Treatment Modalities

Find the best treatment approach to suit your circumstances, whether that’s talk therapy, art therapy, or online therapy.

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Talk Therapy

Talk therapy is also sometimes called psychotherapy. It’s what happens when you meet a therapist to sit down and talk about what is troubling you. In some cases, this could lead to a diagnosis of a mental health condition like depression or anxiety, but for many people it’s just a safe place to discuss what’s happening in your life that is causing emotional distress.

Talk therapy is great for working through things such as grief, loss, trauma, feelings of anxiety and depression, stressful events, and much more. It’s designed to help you better understand what’s going on inside your mind so you and your therapist can identify and work through any issues. The frequency and length of each session will depend on your needs.

The American Psychological Association has defined five main types of talk therapy:

  1. Behavioral therapy. This is designed to cause long-term positive changes by reducing and managing unhealthy behaviors in children and adults while reinforcing healthy ones.
  2. Cognitive behavioral therapy. This is more focused on bringing about change in your thought patterns, rather than your physical behavior, to help you reach your goals.
  3. Humanistic therapy. This approach is dedicated to the pursuit of self-awareness, with the understanding that the best way to live a fulfilling life is to be your true self.
  4. Psychodynamic therapy. This is a very common strategy in which therapists look into the underlying causes of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
  5. Integrative therapy. This blends many therapeutic techniques to provide tailored care designed to meet the needs of each individual.

Talk therapy is suitable for everyone, no matter how big or small the issue you’re trying to work through. Mental health isn’t a one-size-fits-all issue. If you’re struggling to process an event, you’re concerned about behaviors or patterns, you’re don’t know how to express yourself, or something else is on your mind, we schedule an appointment and talk to one of our therapists.

Art Therapy

Sometimes, it can be hard to find the words to express your thoughts and feelings. That’s totally okay. Art therapy blends principles of art and psychology to help people find other ways to explore their emotions and communicate them with others. It’s been around since the 1940s and it’s an extremely effective option for people who are feeling stuck. You don’t need any artistic ability.

Art therapy uses the creative process to help you understand what’s going on inside your mind and why. It can help you dive into difficult events, process unresolved traumas, and work through conflicts. A lot of people find that it feels really good to create something, especially when it comes to capturing swirling thoughts and getting them out of your head and onto a page. That said, art therapy isn’t restricted to painting or drawing. It can include music, dance, sculpture, and more.

There’s also no limit to the issues that art therapy can address. You can use it to process grief, trauma, and many common mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and stress.

If you’ve tried talk therapy before and struggled to articulate yourself, or if you’re new to therapy and you’re a little intimidated by the process, this could be the perfect option for you. It’s also an excellent way to connect with children and older adults and begin the healing journey. 

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Man in an EMDR therapy session

EMDR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a trauma resolution method. After experiencing a traumatic life event, it may be hard for individuals to open up and heal. This can be due to the impact the event has on their mental and physical health. 

When dealing with trauma, negative thoughts can flood our brain and result in a spike of symptoms such as: shock, denial, fear, anxiety, confusion, self-blame, and more.  

EMDR therapy works to safely reconnect the client through different imaging, emotions, and body sensations associated with the trauma. Through several stages, you can begin to reprocess memories and heal open wounds. 

Four effective stages of EMDR therapy: 

  • Establishment of Safety: Before beginning therapy, you will work with your therapist to help curate resources you can use internally that create a sense of protection and comfort.  
  • Activating the Traumatic Memory Network: The only way to activate traumatic memory is to reimagine it. This process sounds intimidating, but recalling specific and certain details about the event, such as sight, sound, and smell will help your EMDR therapist understand what you’re going through in order to support your healing. 
  • Adding Alternating Bilateral Stimulation: The next step involves external stimulation. Your therapist will help produce external stimulation responses such as movement, buzzing sensation, or listening to certain sounds that work to link the mind and body to produce a positive outlook. 
  • Re-establishment of Safety: Once the session has ended, you and your therapist can work on finding peace and maintaining calmness by practicing a variety of exercises. 

Experiencing traumatic events isn’t easy and trusting someone with the healing process is a brave step forward. Our goal at The Center for Grief and Trauma is to help those struggling with trauma build a healthy relationship with their therapist. This provides us with the opportunity to understand your emotions and help you reclaim your health and life. 

Online Therapy

Online therapy is also sometimes known as teletherapy. This has had a huge surge in popularity since the outbreak of COVID-19. It creates a way for you to meet with your therapist and get the help you need without having to travel into our office. We use a confidential video conferencing system that is compliant with HIPAA regulations. It’s similar to Skype or Facetime and ensures you can connect with your therapist anywhere.

Online therapy is a great option if you can’t make it to a face-to-face appointment. For example, if you have transportation or mobility issues, you can’t find quality mental health providers in your area, or you prefer to access our services from home for public health reasons. Our goal is to make sure mental health services are as easy to access as possible for people going through tough times.

There are just a couple of technical details you should note before your first appointment. First, our program works best on devices less than three years old. You’ll need a modern and reliable internet connection with a webcam to ensure the video chat works, and it functions best on either a Chrome or Firefox browser. Our program is very easy to use, but you’ll need to have some basic computer skills to get the most out of it. We want to make sure it’s the right option to meet your needs.

All of our therapists offer online therapy sessions. If you’re interested in trying this for your next appointment, please contact our team and we will be happy to schedule one for you.

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