TRAUMA THERAPY

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Therapy designed to reduce 
symptoms of Trauma/PTSD in Adults.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an evidence based therapy for adults specifically designed to address Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It has been proven to reduce symptoms related to traumatic events including childhood abuse or sexual trauma, combat, rape, and natural disasters.

GOALS OF CPT:

  • Improve your understanding of PTSD

  • Reduce the distress about your memories of the trauma

  • Decrease your emotional numbing and avoidance

  • Reduce feelings of being tense or "on edge"

  • Decrease your depression, anxiety, guilt/shame

  • Improve your day-to-day living   

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Therapy designed to reduce 
symptoms of trauma in Children/Adolescents.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that aims at addressing the needs of children from age 3-18. This is the gold standard of treatment for childhood sexual  trauma or abuse, domestic violence, community violence or the unexpected death of a loved one.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Learning that the trauma was not their fault 

  • Identifying feelings and learning how to manage them

  • Learning how to relax and tolerate trauma reminders

  • Identifying negative thoughts that cause depression and anxiety

  • Learning how to replace negative thoughts with more helpful thoughts

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.

EMDR therapy involves attention to three time periods:  the past, present, and future.  Focus is given to past disturbing memories and related events. These items are addressed using an eight-phase treatment approach.

Phase 1:  The first phase is a history-taking session(s).  The therapist assesses the client’s readiness and develops a treatment plan. 

Phase 2:  The therapist ensures that the client has several different ways of handling emotional distress.  The therapist may teach the client a variety of imagery and stress reduction techniques the client can use during and between sessions.

Phases 3-6: A target is identified and processed using EMDR therapy procedures. These involve the client identifying three things: the vivid visual image related to the memory, a negative belief about self, related emotions and body sensations.

Phase 7:  In phase seven, closure, the therapist asks the client to keep a log during the week.

Phase 8:  Phase eight consists of examining the progress made thus far. 

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."
                                                                                  - Helen Keller

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