about us

Lamar Hill

MSW, LICSW (MN), LCSW (ND)

I have always envisioned myself helping others and found that as much as he valued other’s visions, it was never fully satisfying for me. I have a perspective of both macro and microsystems theory, which drives me to make both system and policy changes as well as empowering others to picture their own possibilities and pursue positive change for themselves. I believe my skillset and passion allows me to create a refreshed sense of responsibility to the communities I serve, while also developing more effective and healthy partnerships with entities within our communities. Ultimately, we as providers need to continually be better in meeting the increasing demands on us all!

 

I am a biracial Native American (Arikara) and African American, proud father, son, brother, uncle, friend and therapist. I grew up in rural north central ND and was born into an environment of generational trauma of mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, split household and suicide. This journey led me to be raised in foster care since age three. However, I was fortunate to remain with same family and happily call them my family today.

 

I played a variety of sports growing up and enjoyed the liberal arts including choir and band. I went on to play collegiate football and basketball, and graduated with a Social Work degree from the University of Mary, in Bismarck, ND. After that I spent some time working on the railroad. It was that experience that directed me towards systems theory and its application and relations in all systems from the individual to micro-, meso-, exo- to macrosystems.

 

So, I attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work in St. Paul, MN, and earned a Master’s Degree. My graduate placement was at the White Earth American Indian Reservation. There, I provided community, school and residential-based therapy (i.e. family, individual and group therapy), diagnostic assessments and clinical consultation. I also served on the Minnesota American Indian Mental Health Advisory Board as the Mental Manager for the White Earth Mental Health Program.

I earned my LICSW (MN) and LCSW (ND) while employed with Solutions Behavioral Healthcare Professionals in Moorhead, MN. There, I provided Early Childhood Mental Health Services with Head Start. I have training in:

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Incredible Years, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

  • Trauma Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP)

 

I also use motivational interviewing, the medicine wheel in therapy when appropriate and other cultural practices such as prayer, smudging incorporating of medicine men and women.

My children are my lifeline! I love to listen to music, cook, attend children’s functions, travel, attend sporting events (GO BISON!), spend time at home and enjoy thought-provoking conversation.

Diagnostic Classification:

0-5 Assessment

This is a Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood. is an age-appropriate approach for assessing infants, toddlers and preschool children. This tool classifies mental health and developmental disorders in children from birth through five years old considered in relation to their families, culture and communities. It also can help to establish whether a child qualifies for early childhood intervention services - Help Me Grow. Since children go through different developmental stages and life experiences, it is necessary to periodically reassess diagnoses. (Source: mn.gov)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

The type of therapy focuses on specific emotional and mental health needs of children, adolescents, adult survivors and families. The effects of single or repeated early trauma like abuse (physical, emotional or sexual) or grief, can cause post-traumatic stress and mood disorders like depression, anxiety or other behavioral concerns. As the patient is often a child, non-offending parents or caregivers may be brought into the therapy process.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

This type of therapy can be used alone or in combination with other therapies. It is known as talk therapy or psychotherapy. It aids in the awareness of negative or incorrect thoughts and provides tools for patients to get through challenging or even everyday situations that may trigger these thoughts or evoke strong emotions, that when not dealt with correctly, be debilitating.

Services We Provide

Incredible Years

This is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programs for parents, children and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research. The goal is to prevent and treat young children’s behavior problems and promote their social, emotional and academic competence. The programs are used worldwide in schools and mental health centers and have been shown to work across cultures and socioeconomic groups. (source: incredibleyears.com)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT focuses on skills in four key areas. Mindfulness helps to improve the person’s ability to accept and be present in the moment. Distress tolerance focuses on the person’s tolerance of negative of emotions instead of trying to fight it. Emotion regulation provides tools to manage and shift extreme emotions that are creating issues in a person’s life. Interpersonal effectiveness offers strategies in communication around assertiveness and self-respect. This is done in an effort to decrease conflict in, and strengthen relationships.

Trauma-Informed Child-Parent Psychotherapy

(TI-CPP)

This therapy is evidence and relationship-based, and is for both the child and parent or caregiver. It addresses the child’s trauma symptoms and helps promote healing, safety, healthy communication and boundaries. The goal is to help the child regulate their emotions, so they can get back to normal developmental milestones.

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Four Elements Therapy
421 Center Ave Suite 102
Moorhead, MN 56560

Mon & Wed - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

(last appt. at 7 p.m.)

Tue & Thu - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fri - 8 a.m. to noon

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