Individual Therapy is the classic form of face-to-face treatment which provides a safe and confidential setting along with undivided attention from the therapist. This focused approach has the goal to facilitate healing for an individual’s unique symptoms. Sessions are approximately 45-50 minutes in length.
Group Therapy provides a supportive environment for individuals to explore solutions to their problems from multiple perspectives with input from others who may be experiencing similar challenges. Members of the group learn to accept support from others, provide support to others, and feel less alone with their individual struggles. Sessions can range from 45-60 minutes in length.
Family Therapy is a method used to treat emotional problems by working with the family instead of just the individual. This method is intended to enhance the family structure to allow for improved understanding and more effective communication between individual members. Sessions can range from 50-60 minutes in length.
Traumatic Experiences can continue to cause distress in individuals days, months and even years after the event occurred. Left untreated, many individuals report difficulty coping with the stress as they are continuously reminded of the incident in their daily life. These reminders, called triggers, can occur consciously or unconsciously and create feelings of anxiety, fear, being overwhelmed, and feeling helpless to defend against the onset of such symptoms. As a result, individuals do not experience the traumatic event just once, but continue to relive the memory of the event over and over again.
Warning Signs of Trauma
- Flashbacks of event including thoughts, feelings and images
- Recurrent distressing dreams of the event
- Intense psychological distress when exposed to triggers that are reminiscent of the event
- Physiological reactions to triggers of event which can include shaking, difficulty breathing
- Disturbed sleep or appetite, irritability, difficulty concentrating, easily distracted
- Increased drug or alcohol use/abuse
Types Of Trauma
- Early Childhood Trauma – Early childhood trauma generally includes children ages 0-6 who were exposed to traumatic experiences such as abuse/neglect, and exposure to or witnessing a dangerous event. Such experiences can be traumatic and and in some cases, overlooked for treatment, as it is assumed the child was too young to understand the experience.
- Complex Trauma – Distress caused by exposure to repeated or prolonged traumatic events. In children, this can be continuous maltreatment by a parent or caretaker which can result in subsequent exposure to trauma later in life.
- Bullying – Some examples of bullying can include name-calling, being hit or teased due to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. Bullying can occur face-to-face, over the phone or on the internet, otherwise known as Cyber Bullying.
- Traumatic Grief – A traumatic grief response due to the death of a loved one can interfere with an individual’s ability to cope with the bereavement process. Causes of traumatic grief can include the sudden or unanticipated death of a loved one as well as death from natural causes or illness. Children’s symptoms can include frightening thoughts, images or memories of the person who died.
- Physical Abuse – Causing or attempting to cause physical harm, injury or pain to another person such as hitting, kicking, biting, burning.
- Sexual Abuse – The forcing of undesired sexual behavior by one person or group upon another.
- Domestic Violence – Actual or threatened physical, sexual or emotional abuse between two adults in an intimate relationship.
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Emphasizes the important role of how thoughts impact feelings and behaviors
- Psychodynamic Therapy – insight-oriented therapy focused on increasing self-awareness and understanding the influence of the past on present behavior
- Play Therapy – utilizes therapeutic toys, games, puppets, and art work to help children express feelings
- Solution-focused Therapy – short-term goal-oriented therapy focused on the present and future rather than the past
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – a treatment method that is effective for resolving emotional difficulties caused by disturbing, difficult, or frightening life experiences.
- Children, Teens, Adults, Families Trauma and PTSD
- Anger management
- Children coping with divorce
- Eating disorders
- Adjustment problems
- Family issues
- Stress Management/Reduction
- Phase of Life issues (preparing for college, new career/job changes)
- Social Skills
- Parenting Skills
- Post-partum depression/anxiety
- Couples Counseling
- Communication Issues