Treatment Methods And Modalities
Our treatment methods include but are not limited to:
(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a form of therapy that incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with eye movements or other forms of rhythmic, left-right brain stimulation, such as hand taps or sounds.
These bilateral forms of stimulation are thought to work by “unfreezing” the brain’s information processing system, which is interrupted in times of extreme stress, leaving only frozen emotional fragments which retain their original intensity.
Once these fragments of the trauma are freed they can be integrated and processed with new ones reducing or eliminating anxiety, panic, depression and anger reactions. Controlled clinical studies place EMDR between 70 and 90 percent success rates.
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy stresses the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is based on the belief that thoughts, rather than people or events, cause our negative feelings. Our therapist assists the client in identifying, testing the reality of, and correcting dysfunctional beliefs underlying his or her thinking.
The therapist then helps the client modify those thoughts and the behaviors that flow from them. CBT is a structured collaboration between therapist and client and often calls for homework assignments. CBT has been clinically proven to help clients in a relatively short amount of time with a wide range of disorders, including depression and anxiety.
Biofeedback is simply using signals from you own body to improve your health. If you've stepped on a scale or taken your temperature, for example, you've received "feedback" information that you then perhaps acted on. Our therapist may use computer assisted programs to help clients suffering from anxiety, ADD, stress, or tension headaches.
The program picks up electrical signals in the muscles. As the client tries to relax her muscles, (gaining coherence between the heart and mind) she can get an immediate progress report by watching the speed of the signals, or achieving tasks during the game thus learning how to better control her mind and body.
Art Therapy & Sand Tray Work
Art therapy is a serious technique that uses the creative process to help improve the mental health of clients. Art therapy can be used on children and adults to treat a wide range of emotional issues, including anxiety, depression, family and relationship problems, abuse and domestic violence, and trauma and loss. Art therapy programs commonly found in hospitals and community centers, are based on the belief that the creative process is healing and life-enhancing.
As they paint or draw, our skilled therapists use the client's works of art and her approach to the process as springboards to help her gain personal insight, improve her judgment, cope with stress, and work through traumatic experiences. Similar techniques are used in sand tray work. Therapists often use a "prompt" and the client then uses different models and figures to create their internal world. Sand tray is a widely used therapeutic technique that can be very powerful in the healing process.
Family Systems Therapy
In Family Systems therapy we attempt to identify problems within the family’s group dynamic as a possible contributor to the existing problems and not just a particular member’s behaviors. The family is seen as a complex system having its own language, roles, rules, beliefs, needs and patterns.
Our therapist helps each individual member of the family understand how her childhood family operated, her role in that system, and how that experience has shaped her role in her current family.
Family and Marital therapists work with families or couples both together and individually to help them improve their communication skills, build on the positive aspects of their relationships, and repair the harmful or negative aspects.
Clinicians are trained in the Gottman method and/or other evidenced based methods to assist clients in creating healing within their relationships.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectics are a skills based therapy modality that means to integrate or a "synthesis of opposites''. Often clients get stuck in extreme patterns of thinking that can negatively affect their lives and levels of happiness.
DBT incorporates 4 different levels of skills based work to increase mental flexibility and encourage the client to engage in healthy ways with themselves, their loved ones and the world around them. They include distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness skills.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Solution-focused therapy, sometimes called "brief therapy," focuses on what clients would like to achieve through therapy rather than on their troubles or mental health issues.
Our therapist will help the client envision a desirable future, and then map out the small and large changes necessary for the client to undergo to realize their vision. We focus on successes the client experiences, to encourage them to build on their strengths rather than dwell on their problems or limitations.
Trans-personal therapy emphasizes the transcendent or spiritual aspects of a client's development which help cultivate a greater sense of connectedness with others, with nature, and with a higher spirit. Our philosophies are Christian based and non-denominational. We guide our clients' emotional, mental and spiritual growth simultaneously.
Abuse is when power is used to cause harm to another person and can take the shape of many forms, such as physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual. When this happens, some people are unable to process their experiences and can develop traumatic psychological issues that can last a lifetime.
Everyone experiences occasional anxiety due to everyday life. People with anxiety disorders, however, tend to experience intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. When these feelings reach extremes, they can result in an anxiety attack or panic attack and can often interfere with an individual’s everyday activities and can be difficult to control.
Gender identity is the innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both, or neither. Gender identity is how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. It can correspond or differ from a person’s assigned sex at birth. Gender identity can be fluid, meaning it can shift.
Most people will occasionally double-check things before leaving the house. Making sure the windows are shut or that the stove is turned off are good safety practices. However, someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) needs to repeatedly check things. People suffering from OCD may feel there is no way out. Getting their symptoms under control seems impossible since their compulsions drive them.
Self-harm, often referred to as self-injurious behavior (SIB) or non-suicidal self-injurious behavior (NSSIB), is an unhealthy coping mechanism most commonly used by teens as well as young adults. It is common for those engaging in self-harm to also struggle with mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction. Self-harm can also lead to long-lasting damaging effects, including medical concerns.
ADHD is a pattern of inattention that impairs one’s abilities to function and affects about 5% of children and 2.5% of adults in the United States. ADHD can negatively affect one’s abilities to function at school, work, and home. In addition, if left untreated, ADHD can cause significant impairments in daily functioning.
Depression is one of the most prevalent types of psychiatric disorders affecting over 3 million American adults annually. It’s normal to feel occasional sadness but clinical depression goes much deeper than this. The affected individual will often endure more severe sadness that lasts for a longer period of time.
Perhaps the most difficult and rewarding relationships in life are marriages. Marriage counseling helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through marriage counseling, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding and strengthening your relationship or going your separate ways.
Almost everyone in life will experience a sad or unpleasant experience. When this happens, many people are able to process the events, cope, and move forward with their lives. However, for an estimated 30% of veterans and 5% of all adults who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, moving on isn’t so easy. PTSD makes it almost impossible to live a normal, healthy life.
Sexual Abuse can be defined as any unwanted sexual activity or act imposed on a person. Sexual abuse is traumatic and can produce long-lasting effects for survivors. Therefore, it is critical for survivors to know that it is not their fault, and they are not alone.