the child. Generally, the therapist provides the coaching from behind a one-way mirror. The emphasis is on changing negative parent/caregiver child patterns. The goals of treatment are:

  • An improvement in the quality of the parent-child relationship
  • An decrease in child behavior problems with an increase in prosocial behaviors
  • An increase in parenting skills, which include positive discipline
  • A decrease in parenting stress

PCIT was initially targeted for families with children ages 3-8 with oppositional, defiant, ADHD and other externalizing behavior problems. It may also be provided to serve physically abusive parents with children ages 4-12. PCIT may be conducted with parents, foster parents, or others in a parental/caretaker role. Caregiver and child must have regular, ongoing contact to allow for daily homework assignments to be completed.

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy helps children, adolescents and adults with a range of issues. One on one time is spent with the individual to identify underlying symptoms. Therapy focuses on teaching healthy coping skills and improving daily functioning. In most cases the parent is involved in the therapeutic process with children and adolescents to understand the diagnosis and effective parenting strategies, as well as assisting their child in using healthy coping skills in their everyday life.

Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling

Marriage Counseling, also called Couples Therapy, is a type of psychotherapy. Couples Therapy helps couples – married or not – understand and resolve conflicts and improve their relationship. Marriage Counseling gives couples the tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, problem solve and even argue in a healthier way.  Marriage Counseling is often short term. Marriage Counseling typically includes both partners, but sometimes one partner chooses to work with a therapist alone. The specific treatment plan depends on the situation.

Family Therapy

Family Therapy creates a safe place in which family members may learn effective communication strategies, gain insight in their family roles, develop new skills, create new experiences and forge realistic expectations with and about one another. Family Therapy assists you in applying these new skills in your daily living.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Intensive Outpatient Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program
Lighthouse provides a comprehensive DBT program which is certified by the MN Department of Human Services. DBT was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, at the University of Washington, to treat chronically suicidal and self-injurious individuals. Not only was it found to be extremely successful, but it has evolved into an effective treatment for other related emotion regulation issues. DBT is one of the only therapies with demonstrated effectiveness for reducing suicidal behavior with chronically suicidal clients with Borderline Personality Disorder, and multi-disordered clients. DBT has been shown to be effective in helping reduce suicide attempts, self injuring behavior, substance abuse, bulimia, binge eating, and depression in the elderly.

Lighthouse’s DBT program helps adults (ages 18 and up) who have problems with the following:

  • Suicidal behaviors
  • Intentional self-injury
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • History of chaotic and intense relationships
  • Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Frequent psychiatric hospital visits
  • Multiple mental health disorders

The DBT program at Lighthouse is comprehensive and includes the following:

    • Individual DBT Therapy – Individual DBT Therapy focuses on increasing motivation to build a life worth living, by helping people use alternative skills. Individual therapy is provided once a week by intensively trained DBT therapists in our Milaca or Princeton office.
    • Phone Coaching – Phone Coaching assists clients in implementing DBT skills into everyday life and crisis situations. Phone Coaching is provided by the individual therapist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • Therapist Consultation – Clinical Consultation for DBT therapists is an essential part of the program.  It helps ensure DBT therapists provide effective treatment that adheres to the DBT model.
    • Group Skills Training – Skills Training is held once a week for two hours in our Princeton office. Please call our office for the current day and times of skills group. DBT incorporates four skill modules:
    • Core Mindfulness – Skills teach members to balance their emotional and reasonable minds thereby using their ‘Wise Minds’. Members also learn to focus more effectively on one thing at a time.
    • Distress Tolerance Skills – Consist of relaxation techniques and crisis survival strategies. These skills help clients to behave in a less impulsive and self-destructive manner.
    • Emotion Regulation Skills – Present a model for discussing and understanding emotions, as well as methods for decreasing negative and increasing positive emotions.
    • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills – Enable members to evaluate their priorities and function more effectively in their interpersonal interactions.

Before admittance into the program, an intake screening will be scheduled to ensure appropriateness for the program. DBT requires you see an individual therapist within our office, and attend skills group for at least one year. If you are interested in our DBT program please call the Program Director, Jennifer Goerger, MSW, LICSW at (320) 983-8010 or by email at  If you are a provider and are wanting to refer someone to our DBT program, call our office, email, or fill out the referral form located on our Forms page and fax it to (651) 342-8029.

In-Home Therapy and Skills Services

In-Home Therapy is available for children and families who need a more intensive therapeutic intervention in their home. In-Home Skills are available to help improve the daily functioning of children and their families. These services are available to children and families who qualify for the services, and have insurance which reimburses for the service.

School Linked Mental Health Program (SLMH)

Lighthouse Child & Family Services provides school-linked mental health services in nine school districts across the state of MN. Services are provided in the following schools:

  • Milaca School District
  • Princeton Pre-K, North and South Elementary
  • Isle School District
  • Onamia School District
  • Rum River North, South and East Education Programs
  • Mora School District
  • Cambridge/Isanti School District
  • Braham School District
  • Ogilvie School District

Lighthouse works collaboratively with the school and other agencies to assist children and families with special needs, provide prevention and intervention services year round, and provide mental health services through an individualized system of service provision. Qualified mental health practitioners provide mental health services to students through a grant made possible by the MN Department of Human Services. To be referred to this program please contact your school social worker/counselor or contact us at 320-983-2335. Mental health services are provided regardless of insurance status.

Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Service/Community Support Program (ARMHS/CSP)

ARMHS/CSP use a combination of individual/in-home services and group session to teach management and recovery skills to people experiencing serious forms of mental illness.