Family Wellbeing Associates is a mental health clinic which specializes in providing assessment and treatment of the effects of trauma, mental illness, and behavioral challenges in children, adolescents, and families.
One of our therapists will provide a thorough diagnostic assessment which includes consideration of the individual, family, and social needs of the client. The information gathered during this assessment process will be considered to ensure the most effective and evidence based techniques are used to address the identified challenges and start a collaborative therapeutic relationship for healing. This is a more comprehensive assessment and treatment plan approach than what is commonly completed during most standard mental health assessments. By focusing on a system, family, individual approach, the changes and growth the client achieves is more likely to be a sustained change. This, in addition to the use of evidence based therapy modalities, ensures Family Wellbeing Associates is known for providing thorough, comprehensive, and effective treatments for children and families
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Therapy Descriptions and Information
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy helps people recover from trauma and painful experiences and negatively stored information to reprogram their mind’s response to triggers and promote healing.
Trauma therapy is as dynamic as the individuals who need it; overcoming difficult experiences can keep us trapped in an endless loop of pain, anxiety, anger and self-doubt. You do not need to undergo a massive loss in order to experience trauma; we are not trying to only treat soldiers traumatized by war or survivors of horrific car accidents. In fact, many people that use EMDR in their therapy are using it to treat relationship issues, childhood experiences, negative beliefs, unhealthy patterns, anxieties and anticipated fears and the list goes on.
We want to help people change the way their brain reprocesses its response to traumatic memories and negatively stored information, and EMDR therapy presents the opportunity to do just that.
HOW EMDR THERAPY WORKS
Trauma is processed in multiple areas of the brain. Two areas are specifically impacted: the amygdala, hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. The amygdala controls our brain’s stress response and fear; traumatic events can cause the amygdala to overreact, keeping us in a constant state of fear. This is why so many people feel like they’re reliving the exact moment over and over again whenever they experience a traumatic trigger.
CHANGING THE BRAIN’S RESPONSE TO TRAUMA
The hippocampus and prefrontal cortex control learning, decision-making, emotions and behavior. The brain is designed to respond to trauma, enacting a stress response that prepares our bodies to defend us from a threat.
Unfortunately, sometimes, the brain does not move forward from trauma. Rather than processing it as a memory and moving forward, people relive the same fear and panic over and over again. PTSD flashbacks, panic attacks, numbness, shutdown and overwhelming anxiety are all results of trauma, and EMDR is designed to alleviate them.
In EMDR therapy, your therapist will help you identify traumatic memories and your beliefs surrounding them. Then, positive beliefs are discussed and oriented as goals for treatment.
Rapid eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation are then used to help the brain process new information. This process connects the neural pathways that held the traumatic information to neural pathways that have the present and adaptive information in the brain hence giving the brain the information it needs to desensitize and reprocess.
You remain in the present, avoid panic and make a neurological shift in how your brain responds to the past. It’s less intrusive than traditional trauma treatment; you heal from the past whole safely rooted in the present moment.
WHAT DOES EMDR THERAPY TREAT?
EMDR is often associated with treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder but it actually treats so much more. EMDR’s use is endless. It is used to treat single incident traumas and complex and/or repeated trauma. It can help people struggling with self confidence, hope, grief, anxiety, despair, ruptures in relationships ect. EMDR is also used as a resource, resiliency building modality as well.
Mental health professionals have begun using EMDR as a treatment for conditions including Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), anxiety disorders, addiction and eating disorders and it’s often used as an early trauma on-set intervention.
If you are struggling with overcoming trauma, we can help. Whether you would like to try EMDR or explore other forms of therapy, contact us today to learn about your options. There is always help, and there is always hope.
Pain is, unfortunately, a part of life, but some people experience extreme levels of it that causes them to become fearful, depressed and isolated. Living with trauma can make you feel like you can’t turn to anyone, even when you are desperately in need of support and comfort. You may even feel guilt over what you witnessed or went through.
Therapy can help you begin to recover from trauma and abuse. Healing takes time and hard work, but the ability to experience life, trust others, love and be loved is worth the effort.
