EMDR is an evidenced based psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition, successful outcomes have been seen in those struggling with depression, anxiety, excessive grief, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Reactive Attachment Disorder, Somatic problems such as chronic pain, eating disorders and migraines, personality disorders, natural disasters, vicarious trauma, stress reduction, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and panic attacks. EMDR has proven effective in several different populations including children, couples, veterans and first responders.
When a trauma occurs, it seems to get locked in the nervous system with the original picture, sounds, thoughts and feelings. The eye movements we use in EMDR seem to unlock the nervous system and allow the brain to process the experience. That may be what is happening in dream sleep- the eye movements may help to process the unconscious material. It is important to remember that it is your own brain that will be doing the healing and you are the one in control. The beauty of EMDR is that you can experience stress reduction without sharing a detailed description of the experience, homework or extended exposure.
Adoption and Foster Care
Choosing to foster and/or adopt a child comes with many joys and pains. Parents who begin the process with high hopes can over time, feel lost, frustrated and hopeless as they attempt to parent a child or children from hard places. Talking with a therapist can give parents a safe place to discuss their feelings openly, as well as learn skills on how they can best connect and correct their specific child.
Catherine has been trained in evidenced based approaches such as Child Parent Relationship Therapy, which has been proven to increase connection between adoptive children and their parents, as well as reduce disruptive behaviors in children. And also, Trust Based Relational Interventions provides skills training for parents on how to discipline with the relationship at the forefront.
Catherine also offers a pre adoption/foster assessment for families considering adopting or fostering a child. This helps potential parents to identify unrealistic expectations and create opportunities for healthy dialogue as they decide whether to move forward with the process.
CHILD CENTERED PLAY THERAPY
Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is a counseling theory that focuses on the therapist’s relationship with the child and uses that relationship as the agent of change. By focusing on the “be with” attitudes of I see you, I care, I hear you and I am here, the therapist communicates unconditional positive regard as well as acceptance to the child. When children feel seen and heard, they are able to work through emotional problems and develop healthy ways of coping. Play therapy is a developmentally appropriate intervention for children because their natural language is play and their words are toys. CCPT is an evidenced based approach that has been proven to decrease symptomatic behaviors and improve overall functioning.
Child Parent Relationship Therapy
Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) is rooted in the principles of Child Centered Play Therapy and trains parents to be therapeutic agents for their children. For families where therapy is not an option due to financial and time constraints, CPRT is a great option for helping parents learn how to connect with their children and manage behaviors effectively. Through training and supervision, parents will learn how to better understand their child’s emotional needs, effectively discipline and limit inappropriate behavior and feel more in control as a parent. CPRT is offered in a group and individual setting. If you are interested in growing as a parent, call now to find out about a group near you.
As a new therapist, you may need direction on how to get started. Maybe you’re wondering if you should start your own practice or work in an agency or perhaps you want to know your options for taking insurance versus doing a self pay model. As a private practice owner, Catherine has had to answer many of these questions and is willing to help you do the same. Services range from a one hour virtual consultation to assistance in applying for insurance panels to setting up efficient business processes and systems. If you’re wanting help starting your journey as a counselor, call now for a free 15 minute consultation.