Play therapy is appropriate for children ages 2-11 years old. Play therapy allows children to express things that they cannot verbalize. Play therapy is proven to work based on research. Play is a natural medium of expression for children and it bridges the gap between concrete experience and abstract thought. Play is children's attempt to organize their experiences. Children gain a sense of control through play while at the same time developing coping skills. Play therapy is proven to increase confidence and competency in children. It is often used to treat ADHD, Behavioral Problems, Depression, Anxiety, Learning Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other issues such as anger, grief, trauma, and adjustment problems.
Child Centered Play Therapy is recognized as the most popular approach to play therapy in the United States. Child Centered Play Therapy is a way of working with children in which they express themselves through play and toys. When we engage your child in play therapy, we provide an environment where they experience safety and learn to feel self-confident, limit their problem behaviors, and tap into their potential. Additionally, your child can learn self-responsibility, self-concept, self-direction, self-enhancing decision making, and internal self-evaluation.
The second component to Child Centered Play Therapy is the continual participation from parents. At The Practice, you will have your own session with the counselor to discuss concerns, report improving behavior and to learn strategies that you can use at home that models what is being facilitated in therapy! Combining child/parent participation, consistency with appointments and follow through at home with skills learned will help ensure that your child gets better faster.
Let's face it, being a teenager is hard! At The Practice, teens learn social skills and effective communication skills in a creative and engaging environment. We utilize various types of creative techniques to engage your teen in new ways of thinking and coping. Your teen will learn how to use effective coping skills for depression, anxiety, grief, trauma or adjustment issues caused by temporary life circumstances. We use Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Activity Therapy, EMDR, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy when working with this population.Parenting sessions are also included as part of their treatment in order to help you, as the parent, effectively work with your teen at home.
At The Practice, we understand how anxiety provoking it can be to pick up the phone and contact a counselor. We work with adults who are having marital issues, adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, addiction, divorce related issues, trauma, LGBTQ and parenting issues. We approach each situation differently depending on the need of the person. Each of our skilled therapists takes a tailored approach utilize a research based therapy like Cognitive Behavior Therapy, EMDR, Person Centered Therapy, Parenting Problem Solving, Parenting Skills, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. We are trained in multiple areas in order to provide an array of services that will meet your individual needs. Contact us today to see how we can meet you where you are and walk with you to where you want to go in life!
At The Practice, we believe a secure parent child relationship is the essential factor for children's well-being. In a supportive environment, parents learn skills to respond more effectively to their children's emotional and behavioral needs. In turn, children learn that they can count on their parents to reliably and consistently meet their needs for love, acceptance, safety and security. Our goal is to help parents focus on establishing or enhancing a secure attachment with their child and helping parents attune to and respond to their child's underlying needs rather than focus on symptoms. Parents also learn to effectively limit their child's misbehavior, while demonstrating empathy and respect for their child.
Often times shame and fear keep us trapped in our pasts. At The Practice, we understand the complexity of trauma and the hurt that comes with it. Often times, people avoid talking about their trauma out of shame or fear of the reacting that talking about it will evoke. Our counselors are skilled in meeting you or your loved one where you are at and will help you walk through the pain. You are not alone and we are here to help.
Frequent types of traumas include physical and sexual abuse, domestic/community violence, accidents, death of a loved one, and more. Everyone responds to trauma different, however it is common for people to experience trouble sleeping, continuous thoughts about the trauma, unwanted feelings of sadness, anger, or fear, trouble thinking, and physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, and muscle tension. These are normal reactions for anyone to have in a traumatic event. Specialized trauma therapy allows the individual to overcome these symptoms and help regain a normal life. Most importantly, trauma focused therapies help the person overcome negative beliefs that they naturally learn from the trauma.
TFCBT and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) are the only two therapies recommended for the treatment of trauma by the World Health Organization (2013). Both therapies are described below and can be used to alleviate symptoms. Read more below to find out what therapy is best for you or your child.
TFCBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is a therapy for children ages 3-17 that is proven by research to be effective. TFCBT is appropriate for children who are able to remember the traumatic event. This type of therapy works both with the parent and the child in order to overcome symptoms after experiencing something traumatic. TFCBT is use to treat a variety of traumas including sexual and physical abuse, witnessing domestic violence, animal attacks, vehicle accidents, and more.
TFCBT focuses on provide psychoeducation to both parents and children. It focuses on providing parenting skills to help parents better help their child through the trauma. TFCBT also teaches the child relaxation skills, emotional regulation skills, and cognitive (thinking) coping skills before addressing the trauma. Once equipped, the child is then able to begin discussing the trauma and work through it in order to reduce and eliminate symptoms. Lastly, the child is able to learn ways to remain safe in the future.
Do you ever experience negative beliefs about yourself? Do these negative beliefs prevent you from succeeding at work, in relationships, or in life in general? Do you ever say things to yourself like "I'm not good enough", "I'm not safe", "No one loves me", "You can't trust people" or "I'm a failure"? Often, negative beliefs are at the source of our reason for coming to therapy. Often times, we develop "answers" to cope with the pain of these beliefs. Our "answers" may be people pleasing, becoming aggressive or controlling, running away, putting up walls, or ignoring the problem all together. These "answers" can get out of hand when we get closer to our negative beliefs.
Often times, we develop these negative beliefs from experiences in our life that are either traumatic or hurtful. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy is a unique therapy that focuses on allowing the brain to heal it self and rid you of these negative beliefs. EMDR is commonly used to treat major trauma. It is also used to treat interpersonal or attachment hurts such as rejection, neglect, or verbal abuse. These hurts may come from our families while growing up, from peers, or from intimate relationships. EMDR is appropriate for the treatment of trauma for adults and children and can include treatment of trauma experienced prior to age 3.
EMDR therapy is similar to many other forms of therapy. However, EMDR will help you identify the things you do that are causing you more difficulty. It will also help you desensitize hurtful memories that have developed your negative beliefs. Before discussing hurtful memories in detail, the therapist teaches the client several techniques and skills to help them cope with difficult feelings. The EMDR therapist then helps the client desensitize these memories and reprocess them so that they are useful and do not cause continued challenges for the client.
EMDR is not just for treating trauma. It is used to help treat anxiety, depression, phobias, addictions, and more. EMDR can be used to help the client reprocess a variety of past hurts including those related to relationship/attachment hurts. Imagine the freedom you can gain after you lose the burden of perfectionism, shame, fear, anxiety, and guilt!
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