TRAUMA AND ABUSE COUNSELING
Counseling for people dealing with trauma and abuse is rooted in safety. We want to first build a trusting relationship with you; your thoughts and feelings are not going to be judged or rejected here.
We only want to help you understand the role trauma plays in your life and how it’s influencing your thoughts, feelings and behavior. Doing so will make it easier to come up with treatment goals that give you relief in the present while recovering from the past.
BENEFITS OF TRAUMA THERAPY
Therapy helps you better understand how trauma and abuse have impacted your life. You will learn how to feel safe again, both within yourself and in relationships with other people.
You will learn how to develop and assert healthy boundaries in your relationships to prevent experiencing abuse in the future; you will learn how to identify and cope with triggers that cause you to relive your trauma, and you will learn to decrease your symptoms of depression, anxiety, fear and worry by learning healthy coping mechanisms.
SYMPTOMS OF TRAUMA AND ABUSE
Trauma affects people in various ways; some people become fearful and anxious while others become detached and angry. You may not even fully understand the scope of trauma’s role in your life.
Some of the signs you are living with unhealed trauma include:
- Feeling like you are worthless and unlovable.
- Fearing that people will hurt you or abandon you.
- Being afraid to say the wrong thing and anger someone.
- Difficulty saying how you really feel.
- Doing or saying things just to make sure other people like you.
- Using drugs or alcohol to cope with intrusive thoughts or uncomfortable feelings.
- Having nightmares about a traumatic event or abusive people.
HOW THERAPY HELPS YOU RECOVER FROM TRAUMA
Counseling can help you find yourself beyond your pain; therapy helps you begin to build the confidence you need to recover from trauma in a safe environment. You will not be forced to confront memories you aren’t ready to address. With time and patience, you can begin to build a life for yourself beyond hurt, fear and self-doubt.
To learn more about the types of trauma therapy we offer or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.
CHILD-CENTERED PLAY THERAPY
Children can experience mental health problems just as much as adults, but the best treatment is not the same as traditional talk therapy. Children may experience grief, depression, anxiety or have neurodevelopmental disorders like autism that impact their ability to express themselves. Frustration on a child’s part can quickly lead to behavioral issues. Child’s play therapy is one way for counselors to connect with young patients and help them gain important skills that benefit their emotional and mental health.
WHAT IS CHILD’S PLAY THERAPY?
Children all have rich inner worlds that are invisible to adults. Through imaginative play, they express their thoughts and feelings in ways that may not ever be spoken. A shy child who struggles to connect with her classmates may reveal that she is socially anxious through the way she makes two dolls interact; a little boy whose tantrums and aggressive outbursts are getting him in trouble at school may reveal that he is actually feeling ignored and upset through the way he builds and demolishes a block tower.
Children’s play therapists know how to guide a child through a series of play-oriented exercises, then interpret what the child’s play style reveals to gain further insight of their mental state. Feelings that children struggle to recognize or express everyday emerge through play therapy – anxiety, helplessness, stress and grief to name a few.
Play therapists can then tailor their own responses to a child’s play and help them confront issues they’re facing in a way that does not feel confrontational or scary. Together, they can begin to develop skills and understanding that give children the confidence and comfort they need to grow.
WHAT DOES PLAY THERAPY HELP WITH?
Child’s play helps young clients get in touch with their emotions, express repressed feelings while avoiding trauma, and develop important skills that they may be lacking. Non-verbal children with selective mutism or autism spectrum disorder may become increasingly verbal through play therapy; children who are acting out at home or in school are likely to reveal what’s really going on as they take on another voice through the toys they’re provided.
BENEFITS OF CHILD’S PLAY THERAPY
Through structured playtime with a licensed counselor, children can develop confidence, express their emotions and help them make sense of their feelings and the world around them. For young children, toys adopt the role of words they do not have, and therapists act as translators.
Child’s play therapy can help treat behavioral problems by providing parents with a greater understanding of the underlying cause. As solutions are provided to both parents and children at appropriate levels, successful results can help bring families closer together and help a child feel accepted, understood and loved.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, a simple phone call will work. Or you can also answer some basic questions on our Contact form.
We look forward to scheduling a conversation to better understand how we can help you and your child. From there, we can discuss whether there is a good fit between our family and yours.